Voicethread is a discussion forum.. with a different

One of the newcomers of '007, this project enables people to upload images and other media, and then add their own commentary / voiceover on top.

For an example, i've found a range of photos relating to Melbourne. i wanted to use 'copyright-free' images, so i went to Peter Shanks' very useful "search flickr" page. This site allows you to search for images on flickr, which are licensed as "Creative Commons".

Then i've registered at Voicethread, and uploaded the images..

Learning Activity

Your task in this professional development learning activity:
  1. Register and login at voicethread (once you're logged in you can comment either here below in the embedded voicethread, or on the main page )
  2. add your comment to the thread below, either audio or text (be flippant or thoughtful, as you wish).

Changes in technology: what does it mean for our learners?

  • How have technologies changed in recent decades?
  • and what impact does this have for learners, teachers.. and people who want to get connected?
  • What does it mean to be networked these days?

Here's the direct link to this conversation on voicethread . However, if you're logged in you can post your comments directly on this page.

Questions for further discussion

Use the "Discussion" tab at the top of the page to post your opinion.
  1. Have you used this tool with learners? Would you?
  2. What sort of learning activities could be adapted to suit this set of communication tools?
  3. How does the voice discussion tool compare to a discussion forum for interaction?

Issues that came up during our live session included:

=> the potential drama of registering and logging in (remembering passwords),
=> people feeling self-conscious during a public discussion,
=> working the software and hardware,
=> how you can entice people into the discussion..
=> recording voice can make people nervous.

Tips suggested by people:

=> if your students don't like to register, you make a single generic login ID for the whole group,
=> organise with colleagues to get their class commenting as well.. for some genuine connection between groups,
=> introduce things slowly and gradually,
=> start off with a lighter topic, while people are learning the technology,
=> work in pairs so that you divide technology / ideas amongst each other..
=> break up the tasks as much as you can..
=> even get people to make notes or a mind-map before they speak.

Other examples and resources

Susie Vesper has put together a slideshare with around 40 examples of voicethread in education. Here it is: