Tellagami is a great mobile app. You can use a photo (or a stock) background. Add voice or type in dialogue. You can send it by text, twitter, email, and embed one in an online class.
You can post a slide, a saying, or learning artifact to reinforce learning. Or you can have students post a picture of something and narrate it for a class assignment. Click here to view how to use tellagami for learning (30 secs): https://tellagami.com/gami/2JJ5NN/
Ever feel like students tune you out? Remember the teacher in Ferris Bueller’s Day off (“anyone? anyone?”)? Some of our faculty are using a free app called, Tellagami, to grab students’ attention. Below is one from Diana Taylor, who uses it in COMP 356 to introduce the upcoming week.
You can use any picture as background. This allows you to take a picture from the front of your class, or anywhere, and use as the backdrop for your video. Or, include a picture of the concept you are presenting for the week. Here are some quick ideas you might try (from Free Tech for Teachers blog by Richard Byrne and the Adams Center Instructional Design Team):
Have a character tell a story
Take a trip back in time
Pick a person in history and have them introduce themselves
Have students post a “Gami” to a discussion forum. The background picture can represent a visual and the audio can address another part of an assignment.
Have a student summarize the first week of class using a Gami (credit to Houston Heflin for this idea)
Use a plant cell as the background and have the avatar name and discuss the cell function
Start the week with a scripture reading and use various backgrounds that it may be applied to
Present a dilemma to be resolved or introduce a case study
These mini-video (gamis) are easy to post to social media, email, or embed in OpenClass. The maximum recording time is 30 seconds. Tellagami can be integrated into other apps like Explain Everything and iMovie.
Here is an example of how you can use Tellagami to start a class or training session: