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April 1, 2012

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What is Voki?

Overview

Voki enables users to express themselves on the web using a talking character. You can customize your character to look or sound like you or take the identity of lots of other types of characters.

The meaning of Voki

Voki is a combination of vox, which is Latin for voice, and Loki, which is a playful shape shifter in Norse Mythology.

Creators

Voki is brought to you by the folks at Oddcast, a New York based company that has been creating speaking character on the web for years.

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Highlights

Hands on Technology

Voki is a fun way to introduce technology in the class. The user friendly interface allows

students to gain experience with a variety of web based applications.

Create and Imagine

Voki encourages students to use their imagination. There are infinite character combinations

to create and a variety of ways they can give their Voki a voice.

Memorable Learning

Vokis, by design, are a visual and audible point of reference for the lesson information.

Students have a hand in the entire process of creation which leads to a stronger retention of

what they learned.

Motivate to Participate

Kids of all ages and personalities will embrace Voki. The lesson plan database covers topics

for Kindergarteners up to High School and beyond. Even the shyest child in class will be able

to make their voice heard with Voki.

Language Tool

Voki voices are available in over 30 languages so students all over the world can participate. Voki is also a great tool in language classes for lessons and pronunciation.

Fun

Whats not to love about Voki? Expect passionate work from students with a side of smiles.

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Creating a Voki - Design

Fun and Easy

There are thousands of possible character combinations let your imagination run wild!

Character Selection

To begin, you will pick out the head of the character you would like to work with. You may

select their hair type, lips, and facial hair and even adjust the hue of these features.

Accessorize

Dress your Voki in anything from funky costumes to corporate attire. You can even

accessorize them with bling like glasses or a colorful scarf!

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Creating a Voki - Voice

Give it a Voice

Bring your Voki to life by giving it a unique voice! Your Voki can sound how ever you want,

even like you!

Options

There are four ways to give your Voki a voice: Record by Phone (US numbers), Text to Speech,

Record by Microphone, or Upload an Audio File.

Text to Speech over 25 languages!

The Text to Speech option lets you type in the information you would like your Voki to say.

There are over 25 languages to choose from in a variety of female and male voices. Sound

effects can be used to make your Voki whisper, echo, sound like a chipmunk, and more!

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Creating a Voki Final Touches

Backgrounds

Switch up the background by selecting from our catalog of photos, cartoons and animations.

You can even upload your own photo!

Tweaks

Change the size and location of your Voki onscreen. The magnifying glass icon in the bottom

right corner lets you make these adjustments.

Players

Personalize your player frame pick a color!

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Publishing a Voki

Save and Name

If you are happy with the Voki you created, you can now save and name it.

Publish or Email

Voki can be embedded and shared on over 20 popular sites. You can also use the URL that

links directly to your Vokis own webpage. Emailing to a friend is quick and easy .

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Lesson Plans

Get Inspired!

There are over 100 ready- to-go Voki Lesson Plans. Click View Lesson Plan to see a thorough

description of the lesson as well as instructions .

Covering the Bases

Browse lessons for virtually every school subject and age group. Teachers from all

over the world contribute their own Voki lesson plans to the database.

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Voki Classroom - Teachers

Supercharge Voki

Voki Classroom brings the Voki experience to the next level. Teachers have access to a unique

interface to organize students, classes, lessons and more!

Manage Students

Organize Classes and Create Voki Lessons

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Voki Classroom - Students

Submitting Work

With Voki Classroom, teachers assign lessons using Voki. After completing their Voki,

students submit their Vokis for their teacher to review.

Lesson Page

The teachers may enable the Lesson Page URL where all approved Vokis can be viewed for

each lesson. This is a fun way for students share their Voki and learn from one anothers

work.

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Voki Voice

My goal with using Voki is to give every student a voice and a face in a fun and engaging way.

Lisa Nielsen, author of The Innovative Educator Blog

Voki is really great with those students who are struggling readers, as well as students from different countries.

LaQuita Densonm, Instructional Technology Specialist

"I use Voki to create a virtual me when I am away from the classroom or to explain directions to a project. I put the Voki on my classroom blog so students can access it anytime.

Erica Hartman, Teacher at Sparta Middle School in New Jersey

I started using Voki a couple months ago with my class to communicate with our pen pals in California.

Lisa Mims, 5th grade teacher at Pleasantville Elementary in Delaware

My goals with Voki are to give my students a chance to practice their speaking skills in a motivating and personalized way. Ana Maria Menezez, English teacher in Brazil

Voki allows me to provide a fun and interactive audio example of the material we are singing in choir. Each of the choirs have their own Voki character who sings section of the material we are preparing as a learning aid.

Lyndell Allen, Music Teacher at Ballaret Grammar in Australia