This idea is perfect for younger students, and works particularly well when using Adobe Spark on the iPad. The idea is to encourage students to create their own storybook with not just their own story, but also their own pictures and their own voice telling the tale.
First help the students talk through their story idea. Keep it short and simple at first.
Have the students create pictures for each step in the story. Use regular 8.5×11 or A4 paper, and have them draw, color, paint, use stickers, etc. Encourage them to fill the sheets completely, big pictures work better then small ones.
Then have students use their iPad to take a picture of each of their drawings saving them to the iPad Camera Roll.
Next, open Spark Video and click the + button to create a new story.
Have them type the story title and their name on the title screen, and then tap the Next button. The next screen offers story templates to help students get started. You’ll not need them for this project, so tap the “Start from Scratch” button at the bottom of the screen to go to the Video editor.
Spark Video adds the first slide for you. Slides may contain text, photos, video, icons, and combinations of these. The first slide is the story title slide, so have students select Text and then help them type the title of their story and their name.
Then have them tap the + button at the bottom of the screen to add new slide. Tap Photo to add a photo, and then select “On my iPad” to locate the photos they just took of their drawings, and then add the first drawing. Repeat this step for the rest of their drawings, each drawing goes on its own slide.
Now it’s time to tell the tale. Tap each slide, starting with the first, to record the voiceover for the title screen and then for each picture. Students simply press the red microphone button, talk, and release the button when done. They should click the play button to listen to their recording, and then can rerecord if needed.
Finally, students can select Themes and background Music for their story using the options at the top of the screen. Have them tap on various Themes while looking at the Title slide (as that is where they’ll easily see how each Theme renders their creation).
When done, have students click the share button at the top right to publish or download their very own story.
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