Voki has been around for years, I know. It's just that I see it now being a useful tool for children lower down the school, in addition to KS2 - the previous target 'audience'.
I am using this with Year 2 to teach a number of skills - a bit of classic word processing, creative design, keyboard shortcuts, tabbed browsing and ultimately embedding content into a blog/website/VLE.
The mini project goes something like this:
1. Share lots of corny knock-knock jokes! Immerse the children in them. Choose your own style of joke of course. I chose Knock-Knock jokes as the format is (almost always) the same each time.
2. Using Word/Google Docs get children to begin to type their 'Knock Knock' joke. You've introduced this earlier and have had lots of fun telling the children your favourites. Lower ability children/those with no sense of humour (!) can have jokes provided for them on a pre-prepared document.
Make sure they press <Enter> between each line so they can paste their code in later. Now is a good time to talk about saving the document, rather than at the end of the session. Not such an issue if using Google Docs. Come back to this document later.
3. Begin choosing a Voki character to start the joke. Warning: Some characters may be unsuitable for very young children. Talk to the children about suitability of images - I say if it would scare your 4 year old brother/sister - don't use it! I find the 'Animals' section works well with Year 2 children:
Choose one character and press the Text to Speech button:
Add in the beginning of the knock knock joke:
Note you only have to be phonetically plausible, as in my attempt above. A great boon for some of course. NB Show the children what happens when you type 'wdfhewhfeonvoenvoei' or similar into the text box. How you can laugh when you play back the recording. And then get on with the rest of the lesson.
4. Tricky part. This introduces the keyboard shortcuts [Ctrl-A] and [Ctrl-C] and [Ctrl-V]
The children can change the voices and when they are happy, explain that the computer code needs to get from the Voki website onto their document. Teach them the sequence of presses they need:
Click in this box:
Explain about [Ctrl]-A for getting the code, through to [Ctrl-C] to copy. Then switching between applications and then [Ctrl-V]-ing the code into the 'Knock Knock' area of the document:
5. Repeat this process another 4 times with each part of the joke. You will end up with 3 or more pages of code. The codes will be ready to be posted into the online medium of your choice. More on this to follow.