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Connecting with Students Online is Easy Using VoiceThread

CSLA Conference

November 20, 2008

Jane Lofton

Teacher Librarian

Lindero Canyon Middle School

Agoura Hills, CA

[email protected]

[email protected]


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What’s a

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An interactive, collaborative, online multimedia tool that that holds images, documents, and videos and allows people to add oral, text, or video comments.


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Lots of media options…

Media types

Comment methods


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Some Great Uses

  • Booktalks

  • Tutorials

  • Presentations

  • Slideshows

  • Online conversations

  • Collaborative class projects

  • Telling a story

  • Practicing speaking


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Some Examples …Booktalks…

http://voicethread.com/share/66632/

Created by Jane Lofton & student Julia M.


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Tutorials or Presentations…

http://voicethread.com/share/170855/ created by Jane Lofton


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Online Conversations…

http://ed.voicethread.com/share/62276/

by Bill Ferriter on his Digitally Speaking wiki at

http://digitallyspeaking.pbwiki.com/Voicethread


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Another Online Conversation…

http://voicethread.com/share/99673/

by Michelle Pacansky-Brock, Art History Professor, Sierra College

Embedded at http://voicethread4education.wikispaces.com/College


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What Equipment Do You Need?... Very Little!

Important: A microphone (built in on many computers)

Optional:

  • A better microphone

  • Camera

  • Scanner

  • Webcam

  • Audacity software http://audacity.sourceforge.net/

Mike and camera clip art licensed from the Clip Art Gallery on DiscoverySchool.com


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How to Create a VoiceThread

  • Set up an account (more on that later)

  • Click Create






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Have VoiceThread call you

Record with your webcam

Record with your mike

Type your comment

Upload a file

Choose a comment option, then record, check, and save the comment. Comment on as many screens as you like.


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Sharing Your VoiceThread

Click Share.

Choose sharing options.


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Embedding Your VoiceThread

To embed, click here or here.

Then…


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Embedding Your VoiceThread (cont’d)

Choose any of these options.


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Finding VoiceThreads on the voicethread.com site

Keyword search

Browse

Mouse over a thread for a description


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Account Options for Creating VoiceThreads:

  • Free

  • Free educator (that’s what I have)

  • Pro

  • Ed.voicethread



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Options for Students Adding Comments:

  • Use your identities

  • Create their own free account (if they are 13 or older, or their parents register)

  • Use an ed.voicethread account you set up


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Sharing a VoiceThread

  • Share with individuals (email from the voicethread)

  • Link to your VoiceThread from a website, email, etc.

  • Embed it in a website, blog, or wiki*

  • Make it public for browsing and keyword access at voicethread.com

*Examples at www.linderocanyonmiddleschool.net/library, www.linderobooks.blogspot.com, and https://linderolibrary.pbwiki.com/Library+Orientation




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Enter your name, school email and a password.

Click Register.



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Complete this form.

For more explanation of how to get the free educator account, watch this VoiceThread: http://ed.voicethread.com/share/238308/

Click Apply.


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Now, you will see a message like this. Then, you will receive an email with a confirmation link. Click the link in your email, and your account will be active!


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Features Review… receive an email with a confirmation link. Click the link in your email, and your account will be active!

  • Accepts many file types for uploads

  • Offers a variety of commenting options

  • Doodling option

  • Comment moderation option

  • Easy embedding in webpages, blogs, & wikis

  • Zoom option

  • Sharing options

  • No software to install


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Some Benefits Over Other Podcast Tools receive an email with a confirmation link. Click the link in your email, and your account will be active!

  • You can record audio in segments

  • Both graphics & comments can be added & changed easily, at any time

  • You can easily pinpoint areas of the screen with the doodler

  • You don’t need fancy equipment

  • It’s asynchronous, allowing for participation at different times & from different places


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Some Tips for Uploading images… receive an email with a confirmation link. Click the link in your email, and your account will be active!

  • .pdfs are recommended format for uploads of presentations

  • Images work best at a 4:3 ratio and 1024 X 768 or larger

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Tip for Embedding images… receive an email with a confirmation link. Click the link in your email, and your account will be active!

The embedded image can be any size. Adjust these figures, using a 4/3 ratio.


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For Presentations, Tweak These Options… receive an email with a confirmation link. Click the link in your email, and your account will be active!


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Editing an Existing VoiceThread receive an email with a confirmation link. Click the link in your email, and your account will be active!

Or…

In the MyVoice tab, click the Menu icon, then click Edit.


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Editing an Existing VoiceThread receive an email with a confirmation link. Click the link in your email, and your account will be active!

While viewing a VoiceThread, click the menu icon here, then click Edit.


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Resources from VoiceThread receive an email with a confirmation link. Click the link in your email, and your account will be active!

VoiceThread site: http://voicethread.com

Ed.voicethread: http://ed.voicethread.com

VoiceThread Education Account Brochure: http://cdn.voicethread.com/media/misc/Ed.VoiceThread.pdf

Explanation of how to get the free educator account and what the paid account offers: http://ed.voicethread.com/share/238308/


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Other Resources receive an email with a confirmation link. Click the link in your email, and your account will be active!

VoiceThread 4 Education Wiki

http://voicethread4education.wikispaces.com/

Be sure to check the “Best Practices” page

Bill Ferriter’s “Digitally Speaking” wiki page about VoiceThreads

http://digitallyspeaking.pbwiki.com/

Includes lots of good examples and best practices tips

VoiceThread Ning

http://voicethread.ning.com/

Disruptive Technologies wiki page about VoiceThreads

http://disruptivetechnologiesk-16.pbwiki.com/Voice-Threads

Delicious VoiceThread bookmarks

http://delicious.com/search?p=voicethread


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Access This Handout Online receive an email with a confirmation link. Click the link in your email, and your account will be active!

I have uploaded this handout to:

http://weloveschoollibraries.pbwiki.com/f/voicethread%20presentation.ppt

Also, please contact me with any questions.

Email: [email protected] or [email protected]

Work phone: 818/880-2134x8

Home phone: 818/865-8010


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