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Teachers and Students can Create:
Talking Lessons
Talking Verses
Talking Quizzes
Talking Reflections
Talking Responses to your questions
Make Talking Prayers
Re-scripted Bible Story Dialog in their own words
and "Instant Message" each other (at the computer)
about your lesson content
using your computer's ability to speak aloud !
 

Welcome to Let's Talk -a discussion creating program for Sunday School, fellowship groups, Bible study and Confirmation ...from your friends here at Sunday Software.

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

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Let's Talk  has four modules 
       
 1. Talk Now   -for quick responses to teacher's questions
        
2. Conversation Now    -for quick student conversations in an 'instant messaging-like' way
        
3. Select a Lesson   -to access previously built lessons
       
 4. Create a Lesson   -to create talking lessons

 Details:

1. Talk Now...
Students create an onscreen character and then type in text for him or her (or it) to say aloud. Their spoken content is usually in response to a question from the teacher. Responses can be comments, questions, scripture, poem, lyrics... whatever you imagine.

Example: What do you think Jesus was thinking when Peter sank in the water? Type it and play it back for us!  What would you have been thinking when you saw Peter get out of the boat? See more lesson examples here.

The teacher can also create an onscreen character, then type in some comments or questions ahead of time, and press "Say" at the appropriate time in the lesson to make their point.

 

2. Conversation Now...
Your students design and name two characters to appear on screen and speak aloud their responses or dialog. It looks like "instant messaging" but is a great device to get kids talking to each other and creating dialog between characters in the story.   

Lesson Example: The teacher might ask two students at the computer to share their favorite part of the story, or ask each other about how they might have acted in the Bible story. "What would you have done," etc. You might ask one student to play the role of "teacher" (or "monk" as seen in this graphic at the right) and tell the other student about the story, answering their questions. You might have one student "play the devil's advocate" and seriously question what the other student is trying to teach them about the story.  View more lesson examples here.

3. Select a Lesson... 
Student select lesson presentation which either the teacher or another student has created. See "Create a Lesson" below for more details.
4. Lesson Builder ~ Create a New Lesson...

This is the most often used module in Let's Talk.  The teacher or students open up the Lesson Builder and creates a Lesson Title and Introduction, then adds scripture, and/or their own words and comments. Then they can add up to three multiple choice quiz question and up to three discussion questions --all of which get played back and spoken aloud by the onscreen "teacher" they created. They can then have others students use their lesson and answer their discussion questions.

The teacher can created these presentation, but most of the time it is your students who create their own presentations FOR EACH OTHER. During playback, students are presented with the quiz questions, followed by the discussion questions. The students then create their own spoken answers to the spoken discussion questions. Kids love to see other kids taking their quiz and responding to their discussion questions. It's a powerful way to get invested in the content and to learn.

Here's how easy it is to create a talking lesson in Let's Talk:

1. Pick a teacher character, voice style and background picture for your lesson.

2. Create a title that gets spoken aloud.

3. Create Introductory remarks.

4. Type Bible verses or story content that talks aloud when played.

5. Add a 3 question quiz that talks aloud when the lesson is played back.

6. Add 3 discussion questions which your students respond to by creating their own responses -which the lesson player will speak aloud for them. 


  Teachers can easily copy lessons to other computers using a diskette (where Let's Talk is installed).

  Students can make talking lessons for each other -or work on making them for younger students.

  Younger student enjoy dictating their comments to an older one who can type, then hearing it played back.

 

More words about ways to use Let's Talk...

Let's Talk can be used all by itself as your lesson software.

--Or it can be used to follow-up another program (such as as the short presentations in Life of Christ CD) to provide additional discussion time and content on the subject you are studying.

It's about whatever you make it. It does come with two sample lessons: Mary & Martha, and Psalm 8.

You could create a Let's Talk presentation on part of a Bible story, then have your students create their own presentations in the Lesson Builder. Or you could use Let's Talk to follow up your Bible study with a round of questions which they answer at the computer using the Talk Now module.

Or you could study a story, then use Conversation Now to have students 'instant message' through Conversation Now to role play various points of view or characters in the story.

Conversation Now is also a good way to get students practicing discussing the life application of the lesson. After students "Select a Lesson" and hear your content, they can hold a mock-conversation with someone who's never heard the story.  Let's Talk gets them practicing sharing their faith and knowledge in a format that's interesting to them --instant messaging (and it doesn't require an internet or network hookup, it happens all on the one screen).


Let's Talk enhances your other software's content and extends your students' time spent at the computer. I originally came up with the idea as a way to FOLLOW UP the use of other good software which was short on multimedia content to interact with. Thus,

Take Life of Christ CD for example. If you're like most of us, you cherry-pick maybe 10 minutes worth of content out of this excellent CD. But then what?  Let's Talk to the rescue!  Follow up a Life of Christ CD presentation with Talk Now module. Pose a series of life application questions about the lesson and have each of your computers speak back your student's answers.


This screenshot shows part of the Lesson Builder template.)

Other programs I would use Let's Talk with would include Sandals Bible Atlas, Ilumina Bible, Bibleland.com, and as a precursor to quiz programs like Fall of Jericho.

For learning to become TRANSFORMATIONAL, discussion and reflection needs to occur. But DISCUSSION is often the hardest thing for volunteer teachers to get going. 

  • Let's Talk is a discussion, response, and reflection tool.
     
  • It encourages students to express themselves aloud through the computer who otherwise might be quiet.
     
  • It makes sharing fun.
     
  • Let's Talk  is a CARROT on a STICK.

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Two Recent Lesson Plans:

1)  We were studying John 1 "In the Beginning was the Word..." in my class.

It's full of heavy language and imagery which we needed to "decode" for the older elementary class.

After a Bible study, we set them to work in Let's Talk's Lesson Builder module. Working in pairs they each recreated in their own words the first several verses of John 1. They wrote quiz questions about these verses and created a discussion question. After everyone was done, we traveled to each computer to see & hear each presentation, answer the questions and respond to their reflection question. Class ended at 10:15 and it took us til 10:25 to shoo them away from Let's Talk.

2)  We were studying Matthew 14 -Peter and Jesus walking on the Water.

After reading and viewing the presentation in Life of Christ CD, we discussed the "unwritten" thoughts going through the heads of those in the story. What was Jesus thinking as he came walking toward the boat? What was Peter thinking as he was rescued and put in the boat? What were the Disciples thinking as Jesus got in with them? Each computer in our lab took a different point of view and created it in Let's Talk Lesson Builder.

Kids' Verdict: 
This program is cool!

View more Lesson Ideas
for Let's Talk
including:
Doubting Thomas
Mary & Martha
Wedding at Cana
Call of the Disiciples
...and more!

Let's Talk Reflection Quickies:

Create onscreen characters and conversations who...

» Imagine the conversation between Paul and his Philippi Jailer after the earthquake. What helped 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. And how did he respond?

» Imagine you're at the cross... create an onscreen rebuttal to those who are hurling insults at Jesus. Defend him.

» You're Nicodemus asking Jesus to explain what he means by saying "born from above...water and spirit."

» What did the Disciples think and say when they saw Jesus on the seashore cooking a fish?

» Rewrite the Psalm!

» Have each student ask a question about the story to the entire class through their onscreen character.

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Order Let's Talk Now
(Look for it about half way down our order form in the quizzes section.)

You'll notice we've really kept the price down on this program. The site license cost is our lowest ever. I'm excited by this new type of program and know it will be very useful to you.

System Minimum:
Windows* 98se, ME, XP, Vista
300mhz, 64mb Ram, 6 mb videoram minimum. Will run faster on better computers.

*Requires the installation of the Sapi4.0 Microsoft Speech Engine and the Microsoft "Spchapi" runtime program. Depending on your Windows system and setup, you may need to install one or both of these programs. They are both provided at our Let's Talk Tech Page ...www.sundaysoftware.com/lets-talk/trial.htm

Age Range is 5 to 80.
Non-readers can use this program because it can speak to them, and you can help them type their responses.



Students design their own onscreen character who does the talking.
Teachers and students select from a range of onscreen teachers and voices to speak their lessons.

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BACKGROUND:
The first time as a teacher that I heard a computer talk, I knew we had a tiger by the tail. The kids loved it. Since the early 90's I have been bringing programs into my computer lab which could TALK BACK to the kids. This is possible because of a built-in feature of both Windows and Mac PCs called "text to speech synthesis."  Whatever you type, the computer can say aloud.

Sometimes I wrote the scripts and let the computer tell the kids something I wanted to share with them. Way back in the early Soundblaster soundcard days there was a Talking Parrot I used quite effectively. Then creative writing programs such as Kidworks, Writing Blaster and now Kid Pix began incorporating "text to speech" capabilities in their drawing tools. The "Talking Bible Story Book" was born.

We've incorporated text-to-speech activities in Fluffy & God's Amazing Christmas Adventure CD, and experimented with "reflection construction" that speaks aloud in Awesome Bible Stories. Let's Talk is an evolutionary next step.

Tech Notes for Let's Talk... Let's Talk uses the Microsoft text-to-speech application "Sapi 4.0".  You may need to install it on your computer to get Let's Talk working. We have included the install files in a folder on the CD (install both sapi4 and sapi5 files).   If your computer only has one to three "voices" and you'd like more, visit our Let's Talk Tech page to download a file you can install to computers running Let's Talk.

Visit our tech support page for more details if you need them. www.sundaysoftware.com/support

Questions?  Email me.  <>< Neil MacQueen, Sunday Software

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