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National Poetry Month: Web 2.0 Poetry~ Voki


Another Web 2.0 tool that can be used to share poetry is Voki. Voki allows students to create an avatar, chose a background, and record their voice(or use a computer generated voice). This is a great compromise when you are not able to post videos of your students to the internet.

Here are some ideas to try for Poetry Month: 

  • Have student chose a favorite poem and recite it. This allows students to practice fluency and gives them a creative option to share their favorite poem. Voki is asking people to submit their favorite poems in Voki form in honor of National Poetry Month. You can even find examples on their post
  • Chose a historical character and write a poem from their point of view explaining an event in history.
  • Have students chose their favorite form of poetry and record a Voki, then have their classmates listen to the Voki and guess what form they used.
  • Chose a current event to write a poem about, create a character and chose a background that accurately represents the event.
  • Introduce your students to a new poet, poem or poetry form by creating a Voki.
  • Create a digital poetry slam on your class webpage. Have students record original poems, stressing the idea of inflection and portraying emotion through their voice.

If you haven’t used Voki before, they provide a Getting Started Guide and a Voki Classroom Guide. Love the tool and want to use it in other ways? They even have a lesson plan resource guide that includes teacher submitted lessons.


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National Poetry Month: Web 2.0 Poetry ~ Mixbook


One tool that I loved using with my students was Mixbook. While there are many uses of mixbook, one of my mixbookfavorite was creating Poetry Books.

What I loved about this tool was that students could completely personalize their books. They have the ability to add text, pictures, backgrounds, and “stickers”. I gave my students several options for adding illustrations to represent their poems. They could take their own pictures that represented their poem,  draw their own, or they could find them on the internet. If they drew their own pictures, I scanned them and uploaded them as jpgs. I also had a student who wrote a shape poem, so we were able to scan that in and incorporate it as well.


Mixbooks can be embedded in class websites and a link can be emailed. Once parents have the link, they can order hard copies of their child’s book. One thing I always did, was chose the cheapest version to get the kids to started, that way if parents did want to order it, it wasn’t too costly.

Here is one example of a poetry book created by a student. 



If you’re interested in using mixbook, but don’t know where to start, Jennifer Barnett created a step-by-step guide to get you going. 


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