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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Tried It Tuesday: Tellagami- iPad App

I'm back for Holly's Tried It Tuesday with a fun app we tried last week. 

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Tellagami. It's a fun, free, app that the students really enjoyed.


The basic premise is that you can create a virtual person you can completely customize it {hair, clothing, gender, facial features, and even emotion.}

Changing the background
Changing the appearance
One downside is the fact that it will only record for 30 seconds... but you can get a lot said in just a few minutes.

We used this app in 2 ways. In reading, the students summarized the chapter of the day from one of the character's perspectives. First they created a virtual person to represent the character, and then recorded their 30 second summary.


In Written Language, we reviewed letter writing and exaggeration using Dear Mrs. LaRue: Letters from Obedience School. Students were asked to write a letter either to the principal or their parents to explain why school is so awful or why a new teacher should be hired, etc. All in a fun way, like the book (nothing truly malicious). The kids took off with the topic idea.

They then took a picture from somewhere in the school building to go along with their story. Created a character to look like them, and added an emotion that went along with the tone of their letter. Students then read their compositions while recording and enjoyed listening to each others compositions. It was a fun, quick activity, that reviewed the basics of a friendly letter and the craft of exaggeration.


Here is a video one of the student recorded. Like Ike in the book, the students exaggerated about how bad school is. This shows her recording her letter and then listening back. It was pretty funny to hear all of the exaggerations.


I almost forgot if you do use this app and you would like to save them to see later, be sure to hit the share button and then save from there. The video will be stored in Photos!



6 comments:

  1. I pinned this!! What a great app that the students would love! We have Dear Mrs. LaRue in our basal that use sometimes. I love all the inferencing in this story:) Thank you so much for linking up!
    ~Holly
    Fourth Grade Flipper

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  2. Cool app! I need to beg borrow or steal an iPad. There are way too many fun things to do with them.

    -Maria
    Everyone deServes to Learn

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  3. This looks like so much fun!!

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  4. Looks like fun! I need to check out those school iPads! Keep sharing-I'm collecting all these ideas!
    Joanne
    Head Over Heels For Teaching

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  5. Thanks for stopping by my blog! That looks like a fun app... I am going to have to check it out!
    Bethany
    fabandfunin4th.blogspot.com

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  6. My students would LOVE this app. I will definitely have to go and download it now! The 30 second summary is a very creative use as well. What a motivating way to share what you have read about.

    Polka Dots & Teaching Tots

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