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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Adobe Voice is an easy-to-use tool for creating voice-narrated slide shows using clip art or personal images. Teens can add backgrounds and music, creating impressive, high-quality videos. The creations can be shared via social media or email, featured in a public gallery, or kept private with a direct link. Because of the many sharing options and occasional inappropriate content in gallery slide shows, the app is for users age 13 and older. Parents of younger kids may want to work alongside them to create short movies, supervising the entire process, including sharing.
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What's it about?
ADOBE VOICE walks teens through the creation process step by step, starting with a gallery of examples. To start a new story, they'll tap "create a new story" and answer a few questions or make some selections. Kids can skip the inspiration and get right down to making their movie or browse the suggestions for ideas. They'll choose a theme, add background music, and add text or images, either from a vast searchable library of icons or their own photos. Then they just tap and talk. They can share videos via social media or email.
Is it any good?
Adobe Voice isn't a moviemaker -- there's no video recording or animation involved -- but it can be used many ways to communicate messages or stories in an engaging, interesting way. The design is intuitive, and instructions walk video-makers through each step of the process. The library of icon images is impressive, too, but is only keyword-searchable, so kids need to have an idea of what they want to include rather than casually browsing for inspiration. The choices of themes and music open up lots of mood-setting options, and kids can get comfortable with their own voices as they narrate. It all comes together to create a high-quality, professional-caliber video and is a great way for kids to deliver all kinds of messages.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can use Adobe Voice to create narrated slide shows of family trips or events, using photos and their own voices to describe them.
Families can talk about privacy issues around sharing videos, narration, and images online, pointing out that the default option isn't always private.
- Device: iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: presenting to others, speaking, storytelling
Arts: film, script writing
- Skills: Communication: conveying messages effectively, multiple forms of expression, presenting, speaking
Tech Skills: digital creation, using and applying technology
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: September 23, 2014
- Category: Productivity
- Size: 128.00 MB
- Publisher: Adobe
- Version: 1.4
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 7.0 or later
For kids who love telling stories
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