Are you using Voki?
Using Speaking Avatar or Voki for Teaching
A Voki is a talking voice character, a computer-generated version of oneself. The more generic term for a Voki is a speaking avatar, a digital representation of a person or being. Teachers and educators are discovering some of the unique roles these speaking avatars can play in education particularly in the online classroom.For teachers these speaking avatars can add a more “human” element to the online class website or blog. It is especially useful for those of us who may not be all that great with video taping or vodcasting.
Instructors can use a voki avatar to introduce the course or topics. It can also be used to aid in instructing those who are more audio/visual learners. Voki is also a great way to get shy students involved or to share comments with students in other countries.
Let’s learn more about using Voki in Education.
Image: Voki of the image I use for my course Nutrition Blog.
What is a Speaking Avatar or Voki?
Voki is simply a talking voice character. These animated characters or avatars enable users to express themselves on the web 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, anime etc.
You can even have your Voki speak with your own voice by adding your voice with a microphone, upload, or by phone.
Using Speaking Avatars in Online Education
I am curious if anyone else is having difficulty getting Voki to work? It seems like a great educational tool. I can create it, but the site won’t allow me to sign up? It never sends the email for you to confirm. Has anyone else had issues?