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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Avatars are fun!!!


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Avatars are a great way to engage students of all ages. This is a tool that is very user friendly and even young children can create avatar characters. In my current placement the Grade Three's are studying Australian States and Territories and using an avatar such as the one created here would be a great way to introduce content. Within this cohort there are a number of special needs students and providing instruction verbally using this tool would create an engaging opportunity for the low literacy level students to regularly review the instructions to complete a task.

Using visual images such as avatars provide opportunities to engage those students whose primary learning style is visual. Sternberg(1997)maintains that most students fall into one or more of three categories of learners; visual, auditory or kinaesthetic. Adapting teaching methods to provide opportunities across the three categories is an effective way of differentiating the content, and engaging all students in the learning process.

Sternberg, R. J. (1997) Thinking Styles; Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

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