5 Innovative Ways to Use Voki in the Classroom by Guest Blogger Tyler Hart!

5 Innovative Ways to Use Voki in the Classroom by Guest Blogger Tyler Hart!

5 Innovative Ways to Use Voki in the Classroom

Welcome our guest blogger for this week… Tyler Hart! Tyler is an avid user of Voki and a total techie teacher! Here are 5 innovative ways that he has used Voki in the classroom!

Voki is a great website that allows you to create speaking avatars. You can embed these Voki characters into your blog page to play later for your students or use directly from the site. Voki has also expanded their brand to make the learning experience even more engaging with Voki Classroom, Voki Presenter, and Voki Teach. While these options are amazing in their own right, the free version of Voki can be utilized in many fun ways to help engage your students. Below are five innovative ways you can use Voki in your classroom right now. If you’re  interested in other ways to integrate Voki into your lessons, check out Voki’s Lesson Plan Ideas Page!

1. Presenting on Researched Content

Having students research their own topics or content is great, but many times finding time to have them present their findings to the class can be hard. Using Voki can be a great way to post students’ research. Students can write up a script about the most important facts about their content, and record themselves reading their findings. This one was a particular favorite of mine because the partners created Uncle Si from Duck Dynasty to report the information!presenting on researched content

To see Voki in action click here —–> http://blogs.henrico.k12.va.us/trhart/voki-research

2. Content Review Center Activity

Students don’t have to be the only ones to join in on the fun. I love making Voki Characters to help students review content or to give an assessment for me. Students would listen and pause the character when needed to either comment on our blog page for answer, or they would fill out an assessment sheet to turn in. This was a great time saver since I was able to use this as a center as well!

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To see Voki in action click here —–> http://blogs.henrico.k12.va.us/trhart/content-review-activity

3. Historical Figures

Want to spice up history class when learning about historical figures? Have students identify important moments from the life of a historical figure. Using their research, have the students write a script in a first-person narrative and have them record themselves reading their scripts.

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To see Voki in action click here —–> http://blogs.henrico.k12.va.us/trhart/historical-figures

4. Mystery Voki – Who am I?

Another fun idea to use with historical figures is a Who am I game. Have students create their script about their about person in a first-person narrative style. Instead of having the students record the information saying who the person is, they read their information and end with the question, “Who am I?” This could be a great review game do use with the class.

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To see Voki in action click here —–> http://blogs.henrico.k12.va.us/trhart/mystery-voki-who-am-i

5. Autobiographies

Have your students write an autobiography about themselves. We used a simple question starter template with the students to help them with certain things about their life to write down. After filling out the information, the students wrote their paragraph story about themselves, created their Voki, and recorded themselves. The students will have a blast learning about each other!

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To see Voki in action click here —–> http://blogs.henrico.k12.va.us/trhart/autobiographies

Tyler Hart has worked and taught in elementary education for 13 yeatyler hartrs at Henrico County Public Schools in Virginia. This school year will be his second in an administrative role as a Resource Teacher at Sandston Elementary.  Previously, he was an Instructional Technology Resource Teacher for two years, and before that, he was a 3rd grade teacher. In his last year as a classroom teacher, he was honored by being nominated and selected as one of the Henrico Citizen’s Top 20 Teachers in Henrico County.

Introducing….Voki Quick Tips!

Introducing….Voki Quick Tips!

New Voki Quick Tips Presentations and Videos

Hello Voki Users!

I am really excited to share that Voki will be creating and posting quick and easy Voki Tips to help you get the most out of Voki.

What can you expect from Voki Quick Tips?

  • Quick Tips introducing new product enhancements

  • Quick Tips addressing FAQs

  • Quick Tips on how to tackle any Voki problem

Check out our newest Quick Tip presentations introducing two of our newest enhancements!

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How to apply ONE background to ALL slides

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Add New Slide SPECIAL Feature

SOON, our Voki Quick Tips will be launching on our YouTube Channel! Stay Tuned for that!

Subscribe here, so that you’re sure not to miss a thing!

You know we love to hear your suggestions and feedback:

Are there any Voki Quick Tips videos or presentations that  you would like to see?

Leave us a comment!

Until Next Time,

Heather 

HeatherBio: Heather is the Community Manager at 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. With her teacher hat on, she will create meaningful, engaging, and relevant content that can be implemented in your classrooms.  She is excited to partner with you to engage and educate your students! 

Giveaways and Resource Goodies!

Giveaways and Resource Goodies!

GIVEAWAYS AND RESOURCE GOODIES

Our very own ambassador, Vipula Sharma, has created an extensive spread of all things Voki! She will also be giving teachers a chance to win a FREE SUBSCRIPTION of Voki Classroom and Voki Presenter! Stay tuned to learn how!

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Ever wonder how other teachers are using Voki? No need to just wonder anymore. Check out the variety of ways Voki is being utilized in Vipula’s Tackk (a fun way to create an informational collage and share about a topic.)

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This presentation (Click on any of the screenshots to get directed to it) shares how teachers can use Voki and Voki Presenter. In fact, the presentation is made with Voki Presenter! It gives tips and pointers to teachers who may not realize the different interesting ways Voki can be used in the classroom.

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Like, if you want to make your Voki speak in a different language (one that Voki doesn’t provide) you must type phonetically!

The use of different languages in the classroom provides language diversity!  Giving students the chance to interact with different languages and accents is a proactive way of having a discussion around different cultures and languages and how to react when you hear a different accent or language. And if you are an ESL teacher, those students who may be nervous about speaking a new language, may feel more comfortable hearing their native language in the classroom and seeing their classmates interact with that language in a positive way.

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It’s great speaking practice. Students can record their voices and listen to how they sound. They can compare their own voices to Voki voices. For those students that are less prone to participate if they have to speak in front of the entire class, their Voki can speak for them.

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Mr. President kindly points out how to join and explore the Voki communities. Check out lesson plans on our Voki.com  website by clicking on the lesson plans tab at the top of the page, follow us on twitter, search for #VokiRocks to join the conversation, and read, comment, and share our blog posts at The Official Voki Blog. You CAN”T say no to Mr. President!

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Here come your RESOURCE GOODIES! Vipula has created a list of online destinations for you to see what educators are saying about Voki and how they are using it!

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For any beginners out there who are interested in creating a Voki,( C’mon you know you want to!) Vipula has added one of our tutorials to show you how quick, easy, and fun it is to create a talking character all your own.

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And now for the Giveaway!! What do you have to do?

  • Share an idea of how you would use Voki in a certain subject area
  • Share an example
  • Share a short write-up
  • Tweet it at @officialvoki and @vipulasharma1

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Check out Vipula’s Tackk to see the whole Voki presentation and all of the resources she has compiled for her fellow teachers and Voki Lovers!

Thanks, Vipula!

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Vipula Sharma

Bio: Teacher of EAL, Extended Project & KS3-4 Careers Advisor | Tech Coach | a lifelong learner | keen to use technology to support and extend learning for all.

Voki Presenter Update: Use Images in Your Presentation

Voki Presenter Update: Use Images in Your Presentation

We’ve been continuously improving Voki Presenter based on your feedback.

We’re happy to announce the latest update for Voki Presenter. You can now add multiple images to your presentation and position them on your slides!

See an example here:

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We love getting your feedback and suggestions. Keep it coming! Send to feedback@voki.com.

Until next time,

The Voki Team

Voki Presenter Update: New Sharing Options

Voki Presenter Update: New Sharing Options

We made these special updates thanks to your suggestion! This minor change will make a big difference and help make your Voki Presenter experience more valuable.

Our newest update includes the new sharing options for Voki Presentations. You can now share it via the following:

Posting a direct link

Voki Presenter users can grab the direct link and paste it anywhere to share it.

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Embedding it on a website

Or, Voki Presenter users can grab the embed code and paste it into your webpage or class site by selecting a Presentation size.

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Posting it on a social media site

We are also giving users the option to post it on their favorite social media website.

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We love to hear what you think about this new update! Let us know by sending an email to feedback@voki.com!

Until next time,

The Voki Team

Voki Presenter: Future Updates

Voki Presenter: Future Updates

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

Voki July Summer Special 2014

Voki July Summer Special 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!

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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