VoiceThread is a cloud-based application that run in your web browser and on almost any internet connection. VoiceThread allows you to upload, share and discuss documents, presentations, images, audio files and videos into a common space for an asynchronous group conversations. Viewers can comment on VoiceThread slides using one of five powerful commenting options: microphone, webcam, text, phone, and audio-file upload. Here is an open Voice Thread entitled 10 Webinar Myths, but the rest of our VoiceThreads will be private and only shared with specific people on the workshop.
Micro-teaching is a teacher training and faculty development technique whereby the teacher reviews a recording of a teaching session, in order to get constructive feedback from peers and/or students about what has worked and what improvements can be made to their teaching technique. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microteaching)
I will be using VoiceThread as a “venue” for a micro-teaching workshop. I’ve decided to use this platform (and not the institutional platform) as it offers lecturers (who were uncertain about letting others see their own webinar recordings) a safe and “mediational space” to externalize their own experience or running a webinar.
Credit: The article that inspired this approach Microteaching in Isolation: Fostering Autonomy and Learner Engagement through VoiceThread.
This brief introduction to VoiceThread will should help participants to
- Create an account,
- Become familiar with the basic VoiceThread interface
- Take you through the steps involved with commenting on a video or slide show
- Explain how to join a group and
- Show you how to create a Voice Thread.
1 | Create an account
1. Go to http://www.voicethread.com
2. Click on “Sign In or Register”
a. Sign in to an existing account or
b. Click “Register” if you are a new user.
2 |The basic Interface
Once you are signed into your account, youʼll see the basic account navigation page. Notice the three important tabs at the top: Home, Browse and Create
Browse: Click on this tab to review all the VoiceThreads ever created that authors have chosen to place in “Browse.” When you create your own VT, you will have the choice to place yours here or exclude it for more privacy.
Create: Click on this tab to create a new VoiceThread. After youʼve created a VoiceThread, it will appear in your MyVoice tab.
3 | Comment on a Voice Thread
Once media has been placed into Voicethread, it works like a slide show. Comments on slides and videos are made directly in the timeline, and you can also respond to comments.
1) Move to the position in the video timeline or onto the slide where you want to comment
2) Record a comment by clicking the plus (+) icon
At the bottom of the slide, you will see a plus (+) icon. Click on this icon to see the commenting options. Choose an option (audio, text, video etc) to respond. With this commenting functionality there are many possible uses, including critiques, reflection, project collaboration, presentations, topic discussions, and more.
4 | How to join a group
Join group that was set up on Voice Thread. Click on the link that has been shared with you. You will see a collection of threads that have been posted. Navigate to the place where you wish to post a comment.
5 | How to Create a VoiceThread
Three simple steps
Create a VoiceThread. Click on the Create Tab to add your media – Powerpoint, images, documents, movie files, PDFs or Excel spreadsheets.
Comment on a slide – Add your own comments to your slides in text, voice, or video format. You may delete your comments at any time.
Share with others. Make your VoiceThread is viewable to others.
These instructions will introduce you to the very basics of the VoiceThread interface and take you through the simple steps involved with creating and sharing a VoiceThread.
After adding your media (Powerpoint, images, documents, movie files, PDFs or Excel spreadsheets) and adding your own comments to your slides in text, voice, or video format. You may delete your comments at any time, share your VoiceThread to users other than just you (be sure youʼve made the appropriate choices with respect to student privacy) and get the link to your VoiceThread.
Once you have copied the link to your clipboard, you can email it to students or link it on a website or into the LMS. When they click on the link, they will be taken directly to the first page of your VoiceThread.