8 Apps and Web Tools That’ll Get You Talking and Laughing

“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells.” – Dr. Seuss

Humor is an effective way to reach students, especially if they struggle with understanding difficult concepts or theories. Humor can also help students pay attention to boring or routine facts and drills. One way to add some humor to your lessons is by getting students to use web tools and apps which get them to animate drawings or images with talking mouths. Students simply upload a drawing or photo then draw a mouth and record themselves speaking. The drawing comes to life, often with funny voices, and expresses what they’ve learned. Seems like nonsense but trust me it’ll get your students laughing and having fun, while learning! Check out the web tools and apps below to get started.

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Fun Web Tools and Apps

  • The YakItforKids (iOS)  app allows students to add a mouth to more than one slide of images. This way they can create a fun presentation or story! Decorate with holiday stickers, frames, and effects.
  • The Chatterpix for Kids (iOS) apps only allows one mouth to one photo or drawing.  Decorate with holiday stickers, frames, and effects.
  • Blabberize is a web tool. In 30 seconds add a talking mouth to your drawings or photos.
  • If you like the Annoying Orange then you’ll love the Funny Movie Maker (iOS) app which lets you create a video of any character or image by adding a mouth that looks like the one on the Annoying Orange.
  • Verbalizer Lite is an Android app which also lets you animate an image or characters with a talking mouth and send the video to friends. Only works on specific Android devices.
  • MouthOff (iOS/Android), Mouth Mover (iOS), and HelloZoo Lite (iOS/Android) are apps which students can use to first choose a funny or scary mouth then place over their own mouths. When the student speaks the chosen mouth moves to the voice rhythm.
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Check out my Digital Click and Learn December Calendar with more posts like these full of resources to celebrate the holidays digitally!

Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell is a teacher trainer, instructional designer, adjunct professor, and the author of The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers: Small Steps to Transform Your Teaching and Learning to Go: Lesson Ideas for Teaching with Mobile Devices, Cell Phones and BYOT. She has been recognized by the ELTon Awards, The New York Times, the Ministry of Education in Spain, and Microsoft’s Heroes for Education as an innovator in the movement of teacher-driven professional development and education technology. Recently, she was named Woman of the Year 2014 by Star Jone’s National Association of Professional Women and awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, the Twitter chat that spurred over 400 teacher chats. She has trained teachers and taught learners in over 25 countries and has consulted with organizations worldwide such as UNESCO Bangkok, The European Union aPLaNet Project, Cultura Iglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, and VenTESOL. She shares regularly via TeacherRebootCamp.com, Twitter (@ShellTerrell), and Facebook.com/shellyterrell. Her greatest joy is being the mother of Rosco the pug.

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