While on Twitter I recently learned about the Tellagami App and immediately I started thinking about how much fun it would be for students while allowing them to create ways to share their learning. Formative and summative assessments might just be more engaging using Tellagami!
Tellagami reminds me a little of creating a Voki Avatar (http://Voki.com), a web-based tool. Tellagami seems to be easier and quicker to learn and share, but has less free customization options that a Voki avatar offers.
Tellagami is a mobile app that lets you create and share a quick animated video called a Gami. This app is designed for Android devices, iPhones, and iPads. Get it on iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tellagami/id572737805?mt=8 or Google Play – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tellagami.Tellagami
This app is EASY TO USE
Create a Gami in 3 easy steps:
1 – Customize a character and choose your background
2 – Record your voice or type a message for your character to say
3 – Share your Gami on Facebook, Twitter or send via text or email
Some of its FEATURES and a video tutorial makes it easy to find and use them.
• Mix and match your character & background
• Record your voice or type a message
• Resize character and place it in the scene
• Personalize with a photo background
• Share via Facebook, Twitter, email or SMS
• View Gami as a web URL on all devices
Possibilities for using Tellagami with students.
Here are some ideas for students in different classes:
- Math – create mini lessons on shapes, theorems, or proofs; create an animated dictionary of mathematical terms.
- Language Arts – create mini book reports or character studies for readings; prepare grammar lessons; describe characters from a book and let other students guess the character being described; create an animated dictionary of vocabulary.
- Social Studies – create newscasts reporting on historical events; give directions from a given spot on a map and have others follow the directions to find the destinations; pretend to be a historical figure and tell their famous historical events from their points of view; create a debate between characters on two gamis
- Science – prepare a documentary on elements in the periodic table; describe biological attributes of things in nature/body parts; prepare reports on constellations and the stories that go with them; create an animated dictionary of scientific terms.
- Art – pretend to be a famous artist and create an abbreviated autobiography; be a museum curator and describe a piece of art that could be displayed next to it in the museum.
- Music – Create a musical tribute to a composer including a brief musical recording of his/her work.
What other possibilities can you think of for your students?
Resources for even more ideas and information. This article was inspired by:
- Janet Chow @beyondtech11h We podcast w/ Voice Record Pro or Tellagami then post on blogs. Parents love it
- Ryan Collins @mr_rcollinsMay 3 Tellagami – Tell a story, teach a lesson, create book report, share opinion.
- Tony Vincent @tonyvincentApr 30 I’m a real-life Tellagami in my newest video! http://tonyv.me/27
- Lance Yoder @Mr_YoderApr 29 Reading Comprehension and Character Analysis with Tellagami http://wp.me/p38H9G-dX via @BaBlalock #edtech
- Matt Coaty @McoatyApr 27 Using Tellagami w/my math classes tomorrow. Planning on having students show mathematical thinking in short snippets.