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Tech it easy with very young learners
Technology may seem difficult to
implement for very young learners,
but there are user-friendly tools that
can enhance English lessons.
¦ VOKI is certainly the first tool
that you can use with your young
learners. Create an animated and
speaking avatar with your own voice
or by using your text-to speech application.
You can fully customize your
character, which moves its head and
eyes with the movement of the
mouse. Kids love this.
¦ VOICETHREAD is the best digital
storytelling tool to use with students of
any age. You create a digital presentation
and let the kids comment on each
picture by recording their voices, writing
a text, or filming themselves. It’s a great
way to retell the stories, create an
engaging speaking activity for the kids,
and collaborate with other classes all
over the world.
¦ EDUGLOSGTER is an online, interactive
poster in which you can embed
text, video, audio, animated graphics,
pictures, and music. Kids love watching
or hearing themselves in a creative, animated,
and colorful outlet.
¦ BUBBLEJOY lets you create a
video greeting card using your own
video. You can choose from among fun
card designs that will fit your topic.
¦ MOSHIMONSTER is a cute game
to play with very young learners. They
adapt their own monster, give it a name,
and design its color scheme. The monster
makes new friends, chats with others,
plays games, and develops a personality.
If your kids like Moshi Monsters,
they should also try Shidonni, where
they can create their own animals and
watch them come alive.
¦ TALKINGPETS is another favorite
of mine to use with young learners. This
site has animal characters and is similar
to Voki, and you can use only the textto-
¦ KERPOOF is also suitable for use
with young and very young learners. It’s
a creative way to tell stories and create
animated movies and greeting cards.
¦ STORYBIRD allows children to
create stories from scratch using their
own text and pictures. It’s also collaborative,
so children can start a story at home
and finish it when they come to school.
¦ FOTOBABBLE is a way to make
photos talk. Just upload your pictures,
record your voice, and publish. It’s another
way to motivate children to speak.
Read more from T&L adviser Ozge
Karaoglu at techlearning.com.