This hands-on guide will help you create a group presentation using VoiceThread. I highly recommend printing this document and follow along step-by-step. This process will take some time, but it isn’t too complicated.

This guide covers the following tasks:

Part 1:    Registering for a VoiceThread account.

Part 2:    Uploading your digital storytelling PowerPoint to VoiceThread.

Part 3:     Inviting your group members to the presentation.

Part 4:    Adding a title to your presentation.

Part 5:    Setting the playback options for your presentation.

Part 6:    Recording your narration.

Part 7:    Copying the embed code for your presentation.

Part 8:    Pasting the presentation embed code into your D2L Discussion post.

 

 

Group Responsibilities:
Listed in the order in which tasks MUST be completed.

  • EVERYONE in the group will need to complete Part 1.
  • The GROUP LEADER will need to complete Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5.
  • EVERYONE in the group will need to complete Part 6.
  • The GROUP LEADER will need to complete Part 7 and Part 8.

 

 

Before you begin:

  • You must have the following items (which were completed in earlier assignments):
  • A completed PowerPoint presentation (you’ll need access to the .ppt file).
  • A printed copy of your presentation text (you will use this as a script when recording your narration).
  • Your group members UWM email addresses
  • IMPORTANT! You MUST have a microphone headset and it must be plugged in to your computer before you open your browser to begin recording narration.

Note: You can check out a USB microphone headset using your student ePanther ID card for 4 hours from the UWM Media Library located in the West Wing, Lower Level (http://www4.uwm.edu/Library/media/).

  • Be sure you are using *FireFox* as your browser if you are using a PC, or use *Safari* as your browser if you are using a Mac.
  • You must use high speed internet access using a hardwired connection to upload your Voicethread movie to your ePortfolio. If you cannot connect with an Ethernet cable to the internet at home, you should use a campus computer lab or a wireless connection on campus.

Part 1: Registering for VoiceThread

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Reminder!! Be sure you are using *FireFox* as your browser if you are using a PC, or use *Safari* as your browser if you are using a Mac.

  1. Go to http://voicethread.com/ and click [Sign In or Register].
  2. Click the [Register] tab on the left side of the screen.
  3. Enter your first and last name
  4. Enter your UWM email address for the [Email].
  5. Enter your UWM Student ID Number for the [Password].
  6. Type the words that appear on your screen.
  7. Click [Register].

Part 2: Uploading your presentation PowerPoint to VoiceThread

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Reminder!! You must have access to your completed PowerPoint presentation (you will need to upload the .ppt file).

If you are not already logged in to VoiceThread, go to: http://voicethread.com/

  1. Click the [Sign In] button.
  2. Enter your UWM email address for the [Email]. Enter your Student ID Number for the [Password].
  3. Click [Sign in].
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4. Once logged in, click [Create].

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5. Click the [Upload] button.

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6. Under [Upload from…], select [My Computer].

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7. Navigate to your PowerPoint and select [Open].

Part 3: Inviting your group members to the presentation

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Reminder!! You must download the “blackbox” icon that will be uploaded as your new avatar in VoiceThread. You can find the “blackbox” icon here: https://dl.dropbox.com/u/12092211/digital-storytelling/blackbox.png RIGHT click (on a PC) or CONTROL click (on a Mac) and select [Save image as…] to download the image to your computer.

  1. Once you have uploaded your PowerPoint presentations, click on [Share].
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2. Under [My Contacts], click [Add+].

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3. Enter the UWM email address for one of your group mates.

4. Enter your group mate’s name.

5. Click [Add].

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6. Once your group mate’s contact appears, click the “eyeball” icon […can view this VoiceThread], then click the “bubble” icon […can comment on this VoiceThread], finally click the “pencil icon […can edit this VoiceThread].

IMPORTANT repeat Steps #1-#6 in PART 3 until you have successfully added all your group mates.

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7. Once all your group mates have been added, click [All] under [My contacts].

8. Click [Send Invitation].

Part 4: Adding a title to your presentation

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  1. To give your presentation a title and description, click [Add a title and description].
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2. Enter the name of your presentation in [title:]

3. Enter a description which includes the fact that this is a presentation created for your course (include course number) at UW-Milwaukee in the semester and year.

4. Click [save].

Part 5: Setting the playback options for your presentation

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  1. To set “Playback Option” click the [Playback Options] button.
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2. Enter 0 (zero) for “seconds before turning the slide”

3. Check the box for “Start playing when opened?”

4. Check the box for “Allow others to Export?”

5. Ensure that no other options are checked and click [save].

Part 6: Recording your narration

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Reminders:

  • You must have a printed copy of your presentation text (you will use this as a narration script).
  • IMPORTANT! You must have the microphone headset plugged in to your computer.

Note: You can check out a USB microphone headset using your student ePanther ID card for 4 hours from the UWM Media Library located in the West Wing, Lower Level (http://www4.uwm.edu/Library/media/).

  1. Ensure that your microphone headset is plugged in to your computer and click [Comment].
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2. If you have a title slide that you do not wish to narrate, click the “forward arrow” to move to your first presentation slide.

3. Click the [comment] button.

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4. With your printed narration script available, click [record].

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5. You may receive a message for “Camera and Microphone Access” click the [Allow] button.

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6. Read the section of your script that corresponds to the image in your story. When you are finished, click [stop recording].

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7. Once you stop the recording, VoiceThread will play back what you have just recorded. Listen to the WHOLE SLIDE and make sure that it has not been cut off at the end. If it is acceptable, click [Save]. If you need to re-record the slide, click [Cancel] and repeat steps 4-6 of this part of the helpsheet.

If you can’t hear your voice, make sure the volume is not muted. If you still can’t hear your voice, close the browser, re-open the browser, log in to VoiceThread and begin with “Part #4: Recording your narration” above.

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8. Once you have successfully recorded your slide, click the “forward arrow” to move to the next slide and repeat steps 4-6 until you have successfully recorded all your slides.

Part 7: Copying the embed code for your presentation

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  1. To copy the embed code which will be pasted into your Discussion Post in D2L, click the [Embed] button at the bottom of the [Create] (or [Edit]) tab.
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2. Click the [Copy this] button under the [Embed code:] option.

Part 8: Pasting the presentation embed code into your D2L Discussion post

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  1. Log into D2L and enter your course site. Click on [Discussions].
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2. Click on the appropriate Discussion topic or this assignment.

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3. Click the [Compose] button.

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4. In the editor, click on the [Advanced] tab. Click the small icon that looks like a play, stop, rewind, and fast forward button, called [Insert Stuff].

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5. A new window will pop up. Click the button [Enter Embed Code].

6. Paste the embed code that you copied from Part 7 into the [Embed code:] window.

7. Click [Next].

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You will see a preview of your presentation in the window.

8. Click the [Insert] button.

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9. Once you return to the [New Message Details] page, enter a title for your post.
10. Click [Post].

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You should see the presentation in your discussion post. You (and your peers) can control the play and volume from here.