Thursday, 24 July 2008

Sending Bubble Joy to your EFL / ESL Students

It's amazing how you can spend ages looking for something you want and then when you find it a whole bunch of other things come along with it. That seems to be the way things have happened for me with video conferencing. I found and posted about tokbox last week and then came Bubble Comment this week which I wrote about on my Quick Shout blog, and now Bubble Joy!

Bubble Joy is a way of sending short (60 seconds) fun video messages to people.


Click here to see the live video message (only good for the first 50 visitors)

They have a selection of message cards and you just record your video message to go in the middle using a webcam and microphone. The whole thing is very quick and easy to do.

So why use this with EFL / ESL students?

  • It's good listening and speaking practice
  • It's good fun and easy to do
  • It's communicative
  • It's creative
  • It's free, easy to use, doesn't require registration
  • Nice selection of cards

So how do we use this with our ESL / EFL students?

  • Well a lot of the suggestions that I mentioned in my posting Video conferencing for EFL will also work with Bubble Joy, but be sure to remember that with Bubble Joy you only have 60 seconds, and the video card expires after it has been viewed 50 times.
  • You could also try using it for specific occasions (there are cards specifically for Christmas, Easter, Valentines etc.)
  • You could also get students to create messages that match the other themes (What would you say from inside a lion's mouth, inside a shark, on safari) and then build a story to go with the cards explaining why this happened.
  • Students could also plan an imaginary holiday and then send a card to tell other as about it (on safari, riding in a hot air balloon etc.)
  • Students could use one of the TV or stage designs to give a brief news report. They could each report on their day in class or what they did on holiday, at the weekend or on a class visit.
  • They could use the stage or TV designs to record a joke each and then send them round and vote on the best one.
  • The cocktail glass card could be used to create warnings against the dangers of alcohol.
See the full range of Bubble Joy designs here:

What I'm not so sure about
  • Students need to email the cards, so to avoid them having to share their email addresses it might be better to have the students send the cards to you and then you grab the links and share them in class or on a web page etc.
  • It would be nice to be able to upload your own frame to put the video in.
  • 60 seconds can be a bit limiting
  • Shame the cards expire after they have been viewed 50 times
Well I hope you enjoy Bubble Joy and that it helps you to spread some joy among your students.

Here are some related links:
Great Video Commenting Tool
Video conferencing for EFL
Send Free Video Messages

Best

Nik Peachey

2 comments:

deirdre said...

Nik, Great stuff! I totally enjoyed BubbleJoy. Have you worked with Voicethread.com? I can't remember if I'd seen any of your work there. Something tells me you have. Are you also familiar with Elluminate as a distance learning tool?
regards,
deirdre

Nik Peachey said...

Hi Deirdre,

Glad you enjoyed BubbleJoy. I also really like Bubble comment for annotating website pages for students.

I did write about Voicethread about a year back you can see that here, but I know they have developed it a lot since then and I keep meaning to go back and review it.

Haven't used illuminate yet. World enough and time!

Best

Nik