Individual VoiceThread Project Guide for Students

Hello Students! This page will help you create an individual project using VoiceThread.

Step 1: Create a VoiceThread


  1. Click the VoiceThread link in Blackboard.
  2. DO NOT click the Launch icon that appears. Wait for the link to launch automatically.
  3. Click Add Your Own in the upper right corner of the screen.
  4. Click Create a New VoiceThread.


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Step 2: Upload One or More Slides

  1. Click Add Media
  2. Click My Computer and select a PowerPoint, or single PDF to upload as the first slide. Note: Before uploading a PowerPoint, you must save the PowerPoint as a PDF first.
  3. Name your Group Project.
  4. Click Save.

Step 3: Add More Slides to Your VoiceThread

The initial image or PowerPoint PDF uploaded creates your VoiceThread, but you may always add more slides by doing the following:

  1. Click the Add Media icon.
  2. Click My Computer and select a new slide to add.

Step 4: Narrate Your Slides

Click on the slide you wish to narrate first, then:

  1. To begin the narration, click Comment.
  2. Click the Comment Bubble in the bottom center of the slide to open the Commenting Fan.
  3. Click either the Microphone Icon to leave an audio comment or the Video Icon to leave a video comment. Note: A security prompt may appear. Click Allow.
  4. During recording, you may use the Colored Pencil feature to annotate the slide while commenting. Click Fade to toggle whether the pencil “markings” stay or slowly fade from view.
  5. When you are done recording, click Stop Recording.
  6. The comment automatically begins playing back. If you are satisfied with your comment, click Save. If not, click Cancel to record a new comment.
  7. Click the Arrow in the lower right corner to advance to the next slide. Note: Start a new comment on each slide. Follow this process: Comment, Save, Advance to the next slide, repeat. Make sure to save before advancing to the next slide.
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Step 5: Share Your VoiceThread

  1. Click the X in the upper right corner to close your VoiceThread.
  2. To share your VoiceThread with your Blackboard course, click Share and Return to Course.
  3. To finalize the sharing, click the Submit/Share button.


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Step 6: Join the VoiceThread Discussion

Now that you’ve created and shared a VoiceThread, your classmates may comment on your project. To make comments on other student projects, click the VoiceThread link, and the completed, shared projects will appear on the VoiceThread Courseview Page. A complete guide is available on the Student Commenting Guide webpage.