Easy ways to make your photos talk!

Preparing a project with my 5º grade students about animals, I’ve remembered that there are many ways in which we can make photos talk. I thought that would give a fun twist to my students writing assignment. In groups they would be assigned an animal group (reptiles, mammals, insects, etc) and they would have to choose an animal from that group and talk about their characterisctics in the 1º person form. Of course, they could add some humorous information too. This would become more fun if they could make a photo of that animal speak and post it to their class blog: http://www.saintexupery5.wordpress.com.

I’ve prepared an introduction to the assignment using the programme crazy talk. Here is the description of it you can find in the website ” CrazyTalk is a revolutionary tool for creating sophisticated, zany or dramatic talking characters for unique digital content. Simply import an image and CrazyTalk guides you through the process to bring it to life with wizard-like menus for beginners and in-depth power editors for pros.” It is very good and easy to use and here you can see the result:

However, at school I cannot install new softwares. Therefore, my students cannot use that programme to create their own talking photos. Apart from that, we don’t have microfones. In spite of all the drawbacks, I’ve found a way out. You may already know about it: Blabberize and text-to-speech. Here, you can read the tutorial I’ve written for my students:

Instructions for creating your own talking photo:

1) Choose an animal and look for an image in Google images http://www.google.com.ar/imghp?hl=es&tab=wi

2) Right click the image and save it in the computer (Remember where you have saved it!)

3) Enter this webpage: http://www2.research.att.com/~ttsweb/tts/demo.php

4) Choose the speaker in step 1

5) Insert your text in the white box (step 2)

6) Click on download and right click on the link that appears in blue to save it to your computer. (Remember where you have saved it!)

7) Enter this webpage: http://blabberize.com/

8 ) Click on “MAKE”

9) Click on “Browse” and find your picture file.

10) Select the area of the image you want to use and click on

the blue arrow. 
11) Move the blue and green circles to accomodate them surrounding the mouth and click on the blue arrow.

12) Click on the pink arrow to upload the audio file you have stored in your computer. Click on browse and upload it.

13) When you finish doing this, call your teacher so that she can save it in the class account and upload it to the blog.

I would love to know whether you think it is clear or not and other ways in which we can use blabberise. Here you can see their creations, will be more than grateful if you can leave us a comment with your thoughts about them.

Posted on August 16, 2010, in Resources for tesl/tefl, web 20 and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Alan Scheinbaum

    Sabrina:

    I´m Alan.
    I have the video in YouTube.: This is the URL:

    Alan. :))

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