This is the next post in #EdublogsClub. It came at a very appropriate time, as this morning I was running a refresher course on blogging for teachers who have either been blogging for a while or just starting out.
The third web tool I showed them was Voki where you can create a talking avatar. Great for text to speech book reviews and children soon realise punctuation is important.
If I make a free version without signing in I can only add a link to the Voki, but if I join and sign in, I can use the embed code.
I’ve embedded a Voki below:
Terms of Service and Education Versions
If you are working with students under 13, it is always a good idea to check these as you might need to get permission from parents for students to use these sites. (Good way for parents to see how kids can be creative on the web.)
Also you will notice that both Padlet and Voki have school versions. If your school prefers to keep control of what students create and don’t like them having their work out in public, then you might be able to opt in for the education version.
Always check for a special education version whenever you look at new tools.
You need to create a powerpoint as part of a parent session. You have lots of images of students doing activities in the classroom and on excursions. You have found a fantastic piece of music (creative commons as you will be playing to an audience) and you want it playing in the background of your powerpoint.
Find creative commons music and then save the piece of music to your own PC.
There is a great website called Kahoot. Have you ever used it? It allows you to create quizzes and game shows to use in class. Students just need the URL of the website and a number key you give them. They don’t have to sign up or join anything at all. They can use any device to play but they need to see the screen you have put the game on eg smartboard or whiteboard in front of the room.
Hope you all enjoyed your holiday break. As you might have realised, I headed to Denver, Colorado where I presented about the student blogging challenge I run twice a year. I am hoping your classes will take part in term 4 when the next challenge begins in October.
Have you written a post to begin your new term?
Maybe you have been brave and tried a new tool for the blog. Here is one I can suggest: Padlet
What is a padlet?
It is a blank page where you can easily drag and drop video, text, images, sound, documents. Check out this tour of padlet.
What else is great is that it is free and you have total control over the amount of privacy of your padlet. According to their terms of service, children under 13 cannot create their own free padlets.
To get around this, they have also created a teacher monthly, annual or school plan. You can opt for $5 per month or $45 per year for an individual teacher and then each child can create their own padlets connected via you.
Here is an example of a padlet and I would like you and your students to add your ideas to it.