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.

Contents at a Glance

  1. What is a Speaking Avatar or Voki?
  2. Using Speaking Avatars in Online Education
  3. Vox + Loki = Voki
  4. Voki Website Resources
  5. Examples of My Vokis
  6. Blog Posts with My Vokis
  7. Voki – A Free Alternative to Sitepal
  8. Reader Feedback on Using a Voki in Education
  9. Vokis in Education
  10. A Voki Example by Jamie on YouTube
  11. Making the Most of the Web in Your Classroom in the Amazon Spotlight
  12. Ways to Use a Voki in the Classroom
  13. Using Vokis in the Classroom
  14. Using Vokis to Help Shy Students “Speak Up”
  15. Voki can be a way to get students involved
  16. Articles on Using Vokis in the Classroom
  17. Web 2.0: New Tools, New Schools in the Amazon Spotlight
  18. Examples of Younger Children’s Vokis
  19. Voki Avatars Used by Younger Students
  20. Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms on Amazon
  1. Using Vokis to Speak Foreign Languages
  2. Vokis for Use by Language Teachers
  3. French Speaking Voki on YouTube
  4. Books on Online Learning Available on Amazon
  5. Make Your Own Voki
  6. How to Create and Add a Voki to Your Blog on YouTube
  7. How to Create Your Own Voki
  8. Voki is only for non-commercial use!
  9. Blog Posts about Vokis in Education
  10. .edu: Technology and Learning Environments in Higher Education in the Amazon Spotlight
  11. An Avatar
  12. Creating Avatars in the Palace
  13. Research Articles on Avatars
  14. Exploring the Addictive Qualities of Avatars
  15. Articles and Comments on Avatars in Education
  16. Avatars at Work and Play in the Amazon Spotlight
  17. More Books about Avatars on Amazon
  18. Donate to Donors Choose
  19. Reader Feedback on Vokis in Education
  20. Benefiting Donors Choose


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?