CONCEPT: Create slick, animated multimedia videos using text, images, icons and more.
DELIVERY:Edtech dilemma - what do you do if you are crazy about an app and using it widely across the curriculum when out of the blue you come across a near identical, potentially better app?
I've mentioned Adobe Voice a lot lately and have been using it regularly in class. The kids love it as it's so easy to use and produces a polished final product combining text, images, icons and music. All was good and then someone pointed me towards an alternative app called Vidra.
Let's first look at what Vidra offers that is essentially the same as Voice: - The overall interface is near identical. - It includes a wide range of themes, music tracks and icons to help you build a project quickly. - It auto-animates your slides to give your final video that slick, polished feel. - Narration can be added to each slide simply by holding down the mic button.
So far, so similar - so what's the point in using it if Voice does the same job already?
There are two answers to that question. Firstly, there's nothing wrong with a little variety. Naturally this has slightly different themes, different music etc and so used in parallel to Voice, it offers even greater scope for video creation in the classroom. Secondly and more crucially, it has one feature that Adobe's app doesn't offer - a pen tool. Being able to sketch your own elements onto a slide is incredibly useful - I was literally discussing how good it would be to be able to do this in Voice last week with a student! For example: you want to make a presentation about fractions - not easy with text as the only option but a pen tool can facilitate them with ease. It should also be noted that Vidra's actual text options are more versatile in terms of font choice and colours etc.
LIMITATIONS:There is one catch - Vidra uses the freemium model. Free users are limited to five stories and the videos have a Vidra watermark and credit splash screen. You are also unable to use your own backgrounds, music etc without paying for the Pro version. It's not a huge investment though and the app definitely falls into the category of apps that justify purchase since it can be used across the curriculum.
CONCLUSION: Hard to fault an app that offers so much potential for creativity across the curriculum. 5/5
- This is one of those apps that this section is kind of redundant for as you could literally employ it in any subject area for hundreds of different purposes. - It's also a great tool for creative homework challenges. - Designing tutorial clips for flipped learning. - Creating promotional clips to promote your school or institute.