Sunday, 8 January 2012

VOKI: Creating Speaking Avatars

http://www.voki.com

is an excellent tool to develop students' imagination and practise the English language. 





Advantages: 
  • It is free and embeddable in blogs and wikis
  • Registration is optional
  • Stimulates imagination and creativity
  • Young learners love it !
Disadvantages:
  • Students may spend too much time on the avatar's design
  • You may not record your voice properly
  • Embedding avatars on blogs may be difficult for teachers and students with weak tech - skills
Possible Activities:
1- Introduce yourself, say what you did last weekend, say your plans for next holidays, etc. 
2- Teacher asks questions about a given topic and Students write the answers in the section "comments" in Blogger .
    I have used it with young learners and the results were very good. Let me show you some examples: 
    My avatar
    http://n4icablaplata.blogspot.com/search/label/voki
    http://n3-icab.blogspot.com/search/label/voki
    http://n2-icab.blogspot.com/search/label/voki

    Nevertheless, I highly recommend this tool. If you want to do something different at the computer room, read more about VOKI 

    If you click on the following LINK, you will find ready made lesson plans to use VOKI

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