How I Use It
I've integrated this easy to use app into lessons with preschool through fifth grade students. Preschool special education students used the app to practice their communication skills by taking a selfie and then recording a fact about themselves. As a formative assessment tool, first graders took a picture of an American symbol and shared what they learned about the icon during the 30 second recording. Fifth graders developed comprehension skills by using the app to create and share a character analysis. Third graders created a "chatter" to share what they learned from their research of famous explorers. First graders practiced their creativity by recording a short story about a character created through the use of stickers and other visual enhancements.
The guiding visual features (i.e. demonstration of "drawing a mouth" and flashing record button) allow even the youngest students to become independent using this app. Users can create with an image from their camera roll or take a picture through the app. The app allows you to save to your camera roll which is great for uploading, sharing work, and app smashing.
The 30 second time limit is a bit of a restriction for creative storytelling and for older students. Additionally, the presence of the "poo" sticker makes me shudder a bit as students begin to visually enhance their "chatters".
I love this tool as a quick and fun way to engage a wide range of students across subject areas. I've witnessed special needs students as young as three be successful in using this app to practice their verbal communication skills up to fifth graders identified as gifted using the app to develop succinct character analyses. The app is a great "go to" tool that students find fun.
The 30 second recording limit and questionable "poo" sticker are small drawbacks in comparison to all the positive qualities this app has to offer!