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The New Adobe Voice: Digital Storytelling With Style!

I can’t wait to check this out! I love having my students make documentaries, as I highlighted in my post “Student Documentaries in history class.”

Jonathan Wylie

Adobe launched a new free iPad app today called Adobe Voice, and it has great potential for the classroom due to the way that it lets you effortlessly create digital stories, explanations, or stylish presentations by adding your voice to a variety of images.

adobe voice screenshot

Adobe Voice has several great features for teachers who may be wanting to use this in their classroom. For instance, Adobe has included a wide variety of searchable images and icons that students can use in their projects. This saves having to worry about finding images online because they are all there inside the app. Better still, as model of good digital citizenship, they are all cited correctly as sources in the credits.

When you first create a project, you get prompted to choose the type of story you want to tell. Why would this matter? The app gives prompts at each step of the way…

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5 Things Everyone Should Learn to do on Their iPad

Did you get a fancy new iPad for Christmas or have one that you want to harness for a little more power? Here are five skills that everyone should learn to maximize their iPad:

  1. Courtesy of Apple

    Courtesy of Apple

    Cloud sync your Calendar – The Calendar Application is key to maximizing your productivity on iPad. Learn how to sync that calendar to the cloud using your Exchange Server, Google Calendar, or iCloud. If you don’t like the layout of Apple’s Calendar, try one of the various third party apps such as Fantastical ($1.99). Cloud syncing will keep your Calendar up to date on all of your devices (computer, phone, and tablet) without having to think about it.

  2. Download an eBook Reader – Yes, I am a bibliophile and love physical books. However, eBooks have their benefits: you can take dozens (even hundreds) of books everywhere you go, minimize paper weight & transport costs (for the ecologically minded), enjoy large type books without buying large type books, take advantage of free books (many of the classics are entirely free or very inexpensive), and enjoy chapter samples of books before you purchase them. There are numerous options, the most popular are iBooks, Amazon Kindle, and Barnes and Noble’s Nook reader. No need for new hardware and all of these applications are free! If you have a smart phone, you can even read across platforms (it will sync across devices via the cloud).
  3. Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

    Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

    Download a Cloud Storage application – The Cloud allows you to access documents anywhere at any time. The cloud is here and is an amazing productivity tool. Now you aren’t stuck on the subway without access to an important file that’s on your work machine. Instead you can have the most recent, up to date versions of documents and files right on your iPad (again without manually syncing). Check out DropBox and Google Drive (both free).

  4. Learn to Annotate PDF’s on your iPad – PDFs have become ubiquitous documents. iPad will allow you to annotate PDFs (highlight, make notes, and even edit them). Learning how to annotate PDFs will allow you to increase productivity. Some of my favorite (and most robust applications) include iAnnotate, PDF Expert 5,  and PDF Pen Pro.
  5. Include something fun – Don’t be all work and no play! Check out a game (Angry Birds, Knights of the Old Republic, and many more), download a video streaming application (Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, to name a few).

iPads are a powerful tool to enhance your studies and productivity at work. Devote some time to increasing your abilities on this tool and it will pay off!

A Virtual Tour of Gettysburg

As we prepare for the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, there is a broad array of information on the topic. If you would like to hear a modern rendition of the speech, listen here.

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History highlights the battle in an interactive tour.

If you would like another interactive resource, check out the Civil War Battlefield App, Gettysburg (free).