Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Voki and Poetry at the Middle School

Often times the art of writing poetry does not come easily for a sixth grader.  Writing poems may not be the "coolest" thing to do for some but with the help of "Voki" students were immediately engaged and eager to write their poems knowing that they could publish their work in an unconventional manner.   Voki offered a way to make their poems come to life by having the students create a custom character that recites their writing piece.

Mrs. Wlazlo taught her writing lesson as usual and decided she needed a tangible outcome product for her poetry lesson.  It was then, that she though integrating technology to this lesson would help her with that product.

Not only did the students have fun creating their characters but they also practiced, without even noticing, their writing skills and their fluency.  Students wrote their poems and then typed them onto the text to speech feature of Voki.  Their characters then read their poems for them.  This made students aware of mechanical mistakes in their writing as well as word choice and poem structure.  They did not have to have their teacher read their poem to get feedback; they heard their Vokis read their poem to them and by doing so the students became aware of their own mistakes.  This made a big difference in the way students learn; they became responsible of their own learning and adjusted their writing to perfection.

Read Mrs. Wlazlo's reflection:

My students and I enjoyed using Voki to "publish" our poetry. I loved that it allowed students to hear their work. Many found themselves going back and editing their poems after they were able to listen to them. It also allowed students to express themselves and have a little fun when creating their Voki character. It was a simple way to integrate technology into a writing unit.

Click here to see one of Mrs. Wlazlo's student's Voki!

Below is a video of the students experience with Voki


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