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I Am a Tech-Savvy Teacher!

July 24, 2014

It’s not easy being a teacher. But what about a tech-savvy teacher? There are tons of applications, tools, and sites out there that teachers are beginning to use in class: Google Maps, EduBlogs, BrainPop, Wikispaces, etc. (Now, let’s not forget about Voki!)

We spotted a checklist from DailyGenius this week that lists out the 10 signs that you are a tech-savvy teacher. It includes having students read your blog, preparing for twitter chats, attending conferences and keepings up to date with the newest tech! Let’s go ahead take a look at them here: http://dailygenius.com/tech-savvy-teacher/

But we’re adding 2 more signs of a tech-savvy teacher; let us know if you agree:

  1. You embrace gaming inside your classroom. Gaming not limited to just OUTSIDE the classroom. You constantly use games, such as Angry Bird and Minecraft, to teach math, teamwork, science, etc. You understand that students are now growing up in an era where they spend most of their time on videogames and computers. You use it to help student explore and be curious about the world around them.
  2. You have A LOT of class trips without leaving the classroom. You and your class visits the most exotic places on Earth: The Great Wall of China, Pyramid of Giza, Taj Mahal. You use applications like Google Maps/Google Earth with your students to explore different parts of the world and learn!

But being a tech-savvy teacher also means that you need certain skills. There are some skills that you can acquire before your next project! Some of the skills include always looking for new learning opportunities, the importance of real world applications in eLearning, and committing to the best learning experience EVER! Check out this article here to see if you have those skills needed: http://elearningindustry.com/top-10-elearning-skills-elearning-professionals

Here at Voki, we think that the most important skill is communicating and keeping up with new tools and applications. It is important to receive good (and bad) feedback. These feedbacks allow learners (and us!) to change and try to get the most out of the user experience. All tech-savvy teachers should keep up with new tools and applications. You will have in depth knowledge of how these new tools and be combined with others and how it can fit into your lessons and your students’ learning process!

So… Are you a tech-savvy teacher? Do you have what it takes to be one? Let us know in the comments below!

Until next time,

The Voki Team

Tip of the Week: Vocabulary Rundown with Voki

July 23, 2014

Summer is in full swing! But it doesn’t hurt to prepare to the new school year! This activity is great for language classes. Here’s what you can do:

Students can create two Vokis with the vocabulary word that they need to know for the week. Ask them create 2 Vokis: one Voki with just the words (it can be 5 or more!) and one Voki with the words AND their definitions. They can use the Vokis to test and practice for the next quiz!

Check out the examples below and see if you got all the definitions correct:

Have questions, comments, or feedback? Send an email to feedback@voki.com!

Until next time,

The Voki Team

Voki Presenter: Future Updates

July 16, 2014

We’ve been continuing adding new features to Voki Presenter. The good news is… we’ve got more updates rolling in and we think you are going to love it! We wanted to share with you a few features that will be added to Voki Presenter. These include:

New sharing options for Presentations

We will be implementing a new sharing option for Voki Presenter. With the new sharing option, teachers can do the following:

  • Share a link

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  • Embed the Presentation on a school site or blog

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  • Post/share on your favorite social networking site

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Add videos and images to slides

A lot of teacher requested this amazing feature. We will be adding a new feature to the Presentation Editor: adding pictures and videos to slides! Voki Presenter users can upload images and videos from their computer or copy and paste the URL or embed code!

  • Adding images to slides

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  • Adding videos to slides

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Students to create their own Voki Presentation

Currently, Voki Presenter currently allows teachers to create their own presentation. With the next update, teachers using Voki Classroom will have the option to assign Voki Presenter as a Student Assignment!

We hope you will enjoy these new features on Voki Presenter! We’d love to hear your thoughts on the current Voki Presenter!

Just send a note to feedback@voki.com!

Until next time,

The Voki Team

Interview with Educators | James Covais

July 9, 2014

1. Tell us a little about yourself:JamesCovais

My name is James Covais. I’m an Instructional Technology Resource Teacher (ITRT) in Henrico County, VA, USA. I’ve been a Voki user since 2011.

I love using new technology along with 21st century skills to help students learn and grow. My time is spent conferencing with teachers and developing lessons that engage students.

Technology helps facilitate student engagement and brings authentic tasks to the classroom. Technology is not the answer to teaching; rather technology is an extremely useful tool when it is combined with outstanding teaching.

2.What are your goals using Voki?

My goal is to use Voki as a tool to help students with their literacy journey. I think many people see Voki as just a presentation tool. Voki is also a wonderful tool that should be incorporated into the writing process.

3. How do you use Voki?

I use Voki with my teachers and students as a tool to help with the writing process. Students write their sentences in a separate word processing app. When the students are finished writing they copy and paste their sentences into the Voki website. The students are able to hear their sentences and evaluate. One class we were working on adjectives. One student thought their sentence was wonderful and then copied the sentence into the Voki website. When this student heard their sentence I heard, “Wow I need more adjectives.” That was so awesome to hear. Without the Voki website I don’t think we would have had that breakthrough.

4. What are your 3 favorite things about Voki?

  •  I love how there are so many free characters to choose from.
  • I love all the different voices and accents.
  • I love that there is an option to type and not just speak (and the typed words are read back accurately!)

5. What would you add to the Voki product?

I think it would be awesome if we were able to download the finished Voki and save it locally to the hard drive. Sometimes the Internet moves slowly and the Voki may take a little bit to load. I don’t know if that is possible but that is just a wish.
6. Do you have any Voki tricks up your sleeve?

I don’t have any Voki tricks up my sleeve, but I would love to know some!

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Connect with James via Twitter: @CovaisTech

Follow his blog here: http://blogs.henrico.k12.va.us/jpcovais/

Want to be interviewed for the Voki blog? Send us an email at submit@voki.com!

Until next time,

The Voki Team

 

 

Voki July Summer Special 2014

July 1, 2014

You’ve got one more month to take advantage of Voki’s Summer Special! July is your last chance to receive a FREE month with your 1 or 2 year Voki Classroom, Voki Presenter, or Bundle subscription.

With the extra month, you can get your beach towels and sunglasses ready for some summer fun!

Summer Special

To receive your free month with your Voki Classroom and/or Voki Presenter subscription, all you need to do is sign up! We will take care of the rest.

Enjoy your vacation and we hope to see you soon!

Until Next Time,

The Voki Team

All New Voki Presenter Tutorial

June 18, 2014

Q: Do you have video tutorials on how to get started with Voki Presenter?

Yes! We have tutorials to help Voki Presenter users get started! These new tutorials (or lessons) will show Voki Presenter users how to create new Voki Presentations and add Vokis into their new Presentations.

Lesson 1 – Introducing Voki Presenter

In the first Voki Presenter lesson, will provide you with a general overview of Voki Presenter. There are three main sections in Voki Presenter: Presentations, Support section, and Account Management section.

Lesson 2 – Creating Presentations

In this Voki Presenter lesson, we will show you how to create and edit a presentation. With Voki Presenter, you can add a Voki, text, and background to your slides!

Stay tuned! There are more tutorials to come!

Until next time,

The Voki Team

Voki Summer Specials are BACK!

June 2, 2014

Summer will be here soon and our Summer Specials are BACK! That’s right! Starting in June through the end of July, you will receive FREE extra months when you buy a 1 or 2 year Voki Classroom,  Voki Presenter, or the Bundle subscription. This special is also great for teachers who are new to Voki Classroom and Voki Presenter and need some time to “play around” before school starts!

Summer Special

 

  • June Special – 2 extra months
  • July Special – 1 extra month

 

To take advantage of this Summer Special, please visit the Pricing page and sign up.

Have a great summer vacation!

Until next time,

The Voki Team

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