Presented at the Library of Congress, June 23rd 2008. This was tons of fun to present. I decided to forgo the PowerPoint and instead worked with students to prepare over 40 minutes of video for the 55 minute presentation. This is the result.
Fotobabble is an online application that allows to add an ‘oral subtitle’ to any image. It is a simple website to use and all you have to do in order to create your own fotobabble is to sign up. If want to take just a look at the ‘talking photos’ then registration is not required. The output can be easily shared by facebook, twitter or email. What is more, the applications provide a code to embed the photobabble to your site or blog.
Fotobabble can be used in various ways educationally. Use it in the English language classroom in the following ways:
1. Speaking. I would ask my students to create their own Fotobabble in a specific subject (e.g. favorite activity, country etc). In this manner, my students will practice and develop their speaking skills and will inspire their co-students.
2. Listening. I would play the Fotobabbles in class or I would ask the students to listen at home their co-students’ work. Then I would ask them to tell me which was their favorite and why (so here is language generation again!).
3. Writing. There are also some follow-up activities that can be done. The students after illustrating their Fotobabbles the teacher may assign to write a paragraph or an essay, according to the students’ level, on the theme of their photograph.
Part of the world’s most watched Social Media video series; “Social Media Revolution” by Erik Qualman. Based on #1 International Best Selling Book Socialnomics by Erik Qualman. This is a shorter version that includes new social media statistics for 2011.