Week 4 is all about podcasting in different and simplistic ways. We are looking at tools that can be used as podcasts with a focus on collaboration and digital images. Last week, we focused on digital pictures and images-I am sure you have heard the saying, “A picture is worth a thousand words”. Well, the next web 2.0 tool you will explore takes this saying to the next level! What if I told you a picture can actually say your words? Blabberize is a tool that allows you to upload a portrait of your choice, select a mouth and record a comment to share. Go to this link to see it in action.
Here’s an idea: Students can create their own image (in Paint or other comparable software) or can use a photo to create projects which incorporate voice. You could have your students research an animal, write a first person account and then Blabberize it! Students could then post their Blabbers to your class wiki, blog or even edmodo. The class can explore other animals and comment on each other’s work. Look at the 3rd grade sample below:
Can you think of ESL connections??!! What a great way to get these students involved… if you search ESL and podcasting you find SO MANY ideas and uses which only increase learning. Imagine what the Blabbers can do for vocabulary???!!
As of now, all of Blabberize features are free and accessible without registration. It sounds like they may be changing this in time. They seem very aware of the education world and its heavy use of their nifty tool. Let’s keep our fingers crossed and hope they create a free education version!
If you do decide to register, make a classroom username and password using your general email account you created for your classroom. All your student projects will be kept in one place.
Tech-tivity 9: Let’s Blabberize it!
1. Go to http://www.blabberize.com/ and watch the cute video introduction!
2. Register or try it out.
3. Upload a digital picture or image from your computer. If you do not have a digital image find one on the Internet and save it to your computer so you can upload it and play. Just make sure you are going to a royalty free image site like www.pics4learning.com or you orally cite your photos URL in your Blabber. If you need help with this-watch the “saving an image” tutorial.
4. Blabberize it! Use the built in microphone on your laptop or podcasting headphones to record the voice. Post your Blabber to your blog as Week 4 Thing 9.
5. Finally, post a reflection on the Junkie Blog below about how this type of podcasting could encourage communication in your classroom.