Blabberize

Blabberize (A Blabber is a Talking Picture! )

Resources links and/or class examples:
http://www.teach42.com/2008/08/27/education-version-of-blabberize-coming/
Video Tutorial:
http://blabberize.com/make
Blabberize Cheatsheet
How To Video from the CEO of Blabberize



SWOT:
Strengths:
  • It is Free!
  • Easy to use!
  • Student's e-mail address is guaranteed to never displayed on the site. (If worried about using student accounts, teachers can create an account and save student work to their own file. Mary K.)
  • May be used by teachers or/and students.
  • It can be used to enhance listening and speaking skills (especially for foreign language and ESL/ESOL students).
  • Also has an education version of blabberize that teachers can use.
  • It has a video that demonstrates how to create a blabber.
  • There is a link that can be used to report anything that is not working.
  • Users may use their own pictures or images from anywhere on the internet.
  • Users may use previously recorded audio or record their own using a phone or microphone.
Weaknesses:
  • Examples posted on the site are mostly non-educational and may not model educational use of the site.
  • Teachers would need to be very creative to use the site for educational purposes.
  • Must create account to save creations.
  • Requires e-mail address for account creation pintu dan jendela, Toko bunga jakarta, Toko bunga.
  • Terms of service states "You must be 13 years or older to use this site and its Services, or have permission from a parent or guardian."
Opportunities:
  • Blabberize may be used to demonstrate knowledge on any subject are e.g. history, English, poetry, language learning
  • For studenters who are more visual/artistic learners, provides opportunity to display learning through creativity.
  • Students can search for topics (Example: text features) and view other Blabberize projects for more information or inspiration. (K.Ward)
  • Students can access their already made Blabberize projects at home. I often find that my kids do great things in class, but can't always show their parents because it is saved to a computer at school. Something like this allows students to share their creative project at home with their parents! (Mary K.)
Threats:
  • All students should have access to the resources to use blabberize effectively.
  • There is no filter or moderator for the examples posted on the site.
  • Because the site is free, ads are displayed on the sidebars.
  • If viewing other Blabberize projects, some information could be incorrect. (K. Ward)
Ideas for the classroom:
  • Students can be asked to use text from history to make it come alive! e.g historic speeches or major laws that were passed and made a marked difference e.g. the law to desegregate.
  • Have students record songs on poems demonstrating their knowledge of a topic and record the creation with Blabberize. For example: Photosynthesis Raps
  • It can be used to encourage students to prepare presentations to introduce themselves.
  • Students can be asked to use it to demonstrate their content knowledge.
  • Can be used to incorporate technology into a Reader's Theater activity.
  • We used Blabberize for our Martin Luther King, Jr. research projects last year. Students did a web quest to find out facts and important events in the life of MLK. They then pretending they were MLK and wrote a first person narrative that talked about his life. They chose a picture of MLK and uploaded it to Blabberize and then read their report. Being able to use Blabberize motivated the students to put more effort into their reports because they knew others were going to watch the final product. (Katie Rohleder).
  • Students could create a Blabberize about math (Ex: geometric shapes) and they could describe each shape. (K. Ward)
  • Teachers could use other Blabberize projects already posted and show as an introduction to material. I searched a few topics and found many to have useful information and would show my class. This would eliminate using my own time to create one. (K. Ward)
  • Teachers can use Blabberize to present biographies to the class. My class has used it for presenting about a favorite author, as well as a historical figure. It allows students to explore a new way of presenting their information. (Mary K.)