Saturday, January 31, 2009
Lately several people on Twitter and other blogs have been talking about Voicethread.com. Voicethread is a simple slideshow viewer, but at the same time it's so much more than that. Voicethread allows you to upload your photos, rearrange them, and create a great looking slideshow. The added feature is you can add comments to each of the slides. Once you share your Voicethread you can invite people to view it, then they can make comments on the show too. Voicethreads are completely secure, unless you make them public.
I recently used Voicethread to share photos and comments for a community based instruction trip my class took. It was such a simple thing to do (took less than 10 min. to complete it), and the parents were so excited to see their children. I think this would be a wonderful tool to share curriculum materials with parents, create online social stories, or just a fun way for kids to share what they've learned.
You can sign up for a free account, educators can pay a one time fee of $10 for a K-12 account. They also have class & school accounts for a very reasonable price. Take a look a the K-12 pricing here. While the free account is great for most people, the Educator account allows you to export 3 movies per month for offline viewing. Check it out!
Photo courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons - username: clappstar
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