I was chatting to one of our foreign language teachers at school and talking about some of the new Web 2.0 technologies that could be useful in a language classroom. We looked at how blogs could be used, and how to incorporate audio files into things. I suggested using Evoca, which integrates really nicely into Blogger. The idea of getting students to use Evoca to record their voice and then publish to a blog in only three clicks was pretty cool, but it lacked a simple way for the teacher to respond via voice as well.
Then we looked at VoiceThread, and what a cool tool it is. I had heard a lot about it but not really played with it until Jess McCulloch mentioned it again in a recent Virtual Staffroom episode. Intrigued, I just had to check it out. It does look very neat, and as long as kids have bandwidth and a microphone I can imagine some very useful ways to integrate it into the classroom.
Here is a little sample I made from a couple of photos I had on my hard drive… please add your voice (or text) comments to it. I’d like to get a bunch of comments on it so I can show it as an example of how this works to some of my teaching colleagues. Knock yourselves out!
My first Voicethread by Chris Betcher is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.