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

Adobe Spark for Education
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Adobe Spark for Education is a smart yet simple to use digital tool that allows students and teachers to create visually engaging graphics, web pages, and videos.

The Spark system is made up of Adobe Spark Post, Adobe Spark Page, and Adobe Spark Video, all of which can be accessed easily through a web browser. That means this works on most devices, from smartphones and tablets to laptops and desktop computers.

For students and teachers, Adobe Spark for Education offers a great way to learn how to create digital graphics, build real websites, and create fun and informative videos. It does all this using templates that can be edited to help make the process easy to learn as possible.

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.

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 working 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 G Suite 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.