Creative Voice & Creative Writing with Toys2Life A.I.: Unit 1
Bring Your Toys to Life Through A.I., Creative Writing & Voice Acting
Fun and Engaging For Kids Grades 4 - 8
Your Kids Will:
- Take a deep dive into creative writing and story development
- Write and voice act characters' dialog lines and backstories while learning tech in a Windows 10 environment
- Develop social emotional skills such as growth mindset through a focus on reiterative work and creativity
- Feel included, supported, and engaged and become a part of our community
- Practice and showcase their learning
Course Overview: Creative Voice and Creative Writing with Toys2Life A.I.: Unit 1
In this course, kids will have fun by fusing technology, creative writing, and creative voice acting to create a large cast of non-player characters. Kids will write and voice act characters' dialog lines and backstories while learning tech in a Windows 10 environment.
This course is a must for any kids that want to learn how to improve their writing, explore the world of voice acting, and learn about Artificial Intelligence technology.
They will work independently to create their own characters, but will also have opportunities to have their characters interact with other students' characters to develop, share and collaborate creatively with others. Kids will write character’s dialog lines and back stories and voice act the lines while learning the tech and coding of the AI software. They will learn to express themselves through voice acting and story writing while also learning file system basics, troubleshooting techniques and social emotional skills through collaborative creation.
In addition, an overview of several technical skills and tools will be covered including computer coding, Radio Frequency Engineering, Java Script Object Notation, system tagging and variables, and artificial intelligence.
Our courses use social emotional learning within the coding curriculum to encourage students to discover the value of having a growth mindset through reiteration in their work and everyday life as well as by adding creativity. Students will get a chance to share their projects with their classmates and get feedback to help build a sense of community, even in a virtual world.
Course Includes Toys2Life platform and Toys2Life Radio Set ($59 Value)
Toys2Life is an artificial intelligence enabled platform that allows characters to talk to one another.
- Kids will learn to create and populate a large cast of non-player characters (characters not controlled by a player of a game) using Toys2Life
- Allows multiple kids to work together and is free to use
Satisfaction Guaranteed: Our promise to you. If you and your kid are not happy after the first class, we’ll give you a full refund. Or we can help you find a different course.
Parents Love Us“This summer my child took an online camp through Build-A-Robot Learning called "Creative Voice, Creative Writing, Create with Toys2Life". Isaac Davenport and Bird Marathe were the amazing instructors for this class. They were so great with the kids. They engaged the kids so easily and made the class really fun. They were patient in helping with any software issues. My child loved this course.”
- Julie P.
“We have two daughters who have taken classes with Build-A-Robot. They were both always excited for class, they learned a lot, the instructors have all been great, and we like that there was always a focus on social emotional learning. We highly recommend their courses!”
- Jasmine S.
Social Emotional Learning Topics: Growth Mindset, Collaboration and Creativity
Technical: Get everyone running and comfortable with the software, learn troubleshooting techniques
Creative Writing: Learn to write compelling characters; create one collaboratively using the software
Technical: Record audio within the system, learn about the linguistics of tag variables used in dialog
Creative Writing: Craft a plot and learn what makes a plot strong; write a story collaboratively using the character from Lesson #1
Technical: Edit and re-record lines to learn about audio and text editing
Creative Writing: Craft jokes, learn about comedy writing
Technical: Discussion of tag variable use in dialog model templates, syntax restrictions, and context
Creative Writing: Write dialog between multiple characters; bring characters to life with voice acting techniques
Technical: Learn about radio frequency (RF) Engineering and different ways radio waves are used to communicate
Creative: Analyze the importance of physical space and physical toys in the play experience
Technical: Create a new variable (tag) in the system and put it into context for dialogs
Creative: Learn about food writing; craft vivid descriptions
Technical: Use the editor to learn about JSON (Java Script Object Notation) and how it represents their character
Creative: Deepen understanding of script writing; compose scripts with partners
Technical: Use the popularity variables to drive the probability of different dialog models and tags; create a new wizard using JSON
Creative: Try genre writing as we apply the conventions of science fiction stories; write sci-fi tales
Lesson 9 - Lesson 10: Do a deeper dive into a project and story you have created in class. Showcase of final projects and course wrap-up.
About the Instructors:
Build A Robot K12 instructors are passionate about technology AND education. Our instructors love to see students engaged in the learning process and do their best to make this both an individual learning opportunity and a collaboration community.
This course is team taught to provide both the writing and acting and software expertise:
Mr. Bird is a writer and educator from New York City who has written and voice acted for Toys2Life. He is currently a lecturer for the English Department at the University of Colorado: Boulder, and he also teaches the Graduate Record Exam and Law School Admissions Test for Kaplan, where he was selected in 2018 as the 1:1 Online Teacher of the Year. During the summer, he works with Native American youth, teaching creative writing, science fiction, and drama as part of the CU Upward Bound program. Bird has copy edited textbooks, published stories in a variety of literary journals, and performed in the Unseen Festival and Jaipur Literature Festival. Bird received his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Colorado: Boulder in 2015.
Fun Facts: Bird can blood test angry feral cats. At the animal shelter, they once called him "the scruffer." (You haven't got to call him that.) Bird likes to read books in the invented language Esperanto. Bird is a bird with feathers.
Mr. Isaac got his PhD in Electrical Engineering from CU Boulder in 1998 and has worked on dozens of product development programs, run small companies, and worked as a hardware, firmware, and software design engineer and technical management consultant for gigantic companies. He is the founder of Toys2Life, which brings toys and action figures to life using BLE radios and an AI dialog engine. Previously he ran the engineering department at Sphero and Syncroness where he worked on products in the medical device, aerospace, instrumentation, robotics, commercial and consumer areas.
Fun Facts: Isaac used to play gigs 70 nights a year in a hard rock band, but has fully recovered. Isaac and a friend motorcycled 5000 miles from his front door in Colorado to the tip of the Baja peninsula and back.
This course is intended for upper elementary and middle school students who want to expand their creative writing, learn about voice acting, and explore the world of Artificial Intelligence. Experience with block-based coding is highly recommended.
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- Windows 10 OS - a PC or Mac with Windows interface. Chromebooks will NOT work for this class.
- Microphone and camera for virtual classes
- Access to Zoom: Please go to https://zoom.us/ to install Zoom and set up your account on your device. Here is a video with tips on how to Install Zoom if you need additional support.
- Students will need to know how to share their screen in Zoom.
Software Needs (please download before the first class): Toys2Life Dialog MSI Software on your Windows operating system
Your kid will be part of a small group, live online class that meets 1 hour/week. Outside of class, we expect they may need up to an hour to work on concepts or to finish building/programming that is not finalized in class. However don’t be surprised if your kid wants to do more on their own for fun.
We believe that human-centered skills and technical skills need to go hand in hand in order to create inspired leaders and problem solvers who will direct positive, social change through technological advancement. With this vision in mind, we add Social Emotional Learning (SEL) to all of our courses. The SEL topics for this course are growth mindset, creativity, and collaboration.