AppSmash these 2 apps to create endless multimedia possibilities


Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch,Tellagami enables students to create speaking avatars. In Tellagami, you begin by selecting a male or female character and move through a range of customization options, changing his or her clothing, facial expression, size, skin tone, and more. A student can then add her a voice to the character — for up to 30 seconds in the free version. Students can create any number of “Gamis” — those short audio-visual messages — and each Gami can be saved on the iPad and later uploaded into another app or otherwise exported.

Importantly, a student can add almost any background image for the speaking avatar. Tellagami provides free background images, but any image that resides on the iPad in use can be pulled into Tellagami. (Students and teachers can save images directly from the web onto their iPad.) So, for instance, a student could create a Gami with a background picture of a historic site and talk about that site.

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In another example, a student might incorporate an image from a market scene and describe what is sold at a the market using varied descriptive adjectives. The student might incorporate an image from a park or office and describe the surroundings.

A Tellagami speaking avatar can be moved and resized by simply pinching the avatar or moving your finger around the screen. In one clever use of Tellagami and Book Creator, students worked in pairs to develop a book where an avatar on one page was facing in the opposite direction — as if they were speaking to someone on the opposite page. Both avatars had the same background image, so it appeared as if they were in the exact same place and engaging in a conversation. As one flips the pages of the book, the avatars are positioned in different background images and the result is an extended story about their locations and interactions.

Multiple students might also each create a Gami of a different historic site and then all Gamis could be smashed into a single Book Creator project for a class presentation on, say,  the ancient world. (Though workflow scenarios differ, students and teachers might use a web-storage platform like Google Drive or Dropbox to share content, or use AirDrop on an iPad.) In science class, students might use Tellagami and Book Creator to create a presentation on animals or flora and fauna. Students in math class might use Tellagami and Book Creator to create a presentation on geometric shapes found in architecture.

In all, appsmashing Tellagami and Book Creator is a strategy to enhance the creative possibilities of a single Evergreen App and simultaneously enable students to express what they know in different ways. As educators, we instinctively know that if we vary opportunities for students to demonstrate what they understand, we will glean greater insights into student understanding and thinking.

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