My 6 year old daughter and I made this Voice Thread today while visiting her Grandparents. I got the idea of recording consecutive video into Voice Thread while watching this fantastic Advent Calendar Greeting from St. Augustine’s College in Sydney, Australia. Until then I had mostly thought of Voice Thread as a way to combine static pictures and voice. I think that being able to include video in a Voice Thread makes it a much more flexible and interesting product.
Even more exciting (in my opinion) is that the entire story was filmed using the Voice Thread App in my 2nd generation 8 GB iPod Touch. I have been wanting to try this App for a while and when my daughter started to create a story with her pictures I jumped at the chance to try it out. There is a lot to like about this App, for instance:
- Once you are logged into your Voice Thread account the App uploads the video you shoot directly to your account and bypasses the device hard drive. When your iPod only has 8 GB of storage this is a big deal.
- The interface for the mobile App is really intuitive and easy to navigate.
- The App captures both video and audio really easily. In my opinion this makes it an excellent way to gather evidence for e-portfolios.
- Once you are finished filming and the App has uploaded all the footage to your Voice Thread account it easy to access the ‘My Voice’ panel and re-arrange or delete the footage. This makes it easy to delete mistakes or, even better, celebrate them by moving them to the end and calling them bloopers (don’t miss the outtakes in our little story :-))