I really like using the app, ChatterPix and the students do, too. This year I decided to introduce it to third grade. As they were beginning to study rocks I had them use our online subscription to World Book or the state-funded resource Britannica School Encyclopedia (through the Galileo database).
Note Taking and Writing Skills
The students used notepaper to write a few facts about rocks after reading one of the online encyclopedias. I had shown them an example of a Chatterpix at the beginning of this activity so they knew the concept was to make a “talking rock”.
It took one entire library visit to introduce the topic, get everyone’s tablet to the correct website and write down some facts. Afterwards I went through the students’ notes to insure that they had enough information to write a script at the next visit.
At their second library visit students used their rock facts to write a short script as if they were the rock. Chatterpix limits the recording to 29 seconds. Most students required editing of their writing, as they did not write it in first person.
Curated Rock Photos
I choose a bunch of rock images ahead of time to save on time. The students had about twenty different rock images to choose from. After opening the Chatterpix app (unfortunately only available for Apple products), they selected an image from my laptop and took a photo of it using the iPad. Then a line is drawn across the photograph, which becomes the talking mouth. Then they recorded their script.
Students love to hear themselves!
Uploaded to YouTube
After they completed their ChatterPix I saved them to the iPad and from there uploaded them to my YouTube account. I shared the folder link with the teacher so that the students could watch themselves. Ideally the teacher would share it with parents. Just giving them another digital tool for their tool belt.