In today's lesson, the students use technology to explain their understanding of multiplication or division. This aligns with Math Practice 5 because proficient students are able to use technological tools to explore and deepen their understanding of concepts.
I gain the students attention by asking them a question. I ask, "How would you like to create your own test?" That is sure to get them excited. I let them know that in today's lesson, that's exactly what you're going to do. You will be allowed to create a test about your knowledge of multiplication or division. Isn't that great? You even get to pick the topic of your assessment.
In today's lesson, the students will use technology to create a Voki (MP5). (Teachers can learn more about voki.com at the following site: http://www.voki.com/learn.php.) I call the students to the carpet to discuss the lesson for today. In my class, the students are free to ask questions or add comments as we discuss topics.
I remind the students that today they are being assessed on what they know about multiplication and division. I tell them that they will do this at the computer with a tool called Voki. (At this point, the students are excited because they are getting to go to the computer and try something different.)
I use the Smart board to display the How to make a Voki power point. I let the students know that Voki.com is a website where you can create animated videos of whatever information you want to share. As we go through the power point, I stop to let students ask any clarifying questions. Student questions: 1) Can I choose any picture I want? 2) Will I work with someone or can I do my own? 3) Can I show it to my parents?
On the Smart board, I pull up the website www.Voki.com to show the students how to navigate around the site. As a class, we can create a character by chaning the looks of the character, selecting the voice, and typing in a sample text.
After the discussion, I share a sample Voki that I created for the class. The link to the Voki is as follows: http://www.voki.com/pickup.php?scid=8692408&height=267&width=200
Before sending the students to their seats to begin their assignment, I show the rubric (Voki Rubric) on the Smart board for the students to see. By providing a rubric, it holds the students responsible for their learning.
The students are responsible for creating a Voki that explains multiplication or division. The rubric scores the students 25 points each on:
1. Written text: The students must write out what they will type for their voki.
2. Example equation: In their written text, there must be a multiplication or division equation with the answer to the problem.
3. The students must provide an explanation of how a model can help them solve the problem.
4. Creativity: How creative they were in designing a character and in their wording for the text.
After the whole class discussion, tutorial on creating a Voki, and discussion of the rubric, I send the students to their seats to begin writing the text for their Voki on a sheet of paper. The rubric is still displayed on the Smart board for the students to see as they work on their assignment.
Once the students have their text written and verified that they have all components of the rubric there, they can go to an open computer to begin creating their Voki. We have several computers in the classroom, as well as laptops at the school. All students should be able to get to a computer in a timely manner. This is a picture of a student working on his Voki (Using Voki Image.)
Here is a link to a sample video from a student:
To close the lesson, after all Vokis have been completed, some of the Vokis will be shared on the Smart board. This will allow the students the opportunity to see their work displayed. I find that most students love to have their work displayed and receive verbal praise for a good job.
I let the students know that in future lesson, we will have an opportunity to use technology on other lessons to share the things that were learned.
The lesson was a big success. When th students found out that they were going to use Voki, they were all smiles. It gave me a chance to hear some of the things that the students learned about multiplication and using models to help them multiply.
Even though it took time for each student to plan their answers, then get to the computer or laptop to input their text, it was still worth the effort. If you do not have a lot of computers in your classroom, you can always spread the lesson out over 2 days.
In the future, I will be sure to include more technology. In this day and time, the students must have the opportunity to use technology so that they will be competitive with others.