Introducing….Voki Quick Tips!

Introducing….Voki Quick Tips!

New Voki Quick Tips Presentations and Videos

Hello Voki Users!

I am really excited to share that Voki will be creating and posting quick and easy Voki Tips to help you get the most out of Voki.

What can you expect from Voki Quick Tips?

  • Quick Tips introducing new product enhancements

  • Quick Tips addressing FAQs

  • Quick Tips on how to tackle any Voki problem

Check out our newest Quick Tip presentations introducing two of our newest enhancements!

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How to apply ONE background to ALL slides

 

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Add New Slide SPECIAL Feature

 

SOON, our Voki Quick Tips will be launching on our YouTube Channel! Stay Tuned for that!

Subscribe here, so that you’re sure not to miss a thing!

You know we love to hear your suggestions and feedback:

 

Are there any Voki Quick Tips videos or presentations that  you would like to see?

Leave us a comment!

Until Next Time,

Heather 

HeatherBio: Heather is the Community Manager at Voki and is part of the Marketing Team at Oddcast.  Before she joined the Voki team, she was a teacher for 7 years!  She has taught in charter, private, and public schools all across NYC. With her teacher hat on, she will create meaningful, engaging, and relevant content that can be implemented in your classrooms.  She is excited to partner with you to engage and educate your students! 

 

Voki Teach: An Engaging Way to Teach Common Core

Voki Teach: An Engaging Way to Teach Common Core

 

Hello Voki Users!

I am practically bursting at the seams with excitement. Why? You ask.

Well, Voki.com has just released its newest product— drum roll please….

 

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Voki Teach

Voki Teach is a Common Core aligned, ready-to-teach curriculum, designed by teachers for teachers! 

Let’s face it, as a teacher you spend hours on the internet searching for content, followed by hours crafting your lesson plans and worksheets, followed by hours of wondering if your lessons are Common Core aligned. By the time you step in front of your students to teach, you are exhausted and drained.

We wanted to support teachers and provide students with the chance to engage with rigorous content in a positive, engaging, and meaningful way. And so, Voki Teach was born!

 

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Why Students Will Love It

Voki Teach is an academic experience. This experience allows students to interact with characters similar to the ones they admire on TV, but with a slight scholastic twist. In the classroom, the characters act as educators, mentors, and experts, taking students on scientific, literary, and analytical adventures.

 

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Why Teachers Will Love It

Engaging Common Core aligned content in ready -to-teach form is hard to come by. Voki Teach provides teachers with common core aligned lessons crafted by certified teachers. With Voki Teach, teachers will spend more time facilitating learning and less time preparing materials.

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Here’s How We Did It

Our team of teachers, certified in Literacy, ESL, General Education, and Special Education, studied the Core Knowledge curriculum and molded lessons that they believed would benefit their own students. By infusing instructional best practices, they were able to generate lessons that maximize engagement and foster effective teaching.grades lessons

 

Right now, we have two domains available for kindergarten through second grade. Our team of teachers is continuing to craft engaging lesson plans and presentations. Our goal is to provide teachers with a variety of themes and topics to choose from in grades K through 6th.

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There’s even more  good news! For a limited time, Voki Teach is available for free when you purchase Voki Presenter, or if you already have Voki Presenter!  Now is certainly the time to sign up for presenter if you haven’t already!

Click here to see a Voki Teach Lesson!

Let Us Know What You Think!

We would love to get your feedback! Please take some time to check out Voki Teach and please do not hesitate to share some of your suggestions.

Happy Teaching!

Until Next Time,

Heather 

HeatherBio: Heather is the Community Manager at Voki and is part of the Marketing Team at Oddcast.  Before she joined the Voki team, she was a teacher for 7 years!  She has taught in charter, private, and public schools all across NYC. With her teacher hat on, she will create meaningful, engaging, and relevant content that can be implemented in your classrooms.  She is excited to partner with you to engage and educate your students! 

 

Giving Students a Voice….Literally

Giving Students a Voice….Literally

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Welcome Laura Fleming as  our Guest Blogger for this week! We are supremely happy to hear about how she has been able to give students the opportunity to speak in the classroom through Voki. 

Breaking down the barriers between students and teachers allows the opportunity for everyone to be learners learning together.  In addition to leveraging the distribution and proliferation of knowledge, students are empowered to take ownership of their own learning.  Engaging student voice allows them to have a significant degree of control and choice in what, when, and how they learn.  As educators, we cannot overlook how important it is for us to stop and really listen to the young people we work with everyday.  By embracing the voices of our learners, we all can transform education and make a difference in the world.  But what happens when your learners cannot express that voice?  This was the case at our school.

 

One of the teachers at my school was charged with teaching a public speaking class made up of developmentally disabled children.  She had taught many of those children for years and knew the best methods and tools to use with them to support their learning and allow for them to achieve success.  This teacher, however, was faced with an incredibly tough challenge.  Despite teaching one of the students in the class for 6 years, she had never heard this student speak.  It was at this time, I introduced the teacher to Voki.

 

At first glance to some, Voki may appear to be a ‘cool tool’ where students can create talking avatars.  For some students, that is the motivation and what they love best about the tool.  But in our case, it was Voki’s ability to give our student a voice, that made it such a powerful tool.  Our student was able to type text into Voki and then choose an avatar and a voice to speak the text for her.  She was able to tell us a story about an operation she had to fix her aorta and how she was brave even though it hurt and how important the comfort of her pet was in calming her nerves throughout the process.

 

Public speaking is an  important component to the educational process of special educations students with severe disabilities. Voki unlocked the silence of an eighteen year old student with selective mutism. Not only did we use Voki with that one student, we decided to use it with the entire class.  Students were able to speak or type their text, allowing for personalization and differentiation.

 

The simple experience of “making a toast” became life changing for one student. This student had not spoken in a classroom for the three years she had attended our high school. Using the Expanded Expressive Language tool she was able to fill in the graphic organizer to brainstorm her ideas of what she wanted to say.   With the help of her assistant she typed the text into Voki. Voki allowed her experience of making toast for her father’s birthday to come to life.  For the first time, other students and teachers were able to hear her words.  She was smiling during her entire presentation. She enjoyed picking her “person”, background and voice.  Voki was key to helping this student verbally express herself.


Thank you, Voki, for giving our students a voice.

headshot 2Laura Fleming is a library media specialist at New Milford High School in New Milford, NJ.  She is also the author of Worlds of Making:  Best Practices for Establishing a Makerspace in Your School, published by Corwin Press.

Voki = Digital Tool of Choice

Voki = Digital Tool of Choice

Hello all you dedicated, determined, and tech-savvy  teachers! This Friday we’ve got another new and interesting perspective on how to use Voki in the classroom. Welcome Elizabeth Graham, our guest blogger and newest ambassador! Take it away, Elizabeth!
Hi everyone! Elizabeth Graham here. As a newly minted school library media specialist, I am always searching for engaging ways to integrate technology with curriculum content. During my school library internship, I learned about Voki and had the opportunity to try it out with a second grade biography project. Any time I have introduced Voki to students, they have immediately wanted to use it!
At my current school, Voki has been a tool of choice for several projects. The most recent example is our 5th graders’ Roaring 20s research. In collaboration with a fifth grade social studies teacher, this project allowed students to choose from a list of topics related to the 1920s in the United States. Students then spent several weeks utilizing research databases and other high quality resources to develop more understanding of their chosen topic. This is where Voki comes in. Students were given a choice of various web tools to use to develop a digital product that would reflect their learning about their topic. Once I demonstrated Voki to the class, the majority of students chose to make Vokis!
Students were instructed to either create an avatar of the famous figure they researched or to create a spokesperson avatar to explain the topic. The most important guideline was to work on the script or text first, then to customize the avatar’s look, background, and voice style. I have found that some students will get caught up in the design style and might forget to review their text.
Students worked on their Vokis for several weeks in a row during their library class. Each week they received feedback from me via the Voki review page. Notes included reviewing spelling, punctuation, capital letters and other writing fundamentals that make all the difference when creating a successful Voki.

My favorite part of this project was Presentation Day. Each student had the opportunity to share their project and the many Roaring 20s Vokis were big hits! Using Voki and other web tools, my students created digital products that reflected their learning. It was also a chance for students to bask in their accomplishments or, in a few cases, to realize they could have put in a little more effort. That is authentic learning and self evaluation!
Another plus of a web tool is how easy they are to share. Student Vokis were linked to our school library web page so that we could share them beyond our school community.

My 5th graders love Voki so much they have requested one more Voki project before the end of the year. Over the next few weeks, students will create Vokis of themselves leaving a message to the rising 5th graders, letting them know the ins and outs of life at our school. We are calling this our Legacy Vokis.

Elizabeth Graham is a School Library Media Specialist at Woodland Heights Elementary School in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Every week she provides library classes to over 500 students in grades K4-5th grade. Graham received her Master of Library and Information Science from the University of South Carolina. She enjoys collaborating with classroom teachers to integrate technology into the curriculum and is always looking for new apps and web tools to try with her students. Her favorite thing is helping students create digital products that reflect their learning and encouraging them to share their work widely with the school, community and the world.

Woodland Heights Library Readers Blog: http://woodlandheightslibraryreaders.blogspot.com/
Twitter: @libscigal

Just another innovative take on integrating tech into the classroom! How are you blending your classroom?

Voki and Non-Fiction Text Unite!

Voki and Non-Fiction Text Unite!

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This week we have our very own ambassador Emily Paschall with us, blogging about how she was able to integrate Voki into her non-fiction text lesson. Watch the video at the end of  her blog post to get an insider’s look on what this lesson really looks like in the classroom.

Hi fellow teachers!

I am a third grade teacher at Tanner High School, a small K-12 school in Athens, Alabama. I have worked for Limestone County Schools for four years now. My whole purpose for this blog is provide teachers worldwide with new and fun ideas on how to implement technology in the classroom!

This year, our school superintendent, Dr. Tom Sisk, implemented our Digital Passport Initiative which has allowed for our 3rd and 4th graders to be 1:1 with their very own MacBook Air! Within the next 4 years, all students in grades 3-12 will have their own MacBooks. What an exciting experience this has been so far! There are so many more opportunities where I can provide a deeper understanding of the standards now than I could have ever imagined!

Recently, we were studying non-fiction text in our Wonders Reading Curriculum. The different texts we read all week were centered around different types of energy. I knew before the week began that this was going to be a difficult topic for my students to comprehend, so I collaborated with my technology facilitator and we came up with a simple and fun project for the students to do.

If you haven’t used Voki.com in your classroom yet, you are missing out! A voki is an educational tool that allows you to create your own talking avatar! What kid wouldn’t love that? You can find a use for a Voki in all subject areas.  I have included a video of myself teaching HOW to use Voki in the classroom! My hope is that this provides you with a fun, simple, and quick way to make learning more enjoyable for your students!

Thanks for reading!

-Emily Paschall

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Click the picture or the hyperlink to watch the video

https://youtu.be/rCy72BgUCuE

Bringing Book Talks to Life With Voki

Bringing Book Talks to Life With Voki

Welcome Carie Hinkle to the Voki Ambassador Team!  You’re in for a special treat with this Techie Teacher’s Techniques ( gotta love alliteration!)  Take a seat, take some notes, and take heed of our guest blogger’s implementation of technology in the classroom!

Bringing Book Talks to Life With Voki

By Carie Hinkle

 

Are you searching for a way to breathe new life into student book talks?  Perhaps you want to create a way students can share what they’re reading that transcends the boundaries of your classroom walls.  Allow me to suggest Voki.com.  

 

Greetings!  Carie Hinkle here.  I’m a sixth grade English Language Arts instructor in the heart of the Ozark Mountains in the U.S. I first came across Voki a few years ago while attending a technology conference.  However, it was a student led event in my own classroom that brought the full value Voki has to offer to my attention.  Student leaders were charged with the task of creating a lesson integrating technology with a relevant classroom application.  One of our student leader teams selected Voki as their technology tool. Throughout the day I received a flood of Vokis created by my students sharing everything from what their plans were for the weekend to their favorite event from the day, but my student leaders struck gold when they gave each class their summative assessment.  Their assignment? Create a Voki about a book you recently finished and email it to Mrs. Hinkle before you leave.  The idea of Voki Book Talks was born!

 

Taking from their idea, I began to look at the current format students were using to share about their reading  and how I could implement these expectations into this amazing resource.  Next, I set up a list of expectations each Voki would need to share during the book talk and within a few days my students were creating highly engaging and informative book talks.


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Book Talk Expectations

Here is the list I established for Voki Book Talks:

  1. Create a Voki for each book you would like to share with others.
  2. It must include your Name. (First Name Only)  Ex. “Hi, George here.”
  3. Title of Book and Author of Book
  4. Three specific details about the book.
  5. Your favorite part of the book.
  6. Would you recommend this book? If yes why? If no, why not?
  7. Your Voki must be written in complete sentences, using correct conventions, and it must make sense.
  8. Email your Voki to your teacher and any friends you want to share it with who have school email accounts.

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What Happened Next?

 

Well, students joined together to dance and sing joyful songs about my awesomeness as a teacher, of course!  Okay, that might be a bit of hyperbole on my part, but the improvement in my students’ abilities to present their knowledge was very real and just shy of a miracle cure for some of my emergent readers and writers.

I saw an immediate improvement in the quality of summaries my students submitted.  I attribute this to many things that make Voki.com unique and special.  If the student didn’t use correct conventions when writing the book talk, their Voki paused or didn’t pause appropriately while speaking. They could hear the errors even better than when they read their writing out loud to themselves.  Also, if their writing didn’t make sense, neither did their Voki.  It was so exciting to see students as they self assessed and made quality revisions in their work voluntarily and without prompts from me.

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Now we share our Voki Book Talks in class with everyone.  Gone are the isolated teacher student conversations from which no one benefits.  Instead, students are excited to share via email with their friends and vie for the opportunity to share in class.  In addition, students can go to a shared book talk document and view Voki book talks from all of my classes.  Another new goal among my students is to have s featured Voki book talk on my website.  Knowing I change out the featured Vokis every week has created a frenzy to finish their books in time to submit a Voki before I select my next featured artists.

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Emergent writers are more comfortable working in this medium because they can write, listen, and revise their work privately.  This is allows them to gain confidence in their skills and to experience successful sharing among their peers.  I’ve also noticed students are more willing to take risks using richer word choices and more complex sentences.

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Thanks, Voki.com!  You have created a way that allows students to use technology in a way that changes learning.

Check out some Voki Book Talks! Wouldn’t your students love this?

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The Dead and Buried 

By Kim Harrington

Student: Ashley

http://www.voki.com/php/viewmessage/?chsm=599280fddbd3fd2cce5ff884c7442903&mId=2520097

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Virals

By Kathy Reichs

Student: Jazzy

http://www.voki.com/php/viewmessage/?chsm=af7009c76d960426bd446fa4c5574f84&mId=2520321

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Miracle On 30th Street

By Mike Lupica

Student: Layton

http://www.voki.com/php/viewmessage/?chsm=852d6cf477fcb5a43f0368ad94e603a8&mId=2535263

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​The Goddess Test

By Aimee Carter

Student: Daniela

http://www.voki.com/php/viewmessage/?chsm=94239f66b1b2e23b1e0a93480754cbe4&mId=2520596

 Watch her amazing Book Talks Video here

Thanks, Carie!  Hopefully we’ll be seeing a lot more Voki Book Talks in classrooms everywhere!

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Carie is a 6th grade ELA teacher at Hollister Middle School in the heart of the Ozark Mountains in Missouri. She has taught 4th and 5th grade in years past, but has finally met her true passion in 6th grade ELA. She has a Masters in Elementary Education and is currently working toward her eMINTS certification and becoming an authorized Google Trainer. She is excited to join forces with Voki.comand to encourage others to use technology in a way that changes learning.

Student Choice in the Classroom

Student Choice in the Classroom

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Welcome Karianne Politowski as this week’s guest blogger! 

 At Voki, we love more than anything sharing the authentic ways in which teachers are using Voki to enrich their classrooms. See how her students used Voki! Take it away Karianne! 

Voki is a tool I can use no matter what grade level or subject I am teaching.  My teaching career thus far has been anything but boring. I have rarely taught the same thing two years in a row. Voki is a great tool to use with my students because it is both easy to use and a great way for students to demonstrate learning. This year I used it for the students to describe the differences between pioneer schools and our schools.

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http://kidblog.org/WASE3Blue/bd731dec-0cfc-4dc2-ba86-c97772c30bda/pioneer-school-facts-6/

For the first project of the year using Voki, I let the students choose any backgrounds, and characters they want. This way they get a feel for the options that are available. As they get more comfortable, they are asked to use characters and backgrounds that match the content they are sharing.karianness2http://kidblog.org/WASE3Blue/eb52c2ab-a709-420e-a2ba-76c2cb70895d/pioneer-school-facts-7/

Another reason I love Voki is because the students can easily embed their projects on their blogs. Then they can get feedback from all over the world on their work. Feedback from authentic audiences motivates students to do their best work. Constructive criticism from outside sources is taken much more seriously than if it just comes from their teacher.  karianness3http://kidblog.org/WASE3Blue/9f342e0b-2d7b-4e88-ba3c-3b7cc7afe772/pioneer-facts/

I am trying to incorporate student choice into my classroom as often as I can. Online tools like Voki are a great way for me to do this. I introduce each tool at the beginning of the year. By mid-year, students are allowed to choose which tool they want to use to show me what they have learned.kariss4

http://kidblog.org/WASE3Yellow/2540f434-155c-458b-9d09-2499e6c4ca1d/my-pioneer-voki/

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http://kidblog.org/WASE3Yellow/8ea0418d-5d8b-486d-b75b-11d97ccd7df0/pioneer-facts/

Thanks, Karianne! 

class selfieKarianne is a 3rd grade teacher at Wallenpaupack Area South Elementary School located in the Poconos of Pennsylvania. In her past 6 years here at WASE, she has  taught 3rd, 4th and 6th grades. She has a Masters in Educational Technology!