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Pros: Sleek interface is easy to use with lots of thematic options.
Bottom Line: Students and teachers will find many ways to use Adobe Voice to share information and showcase learning.
Adobe Voice is a tool both teachers and students will find numerous uses for. Teachers can create podcasts to share ideas or information with students on a class website or blog. Students can use it as a presentation tool, creating narrated slideshows to illustrate pieces of writing, explain concepts in content areas, or deliver a persuasive or instructional speech. The options are limitless. The Adobe Voice blog features more ideas and showcases work created by students and teachers.
Editor's Note: Adobe Voice is now part of Adobe Spark.
The app walks students through the creation process step by step, starting with a gallery of examples. To start a presentation, they tap "create a new story" and answer a few questions or make some selections. (If they prefer, students can skip the inspiration and get right down to making a presentation, or browse the suggestions for ideas.) They choose a theme, add background music, and add text or images either from a vast searchable library of icons or from their own photos. Then they just tap and talk. Students can share their presentations via social media or email.
Adobe Voice isn't a movie maker -- no video recording is involved -- but it can be used in many ways to communicate messages or stories in an engaging, interesting way. The design is intuitive, and instructions walk students through each step of the process. The library of icon images is impressive, but it's only keyword searchable, so students should have an idea of what they want to include rather than simply browsing for inspiration. The choices of themes and music open up lots of options for setting a mood. It all comes together to create a high-quality, professional-caliber presentation. After 10 seconds of recording, a message to "keep it short" pops up, but recording can continue for several minutes per slide.