|| Blabberize give students practice with writing and speaking in the target language. It also provides opportunities to practice vocabulary, and if students enjoy the Blabberize creations of their peers, they can practice listening comprehension as well.
What is Blabberize?
Essentially Blabberize lets you create a talking picture. You simply
upload a picture, select a mouth, upload or record the audio, and you
are done. Blabberized photos can have multiple scenes so that you can
create stories/conversations with multiple characters. Blabbers can be
private or public.
What makes Blabberize an easy tool to use is that it is easy to create accounts. Students will need to have an email address, and users must be age 13 or older. The tool is free and easy to use. It takes only three steps to create a Blabberized picture:
1. Upload and crop a picture.
2. Place markers on the picture to outline a mouth
3. Upload or record audio using a microphone or phone.
Creations can then be embedded in a website or sent via email
Assignment #1: Practice conversational language
Have students write a script of a conversation between two or more individuals in the target language. The script can require students to use target vocabulary or tenses in the creation of the conversation. Students can then record each segment of the conversation (i.e. each individual's turn speaking) using recording software like Audacity or Garageband, but you can also have them wait and record the conversation using the built-in mic within Blabberize. Then have students find a picture that represents each character. Once they've done that, they are ready to head to Blabberize.
In Blabberize, they will record each segment separately. (A segment will be each person's turn talking.) They will upload the picture, indicate the mouth, and then record or upload the audio. If they are happy with the result they can wrap up that segment and record the next.
How is Blabberize Useful?
When you are teaching a new language to students, one of the most
important steps to fluency is practice with oral language. Often
students do not have someone at home with whom to practice who is a
fluent speaker of the language. Blabberize can provide an easy option
for providing this practice because:
- Students have a variety of recording options - they can pre-record, record using the built-in mic, or phone in a recording
- Students can respond to a variety of types of prompts with oral language.
- Students can get practice with oral language by recording their speaking ability, but they can also practice writing, if they pre-write a script. In addition students will get practice with target vocabulary and verb tenses.
- Blabbers can be embedded in a website so that students can hear each others' work.
- Blabbers can be made public or private.
Getting Started with Blabberize
You and your students will need to create an account if you would like to save your Blabbers.
Creating a Blabberize Account
You can use Blabberize without an account, but your creations will not be saved. To create an account, just follow this link and enter a username, email, and password for this account.
Creating a Blabber
Creating a Blabber requires only a few simple steps. This video provides a nice overview.
Blabberize Tutorial from tbeanstalk on Vimeo.