I like to encourage faculty to think about ways to use screencasting to create their own instructional videos and upload them into a VoiceThread. Below, you will see two examples of how this approach could be applied (of course, there are many more!).
Idea #1: Instructional Activity
Share link: http://voicethread.com/share/2915637/
Students complete this VoiceThread activity after reading a chapter in their book and viewing a small collection of YouTube videos that augment the topics from the textbook. Within this VoiceThread, there are three types of slides:
- Directions: how to, grading information, criteria, etc.
- Video: A 7-minute instructional video (Slide 5) which I recorded using Screenflow (a Mac-only screencasting software).
- Interactive Slides: these slides contain prompts to which students respond.
Idea #2: Asynchronous Office Hours or Group Tutor Spaces
Share link: http://voicethread.com/share/2953545/
This VoiceThread was made using three web-based tools (all of which can be used for free, by the way). First, the online whiteboard demo'd in the video is Scribblar.com and the video that I recorded and uploaded into the VoiceThread was made using Screencast-o-matic. As I explain in the video, I preset the screen recording size in Screencast-o-matic to 600x450, as that is the precise aspect ratio of the VoiceThread player. While it condenses my whiteboard space, the end result is a small file size which allows me to create a longer video! (Keep in mind, if you have a free VoiceThread account, each individual file you upload into your VoiceThread will be limited to 25 MB. If you have a PRO account (which is provided with most premium accounts including site wide and department licenses), that file size increases to 100 MB.)
Take a peek and feel free to leave a comment in the VoiceThread. I encourage you to leave a voice or video comment and play the video as you're commenting. Few people realize that you can actually capture your playback of the video as you record a comment in a VoiceThread --- and that includes using the Doodle tool! Give it a try!
Do you have another idea for how you could use screencasting in a VoiceThread to support teaching and learning? Let's hear it ... or better yet, please share a link to an example!