Adobe Voice and the Language Experience Approach*

One of my top five favorite apps is Adobe Voice. It offers an easy way for students to create beautiful slideshow videos using mainly their voice, short texts and simple images.  Students can easily change themes and set videos to music, choosing from a selection of songs in the app’s music library or their own music collection (or Garage Band creation).  I’ve used this app in many ways but most recently with newcomers learning English in a brand new setting — their school.

During the first week we walked around the school, iPads in hand, taking pictures of important (and unknown) places and people — the gym, library, cafeteria, secretary, nurse, principal, etc.  We introduced ourselves, asked permission to photograph, and snapped pictures while learning about each person and place.  After generating a written list of names and places, students created their Adobe Voice videos. They worked so hard at pronouncing each name in the photo! Click here to see a sample School video.

Getting started with Adobe Voice requires creating an account, or Adobe ID, with an email address.  To comply with student data privacy regulations, I created a generic classroom account for all students to use.  Unless they accidentally log out, it’s a one-time sign in through the app.  Videos can be saved to the camera roll and shared in multiple ways.

Workspace within Adobe Voice
Workspace within Adobe Voice
Drafts and published videos
Drafts and published videos


* Language Experience Approach


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