Vokis are speaking digital characters that people use to represent themselves in certain online environments such as blogs. You can select a character from a set collection and then customise its appearance to represent you, when you are online or you can choose an animal, monster, cartoon character or popular culture figure to be your representation. You can also use your own voice to be the voice of your character (via recording) or you can type text and select a set voice to read your words. Vokis work best embedded into a website such as a blogging site.
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Getting started today •
Visit http://www.voki.com/ to get a better idea of what Vokis are. Follow the step-by-step instructions to experiment online with a range of tools. Try customising characters by changing their hair, facial features, eye colour, clothes and accessories then use tools to give your character a voice. Create an account (currently free of charge) to continue to use this character in online settings.
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Use a Voki in a class blog or website to engage students. Use Vokis to encourage all students to be involved in discussions. Use a Voki to provide verbal instructions for students who are more visual/audio learners. Use Vokis to create fictional characters or to bring historical figures to life. Use Vokis to portray different points of view of book characters, world leaders, opposing community groups, etc. Use Vokis in language classes to extend students’ speaking skills in a fun and engaging way. Use Vokis to share comments with students in other countries.