Mrs. Kimberly Church is a Spanish teacher… Kimberly uses Voki in her Spanish classes, and she also teaches other educators about the benefits of using technology (such as Voki) in the classroom. Below is an interview with Kimberly, as well as a couple of videos her and her class created about Voki. Here is Kimberly’s video on how she uses Voki in her Spanish classes. To view more of Kimberly’s class videos, visit her YouTube channel, evansspanishteacher. Below is Kimberly’s interview, as well as another Voki video about using Voki in oral tests.
Q: So, Kimberly, why do you use Voki?
I discovered Voki 2 years ago and just love it! Voki takes the stress out of “presenting” a memory piece in another language in front of the class, and students can focus on the material on the screen in front of them. The kids have fun, (dare I say the words “fun test?”), and of course, I as the teacher have fun reviewing their very best material. 🙂 I emailed the parents the link to the website to view their child’s oral test, (the Voki), and they loved it too. Over the weekend, at least 15 parents embedded their child’s Voki to their Facebook. It’s something the kids are proud of, and instead of dreading oral test day, they really look forward to it. 🙂
Q: Has Voki helped you with assessment?
Using Voki for oral tests allows the student to hear what I hear. I can’t tell you how many times students would ask, “Why didn’t I make a 100 on my oral test?” I would point out that they mispronounced a word, or said a wrong word and they would reply, “I did?” Using Voki allows the students to hear themselves, as an evaluator, and they can re-record until they’re happy with it, and attach the recording to a Voki, making the assessment creative. Students who use to make low assessment grades on oral tests are making perfect scores taking their oral tests using Voki. Efficient and Proficient!!!!
Q: We heard that you’re something of a Voki expert among your peers, right?
I actually enjoy using Voki so much, and use it for so many tasks and assessments in my class, I teach a workshop for teachers about how to apply Voki in their class, (even at the MWALLT conference at the University of Minnesota). I have become known as “that Voki teacher” at my campus, and even in my district. As long as I keep the content fun and integrate technology to make learning efficient, I’ll never stop looking for ways to infuse my lessons with great technology, like Voki. As a foreign language teacher, I’m looking for “efficient proficient,” and Voki gives me that.
Q: Have you had a chance to use Voki Classroom?
I have to say, it has been much easier to sell the benefits, since you have come out with Voki Classroom. It is so much easier to have the students organized in classes, and have their assignments posted and ready to work on when they open up their account. I look forward to spreading the word about Voki and Voki Classroom. Thank you for all you have done for my students. I can’t wait to see what Voki will come up with next, for uses in the classroom. 🙂 k. pura vida — And here are Mrs. Church’s students talking about using Voki in oral tests:
For more info, check out Mrs. Church’s links:
- Hola Mrs. Church: http://holamrschurch.wikispaces.com/
- Professional Development – Voki: http://holamrschurch.wikispaces.com/PD-+Voki
- Students Vokis: http://holamrschurch.wikispaces.com/Voki+web+pages
Until next time,