How I Use It
I use Xranormal in both my Social Studies and Language Arts classrooms. In Social Studies, I have students create a dialogue between two sides of an issue - either current or historical. In the past, my students have created dialogues between Loyalists and Patriots. In Language Arts, students have created a dialogue between two characters in a novel that we are studying.
Xtranormal is an animation site where one can select a character or two, write a monologue or dialogue for them, and add gestures for the character to perform while they are speaking. The site is easy to get started in, but it does take a few minutes for the "creation" of your animation. Students do like adding animations, which can take them away from the task, but I find that it engages them in the creative aspects. There is a limitation for the free users-less character choices. But for a few extra bucks, many of the features become available.