Thursday, February 25, 2010

Voki - Create Your Own Speaking Avatar

You may have noticed the somewhat strange looking animated character on the right side of my page. This is an avatar I created using Voki and embedded it into this blog.

What is Voki? It's a free service that allows you to create personalized speaking avatars and use them on your blog, profile, and in email messages.
If you are wondering how this might be useful in education, just consider Voki can create new ways for teachers who want to get their students 'talking' in a fun and engaging way.

Here are some ways you might use Voki in the classroom.
1. Students can create avatars that are similar in looks or personalities and record a message that tells about themselves.
2. Students can exchange these avatars with e-pals either within their own setting or anywhere in the world.
3. Students can generate questions to ask their avatar e-pals.
4. ESL (English as a Second Language) students can use the speaking avatars to practice and listen to their speech. They may use the computerised voice first then record their own voice when they feel more comfortable. Writing, reading and pronunciation are all practised.
5. Students can create an avatar that resembles a character from a story, add a setting and give it speech. The speech could be from the story or a creative point of view (POV) from the character on an event.

Follow this link to see how easy it is to create your own Voki.
How to Create Your Own Voki

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