A. Instruction - 8
B. Design - 9.6
C. Engagement - 8.3
Adding Voice to the Conversation Using Signs
Summary : WalkWoke: A Tool for Adding a Critical Edge to Instruction
WalkWoke allows users to create simple posters themed around current social issues in society. After launching the app, users can click the “Feed” option to view a variety of poster backgrounds they can use to help voice their concerns related to a specific social topic. If they choose to adopt one of those posters, they can simply tap it. They will next need to add their own text to it by tapping on the “Write Your Message” box and typing in the text they wish to appear. At this point, they can manipulate the font and text size using the options below the poster. In addition, they can choose a different poster to use, if they feel the poster and their text do not convey the same message, by clicking the “Change Background” option and choosing a different poster.
Once finished, users can tap the orange button to preview the poster, and they can then choose if they wish to print it, share it over social media or email, save it to their photo gallery, schedule when it will be posted on social media, or only save it to their gallery within the app.
Users can also tap the “New Poster” button to create one, if they do not want to work from the “Feed” option. After users have created at least one poster, they can click the “My Gallery” button to view the posters they have made. Lastly, the “Info” button provides additional information about the app itself and its goal of using signs to help promote and support equality and justice.
Instructional Ideas for WalkWoke
- After reading about a controversial topic, teachers can have their students take a stance about the topic by creating a poster using this app and then sharing it with their classmates. For example, if students are learning about factory conditions in different parts of the world, they can create a sign to share their thinking about workers’ rights. Students can then save their signs and upload them to a class website, which will allow their classmates to view them. Teachers can then use them to start a class conversation.
- After students read a piece of fiction, students can create a sign that represents a character’s position about a topic, their own response to the story, or a theme within the story. Students can then share their sign by saving it and uploading it to a class website. Teachers can then use those signs to facilitate a class conversation.
- When reading about a current or historical injustice, teachers can have students use this app to create a sign that they could use to protest the topic, if they so wished. Teachers could then print these signs and hang them on a wall.
- Teachers can provide the class a theme, such as equal pay, global consciousness, or living in poverty, and have their class create a poster about it using this app. Students can then share their posters by saving them and uploading them to a class website. Students can then view each other’s posters and discuss what makes a poster effectively communicate its message and what does not.
- Teachers can ask students what social issues are important to them and respond by using this app to create a poster. Students can then save and share them on a class website. When the class meets again, teachers can allow students to view the posters and guess which social issue each poster is addressing.
Screenshots of WalkWoke
Ratings of WalkWoke
|A2. 21st Century Skills|
|A3. Conn. to Future Learning|
|A4. Value of Errors|
|A5. Feedback to Teacher|
|A6. Level of Material|
|A7. Cooperative Learning|
|A8. Accom. of Individual Diff.|
|B1. Ability to Save Progress|
|B2. Platform Integration|
|B3. Screen Design|
|B4. Ease of Use|
|B6. Goal Orientation|
|B7. Information Presentation|
|B8. Media Integration|
|B9. Cultural Sensitivity|
|C1. Learner Control|
Please Note: No stars indicate that the dimension is not applicable