Adobe, Giving Voice to the Languages

If the the old saying is true that a picture is worth a thousand words, it begs the question; would the same be true if a picture could actually speak to the viewer in telling a story?  The scenario may not be so far-fetched, as a recently introduced app called  Adobe Voice does just that, by bringing photos to life with narration.  In fact, the app assisted two, 2014 Yale Summer Session language classes (see end of post for examples).  
 

Yale Connection

Prof. Rosamaria Leon, from the Spanish department, and Prof. Carol Chiodo, from the Italian Department both used iPads abroad this summer in aiding their teaching and learning for their classes (Lima, Peru and Grado, Italy, respectively).  With the help of Adobe Voice, the students were able to easily create photo slideshows and add voice-over narration to form a very polished product where the language narrative takes center stage.  AdobeVoice
 
Prof. Chiodo had her students used Voice for their final project, while Prof. Leon assigned her students three assignments using Voice; one in New Haven, and two in Lima Peru.  For Prof. Leon’s first assignment, she had her students visit the Yale Art Museum, select a piece related to Latin American culture and commented on it.  ”The app provided students with the opportunity to interact with art in a personal and fun way,” said Leon.  ”They invented a story using Spanish vocabulary and grammar they were learning. Students took pictures of the piece and/or choose images from the app that related to the piece. They also added music themes.”   The recordings were then posted online by the students to the courses WordPress site allowing the students to comment on each others’ work.
 
For the second assignment, she had her students interview employees and students from Universidad del Pacífico campus in Lima.  The exercise was meant for the students to practice vocabulary while learning about the local economy and work.  ”The activity provided the opportunity to interact with people in Perú, try to decode their accents, and finally present their products to share knowledge of Perú’s economy and work in a well and organized manner,” explained Leon.
 
The last assignment directed the students to visit the Basilica of Santa Rosa in Lima and record their own tour of the landmark building.  ”This activity was an amplification of the first activity at the Yale Art Gallery,” said Leon.  ”They explored the house on their own and chose their favorite part. They described their favorite site using Adobe Voice.” 
 

The Good

Ben Lerude ’17, who took Cultural Studies of Peru (SPAN s247), liked the interactive aspect of Adobe Voice saying, “I thought the app was a fun way to practice speaking Spanish, and it’s a really creative and cool app.”

Many students found the app’s simplic, one-touch recording an advantage.  ”It was very easy to use, had great sound quality and very good transition in between slides’” said Amen Jalal ’17, who took Elemenary Italian (ITAL s110 02).  Her classmate, Lily Hahn ’17, had similar sentiments.  ”It took very little time to make each slide because there are only a few layout options in addition to the sound component, making it easy to work with.”


Adobe Voice Demo

The Bad

Adobe Voice’s simplistic nature may, however, be its one downfall, as it has limiting functionality.  While Kira Tebbe ’17 (ITAL s110) found the app recorded her voice clearly and she was able to add Ken Burns effects to her photos, she points out there are some limiting attributes.  ”One downside of the app was that we couldn’t add our own video. I wanted to throw in little clips I had recorded, but the app wouldn’t allow it.”  Jalal had similar comments about the app who added, “The only limitations are that they don’t allow you to add more than 2 photos or to add video clips and that may inhibit your project depending on its scope.”  While Bowie Xu ’17 from Span s247 liked the theme and music choices offered by the app, he found Adobe Voice could add improvements to the post-production features which are nonexistent.  ”It’s frustrating not being able to edit or crop a recording. If you messed up, you would have to redo it.” Said Xu.

The Results

While the verdict is still out, and the app has some shortcomings, most of the aforementioned students who used the app found it helpful for their classes.  According to anonymous survey feedback,  72% of the students in both classes replied the app was helpful for their language studies, with may comments highlighting ease-of-use and an active way to practice speaking the language.  

 

Here are few examples of Adobe Voice in action.

Lily Hahn – ITAL S110

“It took very little time to make each slide because there are only a few layout options in addition to the sound component, making it easy to work with.”

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Amen Jalal – ITAL S110

“[Adobe Voice is] an app I would recommend to anyone undertaking projects similar to mine.”AmenVideo

 

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Ben Lerude – SPAN S247

“…[Adobe Voice] definitely mixes things up a bit and makes for more exciting projects than simply writing about a topic by hand.”

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 Kira Tebbe – ITAL S110

“…the main learning aspect [is] hearing my own voice to hear the accent and pronunciation…”

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Howie Xu – SPAN S247

“Using the program allowed us to practice our speaking skills for Spanish, whereas a written response would not.”

 

 

iPad Class Sets – Call for Proposals – Fall 2014

Dear colleagues,

Two sets of 20 iPad Airs (32GB, Wi-Fi-only) and two set of 20 iPad minis (16GB, Wi-Fi-only) are available for instructional use in both the fall and spring semesters of the 2014-15 academic year.  Yale College faculty members interested in using the iPads for the fall semester are asked to submit a proposal by Friday, August 15, 2014 describing how they and their students will use the iPads in support of a Yale College course (professional school courses are not eligible). Preference will be given to proposals that involve regular, semester-long use of the tablets.

The successful applicants will be provided with pedagogical and technical support to assist with the development and implementation of the proposed activities. Purchasing assistance will also be provided for proposals requiring specialized iPad applications.

Successful applicants will be expected to participate in evaluating the iPad-supported activities and share the experience on the CLC website and at a CLC-hosted event.

To submit a proposal, use the following online form found on the Mobile@Yale site.

Alternatively, you can send an email to clc@yale.edu with the following information:

1. Your name
2. Course number and title in which the iPads would be used
3. Semester in which the course will be offered
4. Estimated number of students in the course
5. iPad set and duration of use
6. A brief description of the proposed use of the iPads

For more information and examples of instructional uses of iPads,
please visit http://clc.yale.edu/ipad/.

This program is made possible through a collaborative initiative of the Library, ITS, the Center for Language Study, and the Yale College Dean’s Office.

Sincerely,

The Collaborative Learning Center Committee

Shakespeare at Your Fingertips – Text and Performace All-In-One

“I have had a most rare vision. I have had a dream, past the wit of man to say what dream it was.”
Shakespeare – A Midsummer’s Night Dream

WordPlay

Shakespeare WordPlay

The May/June 2014 Alumni Magazine reviews an interactive Shakespeare book series for iPads called WordPlay for Shakespeare (The New Book Press).  What make this neoclassic version of Shakespeare so unique is that it not only shows the play text on one half of the screen, but video of actors performing the play on the other.  The Yale Alumni Magazine is profiling the innovative book because the publisher and CEO is a Yale alum, Alexander Parker ’88.  What’s more, several of the actors are Yale School of Drama graduates, according to the article.  The book also includes other features such as a translator into “modern vernacular” (CliffNotes, if you will), highlighting, note cards, and word search.  The book series, which currently include Macbeth and A Midsummer’s Night Dream, received a good review from Christopher Arnott  in the article and can be downloaded from the Apple iBookstore.

Take a look!

Android Tablets 2014 – We’re not just about iOS devices

Source: http://www.zdnet.com/top-android-tablets-april-2014-edition-7000027965/

Found this article highlighting new Android devices for 2014.

Top Android tablets (April 2014 edition) - ZDNet

iPad Class Set – Call for Proposals – 2014 Summer Sessions – Going once…

Dear colleagues,

Two sets of 18 iPad 3s (16GB, Wi-Fi-only) and one set of 20 iPad minis are available for instructional use for both 2014 summer sessions.  Yale College faculty members interested in using the iPads for either of the summer sessions are asked to submit a proposal by TODAY, Friday, April 4, 2014 describing how they and their students will use the iPads in support of a Yale College course (professional school courses are not eligible). Preference will be given to proposals that involve regular, semester-long use of the tablets.

The successful applicant will be provided with pedagogical and technical support to assist with the development and implementation of the proposed activities. Purchasing assistance will also be provided for proposals requiring specialized iPad applications.

Successful applicants will be expected to participate in evaluating the iPad-supported activities and share the experience on the CLC website and at a CLC-hosted event.

To submit a proposal, use the following online form found on the Mobile@Yale site.

Alternatively, you can send an email to clc@yale.edu with the following information:

1. Your name
2. Course number and title in which the iPads would be used
3. Semester in which the course will be offered
4. Estimated number of students in the course
5. iPad set and duration of use
6. A brief description of the proposed use of the iPads

For more information and examples of instructional uses of iPads,
please visit http://clc.yale.edu/ipad/.

This program is made possible through a collaborative initiative of the Library, ITS, the Center for Language Study, and the Yale College Dean’s Office.

Sincerely,

The Collaborative Learning Center Committee

CLC iPad Showcase Recap

I would like to extend my sincere gratitude and appreciation to all the participants and visitors who helped make the CLC iPad showcase possible.  I had a great time hosting the event and it was fun to see all the connections that were made among the faculty, staff, and visitors.  Find below the video compilation I put together for the presentation introduction.

Many thanks,

Matthew Regan, ITG

[LuxTalk] – CLC iPad Showcase Open house – March 28, 2014

Dear Colleagues:

Our second LuxTalk of the Spring 2014 semester will be March 28 in the TEAL classroom at 17 Hillhouse Avenue, where the informal venue will be an open house with instructors showcasing how they used one of the CLC iPad class sets for a semester.  The doors will open at 11.00 am, with opening remarks at11:15 am, lasting until 12:45 pm.  A light lunch will be provided.

Presenters stationed around the room will demonstrate how they used iPads in their courses, answer questions, and explain how the mobile devices have influenced or changed the way they teach.

Instructors

ITS and Library Staff

Special Guests

  • Carol Bascom-Slack
    MCDB
  • Jasmina Beširević
    Sociology
  • Donald Brown
    Economics
  • Claudia Calhoun
    American Studies
  • Kaury Kucera
    MB&B
  • Andrew Miranker
    MB&B
  • Maria Moreno
    MCDB
  • Cynthia Schwarz
    YUAG
  • Tiffany Tsang
    MCDB
  • Marta Wells
    E&EB

 

  • Lauren King
    Bass Library
  • Christopher Medeiros
    STC
  • Matthew Regan
    ITG

 

  • David Gary
    Yale University Library
  • Sara Sapire
    Yale Press

Please join us on March 28 in the TEAL classroom at 17 Hillhouse for lunch and casual conversation.

Need help finding the location? http://goo.gl/maps/kg1yA

The Collaborative Learning Center is a broad coalition of Yale entities in support of teaching and learning.
For more information on the series, please visit http://luxtalks.commons.yale.edu/

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