Teaching Resources

Voki

Fred the Teaching Dog

Name of teaching resource

Voki

Weblink (if web based)

http://www.voki.com/site/create

Who should this digital teaching resource be used with? (ie year/grade)

Voki would be recommended to be used with younger children. From early childhood, ages 4 to 8, throughout the primary years. Young children would find the characters entertaining and humorous. Young children will find it more entertaining to get lesson instructions or information from a talking dog for example, rather than from their everyday classroom teacher. Voki would not be recommended for high school students as they may find the tool childish.

How should it be used? (e.g. individual, whole class)

The tool should be used to give instructions or information to the whole class. As it contains vocals unless the students are listening to the Voki individually with headphones it may become distracting or annoying if continuously played on multiple devices throughout the lesson.

Which subject or learning area would it be most appropriate to use in? The Voki is an excellent resource to replay information to students. Voki can be used to introduce students to a lesson in any learning area and then give small amounts of information on a subject in any learning. There is a limited word count for each Voki but links could be added to a webpage of different avatars all offering new information to students.
Identify the strengths of this teaching resource

Voki is useful to gain the attention of students. Instead of the classroom teacher always being the key speaker in the classroom Voki can be used as a substitute teacher. The avatars can be customised so that they can follow a theme. For example, the educator can use the avatar of a fish to tell the students information about the sea. Voki will draw the students attention to a certain theme.

Identify any weaknesses of this teaching resource

The limited word allowance on Voki means it should not be used for an information over lode. The avatars on Voki can sometimes be hard to understand as they talk quite fast and also read the text out by letters, not phonetically. There is a tip on the avatar creator that informs the creator that is helps to spell out the words phonetically so the Voki can be fully understood.

Explain any ideas you may have for further use of this teaching resource

Voki would be fun to use not only as a teaching resource but as a learning resource. Having the students all create individual Voki’s is a creative way to involve the students. Students will enjoy making their own avatars and will use transmedia to research a topic for their Voki to read.

 

Pinterest

Pinterest page: Teaching in a Digital World

Name of teaching resource

Pinterest

Weblink (if web based)

https://au.pinterest.com/

Who should this digital teaching resource be used with? (ie year/grade)

Upper primary and high school students.

How should it be used? (e.g. individual, whole class)

Pinterest can be used to store information on a topic and share with the whole class. The teacher can pin web pages and articles to their Pinterest and give the students the link to the site. The students can individually explore the links.

Which subject or learning area would it be most appropriate to use in?

Pinterest is good for storing webpages so that they can be easily located again at a later time. Any learning area could use Pinterest if the students are looking for information online. Pinterest would be especially useful in the learning area of science when students are doing research on a topic.

Identify the strengths of this teaching resource

Pinterest is excellent for storing information and sharing it with others. Pinterest is very easy to use. Pinterest can be used to find webpages relating to particular interests by searching topics in the search bar. Pinterest will then collect and organise webpages that relate to your interests. You can create new boards to organise information.

Identify any weaknesses of this teaching resource

Pinterest gives a webpage overload when you search and it is time consuming going through sites.

Explain any ideas you may have for further use of this teaching resource

Pinterest is a good source of inspiration. The teacher can pin items that will start the students on a transmedia journey of exploration.

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