At first glance, Fotobabble might seem like it’s just an entertaining little application. The site bills itself as “Talking Photos” and that’s it in a nutshell. You upload a photo, record your voice and then share your creation with other people. When you’re finished, you can link to your Fotobabble, email it to friends, share it through Facebook or even embed it in on other websites. Fotobabble is extremely easy to use. To use the site, you need to have a username to save your work but won’t need to download any software to your computer.
So, how can Fotobabble be used in our classes? Since the site allows users to upload any image and record 60 seconds of audio, Fotobabble would be a great platform for mini-presentations either in an online or a face-to-face class. This summer, I’ve been using the site as an introductory activity in my online classes. Each student uploads a personal photo and then records a short introduction to the rest of the class. Activities like this at the start of an online class can function as ice breakers and help to build a sense of community with the class.
Check out this Fotobabble introduction I used in a Digital Storytelling course.