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Digital Storytelling with VoiceThread: Create a Collaborative Multi-Media Presentation

Lori Halley 31 July 2009 1 comments

One of the Webware 100 award winners for 2008 was an “online media album” called VoiceThread, first introduced to me by Joanna Young. I played around with the web-based tool a bit, bookmarked it to revisit later, and then promptly misplaced the link in my over-stuffed bookmarks folder that really must get sorted out one of these days…

Gayle Thorsen of IMPACTMAX brought VoiceThread back to mind, recently, when she featured it as her free tool of the week. Gayle also has some great ideas for how non-profits can use VoiceThread to engage their supporters in a compelling, collaborative online story — and I’ll bet you’ll have your own ideas to add to that list, when you see what VoiceThread can do!

What is a VoiceThread?

A VoiceThread is an online media album that allows a group of people to make comments on images, videos, and documents, really simply. You can participate 5 different ways - using your voice (with a microphone or telephone), text, audio file, or video (with a webcam).

It’s easy to control who can access and comment on a VoiceThread, which makes it a secure place to talk about almost anything: business and academic presentations, travelogues, family history, art critiques, language study, tutorials, book clubs and digital storytelling.

A VoiceThread allows an entire group conversation to be collected from anywhere in the world and then shared in one simple place.

Browse the Digital Library at VoiceThread.com  to see what others have been doing with this tool. My current favorite is Letters from the Internment Camps, a remarkable education project in which students at a California elementary school explore the internment of Japanese-Americans after the 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor — and internment-camp survivors respond to the students’ messages with personal stories of their experience.

Free accounts let you create 3 VoiceThread projects with a maximum of 50 pages each and a total of 75MB in storage. There’s no limitation on the number of people who can participate, view and comment. See the VoiceThread Pricing page for details on their Pro, Business, Higher Ed, and K-12 packages.

How might your non-profit use VoiceThread to tell the stories of your cause?


Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot] Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]

Posted by Lori Halley [Engaging Apricot]

Published Friday, 31 July 2009 at 4:25 PM


  • Ching Ya said:

    Sunday, 02 August 2009 at 8:46 PM

    That's a whole new experience of commenting, isn't it? Wow, having to tell stories and comment through audio on the same page, more personal touch involved. I wonder would we be seeing a lot more of this in blogging too. ^^

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