Our popular Top 10 Tips series returns with the spotlight on the superb Adobe Voice - one of the most versatile apps available to educators. Steve shares his tips for getting the most out of the app in a classroom setting.
Bubbles of inspiration Struggling for ideas? Want to give students an open ended challenge? voice has you cleverer. Before you even get beyond the home screen, you can pull up a scolding sea of inspiration bubbles with ideas and concepts categorised conveniently for you. Check out the education section for some great sample project titles and concepts!
Structures for success Voice offers a range of simple project structures to choose from including teach a lesson and explain something amongst others. Choosing one of these will provide students with some degree of support via labelled slides that provide a simple scaffold of structure for their project. Of course you can always start with a blank project too - so there's potential for differentiation here too.
Layouts made simple The default "slide" in Voice is a single object - be it image, icon or text - but you can change this via the menu at the top of the screen to allow for two objects, one with a caption, a full screen photo or even an object over a full screen photo. Try playing around with different ideas to bring more variety and style to your finished product.
What's the theme? There are 32 different themes available in Adobe Voice but they do more than change the look. When you choose a theme, it affects the way the whole presentation flows in terms of the animation of the content. You can switch themes once the actual content has been added to test them out and choose the most effective for your needs.
Stories through pictures You can easily add your own images to Adobe Voice. In fact there's nothing to stop you just using pictures - great for younger students who are pre-writers. It also means that you can combo apps into Voice as you could smash something together and then add it in to explain the methodology used.
Give me more Need to source pictures? No worries, you can search directly in Voice and it will source Creative Commons licensed images for you based on your search term. Not only is this quick and convenient but it opens up a valid conversation about image licensing - something far too few kids seem to know about!
Make it iconic Adding icons to your presentation can be surprisingly effective in making it look slick and professional. As with the pictures, the ability to search for Creative Commons icons directly within Voice provides access to a substantial catalogue and when harnessed carefully, they can really be the icing on the presentation cake.
The music makes it With over 30 choices of background music, the app offers waymore variety than iMovie (how many times have you heard that same track in classroom iMovies!) The tracks are varied, categorised by style and very professional in delivery. Choosing the best one to suit your presentation really can make for something special. You can also import from your iTunes library if you prefer.
Credit where it's due Another nice touch this. On the screen where you can export the final video (see below) you can actually edit the credits that splash up at the end. Images that are sourced in the app are automatically credited but this gives you the ability to add in some core digital citizenship values and have students credit their content appropriately.
Open for exports One of the things that somewhat hampered the initial launch of Adobe Vouce was the lack of camera roll export functionality. With this now in place, the app combo options are numerous - from inserting it into an ebook, adding to a Thinglink or augmenting a display using Aurasma.
Ok that's all folks. .
Oh - did I mention that Adobe Voice is completely free?