用科技來解決孩子怯場的問題 (Chinese version of “Unlocking stage fright using technology”)

最近有一位媽媽與我分享了一些關於她孩子的擔憂。她孩子不願意參與課堂討論,參與課堂討論,害羞到需要通過白板與同學溝通。在三方會議時,她孩子本來需要談論他的進步和學習過程。可是,由於有兩位老師在場,他一直低下頭,抗拒談話。她媽媽為他將要做的PowerPoint演講感到擔心,不知道他是會否同樣地不肯參與。她把跟老師交流的電子郵件轉發給我:

Email to teacher

摘要:媽媽跟孩子在家裏把Powerpoint練習了很久。希望可以順利地在課堂裏演講。如果孩子肯說話,她問老師可否把三張她自行打印出來獎券發給他,以作鼓勵。

 這聽起來像是很可行的想法,直到他的母親轉發給我老師的回應。

 

Teacher's response

摘要:老師說可以試一試,可是她認為沒太大作用,提議媽媽陪著孩子上課,看看會否會讓他有信心發表。

 

媽媽覺得就算她陪孩子一起他也可能“怯場”。她不知道該怎麼辦。作為一位資訊科技老師,我在想,“嘿,也許技術可以解決她的問題”

 

我給這位媽媽幾個建議:

  • 在家裡先把孩子發表演講的過程錄下來,再讓老師在課堂裏播放
  • 在iMovie裏上載他所制作的PowerPoint,再加插配音。

 

我在想,必定有一個軟件可以把視頻和幻燈片合併為一個演示文稿。經過一番研究,我決定使用Zentation,並幫這位媽媽製作了這個視頻發送給老師:

Biomes – Tundra  (按一下看看
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This is for his unit of inquiry
 

孩子很幸運地擁有一位明白他的困難的老師,讓他用這個方法發表演講。對於這位那麼不願意說話的男孩,這個可能是他能證明自己能力的一個難得的機會。

在這個故事裡,技術是解決問題的關鍵。我們要記住,每個學生有不同的學習方式和學習速度,我們必須更充分地利用資訊科技照顧學生的個別差異。當設計一個任務,教師可以為學生提供選擇,進行評估時保持靈活性。老師和家長應該了解現有的資訊科技工具,幫助學生利用自己的長處實現自己的目標。

 

其他影響:語言教學:

語文教師會遇到害羞的學生,尤其當它涉及到講外語。通過允許他們使用合適的在線工具,你可以鼓勵他們展示他們的學習和克服自己的障礙。

語言教學的關聯:

語文教師會遇到害羞的學生,只有當它涉及到講外語。通過允許他們使用合適的在線工具,你可以鼓勵他們展示他們的學習和克服自己的障礙。

 

http://www.voki.com/

學生可創建自己的avatar用有趣的方法讓觀眾聽到他們的聲音。

Voki avatar

 

www.zentation.com

學生可利用這平台把PowerPoint和視頻結合製作故事。

 

www.screenchomp.com

學生可以不用在其他人的目光下,一邊錄音一邊寫在白板上,展示對概念的理解,

 

www.todaysmeet.com

課堂進行時可利用backchannel 渠道讓害羞的學生在沒有壓力下在網上發問題及討論

Todays Meet

Unlocking stage fright using technology?

Issues:
I was recently approached by a friend who shared some concerns with me about her child. The child had issues speaking up and participating in class, to the point that he needs to communicate with his classmates via a whiteboard. This parent also witnessed this “shyness” herself during the school’s tri-conference when her child was supposed to talk about his progress and reflect on his learning. Instead, due to the presence of his teachers, he put his head down and refused to speak. The fact that he had a PowerPoint presentation due caused a lot of stress to his mother and thus, she emailed me the following conversation with the teacher.

Email to teacher

 

This to me sounded like a great idea until his mother forwarded me the teacher’s respond.

Teacher's response

 

The mother knew that her presence in the classroom would not improve his “stage fright”.  She didn’t know what to do.

Solution:

As an ICT specialist, that was when I thought, “Hey, maybe technology can solve her problem”

I gave the mother a few suggestions:

  • Video record her child speaking and have the teacher show it in class
  • Upload the PowerPoint on iMovie and do a voice over without showing the child’s face

That was when I thought there must be a software out there that could combine both videos and slides into a single presentation.  After some research, I decided to use Zentation and came up with this final video to be sent to the teacher:

 

Biomes – Tundra
2:02
This is for his unit of inquiry

The child is fortunate to have a teacher who is willing to adjust her expectations on how a student should be “presenting” and allow him to show his PowerPoint presentation in such a way.   For the child who is so reluctant to participate, this might be a rare opportunity when he can finally prove to his teacher and peers that he is capable of speaking confidently to an audience.

In this story, technology was key in solving an issue.  We must keep in mind that every student learns and develops in different ways and at different speeds, and technology should be more fully utilized to differentiate instruction.  When designing a task, teachers could provide options for students, and allow flexibility in the way students are assessed.  By keeping up to date with the technological tools that exist, teachers and parents could better help students draw on their strength and achieve their goals, while promoting learning in the multiple intelligences.

 Other Implications: Language Teaching:

Language teachers will come across students who either have a shy personality or are shy only when it comes to speaking a foreign language.  By allowing them to use the right online tools, you can encourage them to showcase their learning and overcome their obstacles.

http://www.voki.com/

Students can create speaking avatars to make their voices heard in a fun way.

Voki avatar

 I just made a new Voki. See it here

www.zentation.com

Students can use this platform to do storytelling by creating the visuals in PowerPoint and recording a video of themselves telling a tale.

www.educreations.com

Students can demonstrate their understanding of a concept without recording their voices while writing on a whiteboard.  You can allow shy or reluctant students to do their own recording without the spotlight.

www.todaysmeet.com

By allowing a backchannel during class discussions, students will be encouraged to contribute and ask questions without the pressure of speaking up.Todays Meet