Mrs Weiss features talking heads apps on her post and wonders briefly about student responses in learning and how these can be captured. She mentions a range of animals, birds, robots and also a gingerbread man that has a talking head. Most of the ones she has found are free:
The premise is simple. You talk, the app records what you say and repeats it back. You can record this little exchange to make a little movie of the animal saying what you say. You only hear the repeated part on the video
She includes a range of ways that talking head apps can be used.
Scott Kotarides has worked using Baltimore County Public Schools systems for over 13 years. He remembers the hype surrounding different pcs in the late nineties and draws parallels to the introduction of some mobile devices. He believes that having portable devices is producing a fundamental change in learning
While I believe that all schools should have a few computer labs for things that require power such as video editing, they don’t need laptop carts like they once did. Handheld devices are quicker than laptops (no booting needed), more portable, and can access information in real-time. More importantly almost every student has one
John Traxler reviews the development of mobile learning, take up and engagement within communities and questions whether educators and institutions know what is best for learners and how they might learn using mobile devices, services and connectivity: