Using animation with my students has an incredibly positive effect on participation and motivation, especially with my adolescent population. Students who are
more introverted tend to really enjoy working with animation. It seems to make them feel more secure and willing to share their creations with others (great social skill resource!).
A free app that I have recently discovered is Tellagami. Although promoted as a way to send greetings and messages for use within social media, I think it’s a great tool to use in sessions to target a variety of skills. It’s also easy to use and appeals to a variety of age groups. I’ve been using Tellagami for the past few months with students as young as 7 and as old as 13.
Tellagami lets you create short animated movies called “Gamis”.
Students begin by creating and customizing a character.
From there, they can select a background either from a few templates in the app or your camera roll.
I especially like the ability to have the character reflect a range of emotions.
After customizing the character and background, students can choose how they
want their character to talk, either by recording their voice or typing in
text. If they record their voice, they have 30 seconds. (There is a paid
version that increases the time to 90 seconds.) This has also been a great way to target articulation!
Here are some ways I have been using Tellagami in my sessions:
1. Since we are working on the Zones of Regulation, I’ve had some students explain a particular zone, where that zone is expected and why (the background shows the chosen place).
2. Characters explain a vocabulary word.
3. Have a character tell a quick story or explain a sequence.
When students are finished, Gamis can be emailed or saved to iPad Photos, which is what I like to do. From there, Gamis can be combined together in iMovie.
Do you have any favorite animation apps that have been successful in your sessions?