Monday, May 14, 2012

The Handwriting Fairy!

It's time... the handwriting fairy NEEDS to visit our classroom again!  The students have been writing longer pieces than they've even written before, but it's so sloppy that it's starting to drive me crazy!  I need to address this ASAP!


I have to say, I love the Handwriting Fairy Pack from What the Teacher Wants (below) and it is 100% my inspiration for this post!  Please be sure to visit Rachelle's blog to get the original pack!


Now, of course... being the tech-addict that I am... I needed to make a digital handwriting fairy to complement this post!  Here is what will be waiting on our class website for the students tomorrow!








I plan on having her visit our class website quite a few times (with different messages, of course!)  I'm very excited to see the kids initial reaction to this Voki tomorrow!

I also plan on using these labels as stickers for quick notes from the handwriting fairy!

Note: This preview is hosted on Google Docs.  The font looks funny while on Google Docs, but once you download it, it will look fine!  Just open the file and click File > Download to save onto your computer!


If you want to download the labels, click the picture above!  If you want to link this Voki on your own class website, you can use the picture/hyperlink below!



Update 5/15/2012: I showed this to my kids today and they freaked out!  The squeals of "Oh my god!  She's actually real!" could probably be heard a mile away from my classroom!    And... the best part is... I have NEVER seen handwriting as neat as they had today!

To learn how to make your own talking avatar, be sure to check out my previous post, below!

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31 comments:

  1. I love this! Thank you for posting it...I am going to make a Voki now! :)
    Jen
    Jen's Kinder Kids
    Come by & visit!

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    1. I'd love to see the Voki you make... I think they're just too cool! I'm heading over to visit your blog as we speak!

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  2. Thanks so much for the technology tips. They are wonderful.
    Sandra
    Classroom Companion

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    1. It's no problem! I'm glad to share my passion for technology with everyone and I'm so glad everyone likes it!

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  3. You are the technology queen!!! I wish I had your talents!! I'm taking a Prezi workshop in June - hopefully this summer I'll pick up some more skills! :)
    Nicole
    Rowdy in Room 300

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    1. :) thanks! I should tell you a few quick Prezi tips before your training so you can show everyone up when you're there! I can't wait to see the prezis that you make!

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    1. Thanks! I hope my kids think so too!

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  5. Love the handwriting fairy. Thanks. hcarpenter@ebrschools.org

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    1. So glad that you like it! I hope the kids do too!!!

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  6. i LOVE voki! one question...how did you get your character to occupy the whole space? and how did you get her costume to sparkle? thanks - great job - julie

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    1. Voki is the best! The sparkling dress was one of the costume options, it sparked on its own when I clicked it... I thought it went perfect with the fairy. As for getting her to occupy the whole space, when you're in edit more there's a little magnifying glass with a plus sign in it along the bottom of the screen. When you click that, you can make the Voki bigger or smaller, or move it up/down/left/right. Hope that helps!

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  7. I love your Handwriting Fairy / Voki! I was wondering if you can update what she says? As the year progresses, it seems like she would change her message - can you do that? :)

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    1. Absolutely! I actually change for my kids weekly with a new message! If you want to be able to customize what she says I can send it to you! Just leave me your email address!

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  8. Oh I just went in and saw where you can edit her - that is awesome! Thanks for the great idea! :)

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    1. No problem! The kids really love the magic of getting a new message weekly!

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  9. My kids love this! Would it be possible to have you email me her or the information on how to change her each week? ashleyabernathybailey@gmail.com. Thank You!

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    1. I just sent you an email now. For those wondering how to edit Vokis, you can check out my tutorial here:
      http://aturntolearn.blogspot.com/2012/04/how-to-create-free-talking-avatar.html

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  10. My kids are in.love.with.this...lmao! Every time we write they want to see if she's saying anything new. I have to create one of my own so I can give kuddos to individuals.

    I talked to them on Friday about how to keep their desks clean and about how the Desk Fairy might visit. Audible gasps were heard all over the room. They wanted to know if she knew the Handwriting Fairy and if she was going to talk to them. Haha, love it! So you know what I have to do now.

    Thanks for the wonderful idea!

    ✪Crystal✪
    Strive to Sparkle

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    1. Lol! My kids are the same way! I have her leave a new message once a week and they freak out every time! I'm so glad your kids are loving it as well! A desk fairy is a super cute idea also! My kiddos don't have desks but if they did I would totally do that too!

      If you leave me your email address I can send you a copy of her that you can edit. For some reason I can't post an editable version online, but I can email it!

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  11. Can I ask you how you copied the picture of her onto the labels? I love the idea and made my own Voki but also would love to be able to just copy and paste her picture with personalized messages onto labels for my kiddies. Thanks SO much again! This is soooo much fun!!! :)

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    1. Absolutely! So sorry that I didn't notice your post sooner! I took a screenshot of the Voki, then I took the background out of the photo. I hope that helps!

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  12. This is the coolest thing since sliced bread!!! I had a blast playing around w/it. Where do you find such unique and easy to use tech resources that are FREE??? You MUST be the Tech Queen! lol I appreciate you sharing your wonderful ideas and allowing us to share them w/others. Your kindness and generosity is truly appreciated. Have a great week!

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    1. LOL! I usually just end up stumbling onto these tech websites and take a mental note on them for the future.

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  13. Hello Jessica,

    Awesome post I very much like this, and your way of representing of new handwriting fairy concept is really nice.

    Thank You for sharing.

    Regards
    Handwriting

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  14. I love this voki! I went to a training on Voki recently and came across your website through pinterest. I was wondering if there was a way to change what she says, like to correlate what we're doing in our handwriting packets? I tried making her on my own in the Voki (to see if I could remember what I learned from the training) but couldn't find the costume she has on...I would appreciate any help or advice! :-)

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  15. Oh! I just read through your comments and saw that you can send a version to edit. Can you please send it to me? Stephanie221@gmail.com Thanks soooooo much!!

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  16. Hello,

    AWESOME post!!!! I loved it, this Handwriting Fairy is really mind blowing and you done a great job. is a easy way to improve handwriting.

    Thanks For Post.
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  17. Hope this isn't too late to join on the editable handwriting fairy!! Just found you on Pinterest and LOVE the fairy!! Can you pretty please send me the editable one? Or if you have them in a set of different things she says that would be awesome as well! Thank you for such an awesome idea!!
    Karen
    lovetoteachfirst@yahoo.com

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