Mr. Kamrowski

"Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children." –Sitting Bull

App Tested: ChatterPix

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 Description

ChatterPix is a fun app that allows you to take any photo, draw a line over the mouth, record a message, and create a video of the picture talking.

Price

Regular=Free

Lesson Objective

Create a short informative biography of a WWII Dictator.

Procedures

  1. Create groups of two to three students
  2. Assign students a dictator to research
  3. Allow students time to research and answer the four main research questions for the activity
  4. Have students create a script, select the person who will be the voice, and practice
  5. Record, add any “bling” they wanted, and edit as needed (We used iMovie to make longer videos than 30 seconds)
  6. Upload for sharing, view the videos as a class, and vote on the most informative and creative.

Reflections

The activity was engaging for the students.  They enjoyed playing with the app and decorating their characters after they recorded.  The process took roughly one full class period and I’m not certain the app added much more than a new and fun way of creating an informational media.  However, I don’t want to downplay the importance of selecting and using an app just because it is fun.  It certainly is an app I will throw in my toolbox and pull out when the lesson could use a little more engagement, fun, and plain old silliness. However, it is not an essential app to the one-to-one atmosphere and doesn’t harbor any need to know skills or practicality for students after they leave the confines of their k-12 education.

I could see using this app differently in the future.  It would be great to introduce a primary source such as a speech using ChatterPix and have students analyze the speech.  It could be taken one step farther by having students select a character from the same historical period/event as the primary source I introduced and have them create a ChatterPix showing evidence of a different point of view in an historical event.

Resources

Several examples of a student created ChatterPix

 

Here is a link to the assignment sheet for my students.

Question:  How would you use ChatterPix in your classroom?  Is incorporating an app for engagement alone enough reason to use an app?  You can leave a comment below.

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Author: Rob Kamrowski

My name is Rob Kamrowski and I have been a high school social study teacher of some years. Recently, I have accepted a position as an 8th grade American History teacher. I have taught a range of subjects from American History to Personal Finance to AP European History. I earned my Bachelor Degree in 2003, my Masters Degree in 2008, and strive to earn the respect of my students, colleagues and family every day of every year

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