Send your students around the world to tell their stories
They also managed to bust Tellagami’s animated personas out of the tablet, sending them around the world with a little green-screen magic.
At Edmunds Middle School, two classes of 6th graders embarked on a new form of storytelling: Tellagami-smash! With a fleet of iPads at their disposal, along with the free green-screen app Veescope, students transported themselves or characters made with the Tellagami app to locations around the world.
According to educators Laura Botte and Katie Wyndorf:
The scholars have created a series of movies and books that demonstrate their learning. Each scholars was given a latitude and longitude somewhere in the world and ‘dropped’ there. They needed to research the cultural elements of the place and learn about it’s geography and landforms.
The hope was they would make a connection between the geography and the culture of the place they visited. They then had to create a character and provide their audience with a story that encompassed all of the information they had researched and synthesized.
Check it out:
App-smash Tellagami with a green screen
Students had the choice of whether to create a Tellagami animated character, or whether to appear as themselves in their videos.
Botte noted that it was remarkable how engaged and excited the students were by this project, including students who were normally less motivated by storytelling and writing exercises. Check out the full set of student videos at the two classes’ Google site.
This one in particular is out of this world: