Why Adobe Slate should be your go to publishing app on the iPad in the classroom.

Over the last twelve months Adobe have produced some incredible free apps for teachers and students on the iPad.  

Adobe Voice has rapidly become my favourite presentation tool for students as it makes the competition such as Keynote and PowerPoint seem ugly, dated and unengaging for both the creator and the audience.   If you haven't seen it make sure you check out my complete guide here. 

To continue this run of innovative literacy apps Adobe have just released Adobe Slate which is aimed at filling in all the gaps of Voice  allowing students to create a presentation that requires a larger amount of text and imagery.  Something that Voice was designed to minimize.

Adobe Slate allows students to publish their projects online and in print to produce a product that looks like it belongs in Vogue or National Geographic.  

Students from years 3 up can easily create stories in Slate using an interface that makes it simple to add text, choose the right photo layout and apply curated looks and motion. Scrolling transitions make words and images move for an engaging and exciting read. Don’t just take my word for it click here to see what this blog looks like in a Slate.

I would recommend this app to anyone who is looking for a fresh way to express their ideas and thoughts on the iPad.  Download the app for free here and take a look at the video below for some evidence of it in action.

Adobe Voice Teaching Guide and Learning Template for Reluctant Writers

For those of you who have reluctant writers in your classroom, you will appreciate how difficult it can be to get work from them demonstrating a clear understanding of what you have been teaching them.

Finding alternatives to written work is not always easy to come across especially if there are deeper issues than the student simply being a reluctant writer such as a diagnosed learning condition.

To counteract this issue I find Adobe Voice on the iPad to be an incredibly easy to use and powerful tool which as the name suggests relies mainly on visuals and images to share knowledge as opposed to writing down line after line of text.  Download it here.

The other great thing about Adobe Voice is the polish it adds to presentations that make them far more engaging than your traditional PowerPoint or Keynote presentation.

Simply giving students Adobe Voice and directions around a specific topic can sometimes leave them confused and seeking further clarification.

To remedy this I have created a template which you can download here that will ensure your students stay on task and have a clear direction about what they are supposed to be doing.  Best of all the template can be adapted to any age group or topic area.

For those of you who have no idea about Adobe Voice or what it can do I have put together this simple video that incorporates my template and also explains the functions and features of Adobe Voice and how you can incorporate this into your classroom right now.

It is suitable for students aged 6 to 96 and is dead easy to use if you follow my guidelines in the video tutorial below.

I would love to hear your feedback or thoughts around this so feel free to leave a comment below.