Wednesday, 15 August 2012

A-Z of Free Online Stuff - 2. Blabberize

Image from Takomabibelot, under a CC
Attribution licence
B is for Blabberize

Creating online animations can be a great way to engage with learners. I'll be looking at at least one more website as we get further into the alphabet, but Blabberize is one of the simplest and most easy to use. I'll let the handsome fella below explain...

So, to clarify, Blabberize takes a picture and animates it to dialogue, which can be imported, recorded directly, or even recorded from a phone. A popular example of its use in education is for students to take a historical figure, and bring their project to life by having the person themselves say their own biography. (This blog post shows how it was used to put words in the mouths of planets, and this one how it was used in a literature assignment).

Obviously it's a very silly animation style, and probably more suitable to school use than Higher Education, but if anyone has any example of how it's been used in a university environment I'd love to see it.

The downside of the site is that it does have the air of one that's been a bit forgotten by its creators - it hardly looks the most up to date, seems to take a while to load in places, has a "©2010" message at the bottom, and doesn't seem to work in Safari. The blog page gets a database error, and Blabberize Twitter hasn't been updated since February. So perhaps one to enjoy while you can!


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