If I can fall in love with an app, this would be it! An amazingly simple app that allows users to create videos with ease. To put in simple terms: you build it like a presentation, but then you export it as a video. Best combination.
The reason why I love this app so much is that it comes with and restricted to ready-made themes and animations = students will not waste their time on tedious details and ignore the actual content! And, students do not need to record their voice for the whole thing at once; rather, they record it for each and every slide, which gives them a chance to edit and re-record as needed.
How to use it in a language classroom
It is one of my favorite apps for speaking activities. Students can easily record their voices for each slide, and repeat individual slides as needed. They can also add pictures and/or text to each slide to express their ideas more vividly. From my experience, students find speaking assignments less daunting when they add pictures to what they have to say.
I’ve used this app for many projects targeting various skills in my classes:
- Reflection on learning: a beginner student, high-intermediate students
- Setting future goals with intermediate students: sample
- Setting semester goals with high-intermediate students: sample
- Introducing themselves to the class with high-intermediate students: sample
- Practicing for part 2 in IELTS speaking tests
—Let me know if you’d like to have a copy of the instructions :)
The app is also handy when it comes to creating teaching materials to use in class. Examples: beginner vocabulary and high-intermediate vocabulary. Many students found these videos to be helpful study aids.
In its most recent update, the app introduced the feature of exporting videos to camera roll. Although it’s a great feature, from what I’ve experienced in class, it’s a lot better to have students create accounts and “share link by email.” This means their videos will be uploaded online to Voice’s website (easy access) and you won’t have to worry about archiving the video or overloading your email with large videos.
Another important thing to keep in mind is Adobe Voice’s search photos feature. If you teach in a conservative culture like I do, I strongly advise you not to direct your students to search for photos on Adobe Voice. These photos are not and cannot be filtered by you, in any way, and they do include a lot of explicit pictures. So, be careful! :) –I usually ask my students to search for their pictures before we start using the app and save it to their camera rolls, and all they need to do is import it into Adobe Voice.
After trying it in class and seeing how amazing it is, I presented about it locally (visit page) and my colleagues started using it right away!