1. Tell us a little about yourself:
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org!
Until next time,
The Voki Team