I found this really cool tool called Blabberize.com. If you’ve ever sent out a JibJab card during the holidays, it’s pretty similar to this. (Except they don’t do cool dances with catchy Christmas music in the background. Also, did I mention it’s FREE?) Basically, you can upload any image, outline the mouth, record your voice and then have it talk back to you! Pretty cool, huh?
I made a Marie Antoinette blabber to demonstrate this.
I think this would be a fun project for any class, not just history.
If I were to use this in an ELA class, I’d have students choose a character from a book they’ve read, write a script and have their character recite it using the student’s voice. For example, they could write a small script about what the character was thinking when certain events happened within the story.