How I Use It
Have students take photos on field trips or of hands-on activities in class such as science experiments. Choose the avatar and record a short sound bite to go with the photo in the background. Using the "share" icon, save the "gami" as a video to your iPad's camera roll. Now it is a movie clip that can be inserted, uploaded, or imported into other apps or web tools. Bring a series of clips into iMovie to splice into a longer movie. Or upload the movie to your YouTube account and share the URL as a QR code to give instructions for a center. The options are endless. The bad: the free version of this app requires in-app purchases for true personalization of the avatar. There is a paid "edu" version without the in app purchases, but it is not free. With the most recent update, the other piece that went "paid" instead of free is the text-to-voice option to type your sentence and have the app generate the avatar's voice. (Capable with the edu paid version OR as an in-app purchase.) Still a neat app if you're willing to have your avatars always wear the same clothes (just changing colors) and hairstyles!
I still like the app as an introduction to movie creation with animated narrators using only the free version. I would not recommend a school district splurge for the paid version. I think the developers could make enough money by selling in-app purchases of background images and different clothing "packs" and still let users personalize the avatars and use text-to-speech free. That would make it more valuable.