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No matter what grade you teach, Blabberize can be a serious or fun way to get your students to learn the required content.

What is Blabberize? We hear you ask. Fear not. Read on to discover everything there is to know about Blabberize and how it can be integrated into your everyday classroom life.

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What is Blabberize?

Blabberize is a photo editing tool (and now iOS app, too!) that takes an image and uses it to create wonderful talking animations. You can choose between using a preset image or the option of uploading your image.

How does Blabberize work?

Following the upload or selection of your chosen image, you then:

  1. Highlight an area of the image that will be the “talking mouth” area.
  2. Allow Blabberize access to your microphone.
  3. Either record up to 30 seconds worth of sound or upload a .mp4 file of up to 30 seconds of recording.
  4. Click save when you’ve finished. The mouth of your image should talk, narrating whatever you recorded!

How can you share a finished blab?

Blabs saved and completed can then be shared easily, safely, and efficiently. You have the option to share your blabs via the following methods:

  • Share by email
  • Share by embedding in a webpage
  • Share by a simple copy and paste of the URL

Now, for the fun part…

There are many ways that you can use Blabberize to entertain and educate your students, no matter the grade they’re in or what subject you’re teaching them. Here, we’ve rounded up some of the best suggestions for incorporating Blabberize into your everyday teaching routines.

Give out homework using a blab. Upload a silly photo of your face, give a prompt or question, and then challenge your students to respond with their blab! If you teach history or literature, why not set each of your students a character or historical figure, ask them a question, and challenge them to answer via a blab, taking the role of whoever they’ve been assigned?

Your students can be as serious or as silly as they like, and it’s an inventive way to get into the mindset of the people they’re studying. Some questions you could ask include:

  • What are your views on x?
  • Do you believe in x? Why or why not?
  • What’s your favorite x? Explain why?

The options are endless!

Getting your students to create a blab about themselves could be a fun icebreaker. Get them all to upload a fun selfie in class and record some facts about themselves for five minutes. You can then spend the first lesson watching them all back and laughing together!

For extra sentimental points, have your students each record a new blab at the end of the year, and compare the two. See how far they’ve grown! After all, teaching is more than sharing knowledge – it’s sharing a bond of trust.

If you teach a second language such as French, Spanish or German, why not get your students to record a blab of them speaking in that language? This opens up a wealth of opportunity! For one, it enhances the learning experience of the student speaking because it reinforces what they’ve learned.

You could even get your students to try and translate what the student recorded on their blab – meaning that students get to work on their real-life conversational skills.

Blabs are a great way to talk to your students if you’re off. Let the substitute teacher know what you’ve recorded and ask them to play it. This could be a great and informal way of setting tasks while you’re off and politely reminding your students to respect the new teacher while you’re away.

If some of your students suffer from anxieties surrounding meeting new teachers, then hearing your voice and positivity for the substitute teacher will help them calm down.

Some things to remember when using Blabberize:

Remember to set boundaries with your students on the language and images they can use. It would help if you emphasized the repercussions of not following your rules. Remember that you can set your blabs to certain tags, such as ‘mature’ or ‘private’. The latter means that only the users you authorize can see the blabs, which is key for maintaining student confidentiality. If you’re using images from the internet, remember to ensure they are stock images that are legal, safe, and free to use. Nobody besides your class will likely have a look, but it’s better to be safe than sorry!