Web Wonder Week #20 - Cueprompter
Experienced teacher and tech visionary Dan Roberts shares practical ICT ideas to use in the classroom. This week make like a newsreader with your very own autocue
What is it?
Ever fancied having your very own autocue in the classroom? Now you can in the shape of the free online tool Cueprompter. You write down the text and it simply autoplays on the screen like an autocue.
This is a fantastic tool for children when they’re presenting information on camera or to the rest of the class. You can set up a laptop or computer screen at the front and students can use it as an autocue.
I showed Cueprompter to one of my classes this week as a way of recording their ideas on a project we were working on. I asked students to write down a paragraph of text about their ideas and then set the text up on the Cueprompter website. The students then turned on the webcam on my laptop and pressed record, they read the autocue while looking at the webcam as if they were talking directly at the camera. I found the activity gave students much more confidence appearing and talking on camera.
How to use Cueprompter in the classroom
1. Get students to prepare a group presentation to give to the rest of the class. Ask them to prepare a script to upload onto Cueprompter. During the presentation they play the autocue, hopefully delivering a slicker more confident performance.
2. Ask your class to create a video on a specific topic, for example they could appear on camera delivering a news piece whilst reading from the autocue.
3.Students could write their own radio broadcast as a revision tool using Cueprompter as an autocue.
If you have a go at using this site then please leave a comment telling us a little bit more about how you used it and what the impact on learning was in your classroom.
Who is Dan Roberts?
Dan Roberts is a former deputy headteacher at Saltash.net Community School and is now headteacher at the International School Seychelles.
Dan is known to many who have read his blog as the ‘Chicken Man’ thanks to his work in the Recharge the Battery science project, which began when pupils wanted to rescue battery chickens from a local intensive farm to live a free-range life at the school. This scheme became the basis for a unique curriculum which has since been disseminated around the globe by Microsoft.
In recognition of his work, Dan won the ICT Visionary Award at the 2012 TES Awards, where he was commended as, “no one-trick pony (or even a one-trick chicken), but a bold scavenger who explores all sorts of different technologies and discovers new approaches for other teachers around the world”.
Keep up with Dan in on this blog and on Twitter @TesEdTech