Create Talking Pictures for an Educational Purpose

One of my all-time favorite examples of a student video project is a Next Vista for Learning video titled A Healthy Meal. The video is a compilation of short animations narrated by kindergarten students. In each scene you hear a student explain a component of a healthy meal. You need to watch it to really appreciate it. The point of telling you about A Healthy Meal is to share a use case for ChatterPix Kids.

ChatterPix Kids is a free app that students can use to create talking pictures that save as video files on iPads and Android devices. To use the app students simply open it on their iPads or Android devices and then take a picture. Once they’ve taken a picture students draw a mouth on their pictures. With the mouth in place students then record themselves talking for up to thirty seconds. Here’s a demo of how to use ChatterPix on an Android device and here’s a demo of how to use it on an iPad.

Additional Use Cases for ChatterPix Kids

A couple of years ago I worked with a Kindergarten class in which the students used ChatterPix Kids to create talking pictures of characters from their favorite books including Curious George and Clifford the Big Red Dog. The first time I ever saw ChatterPix Kids in use was five or six years ago when an elementary school teacher (I’m sorry, I don’t remember her name) gave a poster presentation at ISTE in which she shared examples of her students recording short audio biographies of presidents.

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