Wowza! I was so excited this week to happen across a new tool (new to me, anyway) called Adobe Voice. Adobe Voice is a free app for the ipad that will make it easy peasy to do any kind of digital storytelling or report presentations with your class. In about 8 – 10 minutes you’ll have a digital story complete with text, music and images. What I like about it most, is that it’s fast and easy to use. Kids and teachers need that! Here’s a quick guide on how to use it:
- Download the free app onto your ipad.
- Hit + Create a New Story. It will prompt you to give a name to your project. Just type it in.
- Then it will give you a variety of story structures to choose from: Share an invitation, Promote an Idea, Tell What Happened, Explain Something, Follow a Hero’s Journey, Show and Tell, Teach a Lesson, or Make Up Your Own. Just click on one to get started.
- Now you see a screen that lets you add an icon, a photo or text, or any combination ( by clicking on layout at the top you can add more than one). You can choose a photo from your ipad gallery, take a picture, use dropbox, or search for royalty photos on the internet right from the app. Make your choice to add it to the slide.
- Then hold down the record button and speak your narration for the picture. There’s a playback button to hear the results. If you don’t like them, just hit record again and try again. It records over your first attempt. It won’t take long to get it right.
- That’s it! That’s all there is to making a slide. The app automatically puts a blank background and background music behind with your slide, but you can easily change all, if you like, by clicking one of the features at the top: Layout, Themes, Music. All are easily customized with simple clicks.
- You are done! Now you can share to Facebook, twitter, etc. or download to the cameral roll to save it to your PC for sharing. It’s just that easy!
Here’s a sample Voice Story that I made in about 10 minutes:
What a powerful tool in teacher’s hands! Now you can have students tell their story in a matter of minutes, use this to create lessons, or modify materials for students. (I can think of so many applications for this app!)
If you’d like to see more tutorial on this, you can find a great one here: How to Tell Your Story with Adobe Voice
Hope this is helpful.
As always, if you have questions, I’m here.