Using Let’s Talk, teachers and students can create computer generated:
- Talking Lessons
- Talking Verses
- Talking Quizzes
- Talking Reflections
- Talking Responses to your questions
- Talking “Virtual Puppet”
- Talking Prayers
- Talking Bible Characters, teachers, students
…all using your computer’s ability to speak aloud !
WHAT IS LET’S TALK ?
Let’s Talk CD is a bit hard to describe to first-timers because it’s so unique, -but it’s level of engagement and versatile use with any subject has made it a go-to favorite in many computer labs. If you’ve played with the “talking text” feature in Kid Pix (another Sunday Software recommendation), then you have an inkling of what Let’s Talk can do for your lessons.
Let’s Talk gives you the tools to create an onscreen animated character –and then put words into his or her mouth.
Whatever you or the kids type, their character will speak aloud.
This makes is a great classroom tool for answering, discussing, debating, reflecting, rephrasing, -even praying, …because kids WANT to use this tool.
Let’s Talk has four built-in modules:
1. Talk Now
In Talk Now you quickly create a character, type what you want it to say, and press “play” for all to hear.
2. Conversation Now
In Conversation Now students create two animated characters who can “instant message” back and forth to each other in an ‘instant messaging’ or chat-like interface. One of the characters could be Jesus, for example, and the other character could be your student, or someone in the story. “What would Jesus text message to you?” Our Lesson Ideas have many more examples for this module.
3. Create a Lesson
In Create-a-Lesson, students fill-in several fields in an interface to create a multi-faceted speaking presentation that includes: Introductory Comments, Story Content, a 3 Question Spoken Quiz, and 3 Spoken Discussion Questions –all hosted by your onscreen character.
4. Select a Lesson
In Select-a-Lesson your students can access previously built lessons from other students or from the teacher. We’ve included two sample lessons in this module: Psalm 8 and Mary & Martha.
All lessons can be saved and edited. You can start a presentation and have students complete it. You can update the language and questions in your presentation for different age groups.
Students can make a presentation to share with the entire class, or if you have multiple computers, they can make presentations for another computer group, then invite another group to view the presentation and take their quiz (kids like that).
We call Let’s Talk a “discussion making tool” because your students can use the animated character to ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS with, or pose questions, or speak prayers, or tell a story in new words. In that sense, it’s a bit of “mis-direction”. For many kids and teens, it is lesson threatening and they are less-self-conscious about expressing themselves through the computer than in front of their peers.
Of course, in most of our labs, our students SHARE THE COMPUTER, and thus, will have to talk to each other at the keyboard to create their group responses (pinch me). See our Let’s Talk Ideas and Lessons for lots of examples.
One of the most surprising ways teachers are using Let’s Talk is at the END of a lesson. They invite the kids to create a character and type a prayer for their character to speak to the class.
Let’s Talk is particularly great for working in verses and stories where there is dialog and you want the kids to “re-script” the dialog in a new way (such as “in their own words” or “what were the people thinking to themselves during the story?” and “how would you have responded…”). See our Let’s Talk Lesson Ideas and Lesson Plans Page for lots of example.
After your Bible study, create an onscreen character and…
» Imagine the conversation between Paul and his Philippi Jailer after the earthquake. What do you think Paul said (or you would say) to help the man believe?
» Imagine what Peter was thinking as he sank. What part of YOUR life is sinking? And what does Jesus have to say to him/you about that?
» Imagine what the other officers said about Cornelius behind his back when Cornelius asked to be baptized. How do you think Cornelius first explained it to his wife and children?
» Imagine you’re at the cross… create an onscreen rebuttal to those who are hurling insults at Jesus. Defend him.
» You’re Jesus and Nicodemus has just asked you to explain what “be born from above… by water and spirit” means.
» You’re Doubting Thomas. What are the three questions you want to ask Jesus after the resurrection?
» Rewrite the Psalm! Imagine Ps 23 as a horse-themed trail ride, or as a school-themed location.
Playing the “How Few Can You Do?” Bible study game using Let’s Talk
“How Few Can You Do?” is a “reduce-down the Bible story” teaching technique I used long-before computers came along. Let’s Talk makes it even more engaging. Here’s the “sketch” of the idea:
The “How Few Can You Do?” Bible Study Game
…with Philippians 2:5-11 and Let’s Talk CD
During Lent we were studying The Meaning of the Cross using Paul’s explanation of Christ’s mission from Philippians 2:5-11 (…humbled himself… even to death on a cross). After doing it as a memory verse in Cal and Marty’s Scripture Memory Game CD, I had the kids pop into Let’s Talk’s “Talk Now” module, create a talking character, and CONDENSE DOWN the verses into 20 words or less, play them back and discuss which words seemed to be ‘key’. Then we had them go to just 10 words, and then AS FEW as they dared…. playing back their results again for discussion. This forced the students to identify key concepts and try to preserve them as a keyword. Created a lot of debate too!
Philippians 2 ”How Few Can you Do” results:
Think like Jesus
Become a servant
Confess Jesus Christ
(even more condensed)
Price: $26 for one.
$22 each for two to four copies.
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Because Let’s Talk can be about any subject, and be used to open, dig, or reflect in a Bible lesson, it’s a great program to have on every computer.
Age Range: 2nd through adult.
Younger children love to type! They just need help finding the letters and spelling correctly. Though it takes extra time, the level of engagement and the results are the same = awesome.
System Requirements: Windows XP/Vista/7/8. Minimum: 1.0 ghz, 512 mb ram, 16 mb videoram.
We continue to post new Let’s Talk lesson ideas to it, and invite your brainstorms as well.
Let’s Talk isn’t as glamorous as some of our game-style or Bible story CDs, but I continue to hear from long-time customers about how useful they find Let’s Talk CD in their software lab library. The kids like it, and it helps teachers cover certain stories/topics in the lab when no other software is available. And they also like its discussion-creating potential!
Dear Sunday Software,
Hands down, my absolute favorite software from your catalog is “Let’s Talk.” Why? Because it challenges me to make the Bible real for me and my students. Students can’t slide by the lesson, thinking about something more interesting. The requirement for them to respond -results in collaboration between partners…students actually TALKING TO EACH OTHER about the right response!
Loraine Huchler, Director of Christian Education
Lawrenceville Presbyterian, Lawrenceville New Jersey