Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying is a serious problem that has been growing in intensity in the past several years.  Teens are plugged into their phones, tablets, and laptops for hours every day. Bullies have gained a host of new platforms to perform their special brand of intimidation, cruelty, and abuse.  Click on the link below to view my Voice Thread detailing the effects of Cyberbullying and what school librarians can do to help curb it.

https://voicethread.com/share/7572686/

Make a Blabber Mouth

If you are looking for a fun and engaging way to integrate technology into your instruction, Blabberize.com is for you.  Using this website you can create “talking” pictures, or a “Blabber Mouth” as my students like to call it, with a click of a few buttons.  It’s easy to use and students love to make them and see what others have created too.

Teachers of any subject and any age level will find they can use this in their instruction. A talking picture is a great way to capture students’ attention when you are introducing a topic, or can be used to review information at the end of a unit too.  How fun would it be for students to watch Emily Dickinson telling them how to use imagery in poetry or see Louis Pasteur chatting about vaccines?  Math teachers can animate a geometric shapes who discuss their attributes. Social Studies teachers can have a Corinthian column talk about the pitfalls of living during the rise and fall of the Roman Empire.

Students can use Blabberize.com too.  They can create a talking picture to wrap up pretty much any research project or concept they have learned in any subject area.  During a study of the Revolutionary War, groups of students can choose artifacts or people from the time period to discuss different aspect of war.  A musket can talk about the Battle of Bunker Hill, a bag of tea can discuss the Boston Tea Party, and a horse can talk about the ride of Paul Revere.  In math, a bar graph can talk about all of his many important parts, or a multiplication symbol can talk about his properties.  The options for use are limited only by your imagination.

Click here to view an example of how you could use this in your classroom.

(Medieval Knights by Julia by Christine Carey is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.)