Technology Summer 2011 – Voki – “Hello. Welcome to my website.”
This is a cool tool to use with morning directions, read aloud of short passages, or to add to my classroom website I’m making in my other computer class.  I would like to have my students create various vokis to represent themselves, and then they could record their voices reading various passages. That would allow them to analyze their own reading and improve their fluency.  I think once they had a little instruction and a small amount of play time, this would be very easy for my 5th graders to use.
Here you can poll up to 30 students at a time for free without an account.  Just click the green box to create a poll.  I could use these to poll students on lunch count, reading preferences, familiarity of vocab words, and more. I would have 2 concerns though: 1. Many of my students do not have cell phones, and I don’t have enough computer access for those without cell phones to vote within a reasonable amount of time. 2.  Our school’s cell phone policy is that they stay in the backpacks. They are used for before and after school communication with parents. I would have to talk to my principal and contact parents concerning texting plans. I would not want to cause any extra charges for my families. 
The site allowed me to create an account, and it will allow me to create accounts under mine for my students that don’t have email addresses to use.  It creates digital and printable flashcards for vocabulary words for review or partner work.  You can use text definitions or picture definitions (or both).   The “quick editor” button was the easiest path to follow, and it would be best for students to use as well.  I would like to see this used for math and social studies vocabulary, in partners for creation and review. — This site offers videos and text to define difficult words. However, I was unable to find any of the 5 words I searched.  These were words that are often difficult for elementary, so I am wondering if this site is more for high school/SAT prep.  I can get a word of the day emailed to me, which might be interesting. – This site is used by our tech teacher when our students finish early in computer class. – This site has a few interactives that would be helpful.  For example, there is a spelling bee interactive where students listen to read alouds, and then they are asked to spell some of the words they were exposed to in the readings.  There’s also a 3-D interactive for math and a US map with a compass rose & legand that is interactive that would be great for my beginning of the year geography review. – This has a ton of math interactives that can be searched by topic. 
Also, is a great site a fellow classmate told me about.  It has math and science videos with comprehension questions after the videos. 

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