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I am voki !
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I am voki !
I am voki !
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  • 1. Elizabeth Magnotta ESL Professional March 11, 2011 I AM VOKI ! WHO AM I ? & WHAT CAN I DO?
  • 2. <ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><li>ESL Applications </li></ul><ul><li>Real World Context </li></ul><ul><li>Difficulties </li></ul><ul><li>Summary </li></ul>OVERVIEW OF POWERPOINT
  • 3. <ul><li>Voki is a technology: </li></ul><ul><li>It allows you to create your own personal avatar </li></ul><ul><li>Customize your avatar’s appearance and voice </li></ul><ul><li>Relay audio messages in a unique and personal way </li></ul>INTRODUCTION:
  • 4. <ul><li>Multiple ways of recording audio messages </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Record your voice via: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Phone </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Computer’s </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>microphone </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>2. Upload an audio </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>file </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3. Use the text box </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>to: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Write a </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>message </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Deliver the message using a VOKI voice </li></ul></ul><ul><li>27 different languages availables </li></ul>HOW YOUR VOKI WORKS
  • 5. <ul><li>Publishing your </li></ul><ul><li>VOKI </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Allows you to </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>share you VOKI </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>with others </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Venues </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Facebook </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>& </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>other social </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>network sites </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Websites </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>E-mail messages </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PowerPoint Presentations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>And more …. </li></ul></ul>HOW YOUR VOKI WORKS (CONT.)
  • 6. <ul><li>Many practical applications of VOKI </li></ul><ul><li>Recording student speech </li></ul><ul><li>Incorporation of writing/audio </li></ul><ul><li>Communication with ‘Pen Pals’ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Increased exposure to native English speakers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increased dialogue in the target language between students and classmates </li></ul></ul>USING VOKI IN THE ‘ESL’ CLASSROOM
  • 7. <ul><li>Vocabulary </li></ul><ul><li>Students study/learn a list of new vocab words </li></ul><ul><li>Use VOKI to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Record </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pronunciation of the new word </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use the new word in a complete sentence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>VOKI can give the students the opportunity to be creative and fun as they are studying the new words </li></ul></ul>ESL ACTIVTIES:
  • 8. <ul><li>Online component: </li></ul><ul><li>Question & Answer </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teacher creates his/her own VOKI </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Posts a discussion styles question </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students create their own VOKI </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They listen to the discussion question </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Then respond to it with their VOKI </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Record their speech </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Combines Listening and Speaking skills </li></ul></ul>ESL ACTIVITIES (CONT.)
  • 9. <ul><li>Grammaticality Judgments: </li></ul><ul><li>Students correct errors in sentences </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teacher creates VOKI </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>VOKI reads a series of sentences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Each sentence contains an error of the grammar point being studied </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students identify & correct the error </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students create their own VOKI </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Using VOKI, they record the corrected version of the sentence </li></ul></ul>ESL ACTIVITIES (CONT.)
  • 10. <ul><li>Science classroom : Fourth Grade : Author Stephanie Bushman </li></ul><ul><li>Subject: studying the skeletal structure </li></ul><ul><li>Tasks are to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Learn and identify bones </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fill out a skeletal chart </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create a VOKI </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>VOKI has ‘broken’ a bone </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>VOKI is used to inform the class which bone it has broken </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Rest of class guesses where the bone is located </li></ul></ul></ul>REAL WORLD USE
  • 11. <ul><li>Ease of use </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Relatively easy to get started </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The set up is user friendly </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>No great tech requirements </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>PowerPoint embedding was easy </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>(ppt 2010 required) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>There were minor glitches along the way </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Editing </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>edits made to VOKI after publishing did not always change when embedding a second time </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Multiple versions of the same VOKI </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>For this presentation, I though it better to stay with one VOKI </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>I had to build the VOKI from scratch each time </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Very time consuming </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>DIFFICULTIES WITH VOKI
  • 12. <ul><li>Innovative </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Skills primarily used </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Listening </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Speaking </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Writing (text box option) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>More practice : Less learning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>This is not: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>An ideal way for a teacher to pass on information </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Or ideal for lectures or grammar explanation </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>This is: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>A nice way for students to take an ‘oral test’ </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>To practice oral skills in a Q & A environment </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Give their teacher evidence of their ability to comprehend/respond to information </li></ul></ul></ul>SUMMARY OF VOKI
  • 13. <ul><li>Goodbye </li></ul><ul><li>& </li></ul><ul><li>Thanks for listening! </li></ul>THE END

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