Belatedly, I'm experimenting with Voicethread this week. It really is a great tool, and as I've learned from the developers' many visits on various edtechtalk podcasts, they have proven to be wildly responsive to the needs of educators--even to the point of creating an entire new service ( ed.voicethread.com ) for educators unable to access the original site on their campuses. Wow!
I have experimented with putting short comments from students in a voicethread celebrating my school's 30th anniversary.
Cute! And relatively simple.
As the students and I have created this voicethread this week, my teachers have watched--and some have shown some interest in learning how to do it themselves. I find this encouraging, in that our high-stakes tests begin next week and most of our teachers are so stressed that they can hardly sleep at night!
Anyway, the process wasn't flawless, but I think it was a good thing in the end--a chance to make the point (to the adults watching, mainly) that it's not insurmountably hard to use, and that it's ok to try new things and have them turn out less than 100% perfect!
I think the project so far is cute, and the students have enjoyed it. I hope it generates some creative ideas in the classes too!