Monday, February 11, 2013

Blabberize Example

After playing around with Blabberize for quite a while, I did not find it very user friendly.  It was difficult for me to initially get the mouth to move the way I wanted it to, before I watched an instructional video.

When I was recording my voice, I had to try several times before I got it to work correctly.  I think now that I know to use it, I could demonstrate for the students how to use it and they would probably be able to pick it up quickly.

Another way that blabberize could be used it to write from the perspective of an inanimate object.  The students could write from the point of view of a school supply, recess equipment, a car, or anything else that interests them.  The class could generate a list together.  Once students selected an item from this list, they could think about what the item would say if it could talk.  What would it say to you?  What would it want you to keep doing?  What would it want you to stop doing?  The students would be assigned to write a letter to themselves from the point of view of the object. Once they wrote the letter, they would be allowed to use blabberize to make the object talk and read the letter aloud.  I think that this task would be very exciting and engaging for my students.  I think it would increase their enthusiam about writing.  Below is my example.

Another way Blabberize could be used is to upload a picture of a three dimentional figure.  The students could give the figure a mouth and talk about all of its’ attributes and places where you might see it in real life.  Students would be able to use the script below to pick a different 3D figure and fill in the underlined blanks according to their 3D figure.

Hello kids!  I am a rectangular prism.  I have six faces, eight vertices, and twelve edges.  You can see me everywhere!  I am the shape of a cereal box, a dresser, a tissue box, a textbook, and a chalkboard eraser.  Can you think of any other places where you might see me?

Blabberize is free to use and you do not even need to set up an account to create a talking picture!  Here is some more helpful information in this link

I also found this video of a teacher giving directions of how to use Blabberize very helpful.  At the end she included some of her student's examples using Shel Silverstein poems.  Her students were working on reading fluently and with expression.  Here is her video tutorial

1 comment:

  1. I love your idea about writing from an inanimate object's point of view. Earlier this year, my students wrote poems where they personified an inanimate object. I think my students would have loved to record their poems on this site. Thanks for giving me an idea for a future lesson!