This week we were asked to work on two mini-projects that use technology tools that could be applied in the classroom. I chose to use Comic Life 2 and Voki
Comic Life 2 allowed me to create a comic book without the guest work. I really enjoyed using the application and it was not hard for a first-time user. The application lays everything out in steps so nothing is confusing. There is still a lot of room for creativity as well, which can be hard with an application like this. I chose to make a comic book based on the Yalta Conference. In the beginning, I address the “why” and “who” of the Yalta Conference. Towards the end, I addressed why the Yalta Conference was important. As a prospective social studies teacher, I thought this application was great and that I could use it many ways in the classroom. I think its best use is as an introductory tool to a large group of topics. To have this application cover an entire topic would be a lengthy process, but the application certainly provides a way to differentiate instruction. The comic book approach is great for students who think reading is boring.
Next, I worked with the Voki application. To be honest, I was not thrilled by it. There are some teachers who don’t like talking and I get that, but the amount of work required to create the Voki is equivalent to talking. For my Voki, I made Professor Strawberry Vin Wind Top because those were the adjectives I thought of the describe the funny looking pink guy. I used the Professor to relate an assignmment to students. I could see how this application might be useful for auditory students or if people have missed a couple of days of class and they viewed to Voki on a website. The way I set up my Voki was on a separate google site that I made into a makeshift class web page. The Voki is under “Homework Assignments”. I also provided links to help with the assignment on the page. I am probably not so fond of Voki because it cannot be used intensely because students would get bored with listening to a computer generated voice. Also, I could not get the Voki to embed into the webpage, so I had to provide a link. The link makes the Voki less impacting on a webpage. It’s digital accessibility is lowered because no one wants to click on multiple things and places to get to where they need to be. However, I think the Voki does a great job of embellishing a web page.
Voki Link: http://www.voki.com/pickup.php?scid=7750313&height=267&width=200