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Adobe Slate: New iPad digital storytelling tool


Back last May, I highlighted three iPad apps that I called the perfect trifecta – apps that focused on the creation of digital products using visuals, text, and audio. One of my favorites on that list is an app called Voice. Voice is a very easy to use tool that captures your voice and overlays that audio on top of images, background music, and transitions.

The end result is a web-based video that can be quickly shared with others. I really love it for end of unit student projects. Simple to use. Lots of copyright free images. Background music built in. A wide variety of transitions and themes. Very slick.

And now?

Adobe just released Slate. Slate is their latest iPad app that lets students and teachers turn words and images into beautifully formatted stories that can be published on the web — all in a matter of minutes.

Create stories in Slate using an interface that makes it simple to add text, choose the right photo layout and apply curated looks and motion. Scrolling transitions make words and images move for an engaging and exciting read. If you’ve used Adobe Voice, you’ll recognize the interface.

Need an example? Click here to see a version of this post looks like in a Slate. Find out more on the Slate website.

With Slate, teachers have a powerful communication tool — they can create beautiful parent newsletters, class portfolios and more. Students have an easy way to share their knowledge and express their creativity in visual essays, reports, journal entries, portfolios, and science projects. At the same time, they can learn about layout, design and interactivity on the iPad as well as publishing for multiple devices. Through a simple link to the web, they can share their ideas and knowledge with the world.

And just like Voice, Slate is free.


Joe Dockery, a teacher from Mount Si High School in Snoqualmie, Washington, was a Slate beta tester.

One of the things that I love about Slate is how quickly and easily my students can publish and share their creations. The interface is so simple, intuitive and user-friendly, that they can just concentrate on telling a good story versus worrying about learning the technology.

Slate is a great companion to Adobe Voice, which was named one of the Apple App Store’s Best New Apps of 2014. Like Voice, Slate helps teachers and students focus on telling powerful stories.

I’m still experimenting with Slate and would love to hear your thoughts. Give it a try and let us know what you like / dislike in the comments.

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