In his painting “Apparition of a Face and a Fruit Dish” Salvador Dali appears to give his painting a face. What was once only in the imagination of an artist is now in the hands of our students. With simple, easy to use apps like Morpho and ChatterPix Kids students of all ages can add a face and their voice to images.
If a picture is worth a 1000 words, then an image that talks can be worth so much more. Students can reflect on their learning, explain a process or even give voice to a famous explorer – imagine a photo of Captain Cook explaining his journey or a maths equation explaining how it can be solved.
With ChatterPix, simply draw a line on the image to create a mouth, while Morpho lets you create a funky full face – not unlike Dali’s painting, then record your message.
Don’t be fooled by what appear to be very simple tools. It is the simplicity that lets the magic happen. Check out this example. I was working with a year 5 and 6 class using the app “Fix the Factory” from Lego Mindstorms to introduce students to programming. Students were asked to screen capture some key images. After they completed their tasks. students selected one image and reflected on their initial learning using the very simple “ChatterPix Kids”. I then joined all their little snippets using Splice a great simple, free video editing app.
ChatterPix Kids also worked brilliantly with students from year 1 and 2 who were introduced to programming using the BeeBot app. Students reflected on their learning by drawing a beebot using DoodleBuddy, taking a screenshot of their drawing then giving their bee a voice with ChatterPix.
Make images come to life – as Dr Seuss said ….“If you never did you should. These things are fun and fun is good.”