And it’s……….. Fotobabble!

I am so excited to have discovered Fotobabble! And what a cute word! I am fairly familiar with Davinci Resolve and Audacity, which are open source tools that Katia gave as suggestions but I really wanted to delve into something I knew nothing about. I considered Puppet Pals and Little Bird Tales but these are both applications for iPads or iPhones. I own both these Apple products but I prefer to do my school work on my desktop computer (which is not an Apple desktop). So I tried Fotobabble and this is simply awesome! I LOVE it! You have to try it! I love that it is sooooooo user friendly. I did not need to google or YouTube anything in order to learn how to use it. It is extremely straight forward to use. It is a program that uses your recorded voice overlapping pictures of your choosing.

I began by uploading pictures I wanted.

Learning how to add pictures to Fotobabble
Add your desired photos easily

I then choose to create a caption (optional) for my photos.

Add a Caption (optional)

Next I recorded my voice that accompanies each picture. The picture automatically displays for the entire length of my voice recording.

Learning how to voice record
Voice record to accompany the selected picture

Disadvantages of Fotobabble is that I could not edit my audio at all; if I didn’t like the recording I would need to re record all of it (per picture). It cannot be uploaded to YouTube either. Another disadvantage of Fotobabble is that when I give the link of the project to someone, it forces the viewer to Fotbabble’s website to view it. I would rather it be available directly on my blog instead of it being a link.

In comparison to Davinci Resolve, this program is more powerful and I can do far more with it, including uploading to YouTube. That said, it was extremely time consuming for me to learn and figure out. I also find the audio will randomly cut out, which seems to be a program glitch. It does allow for far more editing though. In Davinci Resolve I can upload audio, video, and pictures, unlike Fotobabble (pictures only).

Fotobabble, in comparison to Audacity, there is no comparison with audio quality, especially if I used a Zoom H4n recorder with Audacity, as seen here:

High fidelity sound recorder to upload to Audacitiy.

Audio that is created in Audacity or elsewhere can be uploaded to Davinci Resolve but not to Fotobabble. So Audacity and Davinci Resolve can be used together, unlike Fotobabble, you need to use Fotobabble’s own voice recorder, which is low fidelity.

I still think Fotobabble is awesome for small projects! I was easily and quickly able to create a project that is fun, interactive and catches attention. I was able to give my viewers a ‘tour’ of my project.

Fotobabble can be used in the classroom as an alternative form of journal writing. Students could take pictures and then record their thoughts regarding it, used to expand grammar, voice fluctuation, and pronunciation as opposed to just spelling. Or teachers could take pictures of their students work, particularly projects, and then voice record their assessment of the work. This gives the student the ability to see and hear the teacher’s feedback. These uses of Fotobabble fall under M, Modification, in the SAMR model because it changes what teachers are able to do in the classroom because the student created something. Fotobabble is especially useful as a form of remote assignments because it can be handed in and viewed online as compared to in person.

5 thoughts on “And it’s……….. Fotobabble!

  1. Thank you for the wonderful review/tutorial! I loved that I got to learn about a few different options for the same type of tech activity! I also really loved how you put it into context for use in the classroom and I thought that those were wonderful ideas!! Thankyou!!


  2. Hey Jana,
    Thank you for this detailed post, it makes me really want to try out fotobabble. As I read the post, I absolutely loved the number of images added to demonstrate the step-by-step process. Thank you for introducing me to this resource!


  3. Hey Jana,
    I watched your fotobabble presentation before reading this blog post and I feel as though you rocked it! For it being your first time using this resource I thought your finished products was great! The tutorial you have provided here is also very detailed and easy to follow! Thank you for sharing not only the good but the bad and ugly of this EdTech resource!


  4. Thanks for sharing about this awesome resource, Jana! I had initially planned to check it out for my learning project as well, but you did such a good job sharing about it that I decided to try a different one.
    I think that it can be such a fantastic option for alternative ways of assessing students, because as you mention, some students are just better at organizing thoughts verbally.


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