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.

Getting your students started with Gamemaker

Gamemaker has been around for a number of years now and in that time has evolved into a great platform for kids to make video games of their own without knowing a single line of code.  It has similarities to SCRATCH but has probably got a little bit more depth for high school students.

If you are just looking to get started with gamemaker a friend of mine David Williams has put together a couple of tutorials that create a 'Stealth Bomber" video game.  They are pitched at middle years students and very easy to follow.  Take a look below.

Video Tutorials for Teachers: Making Pictographs

Welcome to the first of many video tutorials.  I have deliberately kept this weeks very simple as I am trying to learn some new technology myself.  Pictographs are a great maths lesson for junior students to explore graphing and data in the early years of schooling.  This video tutorial below explains all the steps to get you and your students to produce a pictograph in no time. The aim of these video tutorials is that you can sit back and learn alongside your students.  Enjoy and feedback is always appreciated.


Here is the example I produced if you want my template, and here is an old school link to a written lesson plan if you need further assistance.