Saturday, October 13, 2007

VoiceThread Update

Okay, I'm really becoming a fan of VoiceThread. In fact I'll even be including it in a Digital Storytelling workshop I'm presenting later this month. Last week VoiceThread updated it's site and added a few new features. One big difference is that there are now two versions of VoiceThread - the free version and the Pro version. Those of us who signed up for the free version are now limited to creating only 3 voicethreads with a maximum of 50 slides each. The pro version, which costs $29.95/year, gives you unlimited VoiceThreads and storage and also give you the ability to upload mp3 files for your comments. So pro users can, for example, record, mix, and edit their audio comments using something like Audacity to create more professional sounding presentations.

Here's the good news. K-12 educators can sign up for a special pro account for free. First you need to register for a free account and login. Next you find and click where it says "Go Pro". At the bottom of the page will be a link that says "K-12 Educators Click Here". That will take you to the educator application form.

How is the new VoiceThread site different from the old one? Here's a look at some of the changes.

When you view a VoiceThread the screen looks a little different.


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When uploading and rearranging pictures they've made things a little easier and given you a few more options.


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When you click SHARE to add friends to your VoiceThread account or invite friends to view or edit your presentations, you can now see each friend and their edit rights all on one screen. Note: The button to add new friends is now located at the very bottom of your friends list. It took me a little while to find this.


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When setting my sharing options, I like to set my VoiceThreads to "Public, no comments". This allows anyone to see my presentations, but only those people I invite can comment or edit it. Since I generally trust those who I invite, I turn comment moderation off so when my friends comment, their comment is posted immediately. If you are working with students and concerned about privacy issues, you may want to keep your VoiceThread private and turn the moderation on so you can check what your students say before the rest of the class can hear it.

Want to participate in a VoiceThread. I've created one for an elementary project called Seasons. I'm looking for students or teachers to post pictures and share what the seasons are like where they live. Please comment or e-mail me if you would like to participate. Click on my profile for my e-mail link. Here is how the project looks so far:




If you can't view the embedded presentation, here is a link to it at the VoiceThread site: http://voicethread.com/#b10538

Happy storytelling.

3 comments:

Tanya said...

Love this project. I will definitely participate. Love the idea of students adding to it. Love voicethread. Thanks for the good information on the changes.

Martha said...

I am working with our tech guys to see if we can make it work at school. Right now we are unable to record voices on VoiceThread but can view what others have done. There is also a really neat math project on VoiceThread that I am hoping to participate at http://math247.pbwiki.com/K-7+Mathcasts+500+Project.
I have the perfect photo to share for your project from beautiful Mount Vernon so I hope we can make it work. Great idea.

Dennis Grice said...

Martha,
Glad to hear you want to contribute. Send me an e-mail so I can e-mail you an invite to participate in the VoiceThread. There's an e-mail link on my Blogger profile.