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Inventory of ICT tools and open educational resources

Welcome to the inventory of freely available online tools and open educational resources for language teaching and learning developed by the ICT-REV project! The inventory contains a list of tools that have been evaluated with specific criteria in mind. Read more
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This tool was developed within the framework of a cooperation agreement between the European Centre for Modern Languages and the European Commission

Voki

Principal function(s): Game appsStory creators

Voki is an online platform that allows users to create customisable avatars that can speak in different English accents using text-to-speech technology, or simply by inputting recorded audio. Users can choose from a variety of customisable characters, backgrounds, and voices to create personalised animated avatars. Avatars can then be posted to a blog, website, or an online profile. Voki offers a limited free version and does not require registration, although having an account allows saving changes. Voki was developed by Oddcast Inc., a New York-based technology company. Evaluation: Voki is an entertaining and easy-to-use tool aimed at primary and secondary school students. A wide variety of avatars and other fun features make Voki an ideal tool for students to engage more with speaking production tasks or storytelling exercises. Vokis can be saved and free accounts offer a variety of options that should be enough for classroom use.

Cost: Free limited version + paid premium plans

Website: http://www.voki.com/

  

Best practice

Voki-based tasks

Categories

Type Of Interaction

  • Presenting (e.g. lecturing, storytelling)

Skills

  • Speaking

Content

  • Website/other users supply
  • You supply

Usability

Interface User-friendliness/complexity of the tool´s interface

Easy-to-use, engaging

Time efficiency Time needed for mastering the „how-to“ of the tool and a production of a task

High.

Interface language(s) The number of languages in which the tool is currently available/adaptable to

English only

Respect for privacy Does the tool require registration? Who can see my data? Can I remain anonymous?

Medium. Voki collects personal information when users provide it, such as during registration, communication with customer/technical support, or participation in surveys. This information is collected for various purposes, including providing, maintaining, protecting, and improving the service, customising content, contacting users with updates, and more. Voki does not knowingly collect personal information from anyone under the age of 13. It does not share personal information with third parties for monetary gain, and only for operational purposes. It employs cookies to provide its services properly and provides guidance on how users can remove them from their devices. Voki displays advertising banners on the sides of the website but these seem not to be tailored to user behaviour or location. Its privacy policy mentions taking reasonable technical and organisational measures to guard against unauthorised processing, accidental loss, or damage to personal data. It acknowledges users’ rights to access, modify, or delete their data. Voki does not state compliance with the GDPR. See more here.

Saving work for future use Possiblity to save your or others´ work for reuse/reproduction

Yes, with an account.

Tailorability (If so, how?) Possibility of the tool to be used for a range of different activities (e.g. to what extent you can organize a project assignment with a central activity based on this tool)

Medium

Interactivity

Engagement

Collaboration

Communication

Technical requirements

Installation required?

Compatibility/ Operating System

Other technical requirements


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Principal Functions
Type Of Interaction
Group/pair work - classmates
Group/pair work - outsiders
Individual work
Presenting (e.g. lecturing, storytelling)

Skills
Listening
Speaking
Reading
Writing
Vocabulary
Grammar
Pronunciation
Intercultural

Content
You supply
Website/other users supply

 


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