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Blabberize is a Web 2.0 tool that can help take any photo and make it talk! After creating a free account, use your voice or your students’ voices and a picture of your choice. Just follow the easy instructions on the Blabberize site to line up the talking points on the photo.
Tools needed are: a microphone, possibly a digital camera, or saved photos. If you have access to a flickr account, use those from creative commons or from other copyright safe photo galleries. Click on the top del.icio.us link on the left toolbar for more photo or clipart sites that are copyright safe. Make sure to have parental permission before using students’ voices or photos!
Ideas of using it in the classroom: Math–problem of the day, Language Arts–book talk, Social Studies–famous talking head, Science–explain a science experiment, Religion–prayer recitation. The possibilities are only limited by your imagination!
Other helpful hints: use photos that are large enough to add a mouth that talks, use photos that have an image that is facing forward (profile shots do not work well), and use a loud voice with no background noise when recording.
Check out the Blabberize example done by a lively MSS student. Who is the prairie dog doing math?
Below is an example of a recent Lenten activity completed at MSS by fifth graders. Students were individually assigned a “Station of the Cross” to photograph from the hallways and then add a caption. This was a very basic slideshow completed entirely by the students. Photos were not cropped, however, this would have been an improvement to the slideshow. There are other various options of Web 2.0 tools to make a slideshow. So far, the following sites look to be the most interesting: