Using

VoiceThread for Interactive Projects

ISTE11 handouts: http://tinyurl.com/istevt

Colette Cassinelli colette@edtechvision.org Twitter: ccassinelli

ISTE ’11 Handouts:
edtech VISION wiki
http://edtechvision.wikispaces.com/voicethread OR http://tinyurl.com/istevt

VoiceThread 4 Education collaborative wiki
http://voicethread4education.wikispaces.com

Create an educator VoiceThread account (free)
http://www.voicethread.com

NETS*S
NETS #2 - Communication and Collaboration Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others.
NETS for Students 2007

What is a VoiceThread?
A VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos.

4 WAY TO USE VOICETHREAD

Commenting Communication Creativity Collaboration

VoiceThread sandbox
Click BROWSE and search for “ISTE11” on VoiceThread homepage. As we share VoiceThread projects, share your ideas or thoughts and leave a text, voice, phone, or web cam comment for all to view.

http://voicethread.com/share/2121732/

Commenting
Join another’s VoiceThread project  Good place to begin so all can get comfortable with interface

All Grade levels – Advice for Obama http://voicethread.com/share/300897/

Many Voices of Darfur http://voicethread.com/share/85497/

Communication
Use VoiceThread as a platform to share information or opinions  Voice component very powerful when combined with images, docs, and/or video

8th Grade Debate http://voicethread.com/share/774475/
1st Grade talking about books
http://voicethread.com/about/library/1st_grade__ Reading_Analysis_from_Leanne_Windsor/

10th Grade Career Report http://voicethread.com/share/70584/

Creativity

Use photographs, scan student artwork, use computer painting program, upload documents, add video

Year 7 Water Cycle – uses artwork http://voicethread.com/share/118753/ 2nd Grade I Spy – uses photographs http://voicethread.com/about/library/2n d_graders_play_ISpy/

6th Grade Math – uses video
http://voicethread.com/about/library/6th _Grade_math_from_Jackie_Ionno/

Collaboration
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Harness the true power of VoiceThread by collaborating with other classes or experts Authentic audiences bring purpose to the assignments

4th & 5th Grade Progressive Stories http://writeyourstory.wikispaces.com/St ory++40

4th Grade Letters from the Internment Camps http://voicethread.com/about/library/4th_Grade__ Letters_from_the_Internment_Camps/

VoiceThread for Online Instruction

http://voicethread.com/share/908650/

VoiceThread ideas …
Literacy Development  Poetry Anthologies  Book promotions  Author Studies  Oral Narratives
Subject Areas  Scientific Inquiry  Historical Cause/Effect  Create an Invention

More ideas …
ESL / ELL  Language Practice  Cultural comparisons Thinking Around A Topic  Commentary on Social Issues  Debate an Issue Explanations  Math directions  Instructions / How to

Even more ideas …
Collaboration  Landforms where we live  Multi-Generational projects Showcasing Work  Art Gallery  Speeches  Digital Portfolios Can be used with any grade level and any subject area – even professional development Visit: http://voicethread4education.wikispaces.com

VoiceThread Digital Library
http://voicethread.com/library/

More examples …
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5 yr old collecting 100 comments for 100th day celebration http://voicethread.com/share/321990/ 3rd Grade – Strategies to help with bullying http://voicethread.com/share/1814765/ 5th grade Flip book animations http://voicethread.com/share/253737/ Professional Development: Reflecting on NETS for Teachers http://voicethread.com/share/330098/ Booktalks from Ms. Skalkottas's Class http://www.mchslibrary.org/booktalks-from-msss-class.html

The VoiceThread process
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Pre-planning / arrange collaboration Select/create docs, images, video Prepare for Narration Upload Content / choose settings Add Comments

Pre-plan
 What

the goal?  Who is the audience?  Who will participate?  Storyboard plan  Conduct research

Create Docs/Images/Video
BASIC

MORE OPTIONS

Use digital photos, PDF, Word, Excel, PowerPoint files, images and video

Use Creative Commons licensing

Hint: Use PowerPoint to make slides and then export as *.pdf

http://voicethread.com/support/howto/Trouble shooting/File_types_accepted/

Can imports photos from Media sources like: Other VoiceThreads, Flickr, Facebook, New York Public Library or from URL

Prepare for Narration
BASIC  Text, audio, web cam, doodle & phone
MORE OPTIONS (paid acct)  Record audio using: ◦ Audacity or GarageBand w/mic ◦ A online recording site ◦ iPod w/ mic

Upload Content
Upload images & choose title and description  Record narration or upload audio files  Choose playback and publishing options

Be sure to moderate comments

Add comments
ONE account but multiple identities  Younger students can draw and scan original artwork for avatar  You can doodle on top of the media as you record your comment

Additional Suggestions
Start simple.  Encourage appropriate and thoughtful comments like: I noticed …, this reminds me of …, I’m not sure that ..  Moderate comments if VoiceThread is public  Beware: if account is deleted, all comments are gone

You might not know …
Download media with right click  Export finished VoiceThread to .mov  Can receive Daily Digest of comments on your Threads  Bookmark a VoiceThread by “subscribing” and it will appear on MyVoice page

Newest Features …
A new Voting feature is now live on the VoiceThread player  The Moodle "VoiceThread Commenting" Assignment is a new assignment type within Moodle 2.0  VoiceThread supports many forms of authentication (LDAP, Active Directory, etc..)  New: VoiceThread Universal - interface specially designed for screen-reading software  Coming Soon: VoiceThread Mobile

ITSE Evaluation
Please fill out the BYOL evaluation at:

http://www.iste.org/byoleval2011

Questions?
Please add your VoiceThread samples to the collaborative wiki at
http://voicethread4education.wikispaces.com

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