Thursday, December 4, 2008

Voice Thread Updates

Voice Thread is a great service that I have written about in the past. VoiceThread, like Animoto, is one of my favorite companies because it provides a very high quality product at no cost to educators. (Both services charge a non-educators).

Today I found out that VoiceThread has added some more free features. Now VoiceThread users can export their VoiceThreads to iTunes. Duplication of the VoiceThreads you create is now possible. That is a handy feature if you want to reuse a VoiceThread or save a back-up copy. VoiceThread is now looking for great examples of VoiceThread being used in education to add to their digital library. They're not just looking for examples, but for background information on how those examples were created. VoiceThread will throw you $20 worth of archival exports for your work.

For those unfamiliar with VoiceThread, it provides a venue for creating a recorded conversation over the Internet about a visual topic. For example, if I could start a conversation about the history of baseball by inserting pictures of Babe Ruth and Ted Williams then recording myself talking about how great they were. Here is a VoiceThread explanation of VoiceThread.


Applications for Education
I've written about using VoiceThread in the classroom on a few occasions in the past you can see those postings here, here, or here. One of the uses or VoiceThread that I particularly like is using it to create math tutorials. Another use that I like is to create an oral history project in which students interview grandparents, parents, or teachers. The images help the conversation along as students ask their interviewee about each image.