The potential of the free app 'Tellagami' in education, once combined with other apps (*App Smashing), is vast and has so much potential in the classroom. The app can of course be used as a stand alone app, but the real impact on teaching and learning occurs when the app is combined with any number of apps (see examples of App Smashing with Tellagami later in this post). The app can be used to improve speaking and listening skills, be used as part of the writing process, used by pupils of any age to demonstrate their understanding in any curriculum subject and can also be provided as a guide to support learning as a direct teaching tool, either as a whole class or on an individual basis.
Tellagami lets you create and share animated messages in 3 easy steps. 1) Customise your character and background. 2) Record your voice or type a message for your character to say. 3) Share the finished Gami to the camera roll.
Our topic this term looks at famous people and as we have just introduced hand held devices into KS1, what better person to research than Steve Jobs himself? In a previous lesson, the children had learned how to save images from the web into the camera role, so had a bank of 'Steves' at their disposal.
Examples of App Smashing using Tellagami from classroom projects in schools:
In recent weeks we have had the opportunity to work in some brilliant schools across the country, including Bellfield, Stepney and Thanet in Hull. We have worked alongside outstanding teachers to deliver classroom projects based on the year's current topics using mobile technology in Foundation Stage through to Year 6.
The app Tellagami hasn't been used in every project we've delivered in schools. But below are three examples of App Smashing using Tellagami, from a mixed Year 2/3 class, a Year 6 class and as part of a Year 1 project all about The Beatles by the pupils from Stepney Primary School. Paul Browning, the head teacher, has very kindly written a testimonial of the work we've done in the school, which you can read HERE.
Documentary: African animals & landscapes (year 2/3)
*App Smashing is a technique coined and honed by EdTechTeacher, Greg Kulowiec (@gregkulowiec) that uses multiple apps to complete a project'.