Move Over James Cameron...Make Way for The Peanut Gallery

I'm not known for being on the cutting edge of technology. Or anything else for that matter. So when I found The Peanut Gallery by Google, and I saw that it was released on March 19th, I was excited to have found a really cool brand spankin' new bit of technology. Until I saw that the release date was 2013.

Okay, so I'm still not cutting edge, but The Peanut Gallery definitely is. First you choose a silent film from over a dozen choices, then you speak intertitles (subtitles) into your microphone. The movie will play back with your intertitles in place.

I'm always looking for interesting ways to teach students how to write dialogue. Last year, right after our state tests, I taught a mini-lesson on dialogue writing and then had students work in small groups to compose dialogue for the video below. The results were hilarious.

Our twins were arguing about whose turn it is to cook dinner, whose turn it is to use the car (a Little Tykes coupe, of course), who produces the smelliest poopy diaper... It was a good learning experience, and the timing was perfect, because after the tests we all needed a good laugh.

This year I might do the same thing using The Peanut Gallery. If you can think of other ways to use it, I'd love some additional ideas!


  1. OMG! The twins were hilarious! I think they were talking about socks and one took the other's sock. Anyway, they seemed to know exactly what they were saying. The dinosaur one cracked me up. I can see students having to create the advertising poster for that one or have the dinosaurs arguing with cartoon bubbles.

    Interestingly, I still couldn't get the movies to show up on my iPad so I was glad to see it on my computer. Too fun!
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  2. I must try this! I've never heard of it before. Your twins are too much!!

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  4. Very fun, Darlene! I've nominated you for a Liebster Award over on my teacher blog. :)

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