- New Tool: Voki is a free Web 2.0 tool that allows you to create a talking avatar. Start by choosing your character (either from the choices they have or by uploading your own pictures) then add sound. You can type in words and pick a voice or you can record yourself talking. You will then get a link to share your Voki with others. This would be great as a presentation tool for students to use or for teachers to use to share information with students. You could even create a Voki to put at a computer center in class for students to hear instructions. Here is how Angela Johnson is using Vokis in her Spanish classroom.
- Computer Tip: Having trouble reading the small text when you are on a website? There are two ways you can change that. In the bottom right corner of your screen, you should see a number next to a magnifying glass and an arrow. If you click the arrow you can change the amount of zoom on your screen to make the whole screen bigger. If you just want the text on a website to appear a little bigger, go up to View on your Menu toolbar and choose Text Size. Change it to the largest size.
- Relevant Article: Steve Jobs. Enough said. Read this article to learn how Steve Jobs embraced the idea of failing up.