PhotoSpeak allows students to add any picture of a person, record a short message, then save it to the camera roll. This video/talking picture can then be shared with others by being uploaded to a Padlet Wall or stored in Google Drive/Dropbox to get a share link. The video can also be combined with others using iMovie to make larger, more complete projects. Your students can record a message up to 90 seconds of themselves, a buddy, a fictitious character, someone famous, or anyone from history!
Want an example? Click here to see the introductory video I made for students. Want student examples? Wright Elementary's Pam Wright had her students create short videos for Black History Month. You can view their awesome, finished products by clicking here (to view each video, click on the play button then the "source" button to the right).
ChatterPix Kids works similarly, however, the only part of the image that will move is the mouth. It is a little less realistic, but that can be great for younger students (PhotoSpeak can be a little creepy at times). Messages can be 30 seconds long. This app is wonderful for students to add voice to their illustrations! Click here to view an example video.
Ideas for Classroom Use:
- Record a short biography from someone famous/historical figure
- Summarize a book/lesson
- Shift perspective in book
- Illustrate and give voice to student created characters
- Welcome guests to school/classroom/website
- Practice a foreign language
- Encourage speech from students with speech/hearing impediments
- Practice fluency with reading
- Short PSA/commercial for morning news programs