Cooling Down with Voki

Cooling Down with Voki

 

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Happy Friday!

July is officially in full swing, and let’s just say—we’re feeling it. Temps may be rising, but Voki is keeping it cool for us with its fresh content and features. Here’s how it can help you beat the heat:

Using Voki on the First Day of School, as a Reflection Tool, and to Introduce Personas. 

Voki ambassador Paul Solarz just made ice breakers a little more fun. From a spin on “Two Truths and a Lie” to a new way to teach the Oregon Trail, Paul shares his secrets on how he uses Voki in his 5th grade classroom. 

“You Get Summers Off” & Other Damaging Myths About Teaching.

We’re sure you heard some of these before, but do those who aren’t teachers know the real stats? The dismissal bell might ring at 3:30, but teachers are actually putting in an average of 53 hours per week. You might want to furnish yourself with the rest of these facts in case someone gets them wrong. 

Grade 5 Social Studies: Complex Societies

Looking for an engaging way to educate your students on the Inca, Aztec, and Mayan People? This all-new Voki Teach lesson will take you through what attributes make up these complex societies, including the technologies they introduced to civilization. 

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump Vokis are now available!

It’s hard to escape the mugs of these two—but why not bring a fresh face to the table? We’re talking about our two newest additions to the Voki library—the presumptive nominees themselves. Check them out on our Instagram page and see them in avatar form! 

“The Road to the White House”

Teaching politics can be tough, so we listened to teachers’ concerns and created a non-partisan hook presentation that covers the main stages of the presidential election process and gives students the chance to host their own classroom vote. We’re keeping the media frenzy out of the classroom, and refocusing on themes like government and democracy. 

The Voki App is now available on the iOS Appstore.

Just a hunch, but we bet you’re looking for a new app to try out. We felt the same way, which is why we launched the Voki for Education app. Not only is it free, but it also streamlines the Voki experience so you can now create and share avatars from your desktop and mobile devices.

Voki 2.0 is better than ever.  

We don’t know what feature of our recently updated site we like best. It offers both monthly and annual subscription options to keep things within budget, not to mention the navigation is incredibly easy. Did we tell you Voki Presenter got a makeover too? Well it did, and the sleek design will captivate any audience. 

Has Voki had a positive impact on your student’s life?

If so, we would love to hear about it and inspire others! Please email feedback@voki.com and share your story with us. If your story is featured, we will provide your classroom with a free, one-year level 3 subscription valued at $100.

Stay cool, Voki fans! Have a great weekend!

Sincerely,

Catherine Alvino, Digital Marketing Coordinator

Fun Fact: The winner of the July Fourth hot dog eating contest at the historic Nathan’s Famous in Coney Island devoured a record-breaking 70 hot dogs and buns in just 10 minutes. 

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America, Freedom and Politics in the Classroom

America, Freedom and Politics in the Classroom

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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 feedback@voki.com 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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