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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Turn Pictures Into Stories With Fotobabble

This morning I shared an old post about Fotobabble on the Free Technology for Teachers Facebook page. In response to that post Stewart Whitney shared his experience of using the Fotobabble iPhone app. Stewart's comment got me to try the Fotobabble iOS app.

Fotobabble is a free service that allows you to quickly turn a picture into an audio picture story. Using Fotoabble is easy, just upload an image to Fotobabble, allow Fotobabble to access your computer's microphone, and start recording your voice. You can comment on your photo, explain what's happening your photo, or tell a story related to your photo. The Fotobabble iOS app is just as easy to use as the web version of the service but with an added bonus of visual effects editing.

Applications for Education
The Fotobable iOS app could be a great app for students to use to quickly create short audio stories about pictures that they take with their iPhones and or iPads (the app isn't optimized for iPad, but it works on it). The app could be used by students to do some "on the spot" reporting during a field trip.

Over time your class could build a collection of audio captioned news images by embedding each of their Fotobabble creations on a class blog or wiki.

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