What is VoiceThread?

Voice Thread is a technology new to me that can be used to have conversations around media -- whether it be images, documents, videos, presentations or a combination of all of these. It can be used to capture and hold an entire conversation on one page. For a great introduction to the technology, go to this link: http://voicethread.com/#home

A teacher created a wiki where other teachers can share some of their ideas for using wikis in an educational setting. http://voicethread4education.wikispaces.com/

When I first learned of this technology, I wondered about applications within a science classroom I created this VoiceThread based upon one of Page Keeley's Probes -- Ice Cube in a Bag. I sent a copy to Page and I know she is curious about whether or not you think this is a valuable application.

When I first proposed this, teachers of children with special needs thought this may be a particularly useful application. Their students could use a VoiceThread to respond to the prompt orally instead of being limited by their writing skills. The cool thing is that if you find yourself tripping over your words, you can simply delete your response and record it again. Don't like the sound of your voice? You can simply choose to type a response. You can even use your webcam if you'd like.

You have to open an account where you can keep three VoiceThreads at no cost. You would just have to choose to delete one and replace it with a new one if cost is a factor. We investigated their price structure and found out that for $60, you can maintain up to 100 VoiceThreads over a school year.

So be brave! Go to my VoiceThread and give it a shot!
Ice Cube in a Bag http://voicethread.com/#u957239.b1191767.i6426765
Need ideas for how to respond? Read some ideas to ponder listed below.

I found this VoiceThread that was part of a science fair project. The topic is light and temperature: http://voicethread.com/share/48507/

Lillian -- I'm really excited. I was able to play the voice thread (above) and make a video of it using jing. Check this out: