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  • Tutorial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyGTcH0ZefM http://www.slideshare.net/markmodra/voki-activities-presentation?type=powerpoint http://www.boxoftricks.net/?p=104
  • http://www.voki.com/ Tutorial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ju7JDkSfb8 Tutorial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyGTcH0ZefM
  • http://blog.voki.com/ http://www.squidoo.com/voki Example: voices of the world: http://votw.wikispaces.com/September's+Task
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nr0wod6JZIU
  • Ideas: http://howtovoicethread.wikispaces.com/Voicethread%20in%20Education
  • http://ed.voicethread.com/#home http://voicethread.ning.com/ http://voicethread4education.wikispaces.com/ http://digitallyspeaking.pbworks.com/Voicethread
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D5ajwV4Z6v4 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLo173DjFCo
  • Do’s and Don’t’ts http://www.voxopop.com/topic/bebb064e-4087-4638-b66d-fa130377b7fe
  • Tutorial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QlQA9eAxqdM

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  • Web 2.0 tools to promote oral communication in distance and blended learning contexts
  • Why to use web tools to promote oral communication?
    • Provide opportunity to experience different kinds of communication – synchronous – asynchronous.
    • Increase interaction inside and outside the classroom.
    • Foster global learning (collaboration with other teachers and students locally, nationally and internationally.)
    • Allow discussion to be attached to the lecture itself (e.g., voicethread).
    • Improve the social presence of instructors and students.
  • Why to use web tools to promote oral communication?
    • Promote students’ motivation making learning more engaging.
    • Can be used with different learners (teenagers, adults).
    • Give a voice to shy students.
  • Web tools
    • Voki:
    • Voicethread
    • Voxopop
    • Tolkbox
  • Voki
    • What is it?
    • Free web tool to create speaking avatars/characters.
    • Features:
      • Personalized avatars (animal, cartoon, human)
      • Personalized voice and accent (via phone, microphone, text to speech or upload file) – No more than a minute.
      • Personalized background
      • They can be shared through email or posted on wikis, blogs or websites.
  • Voki use in education
    • Developing characters for digital storytelling projects
    • Reading comprehension / literature
    • Listening comprehension
    • Introducing group discussion by asking questions.
    • Expressing opinions or presenting content about a topic
    • Assessment of oral skills (e.g., pronunciation)
  • Voki examples
    • Spanish learners talking about a native speaker:
    • http://tecnologiaenl2.blogspot.com/2009/11/practica-oral.html
    • Food groups:
    • http://nataliearthurgdlt.blogspot.com/2010/04/vokis-are-fun-even-for-big-kids-like-me.html
    • Voices of the world project:
    • http://votw.wikispaces.com/September's+Task
  • Voicethread
    • What is it?
    • Digital tool for having conversations around media
    • Features:
      • Upload pictures, powerpoints, videos
      • Add voice, text or video comments
      • Comment moderation
      • Privacy controls
      • It can be embedded in your blog, wiki, website.
  • Voicethread in Education
    • Make presentations
    • Describe, compare and contrast pictures/pieces of art
    • Narrate a story / Adding voices to the characters in a story
    • Reading groups
    • Peer review artwork / writing samples
    • Comment, review or discuss a videoclip
    • Digital portfolios
    • Problem solving / Debate on an issue
  • Voicethread examples
    • Art class example: http://VoiceThread.com/#q+college.b8863.i62483
    • Spanish student presentation on cultural topics: http://spa101hfall09.wetpaint.com/page/Webquests
    • The great depression: Poetry project: http://VoiceThread.com/#q+poetry.b425796.i2253592
  • Voxopop
    • What is it?
    • A webspace for talkgroups. A message board/forum that uses voice instead of text.
    • Features
      • You can create a public or a private talkgroup.
      • You can be notified by when others contribute to your talkgroup (keep a watchlist).
      • You can have messages automatically transferred to an mp3 player (Add to iTunes).
  • Voxopop in education
    • Discussion about topics covered in class.
    • Activate background knowledge about a topic you are going to present in class.
    • Collaborative narratives
    • Pronunciation practice
    • Practice your listening skills in L2
    • Assessment of oral skills
  • Voxopop examples
    • Gina Santi Fotografías – Questions to a Spanish-speaking photographer: http://www.voxopop.com/topic/56244dbc-95b2-400d-a18f-6cce47cc96ba
    • Language exchange – Stereotypes:
      • http://www.voxopop.com/topic/e7b27288-2152-4bb4-959b-8c793a1e3948
  • Tokbox
    • What is it?
    • Webtool that allows you to connect face-to-face using video.
    • Features:
      • No downloads involved
      • Video conference (up to 20 people for free)
      • Video messages
      • Video messages can be embedded in a blog or website.
      • You can upload presentations, videos and documents to enrich your online discussion.
  • Tokbox in education
    • Video response/feedback to students’ work
    • Virtual pen pen pals for language students
    • Review material with students
    • Local, national and international collaboration in projects
    • Group discussion in online classes
    • Interviews / Oral assessment / Video learning diary
    • News reports
  • TASKS
    • Four tasks have been created to explore these tools (Voki, Voicethread, Voxopop, Tokbox).
    • Choose one of the tasks to try in this session.
    • Go to the following webpage for task instructions and video tutorials for each tool: http://tecnologiaenl2.blogspot.com/2010/05/web-20-tools-to-promote-oral.html
    • Record your voice to comment on the task.
  • Resources
    • Voki: Voki – Avatars in Education
    • Voicethread: Voicethread 4 Education wiki
    • Voxopop: IELTS speaking practice with Voxopop
    • Tokbox: Teach outside the classroom