Chatterpix kids was experimented on as a teacher supported young learner’s lesson. The teacher worked with small groups of children, demonstrating how to use the app with which they then worked autonomely with the aid of the teacher.
User friendly: Once the children grasp the idea of the touch screen, they found it easy to go through each step with the help of the audio prompter.
Helps develop oral language: Each child needs to mentally prepare the content of their recording, encouraging them to think about the correct grammar and vocabulary associated to the image.
Encourages the user to be creative: The children are free to choose which object they would like to photograph and then decorate the image, not only allowing them to release their creativity, but also encouraging them to think about the positioning of each sticker.
Reduces anxiety for shy children: As this app gives the child an opportunity to express themselves in an indirect way, we found that otherwise introverted children were more willing to participate. The simple fact that you have to record your voice before decorating and finishing the animation helped children to overcome their fears and speak out loud without the interference of an adult.
Gives the user an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge: When the Chatterpix activity was presented as the conclusion of a project, the children were able to show how much they had learnt by illustrating and then putting a voice to their own illustration.
Useful for the teaching of L2: This app has proven very useful in the teaching or rather consolidation of a second language. Not only did the children have the opportunity to revise the vocabulary with their own spoken language, but they found the activity so enjoyable, that they continued to verbally repeat what they had accomplished even after the lesson.
The level of each lesson can become more challenging for the child by extending the duration of the audio recording, encouraging the child to add more sentences.