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How Cool is Voki?! Create Fun Talking Avatars for Classroom Use



I introduced Voki to EmergingEdTech readers back in 2011, and its overdue for another mention! This is a such a fun tool. Guest writer James Thompson offers a handful of approaches to using this unique application in teaching and learning. – KW

Discover Voki, a fun, unique tool for your classroom and students. The idea behind this application is to create custom-made avatars (characters that resemble living people) and give them a set of instructions to say something.

Gone are the days when asking your students to speak in front of the classroom or write up a short essay were the only ways to present. Welcome to the 21st century where technology presents us with a multitude of ways to do things – and when it comes to using technology, the kids simply love it!

You can create a free Voki account that allows for a 60 second clip, or you can for the premium version of Voki Classroom (under $30/year!), which provides for longer clips, a Classroom Management System, and more. This Classroom Management System allows you to manage lessons, review work, modify instructions, talk to other teachers using the program, and receive teaching tips offered by others in a “teacher’s corner”.

Here are some approaches you can use this tool in the classroom:

  • For Language Classes: Students can design their Avatar to speak the language they are learning. A set of instructions could be given to, for example, pronounce new words or state their definitions. Students can use their Avatar as a teacher who speaks the correct version of the word and definition after they have spoken it. This is similar to the use of flash cards, except it is more exciting and way more fun!
  • Display Historical Figures: With the paid account, you can pick avatars of pre-made important historical figures. Instead of telling the students about their historical significance, allow your Avatar to do the speaking itself. They could give first-person accounts of what happened during their time and highlight important events. You can expect the students to listen to this not-so-boring-anymore history lectures!
  • To Summarize a Lesson: If you are interested in knowing what the students have been gaining from your lessons or lectures, you can assign a fun class assignment by asking them to give a short one-minute summary of your previous lecture. Their Avatar could be the teacher (it could even be you) speaking about a recently learned subject and summarizing the most important points.
  • For a presentation: Presenting in front of a classroom full of people is not everyone’s cup of tea. Do your shy students a favor by requiring a classroom presentation on an assigned subject through their avatar. You can make the project more creative by asking them to create a character that would most likely fit the role of the person presenting. The only disadvantage is that they will be limited to only 60 (or 90) seconds to present. However, the peers will have fun listening to a funny talking character instead of a monotonous, bashful student.
  • To Substitute You: For teachers, the worst part of teaching could be when the students start yawning, start chatting with their peers, and seem utterly un-interested in what they have to say. Young students don’t always have a fabulous attention span and easily get distracted by the next thing that pops-up. You could bring your lecture to life by asking your Avatar to do the talking instead of you. The quirky character will certainly increase their attention span.
  • Assigning Work: Let your avatar do the work delegation, and in the mean time you get to make a presentation. Humanize that boring Word Doc with a list of projects or assignment instructions and let the Avatar articulate what they are expected to do. The clip can be added to your shared classroom folder that students can re-open and hear the instructions again whenever they need to.

For more ideas you can check out the Lesson Plan and Activities page through your Voki account or go on the Voki blog for more ideas. Teachers will share their own ideas and “tips of the week”.


  1. Voki is an incredibly cool tool for classroom use! It allows users to create fun talking avatars that can be used for a variety of educational purposes. With Voki, teachers and students alike can create their own personalized characters that can speak in their own voice, or in a variety of pre-recorded voices.

  2. Voki is an incredibly cool online tool that allows users to create fun talking avatars for classroom use. With Voki, teachers and students alike can create fun, interactive speaking avatars that can be used in the classroom to help enhance educational content. Voki avatars can be used to record voiceovers, deliver announcements, and even act out scenes from literature or history.

  3. Thank you for sharing this information. Voki is an awesome tool that enables the users to create their own characters of speech. It is a unique tool that permits you to make talking symbols. It will be very useful to all the teachers and students since it makes the learning and teaching process simple.

  4. Voki is an educational tool enabling users to create their very own character of speech. Voki is produced by Oddcast, in New York City.

    You can customize Voki characters to look like historical figures, cartoons, animals and even you! Give your Voki a voice through microphone recording, using our dial-in number or uploading an audio file. You can email Voki characters, share them on social media, and embed them on websites!

  5. You may select avatars of pre-made important historical figures. Instead of telling the students approximately their historical significance, permit your Avatar to do the speaking itself. They ought to deliver first-person accounts of what took place at some point of their time and spotlight vital activities. You can assume the students to concentrate on this not-so-boring-anymore history lectures!

  6. Voki is truly a cool and unique tool which will be appreciated by all students and teachers since it makes the learning and teaching process simple. I am a teacher of English Literature. Voki will be very useful for me to teach my lessons to my students and it will change the mentality of them that is teaching and learning are quite boring.

  7. Voki is an awesome site that permits you to make talking symbols. You can insert these Voki characters into your blog page to play later for your understudies or utilize straightforwardly from the webpage. Voki has additionally extended their image to make the learning background significantly all the more captivating with Voki Classroom, Voki Presenter, and Voki Teach. While these alternatives are stunning in their own particular right, the free form of Voki can be used in numerous fun approaches to help connect with your understudies


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