Honest Adobe Voice book reviews accessed with the snap of a QR code!
Type of technology: iPad App
SAMR Model Rating: Redefinition
Grade level: All
Subject area: All
ver wanted to save the voice of your students? Adobe Voice is an app that allows a student’s voice to be recorded and archived. With the help of QR codes and an amazing librarian, honest reviews written by students were able to be placed on books for current and future students to listen to.
In English, students were required to read a Classic Novel. Students were given the option to chose their book, yet had no idea which one to choose. This got the 7th grade English team wishing each book had an honest review for students written by students. With an honest review, our students would have more of an idea of which book they were getting into. The app Adobe Voice was our answer. The only problem is we were unsure of how future students could easily access the review. In came the aide of QR codes.
Step one: Students read their classic novel and wrote an honest review.
Step two: The librarian allowed our classes time in the library to complete the project. We started with a class set of ipads. Each student wrote down the ipad number they were given to make sure they used the same one the next day. Students used the app Adobe Voice. They opened the app and recorded their review. After their recording was approved students chose themes to go along with their review such as background color, music, and they took a photo of their book.
Step Three: Students copied their adobe voice to the clipboard in order to save the link to place in the QR code generating website
Step Four: Students place the link to their Adobe Voice in OR Code Generator to create their QR code. Students then copy the QR code image.
Step Five: Students log into their Google Docs. Students paste the image from the QR code generator. Students then labeled the image with the Title of the book they reviewed and made sure to include the author. Students shared the doc with me so they received credit for the assignment. They also printed out a copy for the librarian to paste onto the books they read.
Step Six: Give students a chance to admire each others hard work. Our librarian was kind enough to paste each QR code on the library books. We then had a gallery walk where students used headphones and listened to each other’s reviews. This project was completed by over 200 students in 7th grade English.
Scan the QR code below to hear a student’s review of To Kill A Mockingbird.
How can this work across disciplines? The voice is great because it allows students to record their voice over any picture. Adobe Voice alleviates anxiety from having to stand in front of the classroom and sharing a presentation. Students were able to listen to as well as have their reviews heard stress free. Students did not give their name in the summary of their book so students from other classes were unaware of who was providing the review.
Download the Adobe voice App and create an account. I shared my account name with all of my students so they created their project under my account. This alleviated the headache of every student spending time creating their own separate Adobe Voice account. Another English teacher also gave students my account name allowing us to have every student’s project under one account. Students’ projects are only saved on the ipad they used to start their project. If a student was given ipad #1 one day and ipad #2 the next day, they would have to start all over again. Keep track of which student was given which ipad. Make sure students are given a quite space to record their voice. Thankfully students can record multiple drafts in case they do not like their original recording. This app is very user friendly and I am excited to use it again with another project.