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Avatars, Animations, and Academics

Tech Summit presentation May 18, 2011
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Transcript of Avatars, Animations, and Academics

AVATARS, ANIMATION, and ACADEMICS: Teaching Technology to Talk The 21st century means that students aren't traditional learners anymore. As educators, we must find ways to instruct that both engage and relate to students. To us, the 21st century means that we are equipped with the means to engage students with technology in a meaningful and educational way. Today, we're going to work on two techniques that add communication and technology to your teaching tool kit. A VATARS A NIMATIONS An avatar is a digital representation of a person (or company) in the virtual (on-line) world. Students know about and have used some type of avatar in their virtual experience. Avatars appear in:
web forums
virtual classrooms
cell phone applications
e-mail
video games Enter www.voki.com into your web browser. Enter www.goanimate.com into your web browser. An animation (for our purposes) is any 2-D character put into motion. Students know about and have seen some type of animation in their virtual experience. Animations are commonly found in:
Online tutorials
Online games
Information processing programs (i.e. Microsoft Word)
Online academic websites (such as BrainPop and PBS kids) Why would I want to use one?
New way to present information
Engages student imagination
Sparks student curiosity
Offers chance for project based learning
Easy to use time management tool
Applicable to all content areas On voki.com:
Individual activity
Register on the site
Verify via e-mail account
Draft 30 seconds of material (for Voki to speak) Let's get started! It's quick and easy
Select CREATE to make your new voki
Select an image from one of the categories
Modifications are possible to your Voki. Depending on which image you chose, those options will be available or greyed out.
You can also make adjustments to the dimensions of the Voki using the slider menus directly beneath the voki.
Select a means of speaking: You can type text, speak, or upload a file. Be warned, however, that there is a 60 second limit on recorded and imported audio. With the text, you may need to spell phonetically to get proper pronunciation.
Listen to your Volki constantly.
Click Save to save the Volki to your account and click publish when you're ready for the Volkid to "go live". QUESTIONS? Why would I want to use animations?
Engages your students
Offers an alternative to steady lecture
Provides audio/visual differentiated instruction
Applicable to multiple content areas
Simple customization that students can use On goanimate.com:
Individual activity
Create an account
Register and verify via e-mail
Decide on a topic for dialogue Let's get started! It's a drag and drop style program.
Click “make a video”
Select a SET to work with (for this we will use the Quick Movie option)
Click NEXT and then choose a setting (in the free version, backgrounds will be limited)
Click NEXT and then select your two characters
Click NEXT and then begin entering your dialog. (Quick/Short video allows 10 lines of dialog @ 180 words per line)
Click PREVIEW to view your movie and then click SAVE NOW
Create a title and description and PUBLISH.
You can share the URL with anyone you choose.
When the "Make a Movie" option is selected, you can add multiple characters, customize their actions and expressions, and their positions on the canvas.
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