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Creating a voice thread is a simple three step process. First, we'll add some form of media to center the discussion. This can be a movie, a picture, a video or even an audio recording. And then we're going to start the conversation by adding the first thread. Finally we're going to share the conversation with our students and allow them to continue the discussion. To get started here in my web browser I've already logged into voice thread. I'll use the drop down menu in the upper right hand corner and let's go and select create. On the create tab voicethread has three different steps to walk through the process of creating your first voicethread.
The first step is to go ahead and upload your media. As you click on the upload button, you'll see there's a variety of ways to add media to your voice thread. If you have files on your computer, you can simply upload them using the my computer option. You can also look for media on the web, or even use your webcam, to make a quick video. For the sample voice thread we're using for this particular movie, I have a screen shot of the lynda.com homepage. I'm going to go ahead and select that by clicking my computer. And then selecting the screen shot. I'll go ahead and click the open button, so this will upload to voice thread. At this point I've created a voice thread that has just one image to it.
In this particular voice thread, this is all the media we are going to use. However, if you wanted to create a voice thread that had multiple pages, you could simply keep uploading additional images, or you could even add video or audio recording at this point as well. Now that I have the images uploaded that I'd like to have for this voice thread, I'm going to go to the second step which is to add the first comment. Now voice thread is again prompting us that we don't have an actual picture on file. Right now, this house icon is how I appear to other users inside the voice community. I'm not going to upload a photo for this sample voice thread, but I highly recommend that if you're using voice thread with your students to add a picture of yourself so they can quickly see where your comments are at in the comment list.
I'm going to go ahead and close this dialog box. Now, by default it's taking me automatically to the share step. If I look down here in the bottom right hand corner though, I can see the image that I added prior. Now if I click on this image I can zoom out my voice thread so that I can click on the starting image. Now when I click on the starting image it'll zoom back in and I now have the opportunity to add a comment. I'm going to start this voice thread by adding a text comment. After clicking comment, also like type, and I'm just going to paste in some pre-defined text that I have. This starting text, which will automatically appear when students click on this voice thread.
It's going to give them some instructions for what kind of comments they should be leaving. Once I have my first comment in place, I'm going to go and click save. So at this point, we're ready to share this voice thread with our students. Now, before we do that, let's take a look at a couple of the options that we have before we send this out. One is under the playback options in the lower left hand corner. We can choose to set how many seconds it waits before turning slides if you have multiple images inside of your voice thread. And you can also choose whether or not you want to start playing when it's immediately opened. I'm going to leave these at their default setting, and click the close button.
If you're using a learning management system or you have a classroom website, a great way to share this is to simply click on the embed option in the bottom navigation. And you can copy the embed code and put it directly on your webpage. To view all the options you have available, simply click past the very last slide of your voice thread. And here, in the share box, you can see every option available, including simply copy and pasting the link. You can invite friends via social media. Send it in an email and, once again, get the embed code. Please keep in mind, if you're using the free version of voice thread, the number of voice threads you create, how you share them, and your controls are limited.
For K-12 educators, you can purchase an annual license for around $80 that will let you create unlimited threads and share with up to 50 students. I hope you enjoy using voice thread in your own classroom. And that this tool can create rich and rigorous conversations between your students
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