This month’s Interview with Educators features Jennifer Matthews. She is a tech-savvy teacher at Southampton Township School District in New Jersey. She works with students from kindergarten to fifth grade. Jennifer is a Voki user since 2012!
Check out Jennifer’s interview below and the Vokis her students created!
1.Tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Jennifer Matthews and I am the computer/technology and the Gifted and Talented teacher in the Southampton Township School District, which is in Southampton, New Jersey. I service students Kindergarten through 5th grade. I am also the schools webmaster, an adviser for the Media club and the Middle School cheer-leading coach. I have been a teacher for 15 years.
2. What are your goals using Voki?
I wanted a way for my S.T.E.P. (Southampton Township Enrichment Program) students to incorporate more technology into their units of study and to be able to share their thoughts, feelings and information publicly and creatively. Voki Classroom was perfect.
3. How do you use Voki?
My 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade S.T.E.P. students each create a Voki regularly to introduce an important person they are studying, explain a concept which they have learned and express their ideas in a fun and unique way.
4. What are your 3 favorite things about Voki?
There are many things I like about Voki and Voki classroom.
It is engaging to the students and lets them create an avatar that presents information to the world safely.
It is very easy to use and control. The students needed little instruction to use the tools to build their Voki avatar. As the educator, I can easily add lessons and review what the students create before posting.
Affordability, Voki classroom is very affordable and easily adds technology to every unit of study.
5. What would you add to the Voki product?
Adding more design choices to the Voki’s look would be a wonderful addition as well as possibility having Voki’s interact with one another.
6. Do you have any Voki tricks up your sleeve?
I post my student’s Voki’s on my teacher’s website so all the students (and the world) can see what my students are learning and they can connect to a wide diverse audience.
Here is the link: http://school2.nj.sts.schoolinsites.com/?PageName=TeacherPage&Page=15&StaffID=188719
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