Hello Voki users!
My name is Heather Brown and I am the new Community Manager at Voki. One of the reasons why I joined the Voki Team is because—as a teacher– I see such potential in Voki. It truly is a groundbreaking tool for students and teachers. I believe that if Voki and educators work together, we will be able to revolutionize the way students engage with curriculum and the way teachers engage with students.
So, let me backtrack for a second and tell you a little bit about me. I am a New Yorker, born and raised in Manhattan. My mother is a teacher, my father is a teacher, and my sister is a teacher.
One might say teaching is my family’s “family business.”
I’ve taught in schools all over NYC for seven years. During my travels, I noticed a few harrowing things:
- Many students weren’t engaged
- Many teachers were overwhelmed
- New curricula and common core standards were making numbers 1. and 2. even worse.
It’s clear that we can’t possibly solve these issues overnight.
But, it is my belief that a good first step is helping teachers feel more comfortable with what technology can offer them in their classrooms.
It can be scary to try something new. It can be hard to see the benefits of utilizing the digital space as an academic tool. It can feel like just another new task to add to the pile of duties you already have. All of these feelings are very real and understandable.
But, I’ll share something I learned my first year as a teacher. A phrase I still whisper to myself seven years later– “You have to lean into discomfort.” Besides, this is something that we ask our students to do every single day! Shouldn’t we lead by example and show them that even as an adult it is okay to be fearful of failing as long as you push through that fear? Well, you know what my answer is. Of course, we must show our students that we, too, are learners who fail and fail again, until we succeed.
And you won’t be alone. There are so many teachers out there who are learning just like you, how to integrate technology into the classroom. Let us help. Voki and your fellow teachers are prepared to be your guides through the educational digital landscape.
Now, to those of you who are already taking advantage of the benefits that being a technologically savvy teacher can bring, BRAVO! Keep doing what you’re doing. Your students thank you for engaging them and bringing learning to life. But, remember, you have a responsibility to share your digital experiences with other educators who may need some guidance. Take them under your wing, share with them, and support them.
As for me, I am here to make teaching just a little bit easier for you.
- I will post meaningful content across all of the Voki platforms—including this one.
- I will listen to your needs, wants, frustrations, and feedback.
- I will keep you abreast of the changes occurring at Voki Headquarters.
- I will motivate you during your most challenging times.
- I will facilitate the sharing of innovative ideas within our community.
At Voki, we believe that a close-knit community of teachers sharing their knowledge, technological expertise, and creativity, is a MUST in the movement to educate and engage.
So, are you with us?
Bio: Heather is the Community Manager for 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. She is excited to partner with you to engage and educate your students!