Week 5: Introduction to Voice Threads

Last week in Principles of Multimedia and Courseware Design we were introduced to voice threads. This was the first time that I had heard of voice threads, and at first I thought they were like screencasts where you record an audio narration with a visual presentation. However, I soon learned that voice threads are more interactive because they allow groups of people to have conversations within a multimedia slide show. The slide show can contain images, documents, and videos, and people that view the slide show can share their comments in 5 different ways. They can use a mic or telephone to make verbal comments. They can use text to write comments. Or they can upload an audio file or video (via a webcam). Users also have the ability to draw on top of the media as they record their comments to visualize their thoughts.

I haven’t had the opportunity to make a voice thread yet, but will be doing so in the next few days. I’m looking forward to testing it out and seeing how easy or difficult they are to make. For my voice thread I will be reviewing Roger C. Schank’s goal-based scenario theory of education.

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