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    • What is this thing called Voki?
    • ∗ A Voki is a Web 2.0 tool consisting of a talking avatar that can be used for a variety of classroom educational purposes.∗ An avatar is a computer generated animated character that can be like an animal, human, or some other creature.
    • VokiPlease follow this to a Voki example
    • ∗ A Voki uses animation and audio to grab the attention of the viewer.∗ By enhancing the attention of the viewer, Voki is able to keep students engaged in the learning process for longer periods of time.
    • Reasons for teachers to have access to Voki. ∗ Voki helps students who suffer from shyness to be able to make oral presentations without the fear of being in front of an audience. ∗ Voki allows a teacher to introduce a lesson in a more interesting way, thus increasing student interest and attention span.
    • Other uses of Voki∗ Voki has also been shown to enhance the learning of students with special needs.∗ Since Voki is a web-based tool, home-bound students are able to access teacher-made lessons at any time simply by going online.
    • Others who support VokiHuang and Lin state;“Voki’s increase opportunities for oral practice andmetalinguistic awareness. Voki’s offer students extraopportunities to practice speaking. Students noted thatonline recordings allowed them to rehearse and self-monitor the tone and pronunciation of their ownspeech, as well as having the ability to wait to submittheir recordings only when they felt satisfied with it.”
    • Voki meets National Education Technology Standards∗ Standard 3 states that students should be able to use technology tools to enhance learning, increase productivity, and promote creativity.∗ Standard 4 states that students should be able to use a variety of media and formats to communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences
    • In closingIt is my hope that the information provided in thispresentation will show the educational value of Vokiand that you will see fit to have it unblocked from thecounty’s website.
    • ReferencesWilliams, J., & Chinn, S. J. (2009). Using web 2.0 to support the active learning experience. Journal of Information Systems Education, 20(2), 165-174. Retrieved fromhttp://search.proquest.com/docview/200162738?accountid=10661Huang, C., & Lin, C. (2011). Enhancing classroom interactivity and engagement: CFL learners perceptions of the application of web 2.0 technology. British Journal of Educational Technology, 42(6), E141-E144. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-8535.2011.01219.xAtkinson, T. S., Swaggerty, E. A., Mays, L. C., & Fink, L. (2011). Empowering fourth-grade researchers: Reaping the rewards of web 2.0 student-centered learning. Language Arts, 89(2), 99-112. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/903238364?accountid=10661Whitby, P. J. S., Leininger, M. L., & Grillo, K. (2012). Tips for using interactive whiteboards to increase participation of students with disabilities. Teaching Exceptional Children, 44(6), 50-57. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/1024596841?accountid=10661