Digital Digest: Voicethread
VoiceThread is a totally web-based application that allows you to place collections of media like images, videos, documents, and presentations at the center of an asynchronous conversation. A VoiceThread allows people to have conversations and to make comments using any mix of text, a microphone, a web cam, a telephone, or uploaded audio file.
- Free to use for all Penn State faculty, staff, and students
- Functions on multiple devices
- Provides experience with technology
- Improves learning experiences
- Easy to learn and use
Ways to Use
- Case studies
- Peer-to-Peer learning
Examples of Voicethread from around the Web
Sharing Student Research
Biology Journal Club
Virtual Science Fairs (aka Digital Science Portfolios)
Making student projects more transparent using video to have students "show their work" by recording the construction of the experiment as well as their thinking. Because VoiceThreads are living, evolving content, students can upload work, get feedback from their teacher, then revise and upload new iterations all in the same place. In essence, students can use VoiceThreads as a transparent, digital portfolio tool. We think this can help restore science fairs to their original status as amazing ways to create hands-on learning experiences that genuinely impact student understanding of the scientific method.