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Voki – Create Custom Talking Avatars
Voki lets teachers and students create custom talking avatars.

Choose and customize your head, clothes, and accessories.
Choose a background.
Give your Voki a voice by recording some audio, or typing some text.  The text option allows you to select from a number of voices and accents.
Share your Voki with a direct link, embed it in your website/blog, email it, or post directly to social media.

I’ve used it to deliver instructions for a lesson when I was absent (see the talking hotdog below), but I think the real power in this tool is providing students another fun way to express understanding.  With over 25 languages supported, Voki is also a great tool for building language skills.  You can also browse Voki’s growing collection of lesson plans for more ideas.
Creating characters is free, but paid accounts offer more features.  Voki Classroom Manager offers the ability for teachers to manage students and lessons, review Vokis, create a showcase, and more.  Voki Presenter allows teachers to incorporate Vokis into their presentations and store them online.

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