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Published on 03/06/14

Making a documentary is normally a task too time consuming and difficult for 7-11 year olds but Year 5 pupils have been using a combination of iMovie and Tellagami in their Geography lessons to explain the process of making water, from a reservoir, clean enough to drink.

Making a documentary is normally a task too time consuming and difficult for 7-11 year olds but Year 5 pupils have been using a combination of iMovie and Tellagami in their Geography lessons to explain the process of making water, from a reservoir, clean enough to drink.

Having watched and then downloaded a good video of the different stages of the cleaning process, the children imported it into iMovie ready to edit. They were allowed to use any of the footage they wanted but were not to include any of the original audio track. This meant they would need to record voiceovers to explain what was happening – something they were already confident doing on iMovie. However, in order to make it a more authentic documentary they also needed a presenter who could introduce the different sections and hold it all together. That’s where Tellagami came in.

Tellagami is an app that lets you create an animated video called a Gami. First the children created their character, customising it by deciding on whether it was a man or woman, what it would wear and with which voice it would speak. They then added an appropriate background and typed in the words the character would say. Once they had checked it, the Gami was exported to the camera roll and put into position in the iMovie.

And there you have it – a simple but effective documentary.