America, Freedom and Politics in the Classroom

America, Freedom and Politics in the Classroom



Happy Thursday!

It’s been a busy week here at Voki Headquarters! Our teams have been hard at work creating new characters, new content and new features all aimed at helping educators get the most out of Voki in the classroom. Let’s take a look at the week in review:

Get Ready for the 4th of July with our Independence Day Hook!  On July 4th, 1776, the United States declared it’s independence from Great Britain and became a free nation. Check out our latest hook just in time for the holiday to bring in the celebration!

Teachers are using Vokis to teach politics in the classroom. With the election season in full swing, it can be challenging for educators to foster a conversation that is both non-partisan and informative. We were absolutely thrilled this week to receive positive feedback from teachers around the country using our politically inspired Voki characters to foster a substantive political discourse between students.

“The Road to the White House”This week’s special featured hook provides an excellent demonstration of how educators are using Vokis to effectively teach politics to young students. In this hook we cover the main stages of the presidential election process! It’s one of our favorite hooks to date and we highly recommend checking it out. 

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump Vokis are now available! We have to tip our hats to the Voki illustration, design and production teams for their stunning new Voki representations of the Republican and Democratic presumptive nominees. Check them out on our instagram page!

Politics In The Classroom: How Much Is Too Much? Politics can be an incredibly polarizing topic (both in and out of the classroom). The NPR article referenced above is a great read to help familiarize yourself with the challenges and benefits educators face when teaching controversial topics in the classroom.

Voki Teach Lesson Content continues to roll out. Still wrapping your brains around how awesome learning with Voki about the Five Senses was? Well, we’ve got a new science topic to keep the awe-inspiring momentum going—check out our recent lesson titled Life Cycles.

Bring in the Summer with our new lesson hooks! Celebrate the new season with our Summer Solstice hook by creating a flip book of the Earth rotating around the sun with Voki Presenter. But summer is not the only reason to be happy—our new hook for Don’t Let Nouns Get You Down Day (6/23) allows students to practice their sentence-writing skills with nouns that begin with the first letter of their name.  

The Voki for Education Mobile App is now available on the iOS Appstore. Everything you love about Voki is now available on the iPhone. In related news, we are also putting the finishing touches on our Android version which is set for release later this year.

Voki 2.0 is now live –  We are super excited about the new features we’ve introduced with Voki 2.0. Voki users now have more characters, content and control at their fingertips. Check out our recent coverage on eSchool News to learn more about these great new enhancements. 

Are you an educator using Voki in the classroom? If so, we would love to hear about it. Please email and share your story with us. For those who’s stories are featured in our weekly newsletter, we will provide your classroom with a free, one-year level 3 subscription valued at $100.

Have a great holiday weekend!

Best regards,

Catherine Alvino, Digital Marketing Coordinator 

Fun fact of the week: NASA has 2 satellites chasing each other around the Earth tracking the distance between themselves to measure gravitational anomalies. Their nicknames are Tom & Jerry!

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