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Voki - Avatars could be used in the online class webpage or blog for in so many ways. How about instead of the teacher typing an intro to a lesson on self esteem how about a trendy girl verbally introducing it instead. What about:
Students creating avatars that are similar in looks or personalities and record a message that tells about themselves.
Students can exchange these avatars with e-pals either within their own setting or anywhere in the world.
Students can generate questions to ask their avatar e-pals.
ESL (English as a Second Language) students can use the speaking avatars to practice and listen to their speech. They may use the computerised voice first then record their own voice when they feel more comfortable. Writing, reading and pronunciation are all practised.
Students can create an avatar that resembles a character from a story, add a setting and give it speech. Now that looks like a 21st century learning tool.
According to Waterhouse (as cited in Elearning Design, 2009) E-learning involves improving teaching and learning using instructional strategies enhanced by technology, especially computer technology. At a very basic level e-learning is using information communication technologies (ICTs) to engage, enhance and extend learning in flexible and innovative ways, now and in the future.
Moodle Pilot, FAHE 11001 (2009). Managing Elearning, Learning Design.
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