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Friday, June 27, 2014

Kids Create Talking Pictures With ChatterPix Kids

As I mentioned on Wednesday, this week I spoke at the Catholic Schools Foundation Summer Tech conference at Boston College. After my presentation I watched a panel discussion about technology in K-2 classrooms. One of the neat examples that I saw (and Tweeted about at the time) was students using ChatterPix to create short stories about animals. My favorite example was a student talking about how gorillas adapt to their environments.

ChatterPix Kids is a free iPad app that students can use to turn pictures into talking pictures. To create a talking picture just snap a picture with your iPad or import a picture from your iPad’s camera roll. After taking the picture just draw in a face and tap the record button to make your picture talk. Your recording can be up to thirty seconds in length. Before publishing your talking picture you can add fun stickers, text, and frames to your picture. Finished Chatter Pix projects are saved to your camera roll and from there you can export it to a number of services including YouTube.

ChatterPix Kids doesn’t require students to create an account in order to use the service. Using the app could be a great way to get students to bring simple stories to life.