Blabberize!

I recently reviewed and used the Web 2.0 tool, Blabberize. Below are my findings: Ease of Use- Very easy to use. The login is simple. The page is easy to read, and there isn’t a lot going on in the page to cause any confusion. Site Support- There is a FAQ section, but there are not very many questions. Most of the questions deal with bandwidth. There is a place to send email if necessary. Appropriate for what Audience – Any audience. Probably will work best with younger kids because it basically has a mouth moving, which is funny to watch. My first grader was able to easily create his own. Is there an educational version – I found a blog on the Internet saying there was an educational version, but I couldn’t find it. Strengths- Very easy to use, younger students could create easily, and it is fun. You can use cartoon pictures, historical photos, or actual photos. Weaknesses- It’s a talking picture, so finding ways to use it for an entire project may be difficult. I had trouble loading  the website at one point. Ideas for use – Historical speeches, students can create their own to teach the class about a topic (animal, historical person, themselves), Foreign languages, Teachers can blabberize themselves talking to class if a subtitute teacher is in the classroom for the day.

I am choosing Blabberize for a second grade class. The students are learning about Presidents of the United States of America. Each student will choose a President, and study about the President’s life, things he was famous for, and famous speeches made by that President. The student will then find a picture of that President that would be easy to Blabberize. Each picture should have a Creative Commons license attached to the picture. With that picture, student will create a blabber. They can choose to recite a famous speech, list accomplishments made my that President, or even share little know, but interesting, facts about that President. The choice is theirs.

Here is a screencast that I created on how to use Blabberize.

http://screencast-o-matic.com/watch/cofXVBeRfK

Here is the finished product of a student who chose Abraham Lincoln as the President, and recited the Gettysburg Address.  

http://blabberize.com/view/id/1269231 

The student was also asked to produce a script using a word processing device.

Indicator 1.1.2 – Grade 2 – Share what is known about a topic, problem, or question

Indicator 1.1.4 – Grade 2 – Select and use appropriate sources, including picture dictionaries, beginning encyclopedias, magazines, maps, and globes, to answer questions.

Indicator 1.1.7 – Grade 2 – Summarize or retell key points.

Indicator 2.1.6 – Grade 2 – Create a product with a beginning, middle, and end.

Indicator 3.1.3 – Grade 2 – Use a variety of ways to present information and main ideas; use oral and written language in a variety of formats.

Indicator 3.1.6 – Grade 2 – Distinguish between acceptable and unacceptable use of technology

Indicator 4.1.8 – Grade 2 – Use technology tools to create and present ideas.

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