21 Things – Engaging Students with Talking Face Apps

Humor can be very helpful in getting students engaged in the learning process. One particularly humorous way to involve students is through talking face or picture apps. Using an app, like ChatterPix Kids or YakIt Kids, to create talking pictures is something almost every elementary kid will find fun and engaging. 

YakIt Kids is a free app that allows for a 15-second message. ChatterPix Kids is a free app, too, and it allows a 30-second message. Both apps allow you to use their gallery or a picture you have taken. After taking the picture, you draw a line to create a mouth, record a message, then add elements, like facial features and rubber ducks to the picture. The video is then saved. YakIt Kids allows you to save to Google Drive,  DropBox, and Youtube! or you can open in another app or save to you camera roll. ChatterPix allows you to save to your camera roll. From your camera roll, you can upload to different cloud storage apps or Youtube!

Here are two different YakIt Kids video I created. One used my picture of my pool. the other used a template available in YakIt Kids. I could have added more features to the pool video, but I chose to make it simplistic.

 

  
Here is a video I made with ChatterPix. Again, I used a picture of the pool. You can tell that I really wanted to swim when I was doing the work for this post.
  

 

Activities, like YakIt and ChatterPix, allow students to laugh, be creative, and show their personality. They can be used to support the curriculum by:

  1.  having students do a short prediction about what they they will happen next in a story you read the whole class or they are reading silently;
  2. having students create a picture where they speak as a character in a book and how theyy would respond in a given situation; and,
  3. have a student create a talking picture that advertises a book they have finished reading and want to share with the class.

Do you have more ideas for using talking face/object pictures in the classroom? Or have you used these types of apps in the classroom? Please share your ideas or experiences in the comments. Or you can email me – marc@marcdaly.com