This module was by far my least favourite. I have so much going on in my life right now. The amount of time spent downloading and learning to use new applications or websites is just a tad ridiculous. My priorities are being shifted, and not because I want them to. My kids are not getting the time of day they need. I’m always working. The end can’t come quick enough.
Voki is not my friend. I don’t know what I was doing wrong. I followed all the steps on the blog and on Voki and still had no luck. Creating the avatar was fun the first time around. By the tenth time I’d had enough. I recorded my speach over and over again on Voki. Every time I hit publish, my recording would disappear. I tried recording on my phone and uploading but the file was silent. I tried again, recording on my computer and uploading, but it wouldn’t select my file. I tried on a friends phone and the same thing happened. I spent three hours recording over and over again. I was frustrated and gave up. I uploaded my speech to good old You Tube (never fails). I tried countless times, over a period of days, to create a Voki. Still no luck.
I had a bad start to this module. The rest was easier on me. The technology intergration matrix was interesting and something I can see myself using. Blooms digital taxonomy was easy to understand, but long winded and repetitive. I have used Rubistar before. I love this site! It makes creating rubrics simple. I will continue to use Rubistar.
I won’t lie, I don’t think I’ll be using as much technology in the classroom as most would like. I will use it, but only where I feel it will benefit. A talking avatar may sound like fun, but is it necessary? In my opinion, no. I won’t be wasting my and my students time fiddling around on websites when I could be teaching them something important. Technology is only a tool, not an outcome. Face to face interaction is far more valuable, and context is lost through screen/online communication.