Monday, July 1, 2013

To Voki or not to Voki

I have used Voki in my classroom for the last 3 years. My students liked the app but found that it had glitches which would delete their Voki, not let them embed it on their blog and the one they really hated was not being able to use all the characters, backgrounds and etc. since we were not a Voki classroom and had to pay for it. I like the idea of the students creating their own avatars and allowing them to use their own voice. That was another problem we had with using microphones to record. I am not dishing Voki but I have started to use Tellagami after being introduced to it at NETA. I like that it has a full screen, more of a short story telling option (30 sec), the students still can create an avatar, use their own voice and it is a free iPad app. Here is my Voki I created for my Genius Hour Class to introduce what would be happening Here is my Tellagami introduction You decide which you like better :)

5 comments:

  1. Wow! I haven't experienced the problems you have with Voki. Interesting. The only issue I have found is in embedding multiple Voki's in Blogger. But I have embedded Voki's on other sites with no problems.

    I have not seen Tellagami before. I will check it out. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. I never did get the Tellagami video to load. Some of the Voki voices are much more lifelike than others. You really have to limit yourself to a select few which isn't all bad from a time-saving standpoint. Thanks for the option though.

    I think it is pretty cool that you have been using this for so long! I feel like I am playing catch-up in this district. There are some amazing techie teachers.

    How do you manage students' time with creating the avatar and entering dialogue? I can see mine getting caught up in hair and clothing and wasting time.

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  3. I had never heard of Voki before the Summer Tech Challenge. I had a few problems with publishing my Voki when using my computer's microphone, but it could be because my computer is very old and senile. :) I will have to check out Tellagami! Nice job on the Voki on your Blog! Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Thanks for the tip on Tellagami. I will try it if Voki gets to be a hassle. Seems like they keep improving things or I might just have to get the paid version if it goes over like I think it will in my classroom. I don't mind paying for a few of these tools, but can't afford all of them! I kind of like being limited on the free version so the students do not spend too much time messing.

    You do such a great job with technology! Keep up the outstanding work that you do.

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  5. Your Tellagami video plays very smooth and everything flows really well. I'll have to keep that site in mind if I ever feel unsatisfied with Voki. It is nice to hear about your experiences with Voki since you have been using it for a chunk of time. It will definitely help me keep a few things in mind when using these in my classroom.

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