Voki is a free service that allows you to create personalized speaking avatars and use them on your blog, profile, and in email messages. They are a really fun and engaging tool that can be used almost everywhere throughout a learning experience. They can introduce a topic, conclude a topic or act as a guide throughout. Voki's combine visual with audio simulations to produce a learning tool which caters for all learners. Voki's are quick and easy to use and are free to make.
The website in which i created my Voki is called http://www.voki.com/. You can use voki's for all ages. Younger learners will enjoy the animal vokis to help explain concepts, while older learners could benefit from vokis being used as a guide, thus, allowing the older learners to progress through a learning activity with little teacher instruction.
Vokis are an awesome engaging tool, however used alone they provide little learning opportunities. This can be demonstrated in Dale's Cone of learning effectiveness, as many of the qualities associated with voki's fall into the top end of the scale (Abeline Christian University ACU Adams Centre for Teaching Excellence, 2000).
- Abeline Christian University Adam Centre for Teaching Excellence. (2000). Learning Pyramid (learning retention). Retrieved August 19, 2009 from http://moodle.cqu.edu.au/mod/resource/view.php?id=580