Blabberize: Talking Images

WHAT IS BLABBERIZE?

Blabberize is a simple Web 2.0 tool that takes images and allows them to speak. The process begins by users uploading an image or using an online URL. Then, users select the area of the image that is the mouth and record a message. Blabberize will then convert the image to have a moving mouth speaking the recorded message. Messages can be up to thirty seconds long and users can either record through a microphone on the spot or select a prerecorded message. Blabberize allows users to share their creations online through a URL as well as download them as a video for offline sharing.

HOW WAS BLABBERIZE RATED?
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Resource Overall Poor ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ Excellent
Student Response  Negatively ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ Positively
Repeatability  Unlikely ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆ Highly Likely
Ease of Use  Difficult ★ ★ ½ ☆ ☆ Easy
Set-Up Time  Short ★ ★ ★ ½ ☆ Lengthy
Tech Skills  Basic ★ ★ ★ ½ ☆ Expert


WHO REVIEWED BLABBERIZE?

Madelaine Kingsbury
Upper Darby, Pennsylvania

As an end of the semester formative assessment, students were instructed to create a Blabber summarizing the big picture lessons that they had learned in the first half of the year of their AP English Literature course. They were instructed to write a script before creating their Blabber.

The topics students were asked choose from were:

  • What I have learned so far in AP English
  • What books I have enjoyed the most and why
  • How to read poems and books that you find boring
  • Write a poem of your own about something school related

We first reviewed the source as a whole class, and then self-selected students who considered themselves technology savvy went ahead and created their own Blabber. Reactions from my urban high school students included:

  • To enjoy this activity and site, you have to have a certain sense of humor.
  • There appears to be no obvious educational benefit to this site – it is only educational if the teacher makes it so.
  • This site appears easy to abuse. The samples were watched were not educational in any way. Therefore, this site is clearly not designed for all kids of all ages.

Ultimately, the students who did create a Blabber found it difficult to create the Blabber’s mouth and to record. On our older Mac laptops, the site was slow to load. There was some interest in the novelty of the project but my students did not see it as an educational site.

Joani Share
Phoenix, Arizona

I had my high school students find an artist or a famous painting with a recognizable face and download the face, such as Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. With Blabberize students were to create a simple phrase about the artist, the work or style of art.

High school students thought it was silly, funny and at times “unacceptable” in dialogue.

I think that this application is best suited for younger students- elementary school. It is easy, silly and at their level. Since I teach high school it was really important for me to review with students the appropriate language to be used in their little clip. For high school this is really low level thinking, and something I would not use again.

TIPS FOR CLASSROOM IMPLEMENTATION:

  • This site requires explicit teacher direction for the content of the Blabber in order to guarantee an educational experience.
  • The teacher needs to identify educational examples with the uploaded videos – many examples were not educational in any way.
  • It is best to watch the Blabberize tutorial first- they show how to create a Blabberize image very easily. The most difficult part, and they say this in the tutorial is getting the lasso type line close to the mouth. This does take practice. Other than that it is really simple to use.
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