Pictures That Can Talk!
Blabberize is a simple Web 2.0 tool that takes images and allows them to speak. The process begins by users uploading an image or using an online URL. Then, users select the area of the image that is the mouth and record a message. Blabberize will then convert the image to have a moving mouth speaking the recorded message. Messages can be up to thirty seconds long and users can either record through a microphone on the spot or select a prerecorded message.
Teachers: See the sample below for an idea on using Blabberize as a presentation of information for your class.
Students: Can use Blabberize as part of a project presentation. Use historical figures, objects representing subject, etc. **NOTE- It may be necessary for students to screen record the project if they do not have an account with Blabberize…they can only save the project if they have an account.
Ideas for Using Blabberize
- Have students research a historical figure and then create a Blabber introducing that person to the class (ex: George Washington)
- Ask students to create Blabbers of major characters from classroom novels or outside reading
- Have students create Blabbers that use new vocabulary
- Ask students to take famous pieces of art and make them “speak” (interpret their meaning and explain their historical context)
- Have students create Blabbers introducing themselves to each other (you can create one too!)
- Use Blabbers to make important classroom and homework announcements entertaining
- Use Blabbers to animate the speakers of inspirational quotes and share daily or weekly with the class (ex: if you are using a quote from Bill Gates, have Bill Gates “say” the quote to the classroom!)
- Ask students to write and present creative writing and poetry using unique avatars
- to encourage English language learners to practice listening and speaking skills
- Blabbers to animate and explain scientific concepts (ex: a water droplet to explain the water cycle, a plant to explain photosynthesis…)
- As an end of the semester formative assessment, instruct students to create a Blabber summarizing the big picture lessons that they have learned in the first half of the year.