Tellagami

untitled  Tellagami is an app that allows uers to create video content on their ipad.  It allows for the the combination of voice and photo backgrounds to create customised 3D avatars.  It is another fun way of encouraging digital storytelling, as well as speaking, reading and writing in the languages classroom.  Last week I gave this app a go in my Year 7 class. Students were to write a script about our current topic “Kamu melakukan apa?”  “What are you doing?”, and then get their script proofread and corrected by me.

Once the script was completed, students were to create their 3D avatar Tellagami, complete with their voice recording.

This is a sample of my student’s work.

I really liked using Tellagami in my classroom as it is a very simple app to use, and the process of actually creating a movie similar to my student sample is quite fast and very easy. Users have the option of picking the gender of their avatar, and then have the option of changing their avatar’s facial attributes, emotions, clothing and background image. For the background you can use an image from your camera roll or select one of the apps pre-loaded options. There is a limitation in that you can only audio record scenes for 30 seconds. However, if you wanted to make a longer movie, you can save your 30 second scenes into your camera roll and then use them in another app like iMovie.

This is a really fun app and my students were very excited in the prospect of creating their own talking avatar. It is an excellent app that really engaged my students and assisted them in learning a language.

Videolicious

image  Videolicious is an app for combining multi media into one seamless movie presentation. Using on on screen prompts the app lets you add video, text and images into a project and then record and add narration. During each stage of production Videolicious allows you to preview your movies. On completion you are able to add filters and editing it is incredibly easy.

I created the following this movie in less than five minutes

Sample Video

Productions are saved to Videolicious cloud and you can share your productions via emailing the link or if your school allows via YouTube or Twitter.

One of the many benefits of teaching languages with iPads is the ability to have students express their learning in variety of creative ways. This app certainly allows for this as it  could be used

  • For digital storytelling
  • Create a documentary
  • To encourage speaking through the narration
  • To encourage writing, students need to create a script before recording their narration

Links could be uploaded to a class blog, wiki or edmodo space so other students can watch and listen and these can then be used as peer assessment.  Videolicious is a super easy-to-use video app, however there are some negatives, videos can only have up to 10 images and can only be 1 minute long. However, due to ease of use, you are given step by step instructions, and the fact that the app is free has won me over.

30hands

30Hands  30hands is a storytelling app that allows you to create stories based on photos, images and voice recordings.  To add pictures you can retrieve them from your camera roll, dropbox or take pictures with the camera on your device.  Multiple images can be selected and then rearranged on your screen, just as you would rearrange apps on your ipad.  Once you have your images uploaded in the order you want, all you do is tap on an image and record your narrative.  You can play back your recording and if necessary re-record.  Once you have added your recordings, you can publish your presentation and save it as a movie file onto your camera roll, share your movie to YouTube or upload to a dropbox type app.

Students in my class recently used this app to do their oral presentations.  It was excellent.  Instead of listening to students mumble their way through orals or trying to coax shy and embarrassed students to present, we instead had a “movie night”.  Students uploaded their movies onto eLocker (a dropbox system which we use at our school), so accessing the files were very easy and convenient, and we had a hilarious class lesson of watching some very, creative interesting and definitely entertaining movies.  Students enjoyed the lesson,  as they really love watching themselves and their friends on the screen. So all in all, it was a very successful use of this app, and something I would definitely try again.

The simplicity and use of use makes this app a hands-down winner.   My Year 7 students had no problems with this app at all, and to top the icing on the cake, this app is free.

I believe that the recording apps that are available are a fabulous addition to the languages classroom.  Students in Year 8-9, generally do not like speaking out loud in the target language and I find creating videos or recordings really eliminates this aversion.  However, my problem that I am having with apps that require recording is how to make the classroom quiet when there are 30 children.  I must admit I did set the oral task as homework, because I could not think of a cheap and easy way for students to record in a quiet zone.  If anyone has any ideas I would love to hear from you.