Inspired by Bob Sprankle and his posted VoiceThread for BLC 2007, I played with VoiceThread myself for the first time recently and created a narrated slideshow of images taken at NECC 2007 and shared on Flickr. You can both view and leave comments (via text and audio) to this VoiceThread. VERY cool!
Voicethread is very similar to Bubbleshare, with the following differences:
- Voicethread lets others leave text comments as well as audio comments on individual slides. (Bubbleshare just supports text comments by visitors, only the author of each Bubbleshare slideshow can leave 30 seconds of voice narration per slide.)
- VoiceThread integrates directly with Flickr, which is HUGE. You can directly import all images from different Flickr sets. This functionality is similar to the Flickr integration in Digital Storyteller.
- VoiceThread requires users to setup an account first before creating a narrated slideshow. BubbleShare does not, account creation is optional.
- VoiceThread supports more sophisticated sharing options than BubbleShare. You can keep a VoiceThread private (VERY important for school contexts) while all BubbleShare slideshows are public. (I think.) VoiceThread even lets you invite others to COLLABORATE with you on a project and edit all aspects of a project, similar to Google Documents. BubbleShare doesn’t support this type of collaboration, it only allows one author. (Others can leave text comments, however.)
I’d like to see a “download as video podcast” and “subscribe as video podcast” option for VoiceThread. That would be VERY cool, especially if it could dynamically integrate all the audio comments which have been added to date for each slide and then make that file available as an enhanced podcast. 🙂 That may not be possible because of the licensing issues involved with the M4A QuickTime format, however.
I’ve added VoiceThread as another tool included in the workshop “Global Voices: Distributed Learning Projects With Interactive Podcasting and VOIP Tools.” Are their other differences between VoiceThread and Bubbleshare I neglected to see or mention?
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