After watching my amazing colleague, Lindsay, use the Chatterpix app I was completely inspired with ideas for how we could use it in Year 1.
To trial Chatterpix, I used it as a team exercise. Students asked their partner several questions to find out more information about them (it would be great for an activity on posing questions too!). Students then made a Chatterpix video from their partner's perspective, eg: 'Hi, my name is ____ and I like ____' (also a great tool for perspective taking too). It was a timed activity, as this was their structured exploration to see what they could do with app and familiarise themselves with the functions.
The team activity was very successful and students could easily use the app and understood the functions, so I decided to use it for our lesson on rhyme. Students were Airdropped a picture (for those who didn't have Airdrop, as their iPad is older, they downloaded the image from the Drive). They discussed a rhyme with their partner first and brainstormed words they could use. Then, students recorded themselves and created the Chatterpix video before saving their final project to their Camera Roll.
Some other ideas for using Chatterpix
(Click the image to view my example):
-Shapes (describing features)
-Measurement (describing features)
-History - my family, past vs present
-Science - describing various topics, fact recall
-Word origins and explanations of vocabulary
-Perspective taking (Literacy or History)
-Text structures and conventions
-Science reasoning and understanding
Old fashioned teaching and learning has a time and place still in the classroom. However, our students are growing up in a world immersed in technology. Not only do we need to provide them with skills to cope in this growing tech-filled environment, but we can also enhance their ability to learn content through creative, digital formats.