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Common Core Technology Lesson Plans


Lesson/Unit: Research Project using Voki or Blabberize


Target grade level: Elementary K-5

Subject Area: Language Arts/Social Studies 

Technology used:  

• Word Processing or Bubble.us (mindmapping application) https://bubbl.us/

• Safe Search Engines

Google Safe Search http://www.safesearchkids.com/google-for-kids.html

KidRex Safe Search http://www.kidrex.org/ or 

• Teacher Assigned Websites 

• PowerPoint or Glogster http://edu.glogster.com/

• Voki http://www.voki.com/ or Blabberize http://blabberize.com/

Brief description of the lesson/unit: Students will 

1. Identify an historical figure (composer, inventor, president, artist, painter, explorer, etc.) 

2. Research their life 

a. Where is this historical figure from? 

b. What did they do to impact our world?

c. What are three interesting facts about this person?

(You may use a famous audio clip of music, speech, painting, invention, etc)

d. You can use the following websites to select an historical figure.

o Composers: http://www.dsokids.com/listen/composerlist.aspx or http://www.classicsforkids.com/composers/composers_period.asp

   Voki Composer Example 

o Inventors: http://www.eia.gov/kids/energy.cfm?page=pioneers

o Historical Figures: http://www.kidinfo.com/american_history/famous_historical_people.htm

o Women in History: http://womenshistory.about.com/od/alphaindex/a/biographies_a.htm

o Presidents: http://www.ipl.org/div/potus/

o Artists: http://www.factmonster.com/ipka/A0882839.html

e. You can also use a livebinder to have students select an historical figure. LiveBinders are an organizational notebook/binder that you can place all of your project's websites  online for your students.  





3. Present historical figures to class 

a. Use PowerPoint (One slide per question) or Glogster to present

b. Create a Voki character to share interesting facts about historical figures. You may embed this into your PowerPoint or Glog or present as a stand-alone.




Standards or learning objective addressed:

Common Core Standards

In the Language Arts ‘vision’ statement – 

Students Who are College and Career Ready in Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening, & Language use technology and digital media strategically and capably.

Students employ technology thoughtfully to enhance their reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language use. They tailor their searches online to acquire useful information efficiently, and they integrate what they learn using technology with what they learn offline. They are familiar with the strengths and limitations of various technological tools and mediums and can select and use those best suited to their communication goals.

In three of the four College and Career Readiness (CCR) anchor standards:


7. Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.


6. Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.

8. Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources; assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.

Speaking & Listening:

2. Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.

5. Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data to express information and enhance understanding of presentations.


Assessment and/or expected outcomes:

Teacher will provide supervision and make anecdotal notes all during the week’s activities to monitor student participation and collaboration if lesson is assigned in pairs. 

• Students and teacher can use a class-created rubric to evaluate quality of research presentations. Voki/Blabberize Excel Rubric.


• Students and teacher can create a flashcard quiz from the students’ research. http://quizlet.com/_5ilf



Bubble.us: Mindmapping applicationhttp://mikeleembruggen.com/mind-map-software/mind-map-software-bubbl-us-review/

Glogster https://docs.google.com/document/edit?id=1BU_XoC2JS3uGcXnTFau5qq8kpWWGGH9k0mOoee7Ccc4&pli=1

Voki http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMSKmVhakFE

Blabberize http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9BxF1WzbuI

   LiveBinder http://www.livebinders.com/play/play_or_edit?id=73210


Extensions: Voki and Blabberize can also be used for:


  • All About Me
  • Point of View:

         Red Riding Hood (Big Bad Wolf Point of View)

  • Biomes
  • Interviews
  • Math strategy
  • Human Body
  • Solar System
  • Internet Safety 


Animal Research 















*Cissy Lujan-Pincomb










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