Review by Melissa Hayes, Common Sense Education | Updated June 2016
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Photo app lets students share learning by making anything talk

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

Cons: Limited recording time.

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

Used effectively, ChatterPix offers a lot of options for elementary school teachers, specifically as any creative project. (A quick online search of "ChatterPix + blank discipline" will turn up a myriad of lesson ideas.) For example, use it to create short book reviews for the library. Have your students research and speak as a historical figure. Use a photograph of their person, or have them draw a portrait to photograph. 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 you 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. 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 can choose to re-record or preview. On the next screen, students can then embellish photos with stickers, text, and so on. Completed projects can be exported to the camera roll, deleted, or saved in the gallery where they can also be revisited and re-edited. 

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While ChatterPix Kids doesn't teach any traditional academic content, it empowers kids to create and demonstrate learning. What makes it especially valuable is it's easy to use for students as young as kindergarten. It can be utilized 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's new way of sharing content, and the talking photographs and teachers can use it as a precursor to video creation. 

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Overall Rating
3

Engagement Is the product stimulating, entertaining, and engrossing? Will kids want to return?
4

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 Is learning content seamlessly baked-in, and do kids build conceptual understanding? Is the product adaptable and empowering? Will skills transfer?
3

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 Does the product take into account learners of varying abilities, skill levels, and learning styles? Does it address both struggling and advanced students?
3

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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An exciting app to get your students talking, creating, and learning!

Overall, I believe ChatterPix Kids is a useful tool to allow students the chance to create a finished product that can demonstrate their understanding of specific skills. It is easily adaptable to many different content areas and concepts. I especially appreciated the fact that students are able to rerecord as many times as they need. This gives my ELL students the chance to be comfortable sharing their final product. ChatterPix Kis is also a great app to help students learn about app smashing. The only criticism I have is that the thirty seconds given to record is not long enough.

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