We have been having a lot of fun with our snowmen! We created talking snowmen by taking a picture of the snowmen that were created by each student on an iPad. Then we used a very cool app called Chatterpix to add a voice to the snowmen. With this app the children can have their snowman talk in their own voice! I posted a few of the videos here for you to view. Just click on the play button! Too much fun!
Within the Chatterpix app you can choose the picture you would like to use and then draw a mouth on the snowman.
The children then record what they want their snowman to say for thirty seconds. The app then makes it appear as if the snowman is talking with the recorded segment. Very cool! You can save the video to the camera roll and send it on in a variety of ways.
I chose to use the Aurasma app, which is an augmented reality app, to link the picture to the video and then I posted them to our channel on Aurasma. Now, when the children open the Aurasma app on any iPad at the school and hold the iPad over any snowman a talking snowman appears.
The pictures act as a trigger image for the snowman Chatterpix video linked to that picture. Each snowman picture brings up its own talking snowman video.
The children had a lot of fun listening to, and viewing each other’s talking snowmen!
If you have an i-device and you have downloaded the Aurasma app you can view our talking snowmen too! You will need to follow our class channel to view our snowmen.
Just do a search for mrsantonsclass in the search menu and you should see our class. Choose to follow our class and you will be able to see everything we post! You can either come into the school and view them here or watch this space as I plan to upload all the pictures to their own page. Then all you will have to do is hold your i-device over the image on the screen and you will be able to see all the talking snowmen you want to!
We have been having a lot of fun with the app Chatterpix! I took a picture of each of the snowmen and had the children bring their snowmen to life using the Chatterpix app. They had to add a mouth to their snowman and then talk for thirty seconds as if their snowman was talking. Some children chose to speak as their snowmen and others choose to speak in a conversation with their snowman. Some students preferred to talk about making their snowman with their family. Then I took the Aurasma app to link the Chatterpix video to their picture. Aurasma is an augmented reality app that lets you augment the viewing experience by adding another layer of participation to the object. In this case it is the picture of the snowman. To see the Chatterpix video you simply hold the iPad over the picture. The picture is now the trigger image within the Aurasma app that triggers the link to the Chatterpix video. This is called an aura. I have created auras for each of the snowman pictures linking the pictures and the Chatterpix video.
To see the auras you will need to download the Aurasma app. It is free! You do not have to join or sign in to see the auras. Click on the little triangle shape at the bottom of the screen. Choose the search option. Search for mrsantonsclass. You will be directed to all the auras that I have posted to that channel. Choose the channel option at the top of the screen. Click on the link for mrsantonsclass and you will be given an option to follow, like, or share the auras. You can choose to follow our channel by clicking on the follow option. Now all the auras posted to that channel will become available on the device you are using. Then you choose the option at the bottom of the screen that looks like a window. Hold the ipad over one of the pictures on this screen and a swirling image that lets you know the aura is activating.
You will then see the video staring up!
As you can see I was able to access the aura on my computer screen while writing this post!
Once you set up to follow a channel you will be able to access all of the auras that are created on that channel on that device. You will need to set up each device that you use to view the auras the first time. After that, you will be able to access any auras posted to the public channel when you use that device. Sometimes I post things to the private channel. Then you only get to see it if I email you the link. Lately, I have been posting everything to the public channel. Their projects are just so much fun to share!
I have also created a special page for all of our snowmen iPad project movies! They are all together in one space! Just click on the link at the top of the page to see the wonderful work the children did using the snowman pictures and the Explain Everything app! Enjoy!
I have also created auras for our dinosaur pictures that we took! When you hold the iPad over the picture you can see the dinosaur Chatterpix videos we created.
I will need to upload all the pictures to a page for you to view them.
You can also access this aura from the creative writing exercise that we completed about the dinosaurs invading our classroom!
I have created a page for the dinosaur pictures and the snowman pictures. You should be able to see the pages at the top of this blog! Just click on the page link at the top of this blog.
When you visit the page you will be able to activate the aura right away using your device and the picture on the computer screen.
Or you can wait for the pictures to come home in the scrapbook! I’m too impatient for that!
We have been working hard to finish up our snowman projects on the iPads. We have added a new component to our project. We have created a talking snowman! We are using the app Chatterpix to animate our snowmen! This is a really cool app that allows the children to make any picture talk! Lots of fun.
We took a picture of the snowmen and then the children animate the picture by marking the spot on the picture where the mouth is and then they record their voice saying whatever they want their snowman to say! They have thirty seconds to record their thoughts! They are lots of fun! Enjoy! I hope to link them to the pictures using the Aurasma app. Watch for it!
I have uploaded a few more of the snowman projects that have been completed! Enjoy!
I continue to be super impressed with how comfortable the children have become using the Explain Everything app. They have figured out new things that I haven’t even found or tried yet! Did you see the hand that is pointing to the words! Very cool!
I have to say that I really enjoy the drawing the snowman instruction pages! Too cool!
We have been having a lot of fun with the Walking with Dinosaurs app. This is a really cool augmented reality app that lets us pose with an augmented image of a variety of dinosaurs. We use the photo booth section of the app to create these life like images! The children choose the dinosaur they wish to pose with and what they want to act out. Then I take a picture of them with the dinosaur superimposed on the picture. It looks real, doesn’t it!
We used these pictures to create a movie trailer about “The Day the Dinosaurs came to School” using the iMovie app. The children had a really good time helping me with the captions for the movie trailer. It was a great taking off point for a creative writing exercise about what happened with “their dinosaur”! They did a great job!
Then I used the Aurasma app to attach the iMovie trailer to their story. I put the trigger image for the movie on their writing paper.
The Aurasma app allows me to attach a video to a trigger image. The trigger image I choose is the little triceratops on the picture. When they hover the iPad over the image it triggers the iMovie trailer to open and play! Please come in and ask to view it with one of our iPads.
I will also be sending the trigger picture home in the next few days as well as the directions to view the image at home. You will need to download the Aurasma app on your device. This app is free at this time. To view the trailer you need the link and the trigger image as I have not placed it on our public channel. We used this app earlier this year for our At My School book we created on the iPad.
We have been having a great time with a new app called Chatterpix. I used this app to create this little video! You can add your voice and animate the picture to appear as if the picture is talking with this app. Lots and lots of giggles with this one.
We have been slowly having the children take turns animating their dinosaur pictures using this app. The children have to decide who will do the talking in their video. Then they mark the mouth on their picture and start recording! It is not easy to think of what your character will say for thirty seconds! I have been attaching the videos to each of their dinosaur pictures using the Aurasma app. The Dinosaur stories will have two trigger images. The dinosaur for the dinosaur movie and the picture of them and their dinosaur for their Chatterpix video. Definitely a fun app with lots of possibilities!