Would you like to use a free mobile app to liven up your video lessons? Take a look at Tellagami.
Tellagami is a free mobile app that allows you to create a character quickly and share an animated video, or gami. There are two versions of the app available, the free general version Tellagami, and the paid education version Tellagami Edu. The general version may still be used by educators, but the edu version has extra features (and no in-app purchases) for teachers and students to enjoy.
I encourage you to check out the free version first. Download the free app, choose a background, create a custom character, and have fun animating your character. If you find that you'd like the use of more of the advanced features, consider upgrading to the Tellagami Edu version.
How might you use this app in the classroom?
First, as the title of this article states, you could create video lessons animated with a character that resembles you. Embed the finished videos on your classroom website, so students and parents know exactly where to find them at all times. Creating different types of video lessons and tutorials engages students and keeps things interesting. It also allows students to watch the lesson over again easily, if necessary, and for students who are absent or working from home to have access when you're not available face-to-face to help.
You could also have students create their own videos as a way to introduce themselves, narrate a story, or summarize a project.
Once you start creating with Tellagami, you'll soon realize the options are plentiful!
Kimber Thompson is a Lead Moderator for SimpleK12 webinars and a Contributing Editor for SimpleK12.com. She writes frequently about education topics, and is passionate about tools and techniques that inspire young learners. You may reach her with ideas and comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.