Narrated Slideshows

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Workshop description: Learn how to create and share a narrated slideshow online including recorded audio synchronized to selected photographs or images. We’ll discuss different examples of narrated slideshows and review effective processes for facilitating student narrated slideshows. Websites and tools for creating narrated slideshows we will explore include VoiceThread,SlideShare, and SonicPics for iOS.

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Narrated SlideShow Examples

  1. SlideShare: Copyright for Educators (2009, 26K+ views) - Dissertation Defense - more
  2. SonicPics: Hot Pot in Shanghai - more
  3. VoiceThread: Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief - more

Option #1 SlideShare


  1. Web-based / browser-based
  2. Free
  3. Mobile friendly (including iOS devices)
  4. Audio sync is optional, can be added and changed later


  1. Free account on
  2. Upload PowerPoint or Keynote Presentation as PPT or PDF
  3. Record audio for presentation (battery operated digital audio recorder recommended)
  4. EDIT SlideShare, click to create SlideCast. Upload mp3 audio and sync to slides.

Option #2: SonicPics


  1. iOS application only (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch)
  2. Free version limited to 3 images, 10 minutes
  3. $3 version unlimited images and time
  4. Exports video file which can be shared to sites like YouTube


  1. iOS device (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch)
  2. Download and install app
  3. Take photos on your iOS device or transfer photos to a photo album
  4. Directly upload video file or transfer to laptop/desktop computer for sharing

Option #3: VoiceThread (and ed.VoiceThread)


  1. Web-based and iOS app-based
  2. iOS app is free
  3. Supports moderated community commenting with text, audio and video
  4. Can be private or public


  1. Free or paid account on VoiceThread or Ed.Voicethread
  2. Images for your story
  3. Microphone to record (webcam optional, text comments with keyboard also possible)

Your Homework

Choose at least one of these tools and PLAY with it: Create a narrated slideshow and share it with others1

These materials by Wesley A. Fryer are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.

Contact details for Wesley are available.

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