In the World Language classroom, capturing student voices is essential. The North Carolina Essential Standards for World Languages are now based on proficiency. When teachers use technology to capture student voices and measure proficiency, the classroom becomes much more efficient. During this workshop we will explore three different tools that can be used to capture student voices.


By the end of this session, participants will:
  • explore three different web-based tools that can be used to capture student voices.
  • collaborate around ways these tools can be used.
  • create accounts and practice with all three tools.

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Tool #1: Voki

Voki allows you to create personalized speaking avatars.



Task:
  1. Visit http://www.voki.com.
  2. Create a free account.
  3. Customize your voki character.
  4. Have your avatar tell what plans you have for the summer.
  5. Paste the link in the form below and give additional ideas for how to use this tool in the World Language classroom.





Tool #2: PowToon

Powtoon is a free tool that allows you to create cool animated clips for your website and cool animated presentations. Use PowToon's animated templates or create an animated presentation from scratch. It's drag and drop easy: you do not need to know flash or be an experienced animator to produce cool animations quickly with Powtoon.





Task:
  1. Visit http://www.powtoon.com.
  2. Create a free account.
  3. Create a new PowToon.
  4. Use the PowToon video to narrate what you will do over the summer.
  5. Paste the link in the form below and give additional ideas for how to use this tool in the World Language classroom.




Tool #3: Screencast-O-Matic

Screencast-O-Matic is a screen capture software. There is no download or login required. Students can use this to take listeners on a tour of different websites, telling about different pieces of culture in the target language. They could also take us on a virtual field trip. They could introduce us to:
  • artists
  • places
  • food
  • holidays
For this project to be effective, teachers must develop rubrics that require students to check in at certain points along the way. First, they would need to select the websites they are going to visit and put them in order. Next, they would write their script and have it peer- and teacher-proofread. Lastly, they would record their voice and share their screencast.



Task:
  1. Visit http://www.screencast-o-matic.com.
  2. Start a new screencast where you take us to a website that includes information about something you will do over the summer. Tell us 3 things about the site and what you will do this summer.
  3. Share the link to your screencast in the form below and give additional ideas for how to use this tool in the World Language classroom.




“The resources provided during the course of this NCDPI training have been helpful to some educators across the state. However, due to the rapidly changing resources available, NCDPI does not represent nor endorse that these resources are the exclusive resources for the purposes outlined during this training."