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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 What’s a ?

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connecting with students online is easy using voicethread

Connecting with Students Online is Easy Using VoiceThread

CSLA Conference

November 20, 2008

Jane Lofton

Teacher Librarian

Lindero Canyon Middle School

Agoura Hills, CA

what s a
What’s a


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

lots of media options
Lots of media options…

Media types

Comment methods

some great uses
Some Great Uses
  • Booktalks
  • Tutorials
  • Presentations
  • Slideshows
  • Online conversations
  • Collaborative class projects
  • Telling a story
  • Practicing speaking
some examples booktalks
Some Examples …Booktalks…

Created by Jane Lofton & student Julia M.

tutorials or presentations
Tutorials or Presentations… created by Jane Lofton

online conversations
Online Conversations…

by Bill Ferriter on his Digitally Speaking wiki at

another online conversation
Another Online Conversation…

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

Embedded at

what equipment do you need very little
What Equipment Do You Need?... Very Little!

Important: A microphone (built in on many computers)


  • A better microphone
  • Camera
  • Scanner
  • Webcam
  • Audacity software

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

how to create a voicethread
How to Create a VoiceThread
  • Set up an account (more on that later)
  • Click Create

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.

sharing your voicethread
Sharing Your VoiceThread

Click Share.

Choose sharing options.

embedding your voicethread
Embedding Your VoiceThread

To embed, click here or here.


embedding your voicethread cont d
Embedding Your VoiceThread (cont’d)

Choose any of these options.

finding voicethreads on the voicethread com site
Finding VoiceThreads on the site

Keyword search


Mouse over a thread for a description

account options for creating voicethreads
Account Options for Creating VoiceThreads:
  • Free
  • Free educator (that’s what I have)
  • Pro
  • Ed.voicethread
options for students adding comments
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
sharing a voicethread
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

*Examples at,, and


Complete this form.

For more explanation of how to get the free educator account, watch this VoiceThread:

Click Apply.


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!

features review
Features Review…
  • 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
some benefits over other podcast tools
Some Benefits Over Other Podcast Tools
  • 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
some tips for uploading images
Some Tips for Uploading images…
  • .pdfs are recommended format for uploads of presentations
  • Images work best at a 4:3 ratio and 1024 X 768 or larger



tip for embedding images
Tip for Embedding images…

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

editing an existing voicethread
Editing an Existing VoiceThread


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

editing an existing voicethread36
Editing an Existing VoiceThread

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

resources from voicethread
Resources from VoiceThread

VoiceThread site:


VoiceThread Education Account Brochure:

Explanation of how to get the free educator account and what the paid account offers:

other resources
Other Resources

VoiceThread 4 Education Wiki

Be sure to check the “Best Practices” page

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

Includes lots of good examples and best practices tips

VoiceThread Ning

Disruptive Technologies wiki page about VoiceThreads

Delicious VoiceThread bookmarks

access this handout online
Access This Handout Online

I have uploaded this handout to:

Also, please contact me with any questions.

Email: or

Work phone: 818/880-2134x8

Home phone: 818/865-8010