Adobe Spark

Adobe Spark is a platform for creating digital stories.  It was designed to be easy-to-use and low-cost: great words for teachers!  From their website, introducing the platform: “We’ve made it easy for literally anyone to create three different kinds of content: social media posts and graphics, web stories, and animated videos.”  Spark Post lets you create images to post on social media and on blogs.  Spark Page lets you create web stories.  Spark Video lets you create videos.  You use your own photos to create your content, and you can search through their images to find something that you want to use as well.

Here is an example of a short web story that I created about technology integration in the classroom.  I used Spark Page to create this story.

Technology IntegrationThere are a lot of ways I can see my students using these three different platforms.  My students will be studying photography at the beginning of the school year, so I could use any of the platforms with them to showcase their work and tell stories with some of their photographs.

They could use Spark Page to create a timeline of images or to show their growth from the beginning of the unit to the end of the unit or to show off how they used a specific photography technique.  They could also write stories and use the photographs to guide the story.  They could publish photo essays.

With Spark Post, they could practice spelling or vocabulary words by creating visual flashcards with their or other’s photographs.  They could show different aspects of the IB PYP program (my school is an aspiring IB school), like the approaches to learning, learner profile, or attitudes.

With Spark Video, they could tell a story using their own voice as well as their photographs.  They could narrate a showcase of their favorite photographs or talk about what they learned throughout the unit.  They could create videos to show the lives of famous photographers to share with their classmates.  They could share some of their favorite famous photographs (with proper citations, of course).  And these are just suggestions from my first unit on photography.  I can see my students using Adobe Spark to share their learning all year.

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