This is the first blog post written by our second certified ‘Do’er’. Olivia Wexelstein is a teacher at Wellwood Primary School in Fife and Do Be Do’er. She is a fab person to follow on Twitter and is also chief organiser of TeachMeet Fife. In her own words…..
I came across Teach-It two years ago at the Scottish Learning Festival. I was very impressed with it’s simple, attractive layout and especially it’s content. ICT has always played a very important part in my teaching and learning but I often found it difficult to find new ideas to stretch my learners. Teach-It has been an invaluable tool in looking for new ways to support ICT across learning.
Most recently my class have been learning Scots poems to celebrate Burns day. In order to encourage them and give them more confidence to read their poems in front of an audience we decided to record their voices using Audacity (Teach-It 1, Media lesson idea 8/9) and then create a Voki to add the sound to (Teach-It 1, Web lesson idea 7).
The majority of the class have used Audacity before and are quite confident in recording their own voices and then exporting them as a .wav file which is necessary so it can be used in a Voki. This was the first time most had created a Voki and they really enjoyed creating their own character, especially the ability to personalise it.
The children then added their sound recordings to their Voki’s and published them in order to create the code required to put in our Glow Group and their personal Glow Blogs. Click here to view some of the Voki’s my class created.
The children thoroughly enjoyed this activity and for the majority of them, their confidence increased and they found it much easier to recite their poems in front of their peers.