Caitlin Cornell3/17/12 I. What is Voxopop? Internet-based conversation tool… …with the ability to record discussions! “Voxopop is essentially a message/forum board system that uses voice instead of text.” (Voxopop website) What you need: Internet access A microphone Playback ability (headset or speakers) Updated Flash player Updated Java plugin
Caitlin Cornell3/17/12 II. Why should I use Voxopop? Authentic context for “real” practice Multiple interlocutors Communication isn’t limited to instructor-to-student or student-to-student Pair Small group Large group Outside of class group completely
Caitlin Cornell3/17/12 Voxopop for Listening & Speaking Responding to prompts (homework or quizzes) Oral Presentations Radio shows Pronunciation
Caitlin Cornell3/17/12 Voxopop for Reading & Writing Analysis discussions Responses to texts Response prompts (by instructor) Book reports Book clubs
Caitlin Cornell3/17/12 Voxopop for “Etc.” Group lesson debrief Question-Answer sessions (Everyone needs a little extra help after grammar lessons…) Teacher feedback
Caitlin Cornell3/17/12 III. How do I use Voxopop? Sign up. Edit your Profile. Enter an existing “Talkgroup”, or Create your own Talkgroup. Invite people to your Talkgroup. Create new discussions for your Talkgroup. Talk!
Caitlin Cornell3/17/12 A. Sign Up! Go to: www.voxopop.com Click on the “Sign Up, Join In” icon. Enter all the information on the Sign Up page.
Caitlin Cornell3/17/12 C. Start a Talkgroup: Step 1 Choose a name for your Talkgroup. It must be specific enough for students to find, but not too complicated to remember/type. Add the “type of group.” Add the “category.”
Caitlin Cornell3/17/12 C. Start a Talkgroup: Step 2 • Choose an appropriate “Access Level” for your Talkgroup: For classes, private is best. • This means you’ll have to do the work of enrolling your students in the Talkgroup. Or, you can make it restricted until all users have enrolled, and then change it to private.
Caitlin Cornell3/17/12 C. Start a Talkgroup: Step 3 • Add a “custom” image and choose a color scheme for the Talkgroup page. – This is the most difficult part of using Voxopop! They won’t let you proceed without an image, but it takes some time to find an image you like that is within the 2MB size limit. Suggestion: find an image you like that is 2MB and keep it somewhere safe for the next Talkgroup!
Caitlin Cornell3/17/12 C. Start a Talkgroup: Step 4 • Add a description. Choose something that makes as much sense to you as to your students. • Add any rules that you might want to impose on your class. Example: Recordings must be at least 1 minute long, but not more than 3 minutes long.
Caitlin Cornell3/17/12 C. Start a Talkgroup: Step 5 • Add a website (if there’s anything related to the activity, like an extra resource). • Add discussion categories. This is so you can group all the Talkgroup’s discussions according to topic and keep yourself organized!
Caitlin Cornell3/17/12 D. Record a New Discussion • From any Talkgroup, click “record a new discussion.”
Caitlin Cornell3/17/12 IV. Summary • Advantages – So many uses! Easy to create new Talkgroups and discussions. Disadvantages – No way to save the recordings outside of Voxopop. Not instantaneous communication (no chance of communication breakdown, no pressure). Sometimes you get an error message when returning to the homepage. – Some say that uploading takes “forever.” You can’t verify students’ equipment at home.
Caitlin Cornell3/17/12 V. Resources • A Teacher’s Wiki: – http://voxopop1.wikispaces.com/Voxopop Voxopop on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/voxopop • Voxopop on YouTube (one video of many): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fwUtkD5Cs4
Caitlin Cornell3/17/12 VI. Questions? • For future questions…email me! email@example.com