4.06.2014

Look Who's Talking?!

What's all the talk about creativity on the iPad?

Well one of the simplest ways to add creativity to any lesson or activity is by making an image talk in two quick steps. That's right, first you'll choose an image -anything in your camera roll or draw your own (like Sketchbook express or Drawing Carl). Second, use an app like  Chatterpix or Yakit to add a mouth or face and record your voice! Voila, C'est a piece de resistance!

Another popular app, Telligami is very similar although it offers a little bit more. With Telligami you actually create an avatar and add your own background image. there's a choice to record your voice or type the text.

By giving students and teachers this type of capability, there are many possibilities for how to apply it to the class:
  • Oral practice of reading fluency or other languages
  • Oral directions
  • Explaining or introducing a concept
  • Become a character or historical figure!
  • Teach Perspective 
  • etc.
An example from SCS Elementary School. Students created Talking Snowmen
to "talk" about the recent snow storm and the weather.  

Talking Snowman by Laniah from Southfield Christian School on Vimeo.


Our own 8th Graders in Jason Heim's Advisory reflected on their report cards 
with a Telligami to share with their parents.



During a workshop, our French Teacher Cindy Dalpe gave us a snippet of
her lovely singing voice w/ a drawing app and Chatterpix!



Here's an self-created example of Yakit- just to give you a quick demo.
(for fun, of course)




These tools do not have to stand alone either, when combined with other apps (called app smashing) you can have endless options:

                     AppSmashing with Telligami
                     Yakit Tutorial
                     Chatterpix Book Talks with 2nd Graders
                     Aurasma and Chatterpix: A fun way to bring Photos to Life


Feel free to leave comments below of any ideas you have for using these 'talking' apps!

*Note: This post was inspired by Dan Callahan's Tweet about Pine Glen Elementary students using Yakit! I've love Chatterpix, but move over! Yakit may have knocked you out of your fav spot!

4.05.2014

Redesigning the 6th grade team!



The Koala Cluster got a face-lift!

After a year long pilot using the Nexus tablets, looks
like the 6th grade team maybe moving onto the iPad next year. We had to 
have a little fun as we concluded the final Nexus workshop!