Teacher Review For Fotobabble

Great Way to Build Fluency

Joel S.
Technology coordinator
Village East Community Elementary School
Aurora, CO
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 5
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Individual
Small group
Student-driven work
Great with ELL
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I've used Fotobabble to help students build their fluency. Students worked in pairs and read passages from "You Read to Me, I'll Read to You" to practice paired reading. For many students, especially K-2, this was the first time they've ever heard their own voices. Their engagement was high as they kept re-recording until they were happy with how they sounded. Here's just one sample of students' projects: http://bit.ly/1ngELFx
My Take
The only tricky part was managing the account logins. I had to create a "dummy" account that students used to login. Once the management piece was in place, it became very easy to have students upload photos and start recording their voices.