how do we start off a conversation,
introduce a topic,
what should you say next,
what do you think they should say next,
is that related,
how do we end the conversation etc. This is ongoing as we create the script. Kids get the biggest kick out of hearing their device through the characters. These apps make it super easy to record the devices messages. Just make sure the volume is all the way up on the device.
Most apps allow me to save and or share the show with parents and teachers and even add music or sound effects and some animation. In saving, I have a nice record to show how they used their devices to produce messages. In the Sock Puppet app, you can also adjust the quality and pitch of your character’s voice. It can be a true voice or as silly as you like. Core and More! is easily modeled multiple times in these functional, real conversations between characters that happen at a nice slow pace yet the playback is in real time and sounds great. We may create a 45 second video that took us 25 mins to create.
describe your weekend,
Use of Core and More! is again easily modeled to match the activity at hand. Tellagami also does a really nice job with nonverbal language skills as your character animates a bit and you select the expression. (I do this with my verbal kids who need to use more gestures when they speak etc.) The Talkz app has well known character heads and other heads that you type a message and they speak what you type. This too can be messaged to others. My students make their message on their device and I type into the app. I love making intentional errors and have my students correct me- No that’s not right, it’s not what I said, You got it wrong, listen to me, I said_____ try that again etc. Great opportunity to use negation.
There’s also a group of apps I call the Make Me Talk apps. I use these for more limited message making. These apps are ChatterPix and ChatterKid, Tellagami, My Talking Pet and Talkz apps. For older students I also use PhotoSpeak and Morfo. In all these apps you are importing, taking a picture or creating a character that you can either morph and or make it speak. Again kids use their devices to produce the message for the character they created. Tellagami is very well suited to making choices and describing as you create a character head to toe. You can also use your own photo as the background so it is quite personally relevant. I have my students use Tellagami a lot to:
Then there’s the simple Send a Message apps. This is another very simple way to have kids share a simple or lengthy message that they create on their device and is recorded in another app. PhotoCard is one of my favorite apps for this simple sharing. In the app, I can use any image on the front of the ePostcard. We will take a picture of an awesome picture they colored, a worksheet, spelling test or their backpack on the hook, them on the swing or having a tea party. Whatever part of their day they want to share. On the back of this postcard you can easily touch and add a speech bubble and record the message from their device. This postcard is then emailed from the app and the receiver gets the front and back of the postcard and a button to hear the recording. This app also allows you to address the card properly, compose a full written text message, add a real stamp and decorate with stickers. One of my favorite ways to use this is as a birthday card. We make the cake in the Cake Doodle app, take a screen shot then import the photo into the Photocard app, compose the happy birthday message or song and send! You can also use screen recording apps such as Educreations, Doodlecast Pro and similar apps to record your voice along with any image you can import, draw or take a photo within the app.