Fotobabble is a web tool and app that lets you pair a digital image to an audio recording, which gives you an opportunity to describe your photo. It is so easy to use our Kinder kids can share their knowledge without having developed writing skills!

Below are two examples and some other uses for Fotobabble in the classroom:

1. This is a sample I made regarding my 2nd favorite animal in the world, the capybara. Of course I am trying to be entertaining for you, but I did sneak in how a student could use the tool to showcase learning from an animal research unit.

2. Here is a student sample following the completion of an animal adaptation unit. They were asked to build a fictitious creature and diagram its special traits. The students then described the adaptation and how it allowed their creature to survive in its habitat. Excellent use of informational text (the diagram), science and technology!

Other ways to use Fotobabble:

  • Description of a setting
  • Description of personally created artwork (I can assist with scanning!)
  • Persuasive argument of a current event (elections, gas prices, school uniforms, etc)
  • How To instructions to make something
  • Critical analysis of a picture from social studies (immigrants entering Ellis Island, effects on towns when a railroad was brought through, benefits of nonprofit agencies, etc)
  • Causes and Effects in science (How did the canyon get there? What impact does a glacier have on its environment short term and long term? How did these mountains form?)

There are other tools like this out there. Fotobabble would be what I call "Step 1" in this forum. A more advanced tool which the user can create a moving mouth is Blabberize. After older students get their feet wet with Fotobabble I'd love to introduce them to Blabberize.