Last week I used fotobabble with my intermediate class for the first time.
If you don’t know what it is, it’s a website (or app) that allows you to upload a photo and then record yourself speaking about it. After, you can share your ‘fotobabble’ through email, facebook, blogs, etc.
We were describing people that were important to us and so my students’ assignment was to upload a photo of such person and record themselves talking about them. They really loved it and put together some really nice fotobabbles.
I have to admit, I did have one problem with it, however, and that’s that we couldn’t get the app to work on our mobile phones very well. We were able to record everything, but had trouble uploading it to share. We never did get the app to work so we did everything online. The website is really straightforward and easy to use. On the plus side, when I was googling solutions, I came across the wonderful blog Tefltecher and this post on using fotobabble. http://tefltecher.wordpress.com/2010/03/01/talking-photographs/
And just today (13 Feb), two weeks after I first posted this, I found this video that Russell Standard posted on his wonderful teacher training videos site. http://www.teachertrainingvideos.com/fotobabble/index.html