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.


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.


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 7: Adobe Voice, PhotoshopMix #3 and Composites in Photoshop #2

This week, the Prep class were introduced to a new app for them – Adobe Voice, the Grade 1-2s continue with PhotoshopMix to complete their “Think Board”, and the Grade 3-6s finished their work on their composite project. As usual, I’ll start with the Preps, then on to PhotoshopMix and finally the Photoshop composite project at the end of the post.


Adobe Voice has been around for a couple of years now, and I absolutely love it. I love it because of how easy it is to use. When I introduced it to the Prep students, I said it was like making a book on the iPad, but instead of words and pictures, we have sound and pictures and each “page” the student needs to record their voice.

I’ve used it in my past life as a generalist classroom teacher to great effect. Its been great as another format to publish or tell a story, and it’s also been especially useful with students with disabilities in telling their story in a way they understand and can handle. In this case, I wanted to present to the younger children a way to “tell” their story without having to write words. Enter – Adobe Voice. This week was really just about getting the kids to play with it. I explained how it worked. I explained how to record lines for each page and how to find (or take) photos.

Next, we will revisit Voice and look at doing projects where they talk about themselves and their families.


I was pleasently surprised this week how easily the grade 1/2s coped with what they had to do. Essentially the students were asked to “fill” their thought bubbles with images found in Google. I explained how to go into Safari, find the picture they want and press/hold their finger on the image until the popup comes up asking if they want to save their image. Once they had enough images, they were to go back into their project in PhotoshopMix and create new layers for each picture and pop them in. Once in they could resize and rotate the images to get their best fit.

I was on hand to help spell any words they found tricky (they are 6-7 year olds, after all), but aside from that, they need very little help, and many groups actually got to finish early. One thing I didn’t realise until teaching the first class – PhotoshopMix seems to limit the number of layers you can have in a composite to 5. So the kids could only choose three pictures (since the photo of them and the background image were two images already in.

The grade 1s were asked: What pops in your head when you think of Healthy Choices? The grade 2s were asked: What pops in your head when you think of Communities? Both topics were covered extensively in their classrooms, so they had some ready made ideas. I told the kids that I would print them out for their teachers and they had to explain to their teachers why they chose the images they did.

Here are some examples of grade 1 posters on healthy choices.

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And here are some examples of grade 2 posters on communities.

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This week the older students finished their work (most of them) on composites. They did a reasonable job selecting the background and deleting it. Today I ran through with them how to copy and paste from one file to another. Then how to use Free Transform to scale, move and rotate it in position. You can see that, for the most part, its almost exactly the same skill set that the grade 1/2s were using this week on the iPads.

The lessons went off without a hitch. The ideas came out, more or less, as planned. There were a few tweaks that I suggested here and there; as well as some students asking how to do various things (such as a colour overlay, transparency, etc.).

The results were inspiring, to be honest. I can teach the skills and how to use the tools. I can go through with them best practise. But the ideas, the creativity – that’s all them.

Here are some of my favourites.

That’s the last week. It was a short term 1, this year. Next term will be 12 weeks (ouch!) but that does suit perfectly the idea I have of stretching out Design. More to be revealed later.

Next week, due to other commitments, I’ll only be teaching grade 3 and grade 5. We’re going to be doing the Photoshop Filter Challenge. Stay tuned for next week!