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Fotobabble Now Lets You Create Slideshows


As regular readers know, I’m a big fan of Fotobabble, the free tool that lets users use a photo and make a one minute recording to accompany it. I believe that it’s one of the best Web 2.0 tools out there — for English Language Learners and native English speakers alike.

The main drawback to it, of course, is that it’s been limited to a one minute recording.

Today, though, Fotobabble announced the ability to string together Fotobabbles in order to create a slideshow. The process does sound a little bit cumbersome but, then again, I haven’t tried it yet so I might very well be wrong. Here are their instructions on how to do it:

Go to the slideshow page and follow these steps to create your own:

1. Create a series of Fotobabbles
2. Tag them all with the same, unique tag (i.e. FlatStanleyCA) and make them Public
3. Enter a slide number (i.e., where the Fotobabble should go in the slideshow)
4. Search for the unique tag in the search bar
5. After your search results appear, click the slideshow link
6. Your slideshow is ready!

When I try it with my students, I’ll post to let you know how easy or difficult it is. Please leave a comment sharing your experience, too.

I’ll be adding this post to The Best Ways To Create Online Slideshows.

Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.


  1. Many thanks, Larry!

    You are correct about the process being a bit cumbersome, but once you give it a try you’ll see that it doesn’t take tooo long.

    As this is the very early version of the slideshow (version 0.1, really), we hope to get some feedback from folks like you and other early adopters in the world of language teaching.

    Please give the slideshow a try, if you get the chance. You can start by simply editing old Fotobabbles and stringing them together by adding a new, unique tag. (LarryFerlazzosSuperSlides, for example 🙂 Your suggestions, and those of your readers, will help Fotobabble make the best product possible!

    Zoe at Fotobabble

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