When the principal of Lacken National School in County Cavan, Ireland, recently went on a business trip to Australia, he was planning to tell people about his school using a run-of-the-mill presentation.
Instead, he was able to show off some of his students’ art, the school’s accordion class, and even let them hear what it’s like to attend Lacken from an actual student – all thanks to an Adobe Voice animated video created by a pupil, 9-year-old Kate Riley. Rather than show a static slide deck, Voice uses built-in templates to animate text and images to create a professional-looking video.
Kate got pulled into the fun project by her dad, Tony Riley, a teacher at Lacken, who decided she might be better suited for the job.
“I thought it would be better if we got a child’s perspective of the school,” says Riley.
Having a child create a professional presentation may sound like a recipe for disaster, but Riley was confident Kate could handle it with a little help from the Adobe Voice iPad app.
“I had been using Adobe Voice with a number of younger kids in the school to help them create their own stories and was blown away by how easy it was for them to use the app and thought it would be the ideal tool to use,” says Riley.
One of those students, a 4–year-old boy with a visual impairment, used the app to create a story about playing on his trampoline with his brother. He can’t write complete sentences, but the app gave him and other children in his class the ability to share stories, nonetheless.
“The great thing about Voice is its simplicity. The learning curve is tiny. My students and I were creating really professional-looking stories within minutes of picking up the iPad,” Riley says.
When it came to Kate, Riley didn’t have a lot of time to show her how to use Voice, so he gave her a rundown of the basics and left her with an iPad and her imagination.
The result was a presentation that included photos of the school’s programs and teachers that the principal could take with him to Australia. There was a soundtrack, too.
It’s something Kate and the school can be proud of, a trend Riley has noticed with all of the projects his students have worked on using Voice.
“Seeing the kids’ faces when they play back their finished stories, they are genuinely excited about what they have created,” he says.
See Kate’s Voice tour of her school: