Create Your Own Talking Avatar with Voki

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We’ve all seen those talking avatars on websites.  They’re used for everything from advertisements to customer support.  Have you ever thought how fun it might be to use one in your class?

Today I would like to introduce you to “Voki” ( http://www.voki.com/ ), which allows you to create a custom talking avatar.  There are so many uses for Voki- as you prepare your courses, you  might want to consider inserting a Voki to introduce yourself to your class, or an introduction to a module in your course (I can help you do this!).   Best of all, this is a free tool -yes, FREE!  And easy.   

Here is a sample of the Voki I created.

Vokis are also great for students who may be hesitant to speak in front of a class, or just a fun way to liven up a short report or assignment.  They can re-record themselves until they’re happy with the results.

The site allows you to change hair color & style, eyes/nose/mouth, clothes, and background.  Create your lookalike (or your alter ego).  You can record your own voice or type in your text and choose a Voki voice (though these are a bit “robotic”).  You can also upload a digital audio file.  When you finish creating your Voki, click “Publish” and you can get a code to embed into a website or a “Bookmark” hyperlink.

For a video tutorial on how to use Voki, click here.

For more information on how Vokis are being used in higher education:

*University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill:  (note the Voki they inserted into the blog as well as the tutorial videos):  http://www.unc.edu/soe-itech/resources/voki.html
*How students can maintain their online privacy with a Voki:  http://teachinghistory.org/digital-classroom/tech-for-teachers/24655
Give Voki a try and see how technology can make your message more memorable.  Or stop by and I’ll help you create one!
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