If you are looking for a great way to create animations on the iPad, you’ll want to check out Tellagami, a super-simple animation app for the iOS that allows users to create short videos of avatars they create. Creating “gamis” is a simple step-by-step process that allows for a surprising range of end results. Here’s an example:
I created this animation in a series of steps:
First, I created the avatar. Avatars can be male or female, and can be personalized in terms of skin color, eye color, hair color, and clothing. You can also move the avatar on the screen, resize it, and change the direction it is facing.
Next, I added emotion. This was useful as I chose the “happy” option, since my avatar was going to be located in the “Happiest Place on Earth.” I liked the silly and surprised options as well. I definitely recommend playing around with this, as the avatar’s expressions change as it speaks.
After that, I selected a background. I had the option of selecting from my camera roll, taking a photo, or using one of the provided backgrounds. I liked how the provided options looked more like cartoons to match the avatar, but I wanted a particular location, so I brought one of my own photos into another app (BeFunky) and added some filters to alter the look. Then I added the edited photo to my camera roll. I also discovered that I could re-size and move the background once I selected it.
Once I had the avatar set up in front of the background, I recorded my voice. The app offers the option of either recording your voice or typing in text. When I used the text feature, the results were typical for an artificial voice. Once I hit the record button, I had a 30 second recording window represented by a countdown. It took me a few tries to get the feel for recording, so I appreciated the ability to review and re-record.
Finally, I shared my Tellagami from the share screen. I could text, email or share my Tellagami through Twitter or Facebook. When I shared it through email and text, I received a unique web address from which to view the animation. From there, I also had the option to copy the URL or get the embed code.
I like this app because it is so easy to use, and because I was able to create a quick animation with impressive results in a very short time.
I could imagine teachers using this app to have students capture and show learning anywhere. For example, it would be easy for a student to take a picture of a lion on a field trip to the zoo, create an avatar of themselves explaining what they learned about lions, and share that avatar with the teacher. The teacher could then share those impressions on a class website.
Most importantly, this app is free and does not require a login. I encourage you to check it out, and let me know what great classroom applications you find for it.