Sunday, 25 March 2012

Use Bubblr to Enrich the Story

What is it? What does it work?

Bubblr is an web photo-based tool which is easy to search for a wide range of photos on flickr and add comments on the photos to make the comic-strip.

Why is this particular tool or technology relevant to language learning? What approaches to language learning or research underpin the use of this technology?

  • Step one, just type the keyword in tag box and relevant photos will show up in a slidable line.

  • Step two, click anyone of the photos and choose the shape of bubble. Then drag it into a proper position and size. you can add your comments into it. You can drag the bubble and make it more fit into the photos. After finish this photo, you can choose another one as the follow-up.

  • Step three, press done button and fill in the title and name. Then you are free to send this to different email addresses.

 It's obvious that Bubblr is very easy and interesting to use with loads of pictures to choose from. Students can choose pictures they like and add comments on within bubbles.

How might you use it to foster language learning in class/outside class?

This  tool can be widely used in classroom in the classroom for the speaking activities. Teachers can design a attractive topic and students will be motivated into doing this task. Some activities are shown in the following:
  • Students can use Bubblr to make a self-introduction with showing their photos of their hometown, school, tourist attractions or etc. Their short conversations could make this introduction more elaboratly and vividly.
  • Students can use Bubblr to make a storytelling in class.

  • Limited and no copy right photos
  • The interface is not so attractive and  no choices for the size or color of the font.
  • No other available options for the adding stuff like Mp3 file or other forms.

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