My colleague Kris Gordon introduced me to an amazing app the other day, and I haven't stopped thinking about its classroom applications since. Tellagami is a super-simple animation app for the iOS that allows users to create 30 second videos in which an avatar they create stands in front of a background of their choice and speaks.
Each step of the creation process is very simple, yet there is a surprising range of versatility built into the process as well. Here is an example:
I created this animation in a series of steps:
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I like this app because it is so easy to use, and because I was able to create a quick animation with impressive results in a very short timeframe.
I could imagine teachers using this app to have students capture and show learning anywhere. For example, it would be easy for a student to take a picture of a lion on a field trip to the zoo, create an avatar of themselves explaining what they learned about lions, and share that avatar with the teacher. The teacher could then share those impressions on a class website.
Most importantly, this app is free and does not require a login. I encourage you to check it out, and let me know what great classroom applications you find for it.