USING I.C.T. TO
SUPPORT PUPILS WITH
- LEARNING ABOUT SPEECH
Try making this topic more appealing to children by making the story relevant to them; make them part of it. Use a familiar reading scheme or book and re-enact the situation, e.g. in Wellington Square there is a story about a boy throwing a stick to his dog. Why not take some children outside and get them to act this out? One child can be the dog if you wish or you could change the story slightly and have one child throwing a ball to another.
Prepare the text of the story in Textease or another word processor with a speech facility. Leave out the parts where someone speaks.
Use a digital camera to take photos of this action.
Insert a digital photograph into Word. Use the call out facilities in Word to draw a speech bubble from the child in the picture. Now ask the pupil to write in what he/she said as he/she was throwing the ball.
Now scan the original picture from the book and paste it into Word. Draw a call-out (speech bubble) as before and get the pupil to suggest what might have been said by the boy in the story.
Discuss the story now by asking, "What did (Ben) say?" The idea is to get the pupils to respond with "Ben said."
Go to saved text file and see if the children can insert the spoken parts now. Encourage them to use a coloured font to indicate the words which were actually spoken. Use the speech facility to help with this.
The final stage is to use speech marks around the coloured part. You can then paste the picture and the text together.