Magical Middle School Musings
Web 2.0 Blog
Link to this example: http://blabberize.com/view/id/1762768
Description: Blabberize is a tool that I could see students really enjoying. It allows users to upload a still image and bring that image to life by outline the mouth and recording voice over, allowing the image to talk. Blabberize allows you to select any image and then either record voice over or upload an existing audio file. In order to make the image "talk," Blabberize has a tool that allows you to outline the mouth. Working with the outlining tool was a bit tricky at first, but once I got the hang of it, I was able to create a Blabber in just a few minutes. Once you create your Blabber, the website provides you with a link, an embed code, and the option to download it to your computer as a video file.
The example Blabber I created can be used in a Language Arts unit. Students will research courageous acts of a person, write a research paper detailing the acts, and then give a presentation. Blabberize could be used in place of a traditional presentation, and would be especially helpful for students who struggle with public speaking. It would allow them to create their Blabber ahead of time, thus eliminating the nerves that go along with more traditional presentations.
I found Blabberize to be extremely engaging and fun to work with. There are many possibilities for educational use. You can outline more than one mouth in an image, allowing people to talk to or with each other in a Blabber. I could see this being used across content, in Language Arts, History, Science, even Music. I really like that it provides a presentation option that is outside the box of PowerPoint and Google Slides. It definitely promotes creativity and I think students would have a lot of fun with it.