Adobe Voice and Office Mix
7/30/2014 By: Carol S. Holzberg
www.adobe.com/ and https://mix.office.com/ • Retail Price: Free
Project-based learning for K-12 students has received a
boost with Adobe Voice and Office Mix, two new storytelling
applications from Adobe and Microsoft. Both
products are available at no charge. Both applets offer rich
collections of artwork elements to create and edit a short
multimedia-rich project. These tools will help you simplify
document sharing by providing cloud space for posting on the Web.
Quality and Effectiveness;: If you already work with PowerPoint,
Office Mix provides additional ribbon tools. These new tools enhance
presentation delivery with options that make slides interactive by
mixing in audio recordings, quizzes, polls, and video clips. Users can
record themselves giving the presentation, reposition and resize slide
elements, re-record a slide, and write on a slide for emphasis. Office
Mix also offers special analytical assessment tools, enabling those
who create an Office Mix-enhanced presentation to see who watched
the show, determine how well viewers did on the quizzes, and note
how long they viewed a particular slide.
Adobe Voice lacks both the interactive and analytic features of
Microsoft Office Mix. But story creation is a simple procedure that
proceeds without glitches. An uncluttered interface guides users
through the process of creating multi-page, multimedia-rich stories.
Voice recordings made with the iPad’s built-in microphone and music
can be inserted on every page. Users can also add graphic icons,
photos, and other artwork for visual impact.
Ease of Use: Working
with Adobe Voice is a very
intuitive process. Simply
launch the app, tap “Create
a New Story,” enter a title
for the video, and choose a
particular story structure (e.g.,
follow a hero’s journey, teach a lesson,
or share a growth moment). This feature also
includes a Guided Instruction tutorial to help you get started.
Working with Office Mix is a bit problematic because of the technical
hiccups, but it is well worth the effort. If you already know PowerPoint,
you won’t find it difficult to explore the new options on the Mix ribbon
bar, but adding voice and interactive quizzes to PowerPoint slides is not
as intuitive as creating a digital story in Adobe Voice. A few quick trips
to the Office Mix online tutorial Web site will prove useful.
Creative Use of Technology: You can create a Mix presentation in
the same way as a conventional PowerPoint slideshow, working with
both the regular PowerPoint tools and the new tools available on
the Office Mix ribbon. Similarly, Adobe Voice V1.1 comes with over
25,000 icons, 100,000 images, and a robust library of music clips and
Suitability for Use in a School Environment: Both Adobe Voice and
Office Mix support instruction aligned with the new Common Core
standards for communication. Two “anchor standards” for Speaking
and Listening in the English Language Arts section
specifically address the importance of communication
through listening, speaking, and writing.
• Both programs are available at no charge if your school
has compatible hardware and software.
• Both tools help students develop presentation and
• Users can share content easily with others by posting
their work online.
Both Adobe Voice
and Office Mix can
help strengthen student
instruction, and address
student interests in