Adobe Voice is an iOS app that can be used to create polished, stunning digital stories. Combine images, video clips and music with your own narration to tell an interactive story with the swipe of a finger.
Type of Material:
Adobe Voice works well for any instance where teachers or students will need to create short, impactful presentation content. It works well individually or collaboratively in designing digital storytelling projects, introductions, or short concept lectures/demos.
iPad and Internet Connection
Identify Major Learning Goals:
Adobe Voice makes its primary learning goal to teach users how to tell a digital story. While the technical features of the app support this goal behind the scenes, Adobe Voice goes the extra mile by incorporating feedback and support for following proven storytelling practices to strengthen the narrative created by the user.
Target Student Population:
Elementary, middle school, high school, college level
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
There are no set prerequisites, but a familiarity with storytelling best practices would go a long way in creating materials in Adobe Voice.
Adobe Voice guides users through more than just the technical tools available to create a story - it encourages users to distill the core concepts that they would like to use to tell a story. Those elements are then built out, slide by slide, with narration and rich media. As such, the positive implications for all disciplines are vast. The app offers music to accompany the narration. There is a large selection of images to use in the video or the user can upload his or her own images. Users can sign into Adobe Voice using either Facebook or AdobeID login.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
Adobe Voice does an excellent job of articulating the learning process that will occur when utilizing the app to create a story, and it does so directly within the app without divorcing the user from the actual action. As such, the practice of creating a story within Adobe Voice for the purpose of a class assignment has users learning about far more than the core content - visual communication, presentation skills, communication and audience assessment are all concepts natively and inobtrusively taught.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The user path within Adobe Voice is well-appointed and inviting - users feel as if they are being guided through the process of creating a digital story without feeling too much hand-holding. The best feature of Adobe Voice is that it is thematically agnostic - it can be used to teach or learn any curriculum, and it is the job of the user to leverage higher order thinking skills to make comparisons, unpack larger ideas, and interpret concepts within their digital story. The final product is one that looks incredibly professional and would serve as a point of pride for the creator. A tutorial is available which makes it easy to learn how to use the various tools/options. Videos can be saved to an account and shared via Facebook, Twitter, email, and/or posted to a web page. Users can opt to share to the public gallery or select the option that only persons with the link can view the video.
Only way to download video to desktop is to create a screen cast. Also it is only available in English at this time.
Other Issues and Comments:
Tool would be good to use when practicing other languages. It allows for student creativity.
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