Using Voki in Primary MFL

Lisa Stevens is a Primary class teacher, a Modern Foreign Languages specialist and an enthusiast for embedding innovative technology in the teaching and learning process. She explains how she uses Voki – an avatar that talks, for children to record their voice – not only for Spanish, but also for recording poetry. It is also used for peer and teacher assessment purposes.

She also uses VoiceThread to enable pupils to add their voices and other sound to a wide range of programs. Lisa talks about the ways in which the interactivity of ‘Web 2.0’ contributes to the wider educational development of her pupils – and is approved by their parents – as well as supporting mainstream curriculum areas.

Here, a group of boys explain how they use Voki to create avatars and record their voices for poetry, and for Spanish – and how they set up their own closed version of Facebook.

Boys using Voki to support MFL.

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You can follow Lisa Stevens on Twitter: @lisibo, or her blog.

The Video Team

Theo Kuechel and Leon Cych produced these video interviews.

Theo Kuechel is involved in Technologies for Learning, Archives – Collections, Open Educational Resources, Music and other social activities. You can follow Theo on Twitter: @theokk, or on his blog.

Leon Cych is a web designer, coder, teacher, poet, artist, broadcaster, journalist and educationalist. He set up the nationwide poetry magazine – Poetry London Newsletter in the seventies. You can follow Leon on Twitter: @eyebeams, or his blog Learn4Life.