How I Use It
At the end of the Astronomy unit, the 5th grade students chose an astronomy topic to summarize. They created a Voki to read their words and share what they had learned. Before we began the project, we discussed how to determine what information was important and should be included in their summarization. Students did not create Voki accounts, which made setup time very short. They used the step-by-step website I created to learn how to use Voki and submitted their links via Google Forms. They loved the avatar creation process, and several had to be reminded that they needed to finish and submit their link before the end of class.
Here is a link to the site I created: http://howtovoki.weebly.com/
Voki is not the most sophisticated learning tool, but 5th grade students really like it. Students will not learn new content, but they can use it to work on summarizing and communication skills for any class. Voki limits the amount of information students can include (60 seconds or 600 characters). As part of the introduction to lessons using Voki, encourage kids to think about what is important about their topic or what they need to communicate. The free version can confuse students because you can select the Pro options for your avatar, but you can not use them when you click Publish.