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Spark your students’ imagination with Adobe

We love tech that inspires students to create amazing work. And today, we’re looking at Adobe Spark for education. This amazing Adobe app lets users create amazing, professional looking visual stories in seconds. Here’s a look at how Adobe Spark can ignite creativity in your classroom.

 

Conal Siddall

What is Adobe Spark for education?

Adobe Spark, one of the newest apps in Adobe’s arsenal, features design templates and intuitive tools that allow users with minimal design knowhow to create great looking visual stories. And the education version is no different: with three distinct story formats, students can express their ideas by creating videos, web pages and graphics.

You and your students can access it through any web browser (on Windows, Mac and Chromebook) or via the iOS apps. There are three easy to use Spark iOS apps, one for each format (Spark Video, Spark Page, Spark Post), and you can use any or all that you need.

 

How much does it cost?

Absolutely nothing! While Adobe Spark is free to use by anyone, institutions get free access to Adobe Spark’s premium features (normally £9.99 a year). These let you add your own logos, colours and other personalised elements into projects so students can make creations unique to themselves.

Adobe also securely host all your school’s content, so you don’t have to worry about your school expanding its server storage and infrastructure (the IT team will thank you).

 

How do you get it?

If you already have Adobe applications, ask your IT administrator to deploy the apps from the Adobe Admin Console. Check out this guide for more information.

If your school doesn’t have Adobe applications, you can ask you IT administrator to request an Adobe Admin Console by calling 0800 9176 405.

 

How you can use them in lessons

Spark Page

This is used for creating text based stories with media content. You can use it instead of a word processor when there is imagery to support projects and assignments.

Spark Video

These are movies that you can narrate, so is best suited for oral presentations that you may have previously used slideshows for. Your videos can also be used on a Spark Page.

Spark Post

A Spark post is an image optimised for social media but can also be used to create posters. These can be used in a Spark Page as part of a wider project too.

 

No matter what the project or which app students use, getting started is easy: simply choose a template and theme, drop in photos and videos, add text and they’re done. Getting content for your projects is simple. Students can access files from Dropbox, Google Photos, YouTube, Vimeo, or upload them from your local computer. And, with the ‘find free photos’ button, you can search through free, age-appropriate images for students from image sites like Flickr and Pixabay.

Teachers have shared some of the amazing ways they’re using Spark apps in lessons with Adobe, including creative storytelling, visual poems, research papers and more. From nurturing young storytellers to teaching a language to testing reading comprehension and cultivating presentation skills, there are loads of ways Spark can be used to engage students inside and outside the classroom.

But it’s not just students who can use Spark. Your whole school can use it to create classroom newsletters, webpages to keep students and parents updated, school communication materials with your own branding and much more. It’s really useful for sending out information to parents that looks a lot more professional than simple documents made on a word processor.

 

Get tips for using spark in the classroom

If you want tips for using Spark apps in the classroom, check out the Adobe Education Exchange. This is a free learning platform ran by a community of educators that’s jam packed with great classroom content and amazing guides for using Adobe apps.

 

If you want to know more about Adobe Spark or any other Adobe apps for education, get in touch with our team by calling 03332 409 290 or by emailing education@Jigsaw24.com. For the latest news, follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.

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