Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Tech Tip Tuesday: Blabberize

Wow- here we are at the last week of February already! Time flies when you're super busy! Hopefully everyone has been able to dig out from last week's snowstorms and resume normal life.

This week's tech tip will get giggles and shrieks of delight from your students- guaranteed! Blabberize is just so much fun for kids! This particular tool is excellent for helping students develop their oral language skills while presenting information in a fun and engaging way. Students can create a blabber to share their knowledge on a topic.

How it can be used:
  • Retell a story
  • Explain a topic
  • Describe a historic event 
  • Explain a character's point of view
  • Describe a process
Why it is great for ELLs:
ELLs, especially those still in the lower levels of English acquisition, often feel "put on the spot" when asked to speak- making it an uncomfortable experience. Even more so if they are presenting in front of a group. Blabberize is a tool that allows students to explain what they know and demonstrate knowledge in a low key, comfortable way. They can re-record until they are happy with the final result. And well, let's face it.....the final result is ALWAYS amusing!

Here's a quick video tutorial showing you how to make your own blabber:


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