VoiceThread Technology Forum

Mark Knowles
Facilitated by Mark Knowles, Director of Anderson Language Technology Center
This year, CU-Boulder obtained a campus-wide site license for VoiceThread, a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos (including Word or Excel documents) VoiceThread allows people to navigate slides and leave comments in 5 ways - using voice (with a mic or telephone), text, audio file, or video (via a webcam). You can share a VoiceThread with friends, students, and colleagues for them to record comments. Users can doodle while commenting, use multiple identities, and pick which comments are shown through moderation. VoiceThreads can even be embedded to show and receive comments on other websites and exported to MP3 players or DVDs to play as archival movies.  In this introductory workshop, Mark Knowles will teach the five most important VoiceThread skills you need to explore this powerful tool and help you get you up and running for incorporating it into your curriculum.
You can view a demo of a VoiceThread activity done by a CU Chinese TA here. And here is a VoiceThread that Courtney Fell, ALTEC technology specialist, created for an upcoming summer Spanish course. 
Consider bringing: To take full advantage of the workshop, considering bringing a USB with a digital photo of yourself that you could use as a profile picture for VoiceThread account as well as any photos, image of an art object, a map or any graphic you often use in your course, Word docs or short digital videos that you may want to use as a basis for your VoiceThread. 
If you have already used VoiceThread:
  • If you already have a VoiceThread account, please double-check your log-in information before the workshop. You can visit http://voicethread.com/ and try to log in. If it doesn't work, have VoiceThread reset your password by following the prompts and be sure to follow through and complete the process.
  • If you already have a VoiceThread account but want to upgrade to the Pro features, simply email Bruce Fast in OIT at sitelic@colorado.edu or call at 303-492-8995.  The email can say something like: "I am an instructor/TA/lecturer/faculty member at CU Boulder and would like for you to upgrade my existing VoiceThread account to a Pro account. My email associated with my old account that I would like to upgrade is jane@gmail.com, jane.doe@colorado.edu. My current CU email that I would like associated with the Pro account is jane.doe@colorado.edu".
  • If you have multiple VoiceThread accounts and want to merge all of your previously existing VoiceThreads under a @colorado.edu username, also email Bruce Fast in OIT at sitelic@colorado.edu or call at 303-492-8995. The email can say something like: "I am an instructor/TA/lecturer at CU Boulder and would like for you to consolidate all of my existing VoiceThread accounts into one Pro account. The email addresses associated with my old accounts that I would like consolidated and upgraded are jane@gmail.com, jane.doe@colorado.edu, jane@yahoo.com. My current CU email is jane.doe@colorado.edu".
Please bring your own laptops. MAC laptops will be available for use during this event should you need to borrow one.
The FTEP Technology for Teaching Forums are designed and provided for our instructional faculty members. If you plan to participate in a symposium conducted by a presenter whose college is different from your own, please be prepared to adapt the recommended teaching tools to the needs of your own discipline.
Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012
2:30-4:30 pm
This event will be held in ATLAS 200 (No Registration required)

Website: http://tinyurl.com/FTEP-VoiceThread

Contact: Mary Ann Shea, Director, Faculty Teaching Excellence Program

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