Adobe Spark for Education is a smart digital tool that allows teachers and students to easily create graphics, web pages, and videos.
Adobe Spark offers those three tools but the Education version does it with added layers of safety and security as well as tools for greater teacher control.
Spark provides a way for the classroom to become a digitally creative and expressive place in which even the less-tech literate can succeed. Thanks to the simple step-by-step guidance of Spark, any student or teacher can create graphics, say for a presentation, build a web page for interactive education, or create a video for projects or virtual field trips.
But getting the most out of any digital tool is all about being creative. That's why we've compiled this feature to help you use Spark to its full potential to get the most engagement in the classroom.
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Brand up for personalization
Adobe Spark for Education is one of the few digital platforms that lets you create your own brand, for free. That means a school can have its logo, colors, and style all running throughout Spark.
This applies to individuals too, allowing students to develop their own feel and style. It offers default settings so when you start creating, it's from a base that is previously set.
For example, one student or school might use a certain shade of orange and a certain font style. By setting this up initially, it will have that color and font running throughout templates, meaning whatever is created it will be in that style unless amended otherwise.
Use character quotes, aka memes
Massive marketing and advertising companies use character quotes, so why not you too? Now you can using Spark, which lets you lay up great quotes with inspirational images to give them more presentation impact.
Grab author quotes from novels or powerful statements from scientists – this works across subjects and can be adapted here. The image could be of an equation, while the words are the scientist that discovered it explaining how that can change the world, for example.
Of course, it can also be used by both teachers and students to create memes from scratch, as well as funny and informative, visually engaging content.
Make video stories
A great way to engage students with a project that allows them to be creative is to set a video story task. The teacher can post lots of single pictures per page, and then the student is tasked with going through the images and adding their own story while recording themselves. The end result is a unique video story from each student, despite all having the same content.
To create blank starter stories, go to the Projects tab, tap the Project, the symbol, and then select Duplicate.
Second language video
One way to help students learning a foreign language to become more proficient is to work in images. By being shown pictures or words that need to be translated, students can then be prompted to read out loud the translation of the word while recording their result.
Using the same words across multiple pages can help to reinforce the learning and ensure the students remember the translation long-term.
Create a class highlight reel for guardians
One really nice way to give parents and guardians a look inside your classroom is to create a highlight reel video. This doesn't mean a labor-intensive compilation of videos you've recorded specifically for such a purpose. Spark will do it for you.
By selecting the "Tell What Happened" guide, software will create a compilation of the videos that you've already been using, which have all been automatically saved in the Creative Cloud. You can still add your own specific touches, such as adding in voice overs, re-ordering, and including introductions and outros as needed.
Tell a story with Spark
Adobe Spark for Education has the Page part of its repertoire that can be really helpful when it comes to storytelling. Yes, it's great for creative writing, but in this case we're talking about more of a journal.
Create an About Me web page and use that to build a personal profile. This can allow each student to be express themselves but also share about specific projects. For example you could get a math class to go through the numbers that are important in their lives, such as birthdays, house numbers, and so on, talking about which are prime and how they relate to each other.
Make book reports digital
A really nice way to make the text jump off the digital page is to use Adobe Spark's Page features. This allows students to overlay images and works to make their writing more dynamic and impactful.
By using the Glideshow and Split layouts features, it's also possible to create pages that not only let students add images to their words but also embed videos. For example, a book report on George Orwell's 1984 could include images from the movie or even video clips to help illustrate points from the story.