Teacher Review For Blabberize

Make pictures talk. Fun, but silly.

Christine F.
Classroom teacher
Van Wyck Junior High School
Wappingers Falls, NY
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My Grades 7, 8
My Subjects English Language Arts
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 3
Learning Scores
Engagement 3
Pedagogy 2
Support 2
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned No
I Would Recommend It No
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Student-driven work
Great with ELL
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
After uploading a picture, students can crop it and create a custom made mouth. Then they can record their voices, or use something previously recorded. When finished, clicking play will playback the recording while the mouth opens and closes in sync. This process is fun and easy.
My Take
I originally thought this would be a motivating way for students to practice reading aloud. I figured it would be fun for them to animate either a picture of themselves, or an animal or cartoon figure, and then critique and re-record themselves as necessary. Because of its cartoon-like quality, the subject matter of what is read aloud can not be too serious. Also, on the introductory page, the creators (I presume) introduce their site in a mildly inappropriate and potentially offensive manner by using thick accents and several references to "peeing" (from excitement). Unless this changes, I will not use this site with my students. And though I do think they would enjoy it, it doesn't offer anything of educational value in itself.