Why should I learn another new application?
Adobe Spark is FREE and offers three options: Post, Page, and Video. One of the best parts is that Adobe has partnered with several well-known stock photography sites to offer a one-stop place for students and teachers to quickly find the images that they need. No more wasting time surfing the internet for the perfect image. Adobe also sites the source of the image for reference.
Use Spark Post to create stunning graphics. This quick and easy app can create graphics that meet a variety of your needs.
Make Classroom Posters
Adobe Spark Post works great for creating posters! Whether you use the mobile app (iOS) or desktop version, you have the option of resizing the post in suitable size for printing on a campus copier/printer. For best printing options, select either letter size: 8.5"x11" or poster size: 11”x17” depending on your preference. I highly recommend using high-resolution images for any printing. Copying images from the web may not produce the best possible print. Your best bet would be to either purchase an image or my favorite option, take your own photos. Most current mobile phones built-in cameras will produce fine quality images that will work fine for posters.
Every teacher has had her fair share of flyers to pass out at school. Sometimes attractive ones and other times ones that accidentally wind up in the trash cans! You can create flyers that are 5.5”x8.5”. There is an advantage of using this size because you can print two one one letter sized page of paper. Spark Post provides many layouts to choose that will work.
Sequence Of Events, Retell Stories, And Comic Strips
Adobe Spark Post has added a feature allowing you to add multiple images to on post. One option is creating a sequence of events or steps in a process (scientific method, cooking recipe, solving math problems).
Another option is to use it to retell stories. Have students illustrate and recap a novel or book they have read. Next, have them capture images and place them in sequential order. Adding a fun way to share their work. In addition to sequencing a story, students can create a comic strip of their own. It is a creative way for them to share a story they have written.
Think of the possibilities. If you are studying a location, have your students create a postcard from there. Have them make a collage of landmarks from the location. Find images that are relevant to a person in history.
Memes are images captioned with text to express an idea or thought and shared through social media. They are humorous, inspirational, and fun, but they can be inappropriate. You will want to set some serious guidelines for this.
Adobe Spark Post is an efficient tool for creating memes! Here are several ways you and your students can use memes in your classroom:
Class Rules - Create rules/procedures for your classroom, school or PD session using memes
Fact v Opinion - Use them to teach digital citizenship. For example teaching students to recognize memes versus truths
Motivation - Have students create motivational posters or create messages for PD sessions. Create PSA posters to teach social skills.
Ice breakers - Create humorous memes to introduce lesson. Students can then analyze the meme. Students can also create memes to demonstrate understanding of content.
Historical Event - Teachers and/or students can import an image into a meme-creation program and make their own meme with a witty subtitle.
Reinforce Curriculum - Create a meme to remind students of formulas, steps, etc. Better yet, have the students make the meme to demonstrate the learning.
Novel - Create memes to emphasize a theme or point from a novel or short story.
Character Quotes - Similar to memes, you can create images to share an idea or concept based on characters or authors quotes from a text. The difference here is that the intent is not to be humorous as in memes, but to convey an interpretation of a quote.
Create beautiful web stories with Spark Page. Traditional presentations combine with website capabilities to make a one of a kind experience for students.
Learning journals allow students to reflect on their lessons and explain in their own words their learning process.
Make Awesome Portfolios
Spark Page is an user-friendly app and website. There are no html or coding skills required. Simply add images, video, and text into designated sections. The length and complexity of the web page is entirely up to the student. When it comes time for students to share their work with prospective universities or employers, they will have a website readily available.
Say NO to traditional presentations
As long as I have been teaching (since 1999), we’ve been asking students to create slideshow presentations to display their work. Try bumping it up a notch by creating a webpage to share their work. Adobe Spark Page fits the bill! Not only can you as the teacher create a webpage to share information, but students can use it too! Here are several ideas or ways you can use Page in the classroom: History reports, book essays science projects, field trip journals, about me research project. (Record your visit to the Outdoor Learning Center, FW Stock Show, FW Zoo, Austin, etc)
Create compelling video stories with Spark Video. Make your stories come to life. Use your own videos and images or choose from over thousands of Creative Commons-licensed images and icons to add to your story. Add your voice to the story to create a stunning and engaging video.
Create How-to Videos
Creating how-to videos is a very laborious job! You can spend many hours filming, editing, creating text, and adding audio recordings to create a short how-to video. There’s just not enough time for classroom teachers to do that. Fortunately though, Adobe Spark Video can do that!
Spark Video has many bells and whistles to make your videos stand out. There are Story Guides built in so that you don't have to build from scratch, which you can do if you want. For a How-To video, I would use the “Teach a Lesson” guide. Follow the prompts and add your own content and audio.