What is VoiceThread?
VoiceThread is an application that runs inside your web browser, so there is no software to download, install, or update. VoiceThread allows you to place collections of media like images, videos, documents, and presentations at the center of a conversation. These conversations are not live; they take place whenever and wherever it is convenient for people to participate. A VoiceThread allows people to have conversations and to make comments using any mix of text, a microphone, a web cam, a telephone, or an uploaded audio file.
Getting Started with VoiceThread
Your MyVoice page is like your e-mail inbox. It holds all of the VoiceThread conversations that you create, participate in, or have subscribed to (which is like bookmarking). Each VoiceThread on your MyVoice page is represented by a square thumbnail image, and each one is its own virtual conversation space filled with media.
The Tutorials link on the left will show you a list of very short tutorials that cover specific features, but you do not need to look at them all to get started. VoiceThread is currently being used by Kindergartners all over the world who do not look at tutorials and cannot yet read. These young students learn by trying, and they almost always succeed. We suggest that you adopt their spirit of fearless excitement. You will not hurt anything by playing and experimenting, but you will learn to use VoiceThread more quickly. If you ever get stumped, take a look at a tutorial or in the detailed but very simple How-to section: http://voicethread.com/support/howto/Basics/.
Getting into Your Course Group and Sharing Content
You may already be part of the course group, but if not, find the sign-up link provided by your instructor and click it. After you sign in, you will automatically become part of the course group, and its name will appear on the left hand side of your MyVoice page. Click on that name to see the work being shared by the group. To share any of your own VoiceThreads with the group, just click on a VoiceThread and drag it onto the group’s name on the left. Your VoiceThread will instantly be shared with everyone in that group.
Learn more about Sharing here.
You can also download a copy of the Student Quick-Start Guide here.