These two websites have many versatile uses sure to spice up your next classroom project. Voki.com allows students to create their own character and then record a message for the character to deliver. Blabberize.com allows students to upload a photo, outline the mouth, and then record a message so it appears as if the photo is speaking.
1. Oral reports and presentations are the two most obvious uses for these websites. If you have assigned reports on historical figures, consider having your students find a picture of their subject and record their report so the historical figure can tell the class about himself/herself.
2. Use the sites to create a twist on the usual book report. Have the students choose a character from their book and record a message telling the book’s story from that character’s perspective. Use Blabberize to make an illustration of that character come alive, or use Voki to create an avatar to represent that character.
3. Have the students create an avatar to explain a mathematical process to the class. Show the avatar alongside a step-by-step video recorded on an interactive whiteboard or share it along with a power point presentation.
Whether you use these sites to show technology integration or to help students reluctant to present in front of the class, these tools are sure to be a hit in your classroom!