Many digital tools exist to teach and showcase speaking skills. Digital tools are also an excellent way to give students a digital voice first before they have to present live in front of the class. Here are some instructional videos to watch followed by digital tools your class can use.
Building a talk for the audience
Many student presentations bore the listeners. The presentation was designed to meet teacher requirements, not engage the audience. Here is a video showing how to teach students to create a talk for specific audiences: https://youtu.be/Z1VUifAT-7Q
Use voki.com. Students choose an avatar and give the avatar a voice. Use it when you teach Life and encourage students to stretch their comfort zone. Example: https://tinyurl.com/y7hajbtr And Voki can also be used for presentations as you’ll see here.
So much simpler than creating a slideshow with PowerPoint, Buncee.com is a terrific way to create presentations. It is easy to build engaging slides with images and, importantly, easy to record your own audio and video to include. See an example here.
Forget poster board and tri-fold tagboard brochures. Make an online poster at GlogsterEDU. Students can design the board, add pictures/documents/decorations, and most importantly, add audio and/or video of themselves speaking. Here’s an example: http://erikpalmer.edu.glogster.com/pretzel/
At Blabberize, images can be uploaded and animated. You select a picture, adjust the mouth, and record your voice. Again, the finished product can be emailed or embedded. For example (and you may need to be patient while it loads): https://youtu.be/I3qMDWz-v38