Common Sense Review
Updated June 2016

ChatterPix Kids - by Duck Duck Moose

Photo app lets students share learning by making anything talk
Common Sense Rating 3
  • The home screen
  • The gallery
  • Draw a mouth line to start recording.
  • The countdown for recording
  • Add text, stickers, and other embellishments.
  • Photograph 3-D objects and 2-D drawings and photographs.
Easy to use and pairs well with any elementary school subject.
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.
Melissa Hayes
Common Sense Reviewer
Classroom teacher
Common Sense 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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How Can Teachers Use It?

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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What's It Like?

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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Is It Good For Learning?

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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