What is an avatar? An avatar is a personalized graphic file or rendering that represents a computer user.
Go to http://www.voki.com
Step 1. Create and/or log in to Gmail.
Step 2. Click Register to create a Voki account.
Step 3. Fill in the account information, check “I agree” and click “Finish.”
Step 4. Check your email where you will receive an email verification. Activate your account by clicking the link in your email.
Step 5. Login to Voki. Click “Create a New Voki.”
Step 6. Customize your Voki: Select “Head” to choose a basic head shape. There are many styles, such as anime, cartoon, political, animals, holiday, etc. Click the arrows to view the styles and scroll through the head shots below to choose a face. Choose the version without graduation hats to the right of the pictures. Choose Classic.
Step 7. Select the icon to customize hair shape, if needed. (There is a small selection of hair styles).
Step 8. Use the color chart below the image to adjust the colors of mouth, makeup, eyes, skin, and hair. The Lip icon will allow you change the shape or style of your avatar’s mouth. There are also mustache and beard options for male avatars. This option is grayed out if you are using female avatars.
Step 9. The “Clothing” tab will allow you to select clothes for your avatar as well. You may choose from sports, casual, dressy, and other styles. The “Bling” tab has a selection of sunshades, jewelry, etc. Use the tabs to customize your avatar for just the right look. Click the green “DONE” button when your avatar is ready.
Step 10. Select the “Tree” icon to view the background menu to select a background for the avatar. You may also import an image to personalize your background. You may scroll through the images to make a selection or you may click the folder to the right of the “Tree” icon to browse to an image on your computer, such as a photo of your school, a photo of the White House, etc. Click “Done” when you have selected a background.
Step 11. Click the magnifying glass icon at the right bottom corner of the avatar box to open a small box with icons to change the size and/or position of your avatar in regard to your background.
Step 12. Give your avatar a voice. You may do this by using a telephone, using text to speech, using a microphone, or by uploading a previously recorded sound file on your computer. Select which method you wish to use by clicking the appropriate button. This handout will address how to make a recording using a microphone.
Step 13. Have your microphone plugged into your computer.
Select the “Microphone” option. When you choose this option, a small window will open asking you for permission to allow the program to access your camera and microphone. Click “Allow” and close the screen by clicking “Close.” Prepare a short message, no longer than 60 seconds to record.
Click “Record” and begin speaking. Click “Stop” to end the recording. Test your recording by clicking play. You may record it again if you do not like it.
Step 14. Or, you may call in to record a message by clicking the telephone.
Click “Save” to save your recording.
Click “Publish” to email or create the .html code to embed on your EdLine page or website.
The publishing window will open. Use the drop-down menu by “Embed” to choose.
Step 15. You may be required to give it a voice prior to saving.
Step 16. Students will create an activity describing the path of digestion through the body from this website (http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/anatomy/digestive/).