Blabberize – make talking pictures

Blabberize is a fun site that lets you create talking heads and record your own voice to go with it.

It’s pretty simple to use – and it’s free. Upload a photograph, define the bottom of the mouth and the chin (this is the bit that moves) and then upload or record a sound for it to say.

How could you use this in class?

  • You could create a talking lesson starter image.To introduce a problem or a question to the students.
  • Have a famous person from history talk to the class,or a character from a book.
  • You could use it to introduce dialogue in a foreign language
  • Or get the students to create their own – either in a different language, or putting the words into the mouth of a character.

Thanks to Simon Woodhouse (who I met back at TeachMeet Bedford) for the idea of using Lord Sugar from The Apprentice to introduce¬† a task that the students would then solve. He used it in Business Studies but it could be used in other subjects too (Science investigation anyone?). A shortened version shown below as proof of concept. (Apologies for the dodgy impression, it was done in a rush – it’s a little more Michael Caine than I was hoping for!)

The finished products can be embedded into blogs and websites, or you can just link direct to the page. Like this.

If you have an iPad then also check out PhotoSpeak which is a great app which lets you do similar things (and even animates the eyes too, it looks great!)

Have you tried Blabberize? Let me know what you think in the comments

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Author: Danny Nicholson

Danny is an author, Science teacher, ICT Consultant, PGCE lecturer and computing / interactive whiteboard trainer. He has delivered training courses across the UK, in Europe, and in Canada. Please get in touch with your training requests.

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  1. I love Blabberize! It’s so easy, my second graders could do it. They used it for their endangered animal research projects, after finding a decent copy-right free image of their animal. Some used clip art, some used a photograph. The students assumed the voice of the animal, and gave some basic information about why they were endangered and explained how people could help fix the problem. Shared projects easily with others with the given URL!

  2. Love Blabberize! Just used it to open a maths lesson using images of the children. Will also be be getting them (Y5) to use it in lessons – fab & they’ll be hooked.

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