Title: Adobe Slate
Platform: iOS 8 or later
Adobe Slate is the latest in Adobe’s collection of free apps for iPads. (Adobe Voice was reviewed here in May of 2014.) With Slate it’s possible to create professional looking visual documents – stories, how-tos, research projects, and more. Creative Commons photos are available within the app or users can make use of photos that taken themselves. The 10 minute screencast below provides an overview of what Adobe Slate is all about and how it works.
This app has a lot of uses for schools and libraries. Teens can create magazines using their own photos. The magazines can be totally visual or include text along with the images. As shown in the screencast examples there are opportunities for using the app as a way to present research and/or creative writing. Adobe Slate also provides the chance to talk about how stories are told with images and text combined and how selection of images can have an impact on the storytelling. With the ability to add and change copyright information, you can use that app feature to talk with teens about intellectual property and ownership.
Stories created with Adobe Slate can be embedded on web pages once it is uploaded to the Adobe site.