The Engineering Process Explained Through Adobe Voice

Elena Snyder’s third grade science students recently used the versatile and intuitive iPad app Adobe Voice for their Mag-Lev Train science project. The goal of the project was for students to design a train that would be as fast as possible and hold as much weight as possible. Additionally, the project required students to demonstrate their knowledge of the five step engineering process of:

  1. Planning
  2. Designing
  3. Testing
  4. Evaluating
  5. Re-designing

After a lesson on the features of Adobe Voice; how to select a template and add text, images, video, audio, and music, students worked in groups to create their own animated slide shows. This project was the first time Mrs. Snyder and her students were introduced to Adobe Voice. As a result of their success, they will definitely be using the app again for future projects in science as well as other subject areas. When I asked Mrs. Snyder her thoughts about the app she shared:

“The students were completely engaged and it was an exciting way to creatively express and document student work. It was more accessible to students than something like iMovie, which can be a little more challenging. Students were able to independently create their projects and really enjoyed being able to add music. The only limitation was a lack of options for slide layouts and adding text.”

As a work around for the limited text, I suggested to add text to a page in Book Creator and select “share as screenshot.” This takes the page and saves it as an image to the camera roll. From there, students can insert the image onto a slide in Adobe Voice and have a greater amount of text. For future projects I would also challenge students to add more variety to their slide shows by incorporating video. I will suggest to next year’s students to capture the testing of their Mag-Lev trains on video and add those videos to their slide shows. Overall, Mr. Murphy and I are extremely impressed with the final videos Mrs. Snyder’s students created. Adobe Voice is a must-use app for all elementary teachers as it leverages student voice and will keep students engaged in their learning. We are proud to share the work of four different groups of students including:

Group 1: Jad, Roneet and Dimitri
Group 2: Scott, Kayla, and Saanvi
Group 3: Ethan and Karlee
Group 4: Nour, Johnathan, and Devin

Each project showcases the engineering process the students went through to design and build their trains, the materials they used, the end result of their design (did their trains levitate or not and why or why not), the redesign of their trains, and the final result. We hope you will take a few minutes to view the work of our third grade scientists. We are confident that the quality of their work will inspire you to integrate Adobe Voice into your next project in science or any another discipline.

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