VoiceThread

A VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos. It 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 too.

VoiceThread is integrated with Blackboard so instructors and students can easily access VoiceThread content.

I. Log in to VoiceThread

How to create a VoiceThread account

  1. Go to http://neu.voicethread.com/ and log in with your MyNEU credentials.
  2. Then you will be at the “myVoice” page that has several tutorials.

If you have an existing account created with your NEU email,

  1. Sign in here: http://neu.voicethread.com/
  2. When you get the "Upgrade Your VoiceThread Account" message, click the link to “Click here to visit the Northeastern University...” to accept the upgrade.

If you have an existing VoiceThread account that was NOT created with your NEU email,

  1. Go to http://voicethread.com/ and sign in.
  1. Click on the email address in the top-right corner of the page.
  2. Select "My Account" from the menu.
  3. Change their email address to the NEU email address.
  4. Sign out of VoiceThread.
  5. Go to http://neu.voicethread.com/.

II. Create a Group

In the MyVoice tab, click your email address on the top right of the page to access a drop down area then click ‘Groups and Contacts.’

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  1. Click the button ‘New+’

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  2. Enter a name for the course group then click ‘Save.’

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  3. Click ‘Copy the Link’ to copy a link to the course group to your computer clipboard.  Note: It is recommended you create a web link in your course the copied link at this time.

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II. Create a VoiceThread Create VoiceThread Demonstration

  1. Click “Create” and this will take you to the “create screen”
  2. Upload your files to VoiceThread. You can upload images, documents, videos, presentations from your computer, facebook and other sources, or even a from URL, but it must be exactly correct.
    YouTube videos need to be downloaded locally and uploaded to voice thread because the URL doesn’t directly go to the video.
  1. No file can be more than 25 MB with a free account.
  2. Files you definitely can't upload: .zip, .swf, .html, and .txt
  3. VoiceThread saves automatically. You should add a title to your thread. Then you can preview your images/video and comment on your thread using text, voice or video from your web cam.
  1. Then you can share it by immediately sending it to “friends” in VoiceThread or using the “Get a Link” button and use that to email friends.


How to Share a  VoiceThread - Share VoiceThread Demonstration

To share a VoiceThread that you’ve already created.

  1. Go to “MyVoice” and select the thread
  2. Choose “Share”
  3. Choose “get a link”
  4. Choose “copy the link”
  5. Click “Close”
  6. Paste the link into a document, email and send to whomever.


How to comment on a VoiceThread -  Comment on a VoiceThread Demonstration

You must have an account to comment on a VoiceThread. Once logged in and viewing the thread:

  1. Decide if you want to comment by text, audio from a microphone, or video from a webcam.
  2. Click on the “Comment” button
  3. For Audio:
  1. choose “record”. An adobe flash player window will open requesting access to use your microphone on your computer.
  2. Click Allow.
  3. Begin speaking. Click “Stop recording” when finished.
  4. Review playback and decide to save or re-record.
  5. Click Save.
  1. For Text:
  1. Choose “Type”
  2. A comment bubble opens. Type your comments there.
  3. Click save.
  1. For Web cam:
  1. Choose the video camera icon. An adobe flash player window will open requesting access to use your microphone and camera on your computer.
  2. Click Allow.
  3. Begin recording. A bubble should appear next to the thread with the video you are recording.
  4. Click “stop recording” when finished.
  5. Review playback and decide to save or re-record.
  6. Click Save.
  1. Your comment will appear under your identity next to the VoiceThread.