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What is a haiku?

February 17, 2015

A haiku is a form of poetry from Japan. They are short poems that consist of 3 lines with 17 syllables. It was originally created by Japanese poets and it was then adopted by every modern language. Haikus are often focuses on nature but can be used for many different subjects.

The structure of a haiku is the following:

Line 1 – 5 syllables

Line 2 – 7 syllables

Line 3 – 5 syllables

Here are some examples of haiku poems:

By Murakami, Kijo

First autumn morning:

the mirror I stare into

shows my father’s face.

By Shiki, Masaoka

A lightning flash:

between the forest trees

I have seen water.

Until next time,

Eva D.

The Voki Team

1560505_10152516453053764_8553617582835278394_nBio: Eva is the Community Manager for Voki and is part of the Marketing Team at Oddcast. She enjoys playing the piano and knitting on her free time. (She’s also a Rubik’s cube master!) She loves to hear your feedback and comments for Voki!

Time Management Tips for Students

February 12, 2015

Blog-Cartoon-timemanHaving time management skill is very important, especially if you are a student. With good time management skills, you will be able to have a better control over your life and have less stress!

Here are some tips to help you develop good time management skills to help you take control of your time!

Make a to-do list.

A to-do list can help you stay organized. Put the most important tasks at the top and tackle them first. Also include the things that you wanted to do on your list. Motivate yourself with a reward if you get to everything on your list! (Maybe with a piece of chocolate or a nice cup of tea!) This can help you figure out how much time you can spend on the different tasks.

Create a dedicated study time.

Sometimes, you may be caught up with other activities at home and at school. Set up a specific time devoted to studying or homework. Remember to shut off your phone so you do not respond to any calls or text. Only pick up your phone when your work is finished. Stay away from your computer (except when you need it for your work).

Do not procrastinate.

Procrastination is bad. You have to keep in mind the due dates for each assignment and do not get sidetracked by other activities. Once you have your due date in mind, plan out the time you wanted to spend on it. Remember start your work early. Do not wait until the last minute to do the assignment. Make it your goal to finish early.

What other time management tips do you have? Let us know!

Until next time,

Eva D.

The Voki Team

1560505_10152516453053764_8553617582835278394_nBio: Eva is the Community Manager for Voki and is part of the Marketing Team at Oddcast. She enjoys playing the piano and knitting on her free time. (She’s also a Rubik’s cube master!) She loves to hear your feedback and comments for Voki!

The Importance of Time Management in Class

February 3, 2015

timemanagement_1600x900If you are a teacher, you know that you need to have really good time management skills in order to finish that daily to-do list. So, time management is a very important skill to have. Teacher can use this in the classroom to optimize learning opportunities for students.

Time management is important because it helps you prioritize your work. After you have your list of daily tasks down, you need to figure out what you should do first. Those that are important should be the first ones you should tackle. Should the students learn this lesson first or do this activity first?

With time management, it helps you get more things done in less time. Once you map out your tasks and time, you can figure out how much time you can put into the task. Also, it can help you map out other fun activities in class!

Teachers, if you need some time management tips from Voki, check out our other blog post here!

Until next time,

Eva D.

The Voki Team

1560505_10152516453053764_8553617582835278394_nBio: Eva is the Community Manager for Voki and is part of the Marketing Team at Oddcast. She enjoys playing the piano and knitting on her free time. (She’s also a Rubik’s cube master!) She loves to hear your feedback and comments for Voki!

Ways for Teachers to Get Organized

January 27, 2015

94958d8337fd008ef4d3a4306207cf83What’s the secret to a happy classroom? An organized teacher of course! If you are coming back from a winter break, you may find your desk in a horrible mess. So why not take some time out and re-organize it? Here are some Voki tips on how to get started:

  1. Use folders.

Not only folders are useful for students, they are useful for teachers also. If you are the type of teacher who uses a lot of print-outs, worksheets, calendars, etc., you might find it useful if you organize your papers in folders. Have a filing system in place and find a place to store it. Also, you might want to keep an electronic version of it on your computer!

  1. Keep a planner.

Your planner can help you keep track of all your “to-do” lists. You can either keep a planner on your desk or a large desk calendar. Use your planner to remember important dates and notes from meetings.

  1. Have a clean desk.

It is very important to have a clean desk. If you find your desk in a mess, remember to clean it. Not only a clean desk will help you stay organized, it will help you save time from rummaging through the mess to find the papers you need.

Voki Tip: If you use Voki with your students, Voki Classroom helps you manage your students’ Voki assignments.

Until next time,

Eva D.

The Voki Team

1560505_10152516453053764_8553617582835278394_nBio: Eva is the Community Manager for Voki and is part of the Marketing Team at Oddcast. She enjoys playing the piano and knitting on her free time. (She’s also a Rubik’s cube master!) She loves to hear your feedback and comments for Voki!

Ways to Organize School Binders (For Students)

January 22, 2015

home3-940x358If you are student, you will know how easy it is to lose track of your assignments and notes. Organization is huge part of being successful in school.  An organized binder is important because it helps you organize, store, and retrieve your notes quickly. So if you use a binder in school, we have some tips for you to keep it organized!

  1. Using tab dividers.

Using tab dividers is a neater and more convenient way to separate your notes. Clearly label each divider with the class or subject. For example, if math is your first class, the label your first divider math. If you want to avoid folders, you can find dividers with pockets so you can keep notes and other papers in it.

  1. Loose leaf paper for each class.

Remember to have at least 20 to 25 sheets of paper for each section, or graph paper for math class. Refill your binder paper as needed. Also, avoid ripping paper out of the binder.

 

  1. Clean your binder.

Keeping a clean binder is very important. Set aside one day every 2 weeks to clean out your binder. Clear out papers that you might not need. This is to make sure that it is always neat.

There are other ways to keep your binder organized. How do you do it?

Until next time,

Eva D.

The Voki Team

1560505_10152516453053764_8553617582835278394_nBio: Eva is the Community Manager for Voki and is part of the Marketing Team at Oddcast. She enjoys playing the piano and knitting on her free time. (She’s also a Rubik’s cube master!) She loves to hear your feedback and comments for Voki!

Voki Presenter Update: Use Images in Your Presentation

January 21, 2015

We’ve been continuously improving Voki Presenter based on your feedback.

We’re happy to announce the latest update for Voki Presenter. You can now add multiple images to your presentation and position them on your slides!

See an example here:

VP image

We love getting your feedback and suggestions. Keep it coming! Send to feedback@voki.com.

Until next time,

The Voki Team

How to be Organized in School

January 20, 2015

?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????Imagine that your 10-page paper is lost within a pile of class notes or your lucky pen is probably lost between two textbooks that’s somewhere inside your messy locker. Whether you are a student or a teacher, it is very important to be organized. Whether you are a student or a teacher, it is very important to be organized.

Here are some steps that you can follow to get started!

  1. Get a planner.

Keep a planner. It can help you keep track of all the assignments and tasks that you need to do for the day. If you are a student, it is better to get a large planner (instead of a small one) so you can more space to write. After getting planner, use it! Do not let it sit inside your locker or desk! Write down important dates, assignments, tests, notes, meetings, etc.

  1. Use a folder.

Yes, a folder! Put any papers you need in its subject folder. Do not be lazy and stuff the paper into your bag; you can easily rip that paper or lose it. With a folder, you can find it when you need them. Remember to clean out your folder every month to get rid of papers you no longer need. Having extra paper will make your folder heavy.

  1. Date your papers.

When you take notes, remember to put the date at the top of the paper. So when you need notes from a specific day, you’ll be able to find it. It will save you time from rummaging through the notes.

How do you stay organized in school?
Until next time,

Eva D.

The Voki Team

1560505_10152516453053764_8553617582835278394_nBio: Eva is the Community Manager for Voki and is part of the Marketing Team at Oddcast. She enjoys playing the piano and knitting on her free time. (She’s also a Rubik’s cube master!) She loves to hear your feedback and comments for Voki!

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