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acapela.tv as a Tool to Explain, Introduce, and Comment

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There are several ways to introduce units and ideas, explain content, or comment on anything, and one simple tool to use for any or all of these is acapela.tv (www.acapela.tv). Users select a character (with 12 to choose from), type in the text for that character to say, and then view the completed scene. A URL is created so that the animation can be emailed or copied to embed on a website.

This has been an engaging way for me to introduce topics (this example is embedded on the introduction page for my Literary Terms Visualized site) and explain ideas (this example is also part of the Literary Terms Visualized site and explains the irony in the clip from Caddyshack when Chevy Chase's character tells Bill Murray's character that he has a pool and a pond and that the pond would be good for him). Students have also used the tool and embedded the videos on to my class wiki.

Most of the choices are for one character but one of the options ("Cute Cartoon Creator") allows yo…