What is Voicethread?
Voicethread is an online tool that allows users to create slideshows that they and other Voicethread users can comment on using voice, writing, video, and drawing. Voicethreads can be used by teachers and students for an almost limitless number of purposes including, sharing information, discussing classroom topics, giving and receiving feedback. A basic Voicethread is made up of a series of slides that can be created using image files, document files (PDF, Word, etc.), slideshow files (Powerpoint, etc.) or other file types. The user who creates the Voicethread can comments on each slide to begin the Voicethread. They can then decide whether or not to share their Voicethread with other users (in their class, school or publicly).
Click here to view several examples of Voicethreads
Additional Voicethread Resources
Many of the the resources and lesson ideas shared on this site were sourced from the sites below. They are worth checking out for more reading and further examples of how to use Voicethread. Thank you to all of the authors and teachers who licensed their content with a Creative Commons licence!
Voicethread in the Classroom - Article from Connexions on using Voicethread in the classroom. Contains tutorials, tips, examples and resources.
Voicethread: A valuable Classroom Collaboration Tool - Article from the New Jersey Education Association with links to many resources.
Voicethread 4 Education Wiki - Examples of Voicethreads in action at many different grade levels.
Voicethread: Group Conversations Around Images, Docs, and Video - A phenomenal resource from Colette Cassinelli with excellent resources for implementing Voicethread in your classroom. Many resources from this site have been used here.
You may have noticed photos or avatars around the Voicethreads. For privacy reasons, you might want to encourage your students to create an avatar that they can use in Voicethread. There are several ways to do this. You can simply select a Creative Commons licensed photo from a site like Flickr or you can use Bitstrips to create an avatar. You could also have students take photos to represent themselves and use those as avatars, or draw a picture that you can scan and use as an avatar.
Ideas for Voicethread in the Classroom
Easy to use . . . but how to get started?
One of the great things about Voicethread is that it is an easy tool to use. Upload your files, add your comments, and share with your class; that's all there is to it. The hard part is deciding just want to share. Click on the image above to go to Voicethread's list of ideas for using Voicethread in the classroom. You can also view the presentation below for more ideas.
Planning for Voicethread
Please visit Colette Cassinelli's phenomenal site with tips for planning and implementing lessons incorporating Voicethread in your classroom.