Introduction to Adobe Spark Kirstie Knighton

WHAT IS ADOBE SPARK?

Adobe Spark is the integrated web and mobile solution that enables everyone, especially teachers and their students, to easily create and share impactful visual stories. Adobe Spark supports three story formats, three ways to express ideas.

Desktop versions of the apps are available at http://spark.adobe.com.

All projects are automatically synced across the web and the iOS apps.

Adobe Page

With Page, teachers and students can bring words and images together in fun ways, turning essays, assignments, reports, and more into engaging visual stories.

Play with a variety of layouts, and add text. Use your own photos, or pick from thousands of free online images (with appropriate filtering applied).

A Spark Page is a highly visual text based story. Think of it as the word processor you wish you had when you were in school. As such, it is ideally suited for text-based projects and assignments that involve lots of photographs.

Spark Video

  • Spark Video lets you turn your story into a captivating animated narrated video in just minutes.
  • Presenting a report, explaining a concept in class, or telling a personal story has never been easier.
  • A Spark Video is a narrated movie, and is thus best suited for oral presentations, the type of storytelling that you may have previously used slideshow software for.

Spark Post

  • A Spark Post is an image optimized for social media.
  • If you are going to be posting ideas or links (including links to Video and Page stories), then Post will create the compelling attention-grabber that you’ll need.
  • Spark Post enables you to create stunning social graphics in seconds. Start by remixing a design from the Inspiration Wall, or start from scratch to create a truly unique masterpiece.

Adobe Spark is free to use, and will remain so.

Your Adobe Spark creations are hosted on our cloud for FREE. Content is automatically saved so that nothing will get lost and so that content may be synced between devices. Links to your content can be shared as desired.

Spark Video movies and Spark Post images may be downloaded locally (on iOS these will be saved to the Camera Roll).

Image Searches

Adobe Spark lets you import images from services like Flickr and Pixabay.

Searches (using their search engine) will only retrieve images that are tagged as Creative Commons -licensed for reuse (learn more here).

Students can also upload images that they have downloaded from the Web.

In addition, with our younger users in mind, Adobe Spark will only retrieve images that these services have tagged as ‘safe’. However, because no filtering technology is completely foolproof, Adobe Spark can also block specific images as necessary. If you encounter a problematic image, please email hellospark@adobe.com and provide us with the image and the search term used.

Adobe Education community

The Adobe education community frequently shares ideas and classroom uses on the Adobe Education Exchange site. Visit edex.adobe.com to browse and to join and share with this quarter-million-strong community of passionate educators.

Some ideas:

HOW IS ADOBE SPARK BEING USED IN EDUCATION?

  • Narrative prompts
  • Second language acquisition
  • Image-based stories
  • Creative storytelling
  • Book reports
  • Written assignments
  • Science fair presentations
  • Propaganda posters (to show understanding of the messages)
  • Digital portfolios
  • Multi-media timelines
  • Video journals: Upgrade student journals with video. Each journal entry is a Spark Video slide.
  • Photo essays
  • Class reports and blogs
  • Trip reports
  • Science fair presentations
  • Student portfolios
  • Classroom newsletters
  • Announcing club meetings and other events
  • Campaigns for class elections
  • Flipped lessons using Spark Video
  • Class blogs
  • Metacognition and Reflection of learning
  • Key facts cards

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