Tellagami is a very easy to use application for iOS and Android in which you can make short videos called “Gamis”. Similar to Voki (Vodcasting) you have to use an avatar, which is a digital character. With this virtual person you will have the possibility to tell stories, poems, make presentations, etc. using your own voice. In this way you can help your students develop their confidence while practicing speaking, help them with their motivation and engagement with the class, and work collaboratively while creating or editing their video projects.
The first step to use this apps is to go to the AppStore or Google Play and download it. Once installed, you just have to follow the basic tutorial to learn how to use it and start creating your first Gami. One of the good things of this app is that there is no need to create an account, so you do not have to waste time filling in forms and login in to use it.
After that, you have to customize your character with the different options available. Most of them are available for free with the possibility to use the in-app purchase if you want more possibilities.
Then you have to change the background. Again you have a limited set of scenarios called packs. But there are three options here that are really useful: Camera, Library and Doodle.
- Camera: You can use your smartphone camera to create a custom image background, giving you the possibility to use real escenarios.
- Library: You can access your phone photo gallery and use one of your pictures stored there.
- Doodle: A very basic option but with lots of potential. Change the background to green, blue or any color, you can also use the brush to draw or write and erase with the rubber.
Once you are done with this you can proceed to record your voice. Just tap the message bubble, then voice and finally record. You have 30 seconds for free and the possibility to buy 90 seconds and a text-to-speech option.
Finally using the share icon you can preview your recording, save it on your device or upload it and share the video link which is stored in the Tellagami website.
If you want to experiment the full potential of your Gami to be use in the classroom as a project. You can use the doodle option. For example, use a green background, record a video, then import it to iMovie or similar, add audio, other pictures, etc. and create a story. This is called and Appsmash.
App smashing involves the following steps:
- Create content with one app.
- Create content with another app (or apps).
- Merge content together (smashing).
- Publish content to the web.
More information here:
An example video:
The possibilities are endless, but there are some limitations.
With the free version, you have some limited options to personalize your digital character: the physical appearance, the clothing items and the background. Another limitation is the length of the video which is tied to only 30 seconds in this version. This freemium app can be a bit pricey. Be careful with the in-app purchase options or it can cost you a lot. As you can see above using it together with other apps is a good idea but it is also time consuming, and sometimes you just need an app that works.
I suggest you to use this tool in a project based classroom and always in combination with other apps. Don’t be afraid try Tellegami!