Bring Photos to Life with YAKiT

We are always looking for fun ways to make presentations interactive and engaging for students. YAKiT is a new app for iPhone and iPad that allows students to display projects like interviews, stories, and skits in a creative way. Imagine that you could invite a person from history or fictional character to speak in your classroom, YAKiT gives students and teachers the opportunity to bring portraits if these people to life.

How to YAKiT

First, access a photo on your device. You can take a new photo, use your camera roll, or perform a photo search on the web directly from the app.

Start using YAKiT with a new photo

Start using YAKiT with a new photo

Next, get creative! Add animation to your photo by creating a talking mouth (my personal favorite!) and adding props or special effects.

Create a mouth for your YAKiT project

Create a mouth for your YAKiT project

Add special effects to your YAKiT

Add special effects to your YAKiT

For the third step, give your photo a voice. That’s right, a talking picture! Amelia Earhart could tell you all the details about her flight across the Atlantic Ocean!

A talking Amelia Earheart in YAKiT

A talking Amelia Earheart in YAKiT

Lastly, be sure to save your video. YAKiT gives you a variety of ways to share your creation. You can text or email the video, use Twitter or Facebook to share it, or save it for later directly on the app.

Share your YAKiT

Share your YAKiT

Support the Common Core with YAKit

YAKiT provides an entertaining and interactive way to reach the Common Core Standards in the classroom. Students can interpret informational text in books they are reading or within subjects they are studying and make it come alive for their classmates. Scripting is a key part to developing a presentation using YAKiT. Students would need to carefully plan out an interview or informative piece before using the app. Students could animate their own pieces of art, or use an image already available to them. Imagine a student drawing their own interpretation of a fictional character, and using it to tell the character’s story. YAKiT makes these presentations possible. Click here and watch how a student used YAKiT to plan and present an interview with George Washington for his class.

YAKiT is a great way to combine learning and entertainment, keeping students engaged and focused. They will have so much fun creating their presentation that they may not even realize how much work is truly going into it! Don’t forget that teachers can also use YAKiT to remind students that they like to have fun too. Download YAKiT for free, explore, and get creative!







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