Sunday, April 10, 2011
The Web 2.0 product I would like to review this week is Voicethread. Voicethread is this wonderful collaborative tool. It can be used in a variety of ways. Essentially Voicethread is a collaborative multimedia slideshow. So how does Voicethread work?
First, create the Voicethread, this is done very easily by following the prompts on the screen. You can upload images, documents and even videos straight from your computer or your Facebook account.
While the Voicethread plays, collaborators can pause the video and leave comments. Now the kind of comments you can leave are what make this tool special! You can leave a voice comment through a microphone, text boxes, audio files and even telephone. Collaborators are also free to edit and delete their comments at any time.
One of my favourite features is the doodling option. Doodling allows you to draw on the media which is currently being shown. I like this tool since sometimes it can be challenging to accurately describe what precise part of an image you might be critiquing, for example.
Voicethread can also be embedded into a variety of platforms and you can export it as a widescreen movie with comments and all. This would be wonderful as a reflection tool and even a presentation of sorts.
Lastly, Voicethread also gives you great privacy controls. You can choose to moderate the comments left, decide who to share your Voicethread with as well as have multiple identities which eliminates the issue of having to sign-up if your just using the platform as a one off. Voicethread is a wonderful application that gives you an immense amount of flexibility all without having to download any software. Check it out for yourself!