Adobe Voice is an iPad app that follows this philosophy. Check out this two minute video from Adobe Voice that shows this philosophy.
Voice is so easy to use that students at virtually any grade level could use it. When you launch Adobe Voice the first time, it includes an on screen tutorial to walk you through the process of creating your story. Once you know what you're doing you can skip that and go straight to the creation!
The app starts by asking you to enter a topic for your story. Swiping up from the bottom reveals suggestions for different types of stories.
Voice then offers a story structure for various kinds of stories. The structure includes a certain number of slides with suggestions for what story element to include on that slide. You can also start from scratch. Make your choice and tap Pick This One.
Choose a Layout for the slide you are on.
Choose a Theme for the entire story.
Choose Music for the entire story.
On each slide you tap the + to add an icon, photo, or text. There are thousands of iconic images to choose from.
If you select photo you can import from the camera, camera roll, or Dropbox.
Tap the microphone and record what you want to say. It's best to add only one or two sentences on a slide. Let the pictures help you tell the story.
When your whole story is done tap the Share icon and save the video to your camera roll.
Adobe Voice maintains a YouTube channel with some really good videos that offer some more advanced tips and tricks.
- Create an All About Me story
- Summarize a chapter
- Recount a story
- Share a biography
- Create a how-to video
- Present a position on a topic
- Cultural explanations
- Journal of field trip
- Book trailer
- Descriptive language practice
- Create a dictionary
Download the Tech Integration Challenge for Adobe Voice and see if you are up to the challenge!