One of my 2nd grade teachers asked me for a fun way to showcase her students' persuasive writing about trees and Arbor Day. I showed her the Puppet Pals App ($2.99 upgrade to the Director's Pass) and she was hooked! (Puppet Pals is also available as a FREE version, but you cannot import your own images as characters in the FREE version.) She had the students work in small groups to write a script using the facts from their persuasive writings and create a background for their video from construction paper prior to working with me.
I worked with 5 groups of students, and it only took about 10 minutes per group. I used only 1 iPad for this lesson because I only own 1 copy of this paid app, but students could certainly do this on their own. First, I took each student's photo and showed them how I traced their body outline to make them a character in the movie. Then I took a picture of their background to add it to the video. Next, the students gathered around the iPad to record. Since they had practiced their lines, students were able to move their own character as they spoke their lines. Only one group needed to record a second time. This project was fun and easy! The kids had a blast and we were instantly able to watch all of the videos on the SMARTboard when we were finished recording. This is an app I would consider purchasing for all of our student iPads.