I am on the technology committee at my school, and we often use some of our meeting time to discuss new apps that we are using with our students. I am lucky enough to work at a school that encourages teachers to be on the forefront of educational technology, so there are lots of great applications that are mentioned at each meeting. At one of our recent meetings I found out about an app that is PERFECT for library lessons. This free iOS app is called Chatterpix Kids and is available from a company called Duck Duck Moose, Inc.
Chatterpix Kids is an app that allows you to make a photo talk! It is easy for even your youngest students to use and there are lots of creative ways that you can use it in the classroom or library.
Start your Chatterpix by either taking a photo within the app or importing a photo that you have saved on your device.
Once you have taken or chosen your photo, you draw a straight-lined “mouth” wherever you would like,
record your audio (30 seconds or less),
and add some stickers, frames, and text (if you choose).
When you play back your file, the mouth that you drew speaks the lines you recorded!
This app opens up some great possibilities for students to share their knowledge in exciting ways. A teacher at my school has already used it for animal reports. The students found pictures of animals that they had researched (with some help from the librarian, of course!), inserted them into the app and made the animals “talk” about themselves (habitat, diet, predators, lifespan, etc.).
Here are 3 creative ways that you can use this app in the library to help students share what they know about books:
IDEA #1: Book Teasers
Ask your students to make a 30 second teaser about a favorite book. This would be great for older students who can use their favorite chapter books, but it would work for younger students as well. You can talk with students about using a great hook to get listeners excited and about the importance of not sharing the ending. Here’s an example:
IDEA #2: Story Elements
I spend a lot of time teaching my kindergarten, first, and second grade students about story elements. We talk about characters, setting, story problem, and solution throughout the year. Your students can share what they know about story elements using Chatterpix Kids. Students can work in groups or individually, depending on your resources. After reading a picture book. Ask students to have the book “talk” about the characters, setting, problem, and solution. You might want to provide a form on which students can record this information prior to creating their Chatterpix. Here’s an example:
IDEA #3: Parts of a Story (Beginning, Middle, End)
Throughout this quarter, I have been working with my first graders on identifying the beginning, middle, and end of a story. Being able to identify these parts of the story will greatly aid students when they are trying to write a summary as well. Help students practice summarizing and identifying the parts of a story by challenging them to create a Chatterpix. Students can work in groups or individually, depending on your resources. Ask students to have the book “tell” what happens in its beginning (focus on identifying character, setting, problem), middle (squish down the main events into a generalized statement or two), and end (focus on the solution to the problem). Here is my Chatterpix for beginning, middle, and end.
The possibilities for this app are seemingly endless. If you have other great ideas of how to use Chatterpix Kids in the library, please post in the comments or on my Facebook page! Happy creating!