Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Reported Speech and Communicative Homework Assignments using MyBot

Last year I had a great online session with Ozge, modarated by blog diva Ana Maria.
Ozge shared amazing tools she uses with her students and I have been exploring them all little by little.

Today I am going to talk about one of them. It is called MyBot.
MyBot is a platform that allows you to have a conversation with a machine.

I have practiced talking to Morpheus- the name of the machine- many times but has never thought about practical usages for it with students.

The good thing is that you are able to practice writing and listening as the program will read his replies out loud.

You should know that the website does not record the conversation. Therefore, it would be difficult to assign it as homework because you wouldn't be able to check it. However, if your students screencast the conversation, that would change the efficacy of the assignment.

I'm sure they would enjoy doing this kind of homewok.

I have recorded my conversation with Morpheus using Screenr. Check it out:


Another way of using Morpheus is for Reported Speech.

Task: Ask these questions to Morpheus and report his answers on the following class:

1) What is your name?
2) Are you married?
3) What are you going to do tomorrow?
3) When were you born?
4) Did you watch Tv yesterday?

You can also practice reported speech by doing the opposite and asking the students to report what Morpheus has asked them.

Some extracts of our conversation earlier on: