What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Fotobabble is a creation tool that lets users add narration to photos and then share them publicly via email, text message, and social media. The privacy settings default to public and include the option to share location, which raises concerns. The app requires a free Fotobabble web account (users must be 13 or older) and stores creations within the app and on the user's online profile. Fotobabble definitely lets teens jabber on about their photos, but they'll need guidance on privacy, appropriate use, and online safety if they're going to use it.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- presenting to others
- producing new content
- making new creations
- multiple forms of expression
- digital creation
- social media
- using and applying technology
Engagement, Approach, Support
Who loves taking pics on mobile devices? Teens. They'll go wild here, sharing creations via email and across social media networks, and they'll enjoy the snazzy photo editing options too.
Teens can explore photography and informative, demonstrative, entertaining, even persuasive speech, to guide their stories for talking photos. Visual and verbal skills are definitely transferrable skills.
Email support is available in-app. There's also an in-app link to tutorial videos (including one in Spanish) and helpful FAQs on developer's website.
What's it about?
Users first set up a free account by providing a username, password, and email address. They snap a photo or select one from their camera roll and record audio using the device's built-in microphone. Photo editing options include a number of effects such as stickers and filters as well as standard editing tools (crop, contrast, brightness, etc.). Users can share a link to their photo via Facebook, Twitter, email, or text message. Shared photos live on the user's Fotobabble website profile page.
Is it any good?
FOTOBABBLE differs from other photo sharing apps because it infuses pictures with the energy and emotion of voice. Teens may post talking photo status updates on Facebook or Twitter, but imagine sending audio postcards describing travel adventures or emailing singing greeting cards to family and friends. Teachers could use Fotobabble to make talking flashcards to teach foreign language vocabulary or to differentiate instruction for a variety of learners, such as using audio flashcards to help special need students learn life skills and identify emotions. Kids could even make talking slideshows about a field trip, science experiment, or an afternoon hanging out with friends.
Some things in life are better suited for video or still photos. But if a picture says a thousand words, then adding voice to it with Fotobabble can create an even more captivating and memorable experience. Just be sure teens are aware of the privacy issues with this app and understand the responsibilities and consequences of dealing with social media.
Families can talk about...
Help your kids think about creative uses of Fotobabble such as documenting holidays, vacations, and family events with talking photos or greeting cards.
Talk with your kids about the responsibilities and consequences of sharing on social media.