I liked this website very much because it allows its users to design speaking animated characters in minutes. I think it is very useful for teachers to create animated characters and let them talk to students. Based on my experience, students love cartoons and animated characters and they almost learn by heart whatever those characters say. Teachers should take this opportunity and make the animated character say what they want their students to learn. By doing this, the teachers would help... More
Material Type: Animation
Technical Format: Other
Date Added to MERLOT: October 24, 2006
Date Modified in MERLOT: August 02, 2012
Submitter: Ismaeil Elrehaima
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Discussion for Animated Characters
8 years ago
timothy barrett (Student)
Site Pal animated characters hold a lot of promise for computer mediated English language learners. The site allows individuals to create animated characters that speak. This entails creating appearances, choosing clothing and so on. When reviewing the site, my first impulse was to have the language learners create the animated characters and create the text that the animated characters will speak. Once created, they can share their characters with their classmates. I think that activities that include these animated characters hold a lot of promise for students to practice productive skills and for raising awareness of pronunciation.
The user interface seems easy to understand and use. The animated characters will interface with 95% of web browsers. Pronunciation is clear but most characters seem to speak with a slight lisp.
8 years ago
Imad Ali Babiker (Student)
This is an excellent website allows the language teachers to create speaking and listening activities, which motivate students. Also, the students can create their own characters and record their own voice, which will give them a chance to listen and evaluate their own speaking. It is good for hmoework activities.
There are no any technical difficulties to use this website. It is easy to use. It helps and enhances the creativity of the learners.
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8 years ago
Ismaeil Elrehaima (Student)
Music Audio Resources http://www.oddcast.com/sitepal/ I liked this website very much because it allows its users to design speaking animated characters in minutes. I think it is very useful for teachers to create animated characters and let them talk to students. Based on my experience, students love cartoons and animated characters and they almost learn by heart whatever those characters say. Teachers should take this opportunity and make the animated character say what they want their students to learn. By doing this, the teachers would help their students learn easily and with a great amount of fun. This feature can be used for teaching grammatical rules. Also it can be used for telling stories, after which the teacher could ask the students to summarize or translate. In addition to this it can be used for giving instructions or directions. Students themselves can use it in recording whatever they want.
The website is very easy-to-use. It has been provided with very clear, step by step instructions to help you create and edit animated characters and record sounds. The number of the available options to create different characters with different shapes and ages is just amazing. This service is not free. Users have to pay. There are three different packages to suit different budgets and needs. The more you pay the better service you will get.