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VoiceThread is a collaborative digital media platform that allows users to create a presentation from  multiple media, including images, documents, and videos.  A community-based platform, users can leave comments in 5 ways: voice (with a mic), text, audio file, or video. Additionally, one popular feature allows users to can doodle while commenting (drawing annotation overlays the multimedia presentation).

Many uses of VoiceThead overlap with HapYak. These include:

  • Annotation a video clip you make yourself or find on YouTube to help students identify key points.
  • Insert questions throughout a video to help promote understanding and to keep them engaged for the duration of the video.
  • Have students collaborate on annotating a video with text, related links, or drawings.
  • Segment a long video into chapters so that students can jump to particular sections they want to review or skip content they are familiar with.

Additional potential uses unique to VoiceThread include:

  • Students can annotate presentations on their mobile devices (e.g., iPads, smartphones, etc.)


  • The ability to pause a video to ask a question.
  • Embeds within a webpage
  • Accepts myriad file formats such as pdfs
  • Compatible with mobile devices


  • Requires Adobe Flash
  • Can distort formatting in commonly uploaded file types such as PowerPoint.

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Learn how to create your first VoiceThread: