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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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Why App Smash?

Some more great info from iPad Wells! App Smashing is one of the most important elements not only with iPads, but all technological tools. We can no longer rely on a single app to achieve the final result!



Inspired by the last #1to1iPadChat , I thought it was time to post on the world craze that is App Smashing. The term App Smash was coined by the great Greg Kulowiec (@gregkulowiec) from EdTech Teacher fame. It is a hot topic in EdTech and obviously has its own Hashtag – #AppSmash.

What is an App Smash?

Content created in one app transferred to and enhanced by a second app and sometimes third. Preferably the final product is then published to the web – remember, digital presence is the new résumé (CV).

Reasons to App Smash:

  1. It demands creative thinking
  2. It demands more from the technology (value for money)
  3. It turns the issue of not having a ‘wonder app’ into a positive
  4. It removes any restrictions to take a topic as far as it can be taken.
  5. It often results in more engaging learning products
  6. It’s a fun challenge for…

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Heading to the iPad Summit in Boston!

Image courtesy of EdTechTeacher

Image courtesy of EdTechTeacher

Tonight I head north to the iPad Summit in Boston. This is my third visit to the Summit (the first not presenting – what a crazy few months it has been). Still, I am always excited to be able to see some invigorating talks and collaborate with Peers. I will be live blogging events so be sure to check here and the EdTechTeacher Blog  for regular updates on presentations and events.

I will be speaking at the iPad Summit in April 2013

In April, I have the privilege of presenting at the iPad Summit hosted at Georgia Tech. I live blogged the iPad Summit at Harvard last Fall. The iPad Summit on Edudemic’s list of “6 Educational Conferences to Check Out this Year.”

My talk will focus on using the iPad for personal, professional development. If you have a story, a tool, or advice you would like to share or have me address on this topic, please leave me a note in the comments or send me an email! Hopefully, I’ll see you in Atlanta!

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iPad Summit 2012

I have recently gotten the opportunity to attend the iPad Summit of 2012, being held in Boston this November. I am so excited for the opportunity to collaborate with other educators that are employing this tool in their pedagogical development.

I have posted before that my school (Trinity Valley) has recently rolled out a Faculty 1:1 iPad program (with iPad 3’s). The goal of the first year is to get faculty and staff comfortable with the platform and to begin exploring new ways that they can use it for their own professional development as well as in the classroom. It is the first step of what will likely become a 1:1 program for students (although how that will happen or what it will look like are still in the ‘early development’ stages).

This is not my second year with an iPad, I have been working with one since I got my hands on the iPad 1 a couple of years ago. I immediately began using it to explore new and innovative teaching techniques. I blogged about it in my article “How I’m Using my iPad as a Teaching Tool.” I’m only now beginning to delve into new depth with the iPad 3. That, along with some selective roll-out of the Apple TV in our computer lab, I’m hoping to have some great new ideas that I can use to share and collaborate with my peers.

I am so excited for the opportunity to meet and collaborate with other ‘tech savvy’ teachers and leaders in their individual fields. If you are interested in employing the iPad in your classroom or your school, I highly suggest checking out this year’s iPad Summit.

How I’m Using my iPad as a Teaching Tool

Last year my school, Trinity Valley, supported my grant request in purchasing an iPad for me to use as a teaching tool. This past summer, they have also rolled out an initiative for the faculty – providing a small number of iPads for the faculty and staff to ‘play with’ and use how they see fit. I have now had my iPad for about a year and I am regularly asked by inquisitive colleagues, students, and administrators – just how am I using my iPad as a teaching tool?

Outside the Classroom, “Invisible Use”

There are many ways that I use the iPad outside of the classroom – and I would say that this is my primary usage. I use it to access journal articles using an app called Papers. It allows me to store, organize, and annotate journal articles. I use it to keep up to date on my subject area as well as teaching methodologies and pedagogy. This is highly portable and readily accessible.


I also use it to keep up with news and blogs via my Google RSS Reader (see my earlier post, “RSS Readers – Keeping Up With Your News & Blogs“). I like to use a program called Reeder, which has an iPhone, iPad, and Mac Application that all sync and it is hooked up to my Google RSS Reader. It’s a great way to keep up to date on current events, topics on your subject areas, and your friends’ favorite blogs – especially on the go. When I find myself in a long line at the post office, I will open up Reeder to catch up on the news.

Reeder on my iPad

I also use it to access and tweak my lesson plans, notes, and PowerPoints.  The best tools for this are Apple’s Office suite, iWork, with the applications (with an iOS counterpart) Keynote, Pages, and Numbers. Apple’s new iCloud service will sync documents between device (this is fairly new, so I haven’t done much with it). However, I have found that the best way to sync documents between devices is a handy free program called DropBox. If you’re not familiar with DropBox, check out my earlier post “DropBox – An Excellent and *Free* Resource for Educators.”

Keynote for iOS

In addition to these tools, I use it to access email and manage my calendar. It’s a great computing tool for people constantly on the go – like most educators.

What About In the Classroom?

In addition to using it as a portable computer and eReader, I also actively employ my iPad in the classroom. One simple and direct means of use is to plug it in to the projector and use it to project my KeyNote presentations. It’s a great, portable means of using Presentation software. Plus, my students are all willing to sign over their lunch money for a chance to ‘do the slides.’ I can also put my notes for the day on my iPad (accessible everywhere, no need to print up and risk losing while I move from classroom to classroom). Also, I can read it if I dim or turn off the lights – not doable with standard paper.

However, there are far more creative and fun ways to use it. The most common in classroom means of use for me is as a second screen with programs like “Poll Everywhere” and “mindmeister.” This way, I can use my primary display to project a program screen and my iPad as the secondary screen, by which I employ moderator tools. For example, I can enable a back-channel chat using “Poll Everywhere” (see my previous post, “First Day Using Poll-Everywhere” and “Using Poll-Everywhere Day 2.” I can put the primary display screen on the projector, so this is what my students see:

However, I can be moderating in the background, keeping inappropriate posts off the screen (and even identifying who made them). Just an FYI, I made this one up, my students would never pull such a stunt:

Another program I’ve just started using with my students is mindmeister. Again, I can put up a map on the primary screen while I moderate it on my iPad. This means that I can quietly keep control of how my classroom – prevention misbehavior from detracting from the exercise and our activity.

MindMeister Map Example

This is how I’ve been using the iPad directly for education having owned it for less than a year. It’s a great tool – easy to use, a low learning curve, and ready access to tons of tools and materials. I know that as developers produce more applications and my colleagues employ it more in their classrooms, I will only use it more and more – perhaps upgrading to an iPad 2 or 3.