Talking Book Covers Using Mad Lips

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I have been sitting around with my daughters this summer break and playing with this hilarious app called Mad Lips(for the iPhone and iPod). The girls and I have been making short movies and rolling around on the ground laughing hysterically. And then BOOM! I thought, if we are having this much fun, so can my students!

That is when I came up with Talking Book Covers as a refreshing new way to do a book review, character analysis, or short and to the point book report. Talk about making a book report a fun (yes… I said the F-word.. FUN)! Remember, never take the fun out of reading and, boy, do regular old book reports do that.Now you can use the Mad Lips app (free) to take a picture of a favorite book and make a 15 second summary or book review. Here is how:

1. Read a book! 🙂

2. Write and practice a quick summary or book review. Here is my example using one of my all time favorite books, Because of Winn Dixie:

Here is what I started with:
Hi, I’m Winn Dixie. Yep, I am named after a grocery store. Its really a funny story. You should read this book and find out how I got my name and how I became Opal’s best friend. I came into Opal’s life at just the right time and little did she know all she needed was a dog to help her find her way in her new town. This is a great summer adventure to read during your summer break!

Here is what I had time to say:
Hi, I’m Winn Dixie. Yep, I am named after a grocery store. Its really a funny story. You should read this book and find out how I got my name and how I became Opal’s best friend. This is a great summer adventure to read during your summer break!

3. Open up Mad Lips app and take a photo of your book by selecting NEW.


4. Then select VIDEO and record. Be sure to hold your iPod steady because if the camera moves too much your lips will move out the “lip zone.” After you have recorded, resize the oval to match the size of your lips. When set select DONE.

5. Now adjust the size of your lips to match the character you wish to have talking. You can change the size, rotate the mouth, and even blend to make it appear more realistic. You can also change the sound of the voice but the free version only has three choices (geek, normal, or creep). Not my idea of great choices. So I just keep it normal.

6. Then select DONE. At this point select SAVE and SHARE, then SHARE again. You will then need to write a title (I would have my students put their name here) and a frame. Then select DONE.

7. It will create your video and save it to you photo album.
8. At this point I would have my students post their project on Edmodo, email it to me, or share out on the overhead as a class.Here is my sample:

Free version has ads. You can upgrade to the Pro as an in app purchase for $1.99. I haven’t purchased the full version so I cannot review that part of the app. It looks as though you can add different voices, create a movie without a pre-selected frame, and will probably get rid of the ads. This only an iPhone or iPod app.
How else can you use this app? Please share and don’t forget… have some FUN!
Jo-Ann Fox
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