Vola Friends - iPad2


Classroom iPad kit (8 iPads, iPad/VGA Connector, VGA extension lead)
Visual aids representing different emotions


Syllabus Outcomes

Early Stage 1 Outcomes (2012)

English COES1.1: Expresses feelings, needs and wants in appropriate ways.


Life Skills 7-10 Outcomes (2012)

PDHPE LS.3: Recognises the feelings and emotions associated with adolescence. 

HSC Life Skills 11-12 Outcomes (2007)

PDHPE 3.6 Demonstrates awareness and understanding of, and respect for, the feelings of others. 


  • Identify simple feelings and emotions, e.g. happy, sad, angry etc.
  • Uses pictures to label feeling and emotions.
  • Recognises facial expressions that indicate a particular emotion.
Game Description


An activity that encourages students to recognize and expression a range of emotions. A grid of nine different faces appears on the screen, each with one of five exaggerated facial expressions happy, sad, angry, surprised, and scared. When a student touches any one of the faces, it fills the screen and the person “makes the face”. If you turn the sound on, you hear the person say the emotion associated with the face, to great dramatic effect. 


  Lesson:   Notes / Variations:



For students to operate the camera on the iPad to take self-portraits displaying emotions.



  • Using visual aids with students discuss and describe feelings and emotions. 
  • Ask students to show you what a particular emotion looks like as facial expression. E.g. “what does it look like when you are happy? Do you smile or cry?” 
  • Using the iPads, allow students opportunity to explore the application Vola Friends to describe and explore a range of emotions and how they are displayed on our faces. 
  • Ask students to select the correct visual representing a given emotion. This can be done using SMART notebook or PCS. 



  • Allow students to take self portraits of emotions using their own iPad. 
  • Students will sit in a group with their iPads. 
  • Teacher will guide students as they practice taking photos. 
  • Students will use the front facing camera option to turn the camera onto themselves.  
  • Allow time for students to explore the camera options on their iPad. 
  • Once students have an understanding of the camera use, bring them back into a group to explore emotions. 
  • Using visual cues have students copy the emotion displayed in front of them. E.g. “This is a happy face. Can you show me happy?” 
  • Prompt the students to take a photo of themselves displaying their happy face. 
  • Repeat this process using different emotion. 



  • Upload the student’s photos onto a computer for sorting and identifying activities.
  • Activities can vary for each student.




This lesson can be extended over the term using a different emotion a week.






Students can also be asked to take a photo of their peer displaying the emotion.











  Extension Activities:


The student will:

  • Display emotions. 
  • Use words to describe emotions i.e. happy, sad, crying, and laughing 
  • Match emotions using PCS and photos 
  • Identify a person as displaying a particular emotion depending on their facial features For Example, smile = happy

These apps give students the opportunity to become a character in a story. ‘I’m in’ and ‘Avatar Books’ are easy to use. Students take a photo of themselves which the Apps will automatically integrate into one of the several stories.   

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