Teachers Teaching Teachers #235 – Learn about new features on VoiceThread with Steve Muth, Ben Papell, and Katie Beck – 02.09.11
Steve Muth on M5 – A new feature on VoiceThread from Paul Allison on Vimeo.
We first started talking with Steve Muth and Ben Papell three-and-a-half years ago (Participation is the Most Important Part! TTT77 – 10.31.07). It’s always a delight to have them on Teachers Teaching Teachers because they are both such great listeners! Over the years, they have demonstrated how important teachers’ voices are to them in the development of VoiceThread.
Steve and Ben are back on this episode of Teachers Teaching Teachers, along with VoiceThread’s Community Director Katie Beck. This was their 10th visit to our show.
The folks at VoiceThread had a “big feature release” to talk about, M/5 Commenting. This is how they describe it:
A new version of VoiceThread allows people to not only comment/draw/manipulate media but to also browse entire collections of media while making a single unbroken comment. These M/5 Comments will feel a bit like screencast only they’re much smaller in file size than a video, and more importantly they are delivered to your audience in a richly interactive space. There isn’t a new button and there are no instruction or training to use. You are now simply free to navigate from image > to video > to document > to presentation slide> or any of 50 different media types without breaking your narrative comment.
If you want to practice making an M/5 Comment you can do so on this Thread here which has a varied collection of media types: http://voicethread.com/share/1628729/ We think this feature is a logical evolutionary step towards VT’s goal of allowing someone to simply, but fully and richly, express themselves in an asynchronous conversation. (Version 5.0 will be a hologram;)
So they talk about M/5 Commenting, but it was just nice to catch up with them. If you use VoiceThread with your students (or would like to) please listen to this podcast, and give Ben, Steve and some feedback on the new VoiceThread features. They always take good notes!
Click Read more to see a copy of the chat that was happening during the webcast.