2008 Social Networking Project One

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Project Overview---- Project One---- Project Two---- Project Three---- Project Four---- Project Five---- Teacher Notes---- Reflections

Voki Checklist----Our Vokis----Create a Voki----Know and Do quiz

Project One Overview

Essential Questions

Who's Out There?

Who Am I?



Part One: Videos to Watch

Video 1: "I Wanted To Draw You" Collaboration

This video is an artist's rendition of who is actually "out there" on the internet.

Watch the video, discuss, and post your groups response on the page.

Posting guidelines:

I hope this works -- gingacrockett

Video 2: "Introduction to Identity Theft" Collaboration

This video is intended for adults, and somewhat high level. You made need to stop and explain, or ask students to restate what is happening.

There is no glitzy format. It is direct, to the point, and effective (if a bit dry).

Watch only the first section. Stop at section about electronic scams.

Video 3: "She Thought She Knew" Collaboration

Chatting with a stranger? If we do not know someone personally, we don't know who they are.

Video 4: "Justin Berry Testimony" Collaboration

Justin Berry on internet safety and how strangers children communicate with on line become strangers no longer.

Part Two: Voki Project


Teachers: sign up for a voki account and start to experiment with how Voki's work before you send your students to the site. You will need a real working email account to get your registration verification. You may use fictional usernames for the first and last name. After you register, you will need to confirm via your email.

How will you remember your username and password?

How will your students remember their usernames and passwords?

How will you have your students select safe usernames? (Choose usernames that do not reveal their first and last names)

This might be a good opportunity to discuss password safety with your students if they need it.

A lack of planning with usernames and passwords can result in huge time delays in the upcoming days. (I have a small file box, and have students write down their username and password in the middle of an index card. They cover this up with a sticky. Then they put their name along the top edge like this: "Ginger's Voki". The box is kept in my desk drawer and only accessed, by me, when needed. Certain students have real difficulty with remembering exactly how they entered their username and password. They repeatedly make small errors in their usernames and passwords, then get frustrated and blame the computer. These kinds of students use the box repeatedly, while other students seem to never need it. This box has saved me lots of time.....I learned this the hard way.)

Registering in Voki

The "Terms of Service" for Voki state that Voki has an age limit of thirteen. This is not easy to spot (it's in the "fine print"). Students under thirteen will just get a "you can not register" warning.

For those of us that have students that are under thirteen, it is important that to watch that students do not change their birth year when they register for Voki. They will want to do this, as this is the standard work-around pre-teens use to get around these rules.

It is really important that we are aware of and respect these guidelines.

Students under 13 can be set up with a classroom based account, to comply with the "Terms of Service".

One option to do this is to use the students school email account, or a classroom account for the registration, and set up their account with a classroom username like KTS Classroom1 and a password. As teachers we can have access to the account to delete them, or manage them as needed.

Students will likely have problems with the date set up (mm/dd/yyyy), and will need help problem solving whether or not they should show their birthdate.

After students have a working Voki account they click "create a new voki". The interface is very easy to use.


There and some hurdles with recording. After the students go into the recording interface, they will need to authorize the microphone from their computer. Click "accept".

The actual recording will probably take several trials to get right. Students will need time to experiment with volume, speed, clarity, background noise etc. It took me 6 trials to get a couple of the example Vokis to have good recordings.

It may be difficult to record while several students are on the voki site. Voki will accept MP3 files, so these could be made in Garageband or Audacity and uploaded to the site. MP3, WAV and other formats are accepted.

Putting the Voki's on our display page. Go to the tab with the display page and follow the directions.

Daily Plans: Blending the Videos and Voki

Feel free to choose how you want to blend the videos and voki project for your own classroom.

Here's an example of how I hope to plan out the project in my classroom.

Step One

Watch "I Wanted to Draw You", discuss, and make comments as a group.
Introduce the three example Vokis, and begin discussion on what the students notice, etc.
In writing class, introduce "8 interesting things assignment" and brainstorm.
Impress upon the group that almost all students like pizza, movies, and basketball....so maybe this is not very interesting!

Step Two

Check on new comments for "I Wanted To Draw You". Add feedback.
Watch "Introduction to Identity Theft", discuss and make comments as a group.
Analyze the three example Vokis, and start work on Voki checklist.
In writing class, begin rough drafts for "8 interesting things" assignment.

Step Three

Check on new comments for "Introduction to Identity Theft". Add feedback.
Watch "She Thought She Knew", discuss and comment.
Discuss the three example Vokis and complete Voki checklist.
Create user accounts in www.voki.com and explore interface and tools used to create a Vokis. Be sure to save, log, or record usernames and passwords for younger students if they do not know how to do so themselves.
In writing class, continue to work on drafts (8 interesting things) with focus on adding details. Practice orally, and get partner feedback.

Step Four

Check on new comments for "She Thought She Knew". Add feedback.
Watch "Justin Berry Testimony" Collaboration Page, discuss and comment.
Build Voki's and start experimenting with Voki audio. It will take several trials for the students to have fluent recordings.
Polish writing, practice out loud, critique and assist others as needed.

Step Five and Beyond

Write questions for quiz.
Use the comments from the videos to guide discussion and help with creating questions and answers for the quiz.
Finish Vokis and self check with Voki checklist..
Copy and Paste embed code for Vokis into the wikispaces display page for your site.
Some students may need to extend their recording into writing time to complete all tasks.
It is possible to upload an audio MP3 or other audio file into voki. If you are having trouble with records errors in Voki, try out garageband. Student can edit their audio, then import it into Voki.


Will this project take 5 days?

It could be expanded to go longer. We will try for a 10 day time line for several reasons. We have multiple ages in our groups, the project is starting right after a holiday, our teachers have differing levels of technology skills. Some classrooms have less time to commit to the project than others.

So, we shall be fearless, and flexible! Let's dive in and see where the journey takes us, and adjust accordingly.

Classrooms that breeze through the 5 "Days" can easily go on to create other Voki's to go with more standards in other content areas.

Example: studying the Civil War? Have one group of students make a Voki that shows the Indian perspective, another that shows the colonist perspective, and another that shows the British perspective. (This idea from an eleven year old put me to shame!!) Add a page to our wikispaces showcase to show the rest of us what you have made.

Teachers, please post your thoughts on this, and any other issues on the Resources Page


Place to post ideas for extentions.

Teaching Suggestions

  1. This is amazingly easy, and allows students to participate in the collaborative posting, because they can see what you are typing.
  2. While in Firefox, hold down the command (apple) key, then hit the = or + key.
  3. Watch what happens.
  4. You will love this. If you have bifocals you will really love this.
  1. Go to your Firefox preferences, and be sure tabbed browsing is active.
  2. Select the choice that lets you have new pages open in a new tab.
  3. Now, hold down the command (apple) key and click on a link.
  4. Watch above for the new tab, which will have the new page on it.
  1. You will have four tabs open.
  2. You can now switch back and forth between tabs, quickly and efficiently between the four sites we are using, when ever you need to.
  1. Sign your classroom's posts like I have signed the comment below. Use your username, or any designator for your classroom.
I hope this works -- gingacrockett
  1. Post new and interesting thoughts.
  2. Post comments wherever you think they should go. No need to be chronological.
  3. Add on to other people's thoughts. Edit and improve.
  4. Avoid repeating what someone has already said.
  5. Encourage your students to go "deeper", as they read what others have said, by giving examples, or applying what we are learning to new situations.
  6. If you know how to edit in the wiki, feel free to group thoughts together using headings.
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