It's funny how sometimes you spend hours creating an activity, sure that the students are going to really enjoy it and learn something too, only to find that you were wrong and the activity is a total flop. Then other times you pull something together quickly and it is a success, go figure!
A few years back I discovered www.PandoraBots.com a site which hosts AI chat bots that you can use in your websites. The chat bot itself on a web page is just an input box for text - no frills, however the bot will "converse" with you and react in text to whatever is input.
Put this together with a Voki character and suddenly the page comes to life.
The kids although knowing that they are talking to a bot still enjoy writing and often write to him out of school time, some of the conversations in my log were 44 sentences long! If a child uses bad language the bot has a clever reply, and sometimes corrects grammar too. How do I know this? A log of all conversations is kept. In an ideal world I would have time to play about with the programming, making the bot even more useful as a teaching tool, for now it is a way to get kids typing in English and trying to understand.
You are welcome to take a look and to chat with MO1995 the chat monkey
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