We’re all looking for new ways to give students a voice. Whether we want students to share their ideas, demonstrate their learning, or tell their stories, giving students the opportunity to practice communication skills in multiple formats is essential in the Digital Age. One tool that is particularly versatile and student-friendly is Tellagami, a free animation app for Apple iOS Devices.

How to Create a Gami

Creating a gami is super easy. Even very young students should be able to make one without too much trouble. You can use this link to access an ICATS post that describes the procedures for creating videos with Tellagami.

Here are a few links to posts that share ideas for using Tellagami in the classroom:

A Few More Resources:

Even if you don’t have an iOS or Android device, there are still plenty of tools to enable Digital Storytelling. Check out our Digital Storytelling Tools page to find even more resources for your classroom. You can also check out this blog post for more ideas related to Digital Storytelling in the classroom. If you have an iPad, you might also want to check out Puppet Pals which is another great storytelling tool.


Your Challenge

  1. If you have an iOS or Android device, download and check out Tellagami.
  2. If you do not have an iOS or Android device, check out one of the many free Digital Storytelling Web Tools at this link.
  3. Once you have explored one of these tools, please share in the comments below how you have used this tool or how you imagine you could use this tool in the classroom.
  4. Above and Beyond: If you are so moved, feel free to share your ideas about how the tool you select could be used in the classroom through the tool you selected. Simply create your Tellagami or other Digital Story and then share the link to it in the comments below.

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  1. After checking out the links to this technology, I am wanting to use it right now! My class just started a new advertisement project that would be a great way to incorporate this tool in the classroom. They could create short commerials highlighting the product they are selling. I also emailed the Spanish teacher the link to the project where the avatar gives the weather forcast in Spanish. My biggest problem right now is I can’t get on the website to create my own project. Don’t know if the problem is here at my school or with the site. ugggh!

  2. This would be great in the classroom! Students can retell stories and even respond to what they read. The emotions you can add can help relate tone and mood and you can even customize backgrounds. It is also great for coaches! check out my gami: https://tellagami.com/gami/MA546F/

    Other great ones if you have an iOS device are Skitch, by Evernote. Kids can draw and create and it records their voice. Like tellagami, it can be emailed. Toontastic is also great (and both are free) and even uses the vocabulary of the plot pyramid! And its so easy my 4-year-old nephew figured it out.

    Don’t have an iOS? Try Powtoons. One of our teachers uses it to not only retell stories, but also to tell original stories that have similar themes. you can also use it for anti-themes and characterization and mood and tone and plot development and genres, shwoo! These types of online learning tools can help you go beyond the frist level of learning and hit that DOK level 4 and level 6 of Bloom’s! Because they can be shared, students can critique and evaluate and well as come together as a class to synthesize and find those common theme amoung everyone’s stories.

    Tellagami is nice because you can reach that non-fiction genre and make presenting awesome. No more taking three class days to present!

    BTW, just tested my Gravatar from yesterday… sweet

  3. As a technology integration specialist this is a great tool that I will definitely share with my teachers. We will be getting IPads for the entire school next year and I am sure that this app will spread quickly. For now my IPad pilots will love to use this app. I have a teacher who likes to do a lesson on idioms. In the past she used xtranormal videos. Tellagami will allow the students to limit the amount of time they write their idiom story. Also xtranomral has been under construction for a while.

  4. I have used Animoto several times. Our corporation recently went 1:1 with Chromebooks and it was super easy to create a “do’s and don’ts” video of simple Chromebook care. Animoto has tons of choices for themes and gives you the ability to upload your own songs into the videos. I highly recommend it.

  5. This is a great idea. I like to have my seniors video record a response to what we are reading, but some are hesitant to do so. They don’t like to see themselves and don’t do the assignment. I have tried other options for them to do a video response without using their own image, but this might be a nice bridge for them since they can use their phone. I plan on trying this on my next video assignment. Thanks for sharing!

    • I agree. There is something less threatening about using an avatar. Still, when I used to do podcasting, I still had some students who were uncomfortable even recording their voice. I wonder about that. In those cases, do we differentiate for those students, or is the experience of know how to record/create digitally important enough to require?

    • Tellagami would be perfect in that instance. In fact, there are actual companies using Tellagami to promote items. Plus, the 30 second limit is perfect for teaching kids to be concise in their pitch.

    • Hadn’t thought about it this way- I could also use it in Business Math when teh students make commercials about banking online. Thanks

  6. I will add this to my list of Digital Story Telling ideas for our Geometry Logic Book project at the high school level. I already send them to the list of Digital Story Telling Ideas and others but this would add a new charter to them telling their conditional statement logic book project. Other ways a math teacher might use this would be for the students to explain how to do a problem in their own words through the character at tellagami.

    • Love that idea:) I could also imagine having students take photos of geometric shapes in architecture for the background of a gami and having their character explain the relevance of the image they chose to a problem they are solving.

  7. I have used My Story Maker in my classroom this year. I teach 7th grade, so I wasn’t sure at first if the students would think the program was “cool” enough. It turns out they absolutely loved it! We have already created at least 3 different stories this year, and they have asked that we do more. I have used this program to teach story elements, including plot development. They have created stories individually and with groups. I have noticed that when they work in groups, they are actively engaged in conversations about the content of their story. They know that they have to include certain elements and they are working together to make sure that they have the best possible story.

    • I think part of the engagement you mentioned comes from the potential of an authentic audience. I noticed that my students would be far more engaged with the process of writing when their product could live online or in a new digital form. Do you have a link to one of your stories that could be shared?

  8. I am thinking about using Tellagami in my 7th grade music class as a way to help teach music fundamentals. It may be just the distraction they need in order to understand the content.

    • Cool! One of the things I like about Tellagami is that it fits into any curriculum. What would a Tellagami assignment around music fundamentals look like? I’d love to see that and know how it turns out.

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