WooHoo!! This little exercise was so much fun, sorry for the narration though; it's 1am and I'm starting to get the jitters from all the coffee! Seriously though there are so many possibilities for this technology. According to Voicethread (2009),
group conversations are collected and shared in one place from anywhere in the world. All with no software to install.
Furthermore,Waterhouse (2005, cited in Eldred, 2009) states that, 'E-learning is using information communication technologies (ICTs) to engage, enhance and extend learning in flexible and innovative ways, now and in the future'.
Voicethread is certainly a tool which has the potential to encapsulate all of those areas. According to Voicethread (2009), it is a collaborative , multimedia slide show that holds and stores images, documents, and videos and allows people to navigate pages and leave comments in five ways, using voice (with a mic or telephone), text, audio file, or video (via a webcam).
Users can draw pictures while commenting, use numerous identities, and select which remarks are revealed through moderation. VoiceThreads can even be entrenched to demonstrate and obtain comments on other websites and exported to MP3 players or DVDs to play as archival movies (Voicethread, 2009).
The possibilites are endless due to the fact that there are so many images which can be created, lending itself to multiple manipulation from the moderator and invited people. People of all ages would have tons of interactive fun, and with a scaffolded approach pupils would benefit greatly from this technology.
Ed.VoiceThread (2009), is a web-based communications system for K-12 students and teachers. This is a straightforward, influential and secure tool where the construction and collaboration of diverse applications can develop, this consists of; digital stories and documentaries, practicing and documenting verbal communication skills, investigate geography and customs, resolve math problems, or purely finding and strengthening student voices (Voicethread, 2009).
As I mentioned earlier I am slightly tired so please keep that in mind when you have a peep at my slightly quirky, somewhat random voiceover.
Here is an example of the use of a voicethread within the classroom.
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