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What is Adobe Spark for Education and How Does It Work?

Adobe Spark for Education
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Adobe Spark for Education is a powerful yet easy to use visual graphic tools that helps teachers and students create images, videos, web pages, and more.

Adobe Spark, which comprises Adobe Spark Post, Adobe Spark Page, and Adobe Spark Video, can all be accessed through a web browser. So you can use it on your smartphone or tablet then jump to a laptop or desktop and carry on. It also means students, with various devices, can also gain access.

Adobe Spark for Education uses templates to help even novices get to grips with creating engaging videos, fun webpages, and more. It's a great way to present information both by teachers to the class and by students as part of projects. 

The difference between the education version and the original Adobe Spark is added safeguards and better workflows to help make digital storytelling easier in the classroom. Read on to find out all you need to know about Adobe Spark for Education.

What is Adobe Spark for Education?

Adobe Spark for Education is an online-based tool that allows anyone to create visuals easily. For example, a student might use it to make an infographic showing key facts and figures for a history assignment. 

It could be used to create a web page, built either as practice for working on websites or as a fun way to present work in an interactive format.

The ability to create videos is a very powerful tool, enabling teachers and students to work online with engaging and informative video content. From presenting the completion process of a project, for example, to offering a bespoke virtual field trip, the possibilities are seemingly endless.

Adobe Spark is free for core features with the option to pay for more premium features. Adobe Spark for Education carries a charge but includes all the premium features.

Adobe Spark for Education

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What's the Difference Between Adobe Spark and Adobe Spark for Education?

The education version allows those under 13, who would otherwise not be allowed a Spark account, to be given their own login and password. A school or teacher is then able to manage that account in an environment that's safe and secure for the children and school.

Speaking of logins, those are simplified and can be integrated with systems such as Google's Workspace for Education and Microsoft Office 365, to name just two.

The image search is safer in the education version. It is still a public image selection library, only now it doesn't includes results from as many third-parties but rather only from identified image partners that provide safe content.

How Does Adobe Spark for Education Work?

First thing you or your institution will need to do is sign up for an Adobe Spark for Education account. An Adobe Enterprise ID will be provided that allows the school to create and manage student profile accounts. You have the option of going for a school- or district-based account or individual classroom accounts with varying pricing for each.

Once signed up as a school, it's possible to let students sign up individually or the admins or teachers can setup each account. 

After logging in, you can create a Post or Video by selecting either a template or starting from scratch. A whole host of school-specific templates for Post projects are available, including reports, flyers, and even explainers - ideal for class-based learning. 

To start a Page project, you'll either need to begin from scratch and follow the guidance or go into the gallery to look at examples. Pop-up prompts guide the user through the process of creation to help make it intuitive with a how-to tutorial appearing automatically before a video project is begun. 

Images can be added to a project from the Creative Commons selection, or images can be accessed through syncing with Adobe's Creative Cloud, Dropbox, or Google Photos accounts. For videos, it's possible to pull in examples from YouTube, Vimeo, or Spark Video. 

All projects are automatically saved to the cloud and can be easily shared with a simple link.

Luke Edwards is a freelance writer and editor with more than two decades of experience covering tech, science, and health. He writes for many publications covering health tech, software and apps, digital teaching tools, VPNs, TV, audio, smart home, antivirus, broadband, smartphones, cars and much more.