UPDATE: Photo Mapo is no longer free (.99) and Tellagami no longer offers the text-to-speech or customization in the free app. You can read more about the Tellagami changes here.
Yesterday I wrote about an app-smashing project my GT 5th graders did, and today I want to present to you one that my GT 1st graders have been working on. They have been researching countries, and recently created Photo Mapo postcards to tell about particular interesting landmarks. Typing is a bit of a laborious process for some of the 1st graders on the iPads, so I let them keep their Photo Mapo descriptions fairly short. However, I wanted them to elaborate a little more. This was the perfect opportunity for them to use Tellagami. With Tellagami, the students were able to choose if they wanted to type or record their own voices. This involved some heavy decision-making for some of the students. On the one hand, they weren’t fond of typing. On the other hand, they loved all of the different accents they could choose for their avatars if they did take the time to type the script! For some of them, that was plenty of motivation :) Others decided they would rather speak for themselves. Once the students created their Tellagami videos, I loaded them up to Aurasma studio. Now, you can scan their Photo Mapo postcards, and see the videos that give a bit more detail. Their parents will be able to view them at home, as well, by scanning the pages with the free Aurasma app. For more ideas on using Augmented Reality in the classroom, check out my Augmented Reality Resource page – to which I just added an amazing lesson from Andy Plemmons using Layar for a 4th Grade Wax Museum.