App review by Melissa Hayes, Common Sense Education | Updated November 2020
ChatterPix Kids
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ChatterPix Kids

Photo app lets students share learning by making anything talk

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Grades
K–6
Subjects & Skills
English Language Arts, Creativity, Communication & Collaboration

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Pros: Easy to use and pairs well with any elementary school subject.

Cons: Limited recording time and no in-app drawing tool.

Bottom Line: With its playful premise and ease of use, ChatterPix can be a fun, creative app for elementary school classrooms.

Used effectively, ChatterPix Kids offers a lot of options for elementary school teachers, specifically for storytelling and creative projects. For example, use it to create short book reviews for the library. Or you could have your students research and speak as a historical figure. Teaching about animals and habitats? Students can make their drawings or sculptures talk to share learning. For a poetry unit, students can illustrate a character to photograph and "read" their poem. Teachers can also get in on the ChatterPix fun and use it to create lesson hooks. For example, teaching a unit on Mozart? Create a talking photograph of Mozart to introduce the unit. The possibilities are endless and limited only by your and your students' creativity.

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ChatterPix Kids is a photo-editing app that allows students to make photographs talk. A video on the main screen explains how to get started, though the app is so straightforward and clear it isn't really needed. It features two sections: Take Photo (where you create the talking pictures) and Gallery (where work is stored). To get started, students take a photo or choose one from the camera roll. It's also possible to use a Bitmoji. A prompt asks students to draw a line on the photo for the mouth and record a 30-second recording. Students then see a countdown, and once they're finished, they can choose to re-record or preview. On the next screen, students can then embellish photos with stickers, text, and so on. Export completed projects to the camera roll or save them in the gallery, where you can re-edit them. 

While ChatterPix Kids doesn't teach any traditional academic content, it empowers kids to create and demonstrate learning. One thing that makes it useful is that it's easy to use for students as young as kindergarten. But the functionality is just as valuable to older kids, too. You can use it in any discipline in the elementary school classroom -- and beyond -- to share what students know, have learned, or have researched, in a novel and entertaining way. Students will likely appreciate ChatterPix Kid's new way of sharing content, and teachers can get creative with how they present information as well.

Overall Rating

Engagement

Bright colors and a clean design make it easy to navigate and use. It's a possible go-to app for younger students who will love the silliness.

Pedagogy

While not content-focused, it's customizable to any content area with a little effort. Depending on the prompt, the focus can be silly, very educational, or both.

Support

How-to prompts aid each step of the process; a quick tutorial video on the home screen explains everything a student needs to get started.


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Melissa Hayes Classroom teacher

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Debra C. , Classroom teacher
Classroom teacher
Pleasant Hill Elementary School
Lexington, United States
Lights! Camera! Chatterpix! This engaging app is one kids love! It's as easy as 1, 2, 3! 1. Take a picture. 2. Record your voice. 3. Decorate with frames and doodles. Publish and watch your pic "chatter" away!
Overall I have been very pleased with the Chatterpix app. It is easy to use for young students, allowing me as the only teacher in the room to be a facilitator for student learning instead of troubleshooting technology. The simplicity of the app makes it versatile for a multitude of uses in the classroom. The novelty of the app makes it engaging for students, resulting in high student interest. Due to the nature of the app only requiring a student to record their voice, this allows for all students of a ...
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