Web tools and oral communication


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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
  • Web tools and oral communication

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