WHAT IS BLABBERIZE?
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WHO REVIEWED BLABBERIZE?
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:
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:
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.
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.