Voki is an online app which allows users to create an avatar to deliver presentations for them (like the example on the right). You could use this yourself as part of an approach to flipped learning, for example by getting the avatar to explain a task. Alternatively, you could get the students to create avatars which deliver presentations on their behalf.
- It might encourage students to think more carefully about the oral delivery of presentations.
- It may help them to build their confidence in writing the oral part of their presentation, and to become more confident about delivering this themselves in due course.
- It’s a bit of fun.
- The students may well spend far longer choosing the face, hair, etc for their avatar than thinking about what it actually needs to say.
This app was designed with educational use in mind and is entirely free to use – provided you don’t mind there being significant limitations on what you can do. As always, to really get the best out of anything claiming to be free, you need to pay for an upgrade. To find out more about it, and maybe give it a go, click here.