Voicethread Web Tools


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"Using Voicethread to Engage Your Students" by April Tincher. Presentation Slides for the Collaborative Tools for Learning conference, 2009.

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  • Voicethread Web Tools

    1. 1. Comment Please…..Using Voicethread <br />I think….<br />April L. Tincher<br />Walnut Creek Middle School<br />Web Tools for Learning 2009<br />Voicethread Web Tools For Learning<br />
    2. 2. During this session... <br />Introduction to Voicethread<br />Examples of teacher and student created threads<br />Browsing the library on your own<br />Setting up free educator accounts<br />Walking through commenting and making your own thread<br />Voicethread Web Tools For Learning<br />
    3. 3. What is a Voicethread?<br />Voicethread is a web resource that allows you to share media and have viewers interact with it. <br />Types of media included:<br />Pictures<br />Powerpoints<br />Video<br />Voicethread has their own introductory video which we’ll take a brief look at: http://voicethread.com/#q.b409<br />
    4. 4. Why Voicethread Works <br />It gets all three of your types of learners- visual, auditory and kinesthetic.<br />By it’s nature it is interactive, dynamic and fun!<br />All learners in your class get a chance to participate. <br />With all the options it gives you a lot of flexibility for how you choose to use it!<br />
    5. 5. Examples with Pictures<br />Using pictures is an easy way to get started. Depending on your subject content the way you use the picture could vary. <br />Ideas: <br />Using a picture to provoke discussion<br />Using a picture w/comment to explain class procedure: In and Out Bin<br />Having students identify parts of an object and what they do: A Typical Bacteria Cell<br />Using a picture to have students explain their understanding of a concept: How the Great Lakes Were Formed<br />
    6. 6. Examples with Video<br />Demonstration purpose: Phases of the Moon<br />Think about how you could use something like this….. <br />You could upload video from teachertube or even discovery streaming<br />As a starting point for discussion. For example in Social Studies class: Inauguration 09<br />Student created videos about what they learned:<br />Cells Video by Middle Schoolers<br />Any other video created by students can be uploaded!<br />
    7. 7. Group collaboration<br />With student accounts you can have groups collaborating about their learning.<br />Group Fossil Dig Project<br />
    8. 8. Getting started <br />Go to the site, and browse around. You don’t need an account to just browse.<br />http://www.voicethread.com<br />To comment you must register for an account. This is also true for your students.<br />Student options for sign up:<br /><ul><li>personal email account
    9. 9. use a service like gaggle to get them a free email account to sign up with….
    10. 10. Or there is even a way to use one gmail account to sign up all your students under your account!!!</li></li></ul><li>Let’s setup an account….<br />Sign up for a free account. This will allow you to be able to try out the commenting feature.<br />After you do the initial registration you will then go on to register for a free educator account (if you choose)<br />
    11. 11. Free Educator Account <br />As an educator you get 2 GB of free space and unlimited threads. <br />This is a great way to try it out for a bit. Maybe even get started over the weekend! It is sooooo quick and easy to use.<br />
    12. 12. pricing…. How to get a free educator account…..<br />Click apply here.<br />
    13. 13.
    14. 14. Once you click submit you will need to go to your email to confirm your upgrade and this message will appear. You are ready to go! <br />
    15. 15. Commenting…. <br />There are several ways to comment:<br />Type<br />Record your voice with a microphone<br />Record a comment with your webcam <br />Use your phone to comment<br />(there is a tutorial for this under the about link)<br />Commenting is simple, you just click on the comment button and then choose the type of comment you want to make….<br />http://voicethread.com/#q.b21651.i122786<br />
    16. 16. Commenting options <br />Through commenting you can:<br />Have students record comments of something you want them to respond to.<br />You can record comments to go along with each image or screen your viewers see.<br />Create a discussion forum by having students listen to others comments and respond…<br />
    17. 17. Creating a Voicethread: Step 1The Create Tab<br />My username and avatar<br />Choose the create tab.<br />
    18. 18. Creating a Voicethread: Step 2Choosing the file to use<br />Click Upload and the box below will appear:<br />Browse to the file or enter a URL to upload from a website.<br />
    19. 19. Creating a Voicethread from media sources<br />When you click on each option you get more info about that option. <br />The New York Public Library includes access to over 700,000 images that have been digitized for free and open access use!!!! What an amazing resource.<br />
    20. 20. Creating a Voicethread- Step 2.5- Organizing and labeling photos<br />Add a title and description for this thread by clicking this link.<br />Once you have all your images uploaded they will appear like this.<br />You can drag pictures around to change their order.<br />For each image you can add a title and a link.<br />
    21. 21. Creating a Voicethread: Step 3Recording Comments<br />Once your<br />pictures are<br />uploaded then<br />you can start<br />recording your<br />comments.<br />If you want to<br />do voice, just<br />plug in a<br />microphone,<br />or you can type<br />your text<br />Comment<br />instead.<br />When you click the comment button the options will appear<br />
    22. 22. Creating a Voicethread: Step 3Recording Comments<br />Using the doodler:<br />http://voicethread.com/#e733724<br />Once you are finished with your comment:<br />Typed comments automatically save (if you don’t like it click on your image which will show the comment and click the garbage can to delete)<br />If you recorded a comment when finished it will automatically play back. You can either click save or cancel.<br />
    23. 23. Creating a Voicethread: Step 3Recording Comments cont.<br />To record a comment for the next picture just click the big right arrow.<br />Repeat the process until finished.<br />
    24. 24. Creating a Voicethread- Step 4Setting the Options<br />This is this options toolbar. We’ll look at this next.<br />
    25. 25. Creating a Voicethread- Step 4Setting the Options cont.<br />
    26. 26. Creating a Voicethread- Step 4 Setting the Options cont.<br />PRIVACY OPTIONS<br />Moderating comments means that you have to approve them before they will show.<br />This is good when you want to use the thread for assessment.<br />
    27. 27. Creating a Voicethread- Sharing the thread<br />You can get a link which will copy and allow you to paste to your website or blog.<br />Under My Contacts you can click add and type the email of someone you want to share the thread with.<br />
    28. 28. Investigation<br />and<br />Q and A<br />You can contact me at apriltincher@wlcsd.org or find me online<br />