Week 3: Community Videos with Adobe Voice – Social Posters with Adobe Post

The Preps were finally at the level that they were comfortable using Adobe Voice that I gave them a project to do relating to important members of their community. The grades 1-6s all did Adobe Post posters relating to their Inquiry. I’ll discuss the Preps and then go into what I did with Post.

COMMUNITY VOICES

I had four images (below) that I saved on each iPad ready for the Prep classes to use. The idea was pretty simple. I wanted them to import the pictures, one on each slide, and then record a comment on who that was and what their role in the community was. I modelled this pretty explicitly, with a student coming to help me. We all discussed each one first so the kids had a good idea before they started their project. They have been discussing community members in the classroom, so this is – in effect – another piece of assessment the Prep teachers can use when assessing their understanding of their Inquiry.

I was glad that I did spend so long getting the kids used to the app. The technical part of the project proved no problem for them, and most got done quite quickly. They finished by getting photos of themselves for a front page, and choosing a design and music to go with the project. Here are a couple of examples.

The one issue I had was that some kids took their finger off the RECORD button a little too quickly, meaning that their audio was a little clipped. I tried to get them used to playing back each slide to check, but not everyone did. It’s a good thing to reinforce straight away.

SOCIAL POSTERS WITH ADOBE POST

With the students now familiar with the way Adobe Post works, it was time to put it to more meaningful use. The app is designed to create images for social media, after all. Obviously our students aren’t on social media, but they can still work at conveying an important message.

I discussed this project with each grade level (1-6) and what they were focussing on class dictated what I wanted them to create. So, it worked out that:

  • Grade 1  – Space
  • Grade 2 – Fictional Characters / Adjectives
  • Grade 3 – Persuasive Posters
  • Grade 4 – ANZAC Day Posters
  • Grade 5 – Environment Day Posters
  • Grade 6 – Social Awareness Posters

The Grade 1s were looking space and the solar system. They were tasked with creating some classroom posters highlighting an aspect of space – whether it be planets, stars, satellites, etc. Here are some examples:

The Grade 2s were looking at adjectives and also storytelling. Putting them together for this project, I asked the students to pick a favourite fictional character from books, TV or movies and think of three adjectives that go along with them. Here are a few results.

The Grade 3s just did a whole unit on persuasive writing. Their brief was to think of a persuasive topic they wrote about (or another one they know of) and think of a suitable image and statement that strongly enforces that belief. The Grade 6s did something similar, but with (hopefully) more mature topics.

Here are some of the Grade 3 posters:

And some of the Grade 6 posters:

The Grade 4s did a small unit concerned with ANZAC Day – which (if you’re not in Australia or New Zealand) honours the veterans of the First World War and our soldiers who fought and died in that war. The usual slogan: Lest We Forget – is used a lot in these posters. Here are some examples.

Finally, the Grade 5s were looking at biodiversity and sustainability – a very important topic especially with our school being a 5-Star Sustainable School. With World Environment Day coming up, the teachers decided to hold a competition to see which students could come up with the most meaningful poster about the environment. Here are some great examples.

Next week, the Preps will be doing some drawing on the iPad, the Grade 1 and 2s will be doing some tracing artwork on the iPad, and the Grades 3-4 will be introduced to colour theory and Adobe Illustrator.

 

Week 2: Introducing Adobe Post

The Prep classes this week continued to play around with Adobe Voice, but the Grade 1-6s had a chance to use Adobe Post – a fantastic new app from Adobe that allows the user to quickly and easily create beautifully designed projects. This week is meant to be the introduction to Adobe Post, and for most classes that was the case. But with a curriculum day this week and the ANZAC day holiday next week, grades 1 and 6 had to jump straight into using Post for a project. I will go into that in next week’s post. For this week, I’ll just write about introducing Adobe Post.

CREATING MEMES USING ADOBE POST

I love this app because it really gives you stunning results with minimal effort. The app is mainly used by people to create posters for social media – hence the many templates available for Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and so on. In exploring the app, I wanted the students to have a lesson just to fool around with it and get some tricks and design tips from me as they did so.

To this end, what could be more fun than creating memes? I did say to the kids they could do anything they wanted – a poster to celebrate their favourite sporting hero or an inspirational motivational type poster. But most, understandably, went for memes.

I advised them to use Google first to save an image they wanted (one without any text already there) and use that as a basis for their poster. I realise that goes against what we should teach about creative commons, royalty free images, but I am bringing that up later in the unit.

I encouraged kids to look for the balance between text and image. You didn’t want the text to cover or block the focus of the image, but equally, you needed the text to be clear and readable. The background shapes you can apply helps with that. Here are some examples from the grades who did this – the grade 2, 3 5s and 6s.

Next week the students will be making posters again, but relating to what they are studying in Inquiry.