Someone just showed my xtranormal.com, which allows educators and students to create animations that will speak out the text that students write. Looks fantastic, but at $10 per month for teachers and 50 cents per month per student, it could get a bit expensive. Has anyone had experience with this site? Is there anything similar out there? Thanks so much!
I used xtranormal when it was free- but since they put in the cost structure, it is out of the picture. I don't know of anything exactly like it- there are cartoon sites (MakeBeliefsComix and Kerpoof)- but there is no speech. If you want speech (and only 1 voice) try Voki. Or Fotobabble will allow speech and an image. Blabberize will allow you to create a talking images (very cool).
I had seen blog posts where folks were trying to get xtranormal to offer a free account (similar to the free teachers accounts for animoto). Their response was the processing time required was greater than animoto and they couldn't offer it for free.
Nothing is the same as xtranomral!
@ghholmes I just checked goanimate.com. Looks like goanimate4schools does have a cost factor if you want to set it up similarly to xtranormal. You have to e-mail them for a quote, and the price depends on how many users there are. If you create a basic account on your own, it is free, but you are limited to their basic features.
Thanks so much for your help.
My students and I use Voki.com and it is free. You can create your own advatar for all seasons.
You can use the phone lines to give it your voice or you can type words for voice activation.
Here is an example:
To see my Voki message, click the link below and press play:
Have you tried Moviestorm? http://www.moviestorm.co.uk. They have a PC/Mac desktop tool that is suitable for all ages from Elementary to University. They have a free trial and a free version after that, or you can get consumer, education or professional licences if you want. You can record your voice or use text-to-speech, and they also have an iPad tool. Really simple and fun to use.