Friday, September 17, 2010

Using Vokis as a tool for visual learners

A Voki is simply a talking voice character. These animated characters or avatars enable users to express themselves on a computer with a voice but as a talking character.

You can customize your Voki to look like you or take on the identity of lots of other types of characters, animals, monsters, cartoon characters etc. There are also all sorts of different backgrounds and voices for every occasion!

You can even have your Voki speak with your own voice by adding your voice with a microphone, upload, or by phone.

Teachers are discovering some of the unique roles these speaking avatars can play in education particularly for those children that learn in a more visual way.

A Voki can add a more "human" element to a lesson and even introduce a "team teaching" dimension to the classroom. It is especially useful for those of us who may not be all that great with video taping or vodcasting.

Teachers can use a voki avatar to introduce an idea, topic or lesson. It can also be used to aid in instructing those who need reinforcement of an idea or repetition of instructions . A Voki is also a great way to get shy students involved or to share comments with students in other countries.

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