Role play activities

18-Aug-2010

Here’s a really cool way to get your students to do role play activities – get them to make movies from avatars with xtranormal.com. Go to the website and just click on ‘Create a movie’ to get started.

All you have to do is choose a scenario (which comes complete with characters like the footballer below) and then make up a story for them to say. Your students can create their dialogue based on the setting (anything from a night with Sarah Palin to robots on an abandoned planet) or you could ask them to use dialogue that you have recently been working on in class.

It’s free to use and you just need to create an account so that you can save your movies and keep them private. Once you’ve finished you can send them to people using MEC Web Links. You can see some demonstration videos here: http://www.xtranormal.com/watchmovies/

Even the most shy of students will have no problem expressing themselves with this nifty little piece of software. The ‘film producers’ have control over everything including the characters’ facial expressions, where they look (at camera or at the other character) and how they gesticulate.

If you really like it you can become an even more involved producer and design everything from the set, to the background music, to the characters themselves.

It’s a whole new world!

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