Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Day 21 - Fotobabble


Fotobabble.com is a tool that adds a voice tag to individual photographs. With fotobabble you can choose a picture from your photo library , your Facebook account or directly from the web using the images direct URL. Adding your voice is as easy as pressing the record button. In just a few seconds you get a narrated fotobabble to share with the world or a smaller audience if that is what you choose. Let's take a look at how it works.

In order to create "babbles" you need to create an online account. If you have a facebook account, you can easily set fotobabble up to use your facebook login so that you do not need to remember another login. Take a look at this screencast to see how to create a babble.





Below is the babble that was created in the tutorial. I used the embed code given to me and pasted it into the blog.


Features:
  • up to 60 second recordings
  • JPG, PNG, and GIF image support
  • mp3, flv, and wav audio format support
  • images larger than 2MB are resized by server fotobabble before upload
  • one-click share to facebook and twitter
  • iPhone app
Coming soon...
  • slideshow feature
  • multiple voice recordings on the same picture
  • text comments
  • ratings
  • Blackberry, Android and other mobile device support
Here are a couple of Q & A's from the site that may be helpful:

  • Q. What is that message box that pops up that says "Allow", "Deny"?
  • A. Fotobabble uses Adobe Flash to perform the recording of your voice from your microphone. Flash has a built in security feature that asks for your permission before accessing your microphone. To record your voice click "Allow".
  • Q. Can I stop that "Allow", "Deny" box from always coming up when I want to record?
  • A. You can stop this message box from coming up every time by right-clicking (or ctrl-click on Mac), selecting "Settings". On the screen that says "Allow www.fotobabble.com to access your camera and microphone" check "Allow" and "Remember". Then click Close.

Your Assignment:
Comment on how you could use this to enhance the learning of your students. Do you see this as a presentation tool? Would it be most useful as a teacher creation tool or a student creation tool? Please give examples of possible uses.

31 comments:

  1. I like this! We do so many things in class, where if you were just looking at a picture, you might not know what was going on. I could use this to take photos of a class project, group work, anything and allow my students to 'babble' about it. This way when others see the photo they can hear the excitement in the students voice and understand what was going on way more than just a still frame photo could do!

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  2. I often do an art connection with the style of music we are studying in class. We might look at paintings, sculpture, clothing, architecture, etc to observe connections between art and music from the same time period. We could use Fotobabble to have the students explain the connections they find right in the photo. When the slideshow feature is added, we could put the students' photos together and allow them to view the work of other students and listen to the thoughts and connections made by their classmates.

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  3. I think this would be a good way for students to share with other students and teachers what they are doing in class. My sixth graders just completed a lesson on algebra and graphing called Bungee Barbie. Of course, my other classes and teachers want to know all about Bungee Barbie. Fotobabble would be a great way to show and tell what the lesson was all about. I always take pictures of the teams connecting their rubber bands and then bungee jumping Barbie. Adding student narration to this would be a great way to demonstrate learning and check for understanding of math concepts. At the same time, students and teachers would get to hear firsthand what the students did during the lesson.

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  4. One use I thought of was a project we did a few years ago when our school turned 100 years old. We took many during the event and had a lot of pics of the school through the years. This tool would be great to use to archive photos and tell who is in them, what year, and a story about each one. So many times we take photos, but do not tag who is in them, or what you were doing at the time, so I would like to see if we could have an album of school events that is voice tagged. This could be used throughout the school year to mark a student's progress and language skills.

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  5. Yeah!!!! I can use this in all of my classes.

    First, my journalism courses would use this to do photo captions. After they post their best work, they would then create a fotobabble to tell the story of the images. They captions that they include would be in the standard ABC format that we use in the newspaper and yearbook: What is the ACTION, what is the BACKGROUND or BACK STORY and what is your or the subject's COMMENTARY on the topic.

    In my English classes, I can see two different ways to use it.

    First, my students could create a fotobabble based on the characters that we are reading about. They would then create a dialog between them, using images to represent the different characters. The dialogue would either tell a summarized version of the story we were reading or retell an exchange between those characters. The dialogue could be straight from the text or using a more modern language.

    Or secondly, my students could use this to sketch the characters. Using images to show the characters, or a similar personage, they would use their voice recording to tell about the character. It would be an alternative form of assessment that would allow the student to show what they knew without having to be stresed by trying to write.

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  6. Such great ideas on how to use this already!
    My immediate idea is to use this as a "greeting card" to showcase the different holiday's in Japan. Since they celebrate some of the same holidays and other holidays that are uniquely Japanese, students could find or create a picture that represents the holiday and then tell what the holiday is about. We could use it as a show and tell/ showcase piece. I always give out research about each of the holidays in Japan and then students share, but this makes it a visual learning activity as well. It will also force the students to be consice about the information they share. 60 seconds on each holiday is much easier to handle than 3-5 minutes.

    This is also nice because I can ask the students to share them on our weebly and then they can use them to study with.

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  7. I can see using this in my chemistry classes to have students document their lab procedures. When I have students design their own experiments, rather than write up a procedure in the final draft, they could have a fotobabble. During the experiment, students will take pictures at every step. They can upload them and "babble" about each step of their lab experiment. This would be more exciting and be a great way to document what they did. This would really be helpful for a lab experiment they do at home so I can see exactly what they did at every step. I could then use the pictures to grade their lab techniques also. For example, do they have their hair tied back, are they wearing safety goggles, are they point their test tubes at one another... the possibilities are endless!

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  8. I might use this to add sounds to pictures of instruments for my general music class. The could then see and hear what each instrument sounds like. It would also be nice to take pictures of the good things that my students are doing and add what they are doing right to the picture.

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  9. I am envisioning talking math (or any subject) flashcards. I can see pictures of math related items, such as graphs, with a verbal explanation and definition attached. These would be very useful for auditory learners, students in lower grades, or for any student who struggles with reading. Another use could be for social studies teachers where there could be a picture of a historical event. The students could add a "babble" about the photo and what is going on. These would also be cute for lower grade students to use at show and tell. The parents could help ready the photos and the kids could record what they are showing. They would love to hear their voices on the computer!

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  10. This would be cool to have kids take vacation photos (especially with all the breaks coming up) and narrate their story with a visual.

    On a more academic note, you could work on having kids write biographies of famous [scientists] people and have them narrate their abbreviated life story. Then, string all the pages together into a timeline app that traces the history of the content or topic, etc...I might actually do that tomorrow as a fun project before break...

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  11. What I did over the summer just got a whole new meaning! Bring in photos and have the students talk about it instead of write. We also work a lot on inferencing in fourth grade. I can see putting a picture up and having each student then talk about what might be going on in the picture as an inference report/assessment tool. What a great science tool to explain what might be going on in a certain picture or use again as an assessment to assign and have students explain to see if they did indeed get the concept.

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  12. I am getting quite a few ideas for posting math questions on my class blog. I have not updated for a while...the route to upload a video is not a direct path if I want the students to be able to use netbooks to view the video. However, this would be just as good! Presenting a real-world picture and then asking a problem-solving question about the picture would be a handy way to upload a quick question.

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  13. I am thinking of using this as a "professional development" tool. I am a classroom teacher but so often people want to borrow my stuff and I have to try to explain it over and over again. I can see this working for me to take pictures of the activities and me and the students "babble" about the activity. Then other teachers can see it in action.

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  14. This tool would lend itself best to a teacher presentation tool at the lower grades, but at the older grade levels students could definitely enjoy creating their own fotobabbles. Since good oral expression is an essential precursor to good written expression young students could practice their oral expression skills by recording a complete descriptive sentence for a pictured activity, person, event, place, etc.

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  15. On a personal note as a scrapbooker in my spare time,I am thinking how cool it this that I could take a photo and then talk about my experiences, especially from a vacation! I can then send it instantly to all my friends and family. On a professional level, I can see this being used in making up a problem solving question with pictures that students took themselves around the school or in the classroom. I can also see it being used as letting the students tell their own story that they came up with their while using their own pictures for a project in an English or Language Arts class.

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  16. WE are always having students find real life/world examples to go along with the topics were are covering. For example when we do angles the students find angles in their everyday lives and take pictures of them. This tool would be perfect for this assignment. This tool would also work well for when students have to provide a rationale as to why their picture meets the requirements of an assigment or answers a certain question.

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  17. What a fun tool. I could see myself using this in my English/Reading classes. My students could do their character sketches and character profiles using the tool to enhance their presentations. They could complete their picture/diagram/drawing and we could upload it. Once it is there they could explain varioius features or points that they want to share with the class during their presentations. This would incorporate technology into the presentations and make the student's work easily shareable.

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  18. Loved all the ideas that were shared! I could see using this for Student Council. It would be cool to have a fotobabble to tell about the photos we take of the Student Council events. On a more personal note, it would be incredible to have your children describe the photo and tell about their day. Kris, it would be a definite keepsake to hear your boys describe the day at the game. Another idea would be to have students take pictures of different structures around town and describe the geometrical aspects of them.

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  19. This might be my favorite tool yet! First, I think of our core experiences again. Kids could use photos from the trips and narrate more about the picture. This makes the trips even more focused and intentional. What a great way to communicate what we are learning to parents! On a personal note, I can't help but think how fun this would be to use with kids and family to further capture the moments in photographs. Then include the photobabbles in family blogs and such.

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  20. I could see this as a very useful tool for student created projects. My first thought was for an art teacher who would like to get students to display and speak about their own artwork or comment on other famous works of art.

    Upon further thought, I can definitely see teachers of other subjects benefiting from this tool. It could be a great lesson starter where students are given an image and give 60 seconds on what they know or can find about that topic. It could also be a great assessment tool for students to break up a unit of study into pieces and each student or group would create a photobabble to summarize a unit or content. The end product could be its own test or a study guide for a test.

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  21. I used pictures in my classroom as story starters. I could add fotobabble in addition to the written directions and meet the needs of auditory and visual learners.

    As a coach we often show pictures to highlight what we are training. With fotobabble you could add that explanation and more information.

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  22. I thought long and hard about this one and kept leaving and coming back to it, because it wasn't coming to me how to focus it toward my work, but what I decided is that if a picture is worth a thousand words, then why not have students either do an oral history of their family with pictures, which would be a way to share cultural experiences of their own (which could bring a project based/multidisciplinary aspect to it). They could also, do 'alternate endings' for photos using tableaus or roleplay based on books or stories they have read, or even just character development from various perspectives.

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  23. I could use for the 'adopt an element' project at the beginning of the year. Students could find a picture of their element on the web, and then make a photobabble giving the key information in 60 seconds. The photobabbles could all then be uploaded on a class webpage to make an interactive periodic table.

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  24. A much more interactive way to post pics.

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  25. My students are creating electronic portfolios for their final exam and I have wondered how to insert their pictures without commentary or to offer a self-directed, stand-alone option to their product. This helps pictures have more meaning.

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  26. fotobabble will be a great tool for learning about France next semester. The students can find pictures of locations and then add voice to share with the other students.
    I like the idea above of using it for character sketch or analysis. As students learn about characterization, this would be an engaging way for them to present ideas.

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  27. This would be a great to tool to begin the school year. The students and I could introduce ourselves to one another. Also, students could get aquianted with one another when group members change throughout the year.

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  28. I could really use this when a student is absent or needs a lesson retaught or reviewed. I would combine two tools from the 30 day challenge by taking a screenshot photo with Jing and tagging it with a voice message. My notes are typically done on my document camera and I have saved images with Jing before to give notes to student who are absent. It would be nice to use Photobabble to explain the notes. If my voice carried past sixty seconds, I could always take the same or similar picture, rename it and add more instruction. What a handy tool.

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  29. I love this on a professional and a personal level. We have a project that students do where they have to create a wanted poster for an organism for our classification unit. Students could use this tool to capture an image about an organism and describe its habitat and other required information. I could also use this to have students present engangered species projects. I see lots of cool ways to use this in the classroom.

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  30. As a teacher or student tool, I could see photobabble being of great use with our FOSS science kits. When we first get into a kit, we try to inventory the items, and predict how they would be useful in the unit we are starting. The teacher could find photos of each material and create a photobabble or have the students create one using their predictions.

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  31. I could very easily see how I could use this in my work. I could have the students I work with pick a photo that evokes a certain emotion,one that they choose first then maybe one that I choose. They could then record the feeling and why the photo makes them feel that way, then share it with me, with the group or just keep it for their own memory.

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