At any rate, Voki, Voki, Voki. Have you heard of it? I first learned of Voki in one of my graduate degree technology classes. Of course I forgot about it, until I stumbled across Voki again on PINTEREST. Imagine that. Voki is a teaching tool that allows you to create characters that speak. You can use one of their voices, or add your own voice to the character like I did below. The characters can be animals, historical figures, and even you. In my class we have a camping theme, and Marty the Moose is our mascot, so I created a quick announcement below:
Voki has several different options: Voki (free avatar creation), Voki classroom (a classroom management system), and Voki Presenter (a presentation tool). The classroom and presenter options weren't user-friendly enough for me to integrate into my classroom at this point.
The big questions is, "How will I use Voki in my classroom next year?" Here are a few ways:
- I am going to have a Voki for the first day of school, projected on my Smartboard, that gives directions & introduces the morning routine. This could carry on throughout the school year...
- I am going to use Voki to explain homework assignments or projects. I will post an avatar on my classroom webpage/blog for students to access at home. So fun!
- Students can create their own Vokis to demonstrate comprehension of a concept. This makes a great formative assessment tool.
What I love about Voki is that it engages students and sparks their curiosity, which we know is an ENORMOUS part of the learning process. Student engagement = increased comprehension and increased participation.