Ways to Engage Students with Technology

Ways to Engage Students with Technology

It is important to have a class structured around student involvement and helping them focus on what’s important. Technology is a great way to engage your students in class and many educators are beginning to adopt different type of technology within their classes. Let’s see how you can engage your students with technology:

Tweet it! (Using Twitter)

Many students and their parents are using Twitter on their free time. Because of this, a lot of educators have taken advantage of Twitter. What do they use Twitter for? They use it to keep their students well-informed and engaged. It also allowed educators to communicate important information with parents. Since Twitter only allows messages up to 140 characters, students will have to find creative ways to get their messages across!

Some great examples of educators using Twitter is Mrs. Kilgo’s Class, who tweet out news and important announcements, and Room Eleven, which allows students to take charge of the Twitter account and tweet!

Samantha Miller, from TeachHub, came up with 50 different ways for educators to use Twitter in their classroom. Let us know which one you are planning to use!

There’s an app for that! (Using apps)

Yes, there’s definitely an app for this. There are many educational apps within the App Store and GooglePlay that you can use in class. And we definitely know the pain of trying to find the right one. So we will save you some times and have the list for you, right here:

If you’re an Apple lover, here’s 55 Education Apps to use with your students (free, of course).

If you’re an Android geek, here’s 50 Education Apps for you to use!

If you have a favorite app that you love to use in class, just share it with us!

Hey, look at me! (Using visual aids)

If you have more visual learners in your class, it might be useful for you to use videos in class. After all, approximately 65% of the population is visual learners. Visual learners are those who learn materials by seeing them with visuals like graphs, videos, diagrams, etc. So using sites, such as YouTube or PowerPoint, can help you effectively explain certain concepts and ideas to the class. (Also, it’ll keep easily-bored students entertained!)

Until next time,

Eva D.

The Voki Team

1560505_10152516453053764_8553617582835278394_nBio: Eva is the Community Manager for Voki and is part of the Marketing Team at Oddcast. She enjoys playing the piano and knitting on her free time. (She’s also a Rubik’s cube master!) She loves to hear your feedback and comments for Voki!

 

 

Voki Classroom Student Logins are Being Changed

Voki Classroom Student Logins are Being Changed

We have some great news for all teachers using Voki Classroom, and (especially) their students!

As you know, we love receiving feedback and ideas from Voki users! Your feedback helps us learn what we are doing right, and how we can make Voki even more useful.

A great suggestion we have received from many teachers using Voki Classroom is to simplify the student login names. Teachers mentioned that the current student logins are rather long, and that students have a hard time remembering them. As you mentioned, students would have an easier time remembering a shorter, simplier login.

So, we have worked hard to implement a solution to this. We are simplifying student logins!

What you need to know:

Below are examples of the current student login formats.

  1. The default student logins are comprised of: First name . Middle name . Last name : Teacher email – this can lead to very long student logins. Also, many teachers don’t want their email address to be part of their students’ logins.
  2. Therefore, we implemented a minor solution called the Teacher ID. Basically, we allowed teachers to choose a unique ID that would replace their email in student logins. Student logins under teachers who had defined a Teacher ID were comprised of: First name . Middle name . Last name : Teacher ID – this led to shorter student logins, but it was not optimal.

The new and improved Student logins will be comprised of: First initial only + Last name + 3 digits – That’s all! This will make for even shorter and easier-to-remember Student logins. This is an example of the new student login format:

Much Better!

Additionally, teachers will be able to easily modify a student’s login name by simply clicking on it. Clicking on the blue login will open a small window where you may edit the student’s login. This is an example of the editing window:

Important! If you currently have a Voki Classroom account:

YOUR STUDENT LOGINS WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY UPDATED ON

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26TH, 2012

Everyone affected will receive an email notification, as well as another reminder the day before the change.

You will also see an alert in your Voki Classroom account, which will be dismiss-able after the change takes place. The alert looks something like this (it’s hard to miss):

What you need to do:

Technically, there’s nothing you need to do, since the change will happen automatically. However, you should provide your students with their new logins once the change occurs.

Tip: If you are unable to tell your students about the change, we’ll do it for you. When students log in using their old logins, they will see an alert. This alert will provide their new login and ask them to use it from now on.

Note: Student passwords are not affected, unless you decide to change them.

We hope that the new student logins makes logging in to Voki Classroom a much simpler process for your students!

Should you have any questions, please leave a comment below and we will be happy to answer you, or email us at feedback@voki.com.

Thanks for the great feedback – keep it coming!

The Voki Team