Creating Avatars That Motivate-Voki in The Classroom
Most of us enjoy the thrill of being able to create avatars for ourselves to use on all of the message boards and social networking services that we use. In some cases, we might prefer to use our actual photos, but in other instances, we might want to find something more fun to use.
VOKI is an entertaining and fun-to-use tool that breaks the traditional mold of creating a static, unmoving avatar and allows users to create a moving and speaking model. Here are two examples, one with Ben Franklin and another with a Halloween jack o’ lantern:
Voki was made with the classroom in mind, and their homepage even boasts how speaking avatars can motivate students to participate. Voki offers a classroom pricing option that allows students to use the platform without having to register an account, yet still allows educators to manage multiple classes and students. Voki also houses a lesson plans page, where users can search for lesson ideas based on grade level and subject matter.
Voki is extremely easy to use and the choice of customizable avatars in many cases is limited only by the user’s imagination. Choices available range from pop culture icons, historical figures, and political figures to dogs, cats, toons, and more. When animating their avatars, Users can choose to use the pre-programmed voices or to record their own. Text-to-voice is also an option, which can help develop grammar and spelling skills for students.
With the ease of use and affordable classroom pricing, Voki makes an excellent addition to just about any classroom. If you have a lesson idea to share using Voki, I encourage you to upload your lesson idea and share with other educators. If you are thinking about trying Voki in your own classroom, check out the lessons that have been already uploaded.
*Students 4º ESO -CPR Divino Salvador- curso 2012-13