CONCEPT: Bring still; images to life and give them a voice with this excellent app from Freak'n Genius.
DELIVERY:I recently asked some ADEs to share with me some apps that were perhaps a little lesser known but could make a huge impact across the curriculum. YAKiT was one of the first suggestions I received.
At first I figured it would be just the same as Chatterpix (which I already use a fair bit) but upin closer inspection, it had a lot more to offer and in many ways is the superior app. YAKiT does allow you to animnate a photo by adding a mouth to it like Chatterpix but it has a wider set of options:
Firstly, you don;t even have to draw the mouth - there are built in cartoon mouths that you can deploy if they are more to your liking. If you do choose to draw the mouth on using the touch screen, YAKiT lets you zoom in for precision and then provides adjustable handles (similar to how JibJab used to work) to perfect the look. You can then instantly preview the effect just by speaking - another great touch!
There's more too - as well as the actual mouth, there's a collection of cartoon eyes, noses and other features that can be added to the image and will auto-animate during recording. There's even a set of animated background effects AND a bank of cartoon characters that can be included and puppeted as a part of the scene.
Which leads to the absolute best feature of the app in my opinion - multiple characters! You can import or take a picture of several characters and add mouths to each of them. During the recording process you then just tap on the character that you wish to speak. This is superb as it means that you can develop a dialogue (bonjour MFL teachers) or have students collaborate on a project. You can even add multiple scenes together - providing even more versatility!
Recording the clips is quick and painless, with the option to re-record if there are mistakes and pitch alteration if you need it. Finished scenes export to the camera roll in seconds and are ripe for inclusion in other multimedia projects.
LIMITATIONS:The app only allows 15 second long clips to be recorded. Obviously this can be circumvented by recording multiple clips and sewing them together in iMovie but ut still would have been nice to not have such a tight time constraint!
CONCLUSION: It's been a while since someone has shown me an appI haven't seen before that has such a wide range of uses across the curriculum. Easy to use, highly engaging, a definite5/5
Retell a story
Animating characters from a story
Bringing historical figures to life
Asan SEN tool to help students find their voice
In the MFL classroom to develop spoken langauge skills
As a part fo a larger digital project (eg an ebook) on any topic!
Giving a voice to inanimate objects (eg to have them explain a process or how they are used)