Realallusion Crazy Talk: Teacher Josh Stumpenhorst
Position: 6th Grade Language Arts and Social Science Teacher
District/School: Naperville Community School District 203, IL, Lincoln Junior High
Number of Students in School: 750
Goals: I use Crazy Talk6 animation software to help bring drawings/pictures to live for enhancing student interest and creating exciting presentations.
The students love working with this program, as it is a unique, interactive way to help demonstrate their understanding of a subject or topic. Teachers and administrators are impressed with what the students can do with the software.
The software has basic and pro versions. My students work with the basic version and they were able to figure out the program with minimal amount of direct instruction from me. After the first time, they were able to work the program independently, and with ease. The pro version does have some advanced puppeteering options, but the basic product works fine. I created the Tutorial (embedded at the end of this review) for my students, and to help new users learn the program.
How We Use It:
In my Language Arts class I have students create small movies of their novel characters having conversations. They have to write scripts, and take on the role of the characters. In my Social Science class I have students “bring the dead alive” when they write short biographies and speeches as a historical person. Here is a Sample created by one of my students.
What s Ahead?:
I am planning on expanding the use of this software within our school.
Watch the Tutorial by Teacher Reviewer Josh Stumpenhorst: