Wednesday, August 5, 2009
This voki was created at www.voki.com
Today I was talking with my Mentor teacher about strategies to use to engage the students into the lesson. I showed her the Voki website as I had been exploring it for this course. She was amazed by this website and found it to be a very useful and an effective tool. It would work great with younger children who are struggling to follow along with lessons and have trouble reading the information. I have decided to use Voki Avatars in my lesson next week to hook the students into their English lesson. Most students in the class have trouble with their grammar, punctuation, spelling and making their work make sense. Voki Avatars will help students with this, as their Voki will be reading out whatever is typed in.
Voki Avatars can be used in the classroom for students when they are presenting information to the class and it will give them confidence if they are too shy to talk in front of a large group of people. The delivery content of teaching in the classroom today can include more technology and tools as these resources are available to use (Aldred, 2007). These 21st century learners need to be challenged when they are in the classroom with new and exciting tools to engage them. This can be done through the use of these Voki Avatars and other useful and effective ICT’s (Waterhouse, 2005). As these resources are available we need to use them in our classroom.
Aldred. (2007). Personal learning space model. Retrieved August 3, 2009, from http://moodle.cqu.edu.au/mod/resource/view.php?id=641
Voki. (2008). What is Voki. Retrieved August 3, 2009, from http://www.voki.com/
Waterhouse. (2005). 21st Century Learners. Retrieved August 3, 2009, from http://moodle.cqu.edu.au/mod/resource/view.php?id=641