I just returned from the TIE Conference (Technology in Education) 2011. It is a smaller conference but a worthwhile one none the less. I did present to teachers (Animoto and Prezi, see our class projects on these in an earlier post), but I also picked up some engaging ideas for my classroom.
One I plan to use is Blabberize. Blabberize is is a very easy application that allows you to speak through a picture. Students can manipulate the picture to say what they want it to say. You can manipulate pictures of people, animals, even inanimate objects.
How can you use Blabberize in the classroom? Any report a student has to give can be done via Blabberize, while covering standards for the 21 century learner as seen here.
To check out Blabberize click here.
As always, be sure your students are finding pictures from places that have copyright free material such as Creative Commons, here or the Library of Congress digital collection here.
Update: Here is one of my students Blabberizes. Blogger is having an update problem. When they fix it, I will add more. Also, I have including a link to all of them. Enjoy!
Link to all of my third grade Blabberizes can be accessed here.
Here is a fun Blabberize I found on the Blabberize site. A student is reporting on Mt. Everest. Students and teachers have the ability to make their Blabberized items public (for anyone to see) or private. Keep that in mind.