Edudemic, is an interesting website that I stumbled upon that gives information about how to implement technology in the classroom and various delivery tips.
As a follow on from my initial blog about Voki’s, I decided to create one of my own.
I experimented with changing the background and voice to create an interesting character that could be used in a LOTE lesson. However, the possibilities are endless.
Check out my work here: http://www.voki.com/pickup.php?scid=8360076&height=400&width=300
First of all my apologies that my posts have been a little sparse lately, as I am in the process of writing a thesis and completing exams.
Anyway, something interesting that I discovered from a fellow colleague the other day is the emergence of Vokis.
You are probably wondering what on earth is a voki and how can students use these in the classroom??
What is Voki?
Voki is an educational tool that allows users to create their very own talking character. Voki is created by Oddcast and is located in New York City.
Voki characters can be customized to look like historical figures, cartoons, animals, and even yourself! Give your Voki a voice by recording with a microphone, using our dial-in number, or uploading an audio file. Voki characters can be emailed, shared on social media, and embedded on websites!
What’s with the name?
Voki is a combination of the words “vox” and “Loki”. “Vox” is the Latin term for voice. Loki is a Norse god from Norse mythology. Loki is a trickster who has the ability to change his shape. Fitting name since Voki gives students and teachers the ability to change the character’s appearance and add a voice!
Will Voki always be free?
Yes, basic Voki will always be free for all educators and students! You can create unlimited Voki characters on your account. Basic Voki users have access to basic Voki characters.
What is Voki Classroom?
Voki Classroom is a student, class, and lesson management system for Voki. With Voki Classroom, teachers are able to control their students’ privacy settings.
Read this on an EduTechnology site- rather interesting and scary all in one:
While there is little uniformity in technology, there are some trends worth noting that have spurred tangent innovation, including speed (a shift from dial-up top broad band), size (from huge computers to small handheld devices), and connectivity (through always-on apps and social media).
In fact, we have some to expect nearly instant obsolescence—smartphone contracts that last a mere 24 months seem like ages. Whether this is a matter of trend or function is a matter of perspective, but it’s true that technology is changing—and not just as a matter of power, but tone.
In 2013, technology has become not just a tool, but a standard and matter of credibility. While learning by no means requires technology, to design learning without technology is an exercise in spite—proving a point at the cost of potential. And it’s difficult to forget how new this is.
Fifteen years ago, a current high school sophomore was born.
So was Google.
It’s hard to recall what life was life before Google. In that 15 years, it has gone from a way to search the mess of web pages with your Netscape browser, to a ubiquitous digital brand that powers Android smartphones, hosts not just videos but full-on learning channels, stores all of your personal communication in the cloud, has leap-frogged Skype with Google+ Hangouts, and autocompletes your searches for you in an eerie kind of hive-mind. Oh, and Google Street View, virtual museum tours, and the most powerful way to find information known to man.
In 15 years.
What happens to technology in the next 15 years may not simply impact learning in a typical cause-effect relationship. Rather, it might be the case that one absorbs the other, where information access, socializing ideas, and creative collaboration may be organic and completely invisible.
Smarter MOOCs slowly correct the crude whenever, wherever models of the past, beginning to improve the credibility of eLearning.
Improved blended learning models provide schools struggling to justify themselves in light of modern access to information with new options—and a new purpose.
Adaptive computer-based testing slowly begins to replace one-size-fits-all assessment of academic proficiency.
Learning simulations begin to replace direct instruction.
Game-Based Learning continues to be sparsely adopted, primarily used in project-based learning units and occurring on mobile devices with limited interactive inputs and screenspace that compromise game-based learning’s potential.
Apps will continue to supplement textbooks in some districts, replace them in others.
Technology to promote early literacy habits is seeded by venture capitalists. This is the start of new government programs that start farming out literacy and educational programs to start-ups, entrepreneurs, app developers, and other private sector innovators.
Digital literacy begins to outpace academic literacy in some fringe classrooms.
Custom multimedia content is available as the private sectors create custom iTunesU courses, YouTube channels, and other holding areas for content that accurately responds to learner needs.
Improved tools for measuring text complexity emerge, available through the camera feature of a mobile device, among other possibilities.
Open Source learning models will grow faster than those closed, serving as a hotbed for innovation in learning.
Purely academic standards, such as the Common Core movement in the United States, will begin to decline. As educators seek curriculum based not on content, but on the ability to interact, self-direct, and learn, institutionally-centered artifacts of old-age academia will lose credibility.
Visual data will replace numerical data as schools struggle to communicate learning results to disenfranchised family and community members.
Cloud-Based Education will be the rule, not the exception. This will start simply, with better aggregation of student metrics, more efficient data sharing, and more visual assessment results.
Seamless peer-to-peer and school-to-school collaboration begins to appear in some districts.
Schools function as think-tanks to address local and global challenges such as clean water, broadband access, human trafficking, and religious intolerance.
Diverse learning forms begin to supplement school—both inside , including entrepreneurial learning, invisible learning, question-based learning, and open source learning.
Self-Directed Learning studios and other alternative methods of formal education for families.
“Culture” will no longer be “integrated into units,” but embedded into social learning experiences, including poverty, race, language, and other trademarks of what it means to be human.
Dialogic learning through digital media will have learners responding to peers, mentors, families, and experts in a socially-embraced collaborative pattern.
Learning simulations begin to replace teachers in some eLearning-based learning environments.
Truly mobile learning will support not just moving from one side of the classroom to another, but from a learning studio to a community, whether physically or through a Google+ or Skype-like technology.
Personalized learning algorithms will be the de facto standard in schools that continue the traditional academic learning approach.
The daily transition from eLearning and face-to-face learning will more elegant, but still a challenge for many districts and states, especially those with considerable economic deficits. Among other changes, this will create minor “migratory ripples” as families move in response to educational disparity.
Biometrics—the feedback of biological responses include sweat gland stimulation, heart rate, eye position, and other data–will provide real-time learning feedback not just for educators, but for-profit organizations for the purpose of analytics, market research, and ultimately consumerism.
Learning simulations begin to replace teachers, and some schools.
Diverse learning forms begin to replace school just as the old-model of content–>curriculum–>data–>personalized academic learning is honed to perfection.
Schools as we know them will now be outnumbered, no longer just supplemented by eLearning, blended learning, and self-directed learning platforms, but incredible learning simulations and full-on virtual worlds.
Remaining schools that refuse to adapt to new technology and cultural trends will cause splintering in some communities as the significant cost of technology integration increases socio-economic gaps.
Seamless Heads-Up Displays will equip learners with information, feedback of performance, and social data in real-time.
New certificates of achievement and performance that are social, portfolio-based, and self-selected will begin to replace institutional certificates, including college degrees.
WordPress is an elegant solution for education professionals looking to create a website for their class, and today we’re excited to announce the launch of WordPress.com Classrooms. Whether you need a group blog for your high school history project, or to keep your 3rd grade students’ parents up to date about the next field trip, you’ll find the solution here at WordPress.com.
We know you’re busy educating the world’s young minds, so we’ve made the site creation process as easy as 1-2-3: Register your site, customize your theme, and start posting — that’s it! No more excuses about how the dog ate your
We’re all about engaging discussion. Invite students to post their thoughts on your latest lecture and submit their reaction papers as comments. Or maybe you just need a place to get the word out about class happenings — turn off…
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Very inspiring words by some of the world’s leading educators:
An important aspect of learning in today’s world is to consider what it means to be a learner in the 21st century. Many of today’s rapidly developing technologies provide an environment in which learning can occur. But simply being in these environments won’t guarantee that learning will take place.
These technologies can make learning more efficient, accessible and flexible. But they can also seem overwhelming, because they present us with large amounts of information simultaneously in a way that does not discriminate the good the bad and the ugly.
Some online environments present us with reality, while others use virtual representations. So a range of skills are required if we are to successfully interact with the many different ways in which information may be presented. If we’re to use online environments to help us learn, we need to be aware that they have features that can enhance our learning and others that can inhibit it.
Many students love to blog, Facebook, Twitter and skype one another. Some radical educators have come up with the idea that students may actually benefit from using social media.
Through interactive means students are learning a new form of communication and a world where they can form an extensive array of connections.
However, what exactly is it that they are learning? Read on to find out…..
Social media networks are designed for the purpose of communal connections. Today’s students are accessing Facebook, Twitter and even Instagram to connect and share with those around them. One of the most interesting things about social media is that users can interact and engage with each other solely through a Web presence, perhaps never even meeting in person.
(This offers a great advantage in teaching students about another culture and to even act as E-pals).
Whether they are sharing personal pictures, links to other sites or even commenting on someone’s post, students engage, stretching beyond social interaction purposes alone. Students use social media day in and day out to interact with their peers and even teachers about class-related subjects. In a world where online engagement is important for businesses, these students are becoming experts at developing a sense of Internet presence. Not only do they know how to interact with others on the internet, they know how to use basic and even complex functions in order to do so.
(Another great idea in developing self and allowing freedom of expression- this could even be taken a step further to allow the students to create their own blogs about what they have learnt or completed within the course of the day).
As technology advances, so does the way the world works with it. Both teachers and students need to be aware of the changes and utilize it to its fullest potential to reap the benefits.