Sunday, July 20, 2008

Commenting In A Bubble!


I just found this cool little FREE online app called BubbleComment. You just enter the URL of any webpage on which you want to leave a video comment, and a window pops up asking for permission to access your camera and microphone. Once you grant permission, you just record your comment. You then review your recording and decide if you want to use it or try again. After you approve your comment, you get a URL!

I can think of a bunch of classroom applications for this and I contacted the developer to discuss some possible educational solutions. He and I are going to have a conversation in about 2 weeks and I'd like to hear from you. Some of you already responded on my Plurk page, thanks. (Can't link to plurk right now, it's down.) I'll be using the responses from there and here in our conversation.

Please tell me:

  1. What do you see are some of the teaching possibilities with BubbleComment? i.e. online scavenger hunts...
  2. What do you see are some of the LIMITATIONS of BubbleComment? i.e. expires in 30 days...
  3. What enhancements do you think would be necessary for this to be a powerful teaching tool? i.e. allow audio only as an option...

12 comments:

Pam Shoemaker said...

Lee, this is very cool! I just gave it a try - http://www.bubblecomment.com/comment.php?id=37559202. I wonder if there is a way for the bubblecomment to play automatically??

cwebbtech said...

I could so TOTALLY see this "adorning" a school home page (message from principal), or a teacher's webpage (welcome back to school). In addition, if a teacher put together an assignment, contained on his/her webpage, and wanted to have a bit of personality "pop-up" when students arrived at the page, this would be a great way to do it. The 30-day limit isn't too bad, considering that we want teachers' pages to change content frequently, right? Lastly, at our school we do "student-lead conferences" (P/T Conferences), and these bubbles would make neat additions on a student's webpage as he/she worked through explaining the projects they've been involved in to that point.

teryl_magee said...

I can see so many opportunities for this in the educational realm. As stated before, a school's homepage message from the principal, better yet the superintendent. How about a classroom homepage, student collaborative projects where children help each other by making suggestions on wikis, etc., of course blog comments, too. There are so many possibilities...

Lee said...

@pam
I love it! It played automatically for me... did it not play for you?

Jennifer Carrier Dorman said...

I think this would be a terrific tool to encourage students to comment on each other's blogs, wikis, etc. It is more engaging than the typical text comment. It could serve to spark the asynchronous communication. Thanks for sharing it!

CZ said...

I'm not normally a fan of audio-only comments, I can definitely see the usefulness for the classroom/students when hearing is not an issue. I think it's a great "pop" to have voice added to a webpage!

I am trying to find some low-cost (CHEAP!) webcams I can use with iBooks, if I can get 3-5 of those, I'd be in great shape for some of the projects I'd like my students to do this year!

Kevin Sherman said...

Great feedback so far everyone!

Just for clarification, our Bubble Comment solution was really designed more or less as a temporary way to share comments with your inner circle of friends and contacts about web pages.

And while we feel it's great for all types of web-based communication, we think the the "welcome back to school message" example that "cwebbtech" touched on above, would probably be better addressed using our Bubble Guru solution (www.bubbleguru.com), which covers a significantly larger number of views and can actually be embedded INTO a website as opposed to using the link method of our Bubble Comment solution.

In any regard, this is great feedback so far, and I really look forward to hearing more great ideas.

Thank you very much and please keep it coming.

PaulV8 said...

Echoing what Jennifer Dorman said about students leaving comments on blog posts and such. Very cool way to send messages and feedback. I like the webpage idea from cwebbtech as well. Thanks for sharing this, Lee.

Cheryl Lykowski said...

What a terrific find Lee! Here is my Bubble Comment at http://www.bubblecomment.com/comment.php?id=52989552

CZ said...

OK... I LIKE the idea/theory, and have checked out bubbleguru.com as well, but, for me, it's necessary to have some type of captions/subtitles.

Anyone know of a site that will accommodate both video/audio and captions??? Yeah, I know I'm asking a lot!

Mrs.D said...

Great find Lee. I'm always checking back here and was so happy to see this. Will experiment later. Thanks.
MY Blog is finally open for viewing...i guess. Here you go
http://suzannedekorsi.edublogs.org/

Thanks

Sheri said...

http://www.bubblecomment.com/comment.php?id=34809117

Could this be a quick encouragement for kids work? teacher to kids? kids to kids?

Great little app -- it really personalizes a page. I see someone mentioned the bubbleguru -- how many of you will try that? Geeks :) Enjoy the day...