Augmented reality apps are a little hit and miss for me. Some allow for clear practical application in the classroom, whilst others can be gimmicky.
A teacher told me about Morfo https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/morfo/id418900007 back in summer term and I have been using it in my lessons and training ever since. The app allows you to add an image of a face and bring it to life with animation and a convincing voice-over tool. You can record your own voice into the app and the face will then speak it back. The finished animation can then be saved to the camera roll for use in other apps.
I first used it with Year 4 who were looking at History, Newspaper reporting and direct speech writing. We used the app to create the viewpoints of two historical figures: William of Normandy and Harold Godwinson. The pupils found images of both figures from the web (portrait style) and imported them into the app before adding their VoiceOver providing reasons why they should be King of England. I was really impressed with how this app improved the pupils' persuasive language skills. We then imported the finished videos into Book Creator as part of a historical research document.
A number of teachers have told me ways they are using the app, including using it to introduce a topic. For example, Queen Victoria introducing the Victorian topic to engage pupils from the beginning.
Let me know if you have used Morfo and if so, how? @iPadteachers.
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