Monday, July 5, 2010

Voki’s are one of the coolest web 2.0 technologies I get to play with. Simply put, you can create a digital character and have it speak for you. You can use computer generated voices or you can record your own voice. For a more detailed description go to . I think this could have some create chances for students to be creative. Students can change a lot of features of a character such as hair color or eye color. On something like my shark you cannot change quite as much.

This web 2.0 technology is great because it can be embedded in to most blogs or web pages. will tell students how to embed this technology in to most forms of web resources. This means that students only need to be able to find the html code to insert a voki. Since the voki pulls information from students only have to sign in at one location to make changes. This means that you could put the same voki in 5 or 6 web blogs or discussion boards. goes over some basic strengths and weaknesses of using a voki for learning. I agree with most of these except that teachers need to be cautious that the voice does not always pronounce words correctly.

Teachers should consider using something like a voki if they want a character to talk to the class. For example, Abraham Lincoln has a premade character and you could use it to talk about the civil war. Be careful each voki can only talk for 60 seconds or so.

1 comment:

  1. I've created Voki's with my class this year and they really enjoyed making them. We began with REALLY simple avatars created in Paint (which was more because of time issues) and then moved on to Voki's. It's really motivated my students to respond to questions posed in class. My nightly homework assignments were for students to either summarize their reading or to respond on the wiki to a comprehension question. Obviously, I had more online responses. I showed my students how to create Voki's and embed them as their response to the comprehension questions. It was extremely motivating for my students because they were so focused on creating the Voki and then composing their response. Certainly a great way to encourage students to "think outside the box" and to actually listen to and respond to one another!