Podcasts, Screencasts, and Avatars are part of the new Web 2.0 tools that are used in my classroom. The students are so excited now that they have a real audience to write to and they can use the Avatars and podcasts to record their stories.
Friday, I brought a lamp into my classroom to use with the Webcam camera because we didn’t have enough light. It worked. The avatar started moving with every word the student spoke. The student stated that, “I was a wonderful teacher because I brought the lamp.” What am I saying???? My students loved the Avatar and podcasting.
My students are excited because they can use a Webcam camera and they can use digital audio to record their voices. THEY ARE EXCITED AND WILLING TO WORK ON CREATIVE WRITING AND MORE!
Is it worth it to find ways around the blocked pictures, movies, slideshows, podcasts, and more? Yes, because when you get kids excited they will go home and try out what they are shown at school.
Check this out On Class Blogmeister, I have made two screencasts and submitted two podcasts that the students have made.
In addition, you might have seen the dinosaur avatar that the students use while reading their creative stories.