28 March 2016

Sra. Spanglish Tech Tips: Adobe Voice



What makes Adobe Voice so great is the one-press recording and the quick image search. Kids don't have to spend hours designing the perfect visual representation for their video--they pick one image from the vast clipart and/or Creative Commons stash, record, and move on to the next image/recording.

And all the while, the theme you picked has a cute musical background to make the whole thing seem super professional. AND citations for the images at the end!

What's more, kids can take their own pictures to upload, so they can use their own gestures and expressive little faces to convey their meaning. Or they can dig through their own stash of photos or even upload their own doodles with a quick snap.

There is one single, solitary drawback to this app, however, and that is that it is strictly an Apple app. If you don't have iPads in your class--or a class full of kids with their own iPhones--well, my condolences. This is about the easiest and prettiest recording app out there as far as I can see.

Well, actually, there might be one other drawback to the app, and that's the rigamarole required to set up an Adobe account to be able to export videos. But I wormed my way around that one by using my class email (it's literally an email account I set up for my class, to use for just such endeavors) to set up a class Adobe account. This route is also extra convenient for me, because it means I can access videos created with it from any iPad, whether or not they've exported it (not from my computer, though, I'm afraid.)

I've used Adobe Voice for interpretive, interpersonal, AND presentational activities, and it makes both creation and viewing that much more enjoyable.

Do you have any other ideas how to use it in the three modes? These are mine:

Interpretive

My first fling with Adobe Voice was with coro roulettes, so students could practice speaking and demonstrate their interpretation of lyrics simultaneously. They simply

  1. picked out an image to represent each line of the song, and then 
  2. recorded themselves saying the line with the appropriate image
Quick, easy, fun!


Interpersonal

This could work for conversations on any topic, but so far we've just used it for discussing songs still.
  1. You need 2 partners, each one takes a picture of himself/herself to be used when he/she talks. (I tried letting them choose one or take one--did not like the results.) They could even take 2 pictures each: a question face and an answer face (haven't tried that yet).
  2. Add slides, alternating partners' pictures.
  3. Partners take turns recording their questions and responses on their own picture slides.
It saves a lot of unnecessary dead air, allows them to relax about how they look while they're talking, and wraps the whole thing up in a nice, neat package!

Presentational

Adobe Voice has made video projects SO much easier and just plain classier! My students created inspiration videos about the changes they made in their lives with the self-improvement project in hopes of inspiring others. Whether they used their own photos or clipart, the results were really something worth sharing.

They had a lot of freedom with how they put this one together--just had to make sure they talked for one minute and kept their video to about 2 minutes.

I could also see this working nicely for the school supply drive project to inspire others to help!

1 comment:

  1. Yes, I have enjoyed using adobe voice with students from ages 7 to 15. It is easy to use, and can be shown on full screen via youtube for whole class sharing.

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