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Hello educators, and welcome to another week of Teacher Tips. This week, we're going to explore the new iPad application, Adobe Voice. This free application allows you to create stories by combining audio clips with pre-installed icons and even pictures. And the stories can be easily shared on the web or even through social media. Now, Adobe Voice is a lot of fun to play with and it's a great tool for creating movies for your students. But even better, it allows your students to create their own stories and share them with friends and family. A great end of the year project, could be having students tell a story about what they're going to do for summer break.
Let's go ahead and make a short story to explore just how Adobe Voice works. Here on my iPad I've already downloaded Adobe Voice and I've come to the welcome screen. I'm going to get started by clicking on Create a New Story. The first thing we need to do is to give our story a title. I'm going to call this Summer Break and I'll click Next. There's several types of story structures that we can choose from. Such as, we can promote ideas or even tell what happened. I'm going to go ahead and scroll over to Make Up Your Own, and then click Pick This One. Inside of Adobe Voice, we're going to make a story by having a slide.
This slide, we're going to record audio with and then add icons, photos, text, or a combination of those, in order to create a snippet of our movie. Adobe Voice is then going to take all of these different snippets or slides and put them together into our final project. Our first step will be to record our audio for this particular video. Now I'm creating a video that's for teachers about summer break. I'm going to go ahead and record the first section of audio. Summer break is when teachers recharge for the next year. Now to record that audio, all I had to do was to tap and hold the record button.
I was able to talk through the sentence I'd like and now I can preview the sentence by clicking the play button on the left-hand side of the screen. Now the next step is to go ahead and add some images to this particular slide. I'm going to do this by clicking the plus sign in the middle of the slide. Let's go ahead and add an icon to this slide and I'm going to search for beach icons. Now here are a variety of icons pulled up. I'm just going to simply select the icon I want by tapping on it, and it'll be automatically added to this particular slide. Let's go and preview what the finished slide looks like with the audio as well as the icon. Summer break is when teachers recharge for the next year.
Okay. As simple as that we've created our first slide. In order to add the next slide, we're going to click the plus sign in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen. Once again, we'll tap and hold the record button to add our audio. It's like a much deserved two month recess. If I'd like to, I could go ahead and press the play button to preview my audio, but I'm going to go ahead and add some images to this particular slide. I'll hit the plus sign in the middle of the slide and lets go ahead and add another icon. I'm going to search for summer icons. And I'm going to scroll over to the second set of icons, and I'm going to select the circle that has the person with the palm tree in it.
Now at this point, all we've done is added icons and text. What I'd like to do for this particular slide, is also add an image alongside this icon. I'm going to do this by clicking Layout at the top of the screen on the left-hand side. And here I have a variety of slide options that I can choose to set up. Right now I'm on the One Thing slide which means that I can add either a photo, or I can add an icon. I can also select two things and then I can go ahead and add another icon, a photo, or even text to this particular slide. Let's go ahead and select a photo. I'm going to tap Find Photos to search inside of the preloaded photos for this particular application, and let's go ahead and type Summer and search.
As I scroll over, I find an image that has two chairs underneath a grass umbrella with a palm tree. I think this a perfect image to represent summer. I'm going to go and select that. And now if I'd like to zoom in on the picture, I can use basic iPad gestures by placing my fingers together and then widening them apart to zoom out. I'll go ahead and get the right level of zoom. Once I have the picture centered, all I have to do is take my fingers off the screen and it's automatically placed. Let's go hit the play button to preview this next slide. It's like a much deserved two month recess. Okay. Now we're on to our third slide, I'll click the plus sign at the bottom right-hand corner of the screen.
Now you can see that automatically it brought over the slide layout from the previous slide. Let's go ahead and change this back, by clicking layout, and then selecting one thing. Let's go ahead and record this text. To teachers around the world, thank you for everything you do for your students on a daily basis. Now that we've got our audio recorded, let's go ahead and add some images to this. Now even though we changed it back to one thing, we're actually going to change this to one thing with a full photo behind it. I'm going to go ahead and select that layout. And the first thing I'll do is select the photo, by clicking the plus sign on the left-hand side of the screen. I'll click search for photos.
And we're going to search for world map and then hit search. On the second set of images, there's this world map, that's kind of a grunge painted texture. I'm going to go and select that, and then using Gestures, I'm going to zoom in just a little bit, so that it takes up a little bit more of the screen. Reposition it, and there we go, absolutely perfect. The next step is to click the plus sign in the exact middle of the page. And let's go ahead and add an icon directly on top of this world map. I'm going to select Icon on the left-hand side and I'm going to search for students. In the first list, there's this picture of a teacher who seems to be teaching at a whiteboard. I'm going to go and select that icon, and let's go ahead and preview the slide.
To teachers around the world, thank you for everything you do for your students on a daily basis. Okay, not bad. Now you can see that there's not very good contrast between the icon and the graphic and that's okay, we're going to take care of that in just a second. But before we do that, let's go ahead and add our last slide, which is going to be, have a great summer break. Now that we've added this last slide of have a great summer break, I'm going to go ahead and come back to my layout. I'm going to select One Thing and this time, I'm going to choose to add text. Here, I'm just going to say, Have a great break, and I'll add an exclamation point.
I'll tap away to close the keyboard and let's go and preview that slide. Have a great Summer break. At this point you've got a completed your project. In order to preview the entire project, I'm going to press the play button in the bottom left-hand corner. Summer break is when teachers recharge for the next year. It's like a much deserved two month recess. To teachers around the world, thank you for everything you do for your students on a daily basis. Have a great summer break. Now I noticed right away that there's a typo in the last slide. So I'm going to go ahead and click Keep Editing. And here it says, Have a break break! Now I did that intentionally because I wanted to show that we can come back in and actually change slides, even after we put the whole thing together.
So I'm going to go ahead and tap on the text, tap again where I'd like to make the change, backspace out, type in the word great and there we go. We've got the change automatically made. I'll hide the keyboard. Once again, we can go ahead and preview it. Now lets go ahead and take care of some of these color issues that are going on. For example, we have a photo with an icon on top of it and there's not very good contrast. Well we can take care of these by clicking on the Theme button, in the top center navigation. Here there's a variety of predesigned, prestyled themes that we can choose from. I'm going to scroll over until I come to the grunge theme.
With the grunge theme selected, let's go ahead and re-preview this entire presentation. Summer break is when teachers recharge for the next year. It's like a much deserved two month recess. To teachers around the world, thank you for everything you do for your students on a daily basis. Have a great summer break. Okay, at this point we have a completed project. Once again we could go back into the theme section and we could change the audio for this. But I kind of like that audio, I think it's very summerish. So I'm going to go ahead and share this by clicking the share button. I want to make sure that Public is selected if I want to share this publicly and you can see the options available to us.
I can upload it to Facebook, send a link via email or even share it on my Twitter feed. I hope you enjoy exploring Adobe Voice and this can be a great tool for both you and your students, to create stories to share with others.
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