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“If we believe in student learning, we must consider the variety of ways in which students are encouraged to participate.”  -Barrie Bennett and Peter Smilanich

Spark makes it easy to foster powerful creative learning experiences. Improves project-based learning and outcomes. Studies have shown the value of creativity in the classroom, the hiring process, and the workforce — and 82% of professionals wish they'd had more exposure to creative thinking as students.

What can I design with Adobe Spark?

 

  • Social media graphics

  • Photo journals or Essays

  • Slideshow video

  • Graphics

  • Promotional Videos

  • Book Cover Creation

  • Memes

  • Posters

  • Comic Strips

  • Journaling

  • Response to Assignments

Motivation in the Classroom using Adobe Spark!

 

Create a Spark Video story with a single picture per page, use big bold clear pictures (ideally isolated on a white or clear background to avoid distractions). Have the student go through page by page recording themselves naming the picture or object. They could be describing what they see, explaining something they learned, giving a video response to writing.  The list is endless.  

 

Creating copies of blank or starter stories. You can do this by going to the Projects tab, tapping the project … symbol, and then selecting Duplicate or use a template already made for you.  

 

 

I don’t have time to create from scratch!  That’s OK,  Use the Library.  

 

Use the Adobe Spark Public Library to help you find already created images to make work easier.  

 

 

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Today’s Triple T is an add-on to last week’s Triple T!  What are the secrets to easy, eye-catching designs that will draw attention from any audience?

The secret to any good design lies in the way its visual elements are organized and positioned in relation to each other. This is exactly what layout design is all about. One of the easiest ways to achieve an organized design is to apply a grid system. Grids are the backbone of all layouts, infographics, fliers, and presentations. It’s a tried and tested technique.

Layout design involves using one grid or a group of grids, depending on what needs to be achieved. The grid system helps align elements based on sequenced columns and rows. We use this column-based structure to place text, images, and functions in a consistent way throughout the design.

Adobe Spark Grid Layout

Start from scratch

Sometimes a template is exactly what you need, or sometimes you have ideas of your own. That is where the background layout comes into play. You can select your layout and then add your own elements.

These layouts can be used for all sorts of creations by you and your students. (Remember, everyone has full access to this awesome tool!) Here are a few ideas for your classroom:



  • Brochures
  • Photo collage
  • Display student work
  • Invitations
  • Book report magazine cover
  • Cereal box covers
  • Classroom newsletter
  • Memes
  • Book covers
  • Comic strips
  • Motivational quote cards
  • Class highlights
  • The list goes on…..

Watch this short tutorial video to find out exactly where these layouts are located. You’ll also find out a few tips and tricks along the way! Happy “Sparking’ !

To download and share the design, click on the download option in the upper right corner.

 





PNG and JPG work great for sharing on your website or through digital means.



PDF is excellent for printing or higher resolution uses.


Click start download to create the file.

Canvas - All Those Unpublished Assignments

Now that it’s the beginning of 4th quarter, teachers have probably noticed all the unpublished assignments that they have imported in their course showing up on the Canvas Gradebook. Since there is no due date for those assignments, Canvas just assumes that you will use them in the 4th quarter. Have no fear, if they are unpublished students can’t see them, and they are easy to remove. In the View menu go in and click to remove the Unpublished Assignments. 

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“Creativity is as important now in education as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status…” This quote is from Sir Ken Robinson, a leading proponent of creativity in the classroom. It’s important to empower students to move from content consumers to content creators. This can be done by allowing students to tell the story of their learning and share their knowledge. Adobe Spark is an approved and simple-to-use (and teach) creation tool that empowers students of all ages to create. 

Let them Create!

Skills for Today and Tomorrow

Presentation programs like Google Slides, Keynote,  and Powerpoint are excellent tools for students to build content. However, they are not meant to be stand-alone presentations. Instead, they are meant to augment a speaker's presentation with visual content.  However, students make an all-too-common mistake of placing too much text on every screen. 

Last week’s Tech Tip was on how to convert a presentation to a video and add a video recording using Spark Video. For building a direct presentation complete with images, video, and text that a user can peruse, check out Spark Page. A Spark Page is a website. Its advantage over other tools like Google Sites and Microsoft Sway is its attention to design. It is less business and more fun to create something that gives options to design what looks good as well as contain the relevant information. Check out this quick video on using Adobe Spark Page to see it in action. Take a look at this example.

 

Its single weakness is that you cannot share them out publicly. Adobe doesn’t have a method to keep the links within our domain (like Google Tools). So to share it via a link a student must first invite their teacher.

Once invited the user can then use the copy link option below to share it with those they have invited. Your students will love building content and sharing their learning with you through this amazing tool.

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Congratulations to our grand prize winners of the Nearpod challenge! In the end, Emily Judkins won with the top score of 8711 points, and Jaylyn Keoppel won our Tweet it out challenge. We’d like to thank all those who participated in the challenge--keep reading these tips for more challenges and prizes! 

Creative Sparks 

Record a Presentation in Video

It’s not uncommon to have students create presentations. However, giving students time to present isn’t always possible. There are many tools that can be used to record a presentation, but most take time to learn. This is where Adobe Spark steps in. With Spark Video you can quickly and easily create a quick video complete with your own voice on each slide. Watch this quick video to see the process. Adobe Spark is available for all students k-12 and works on Chromebooks. Students can also create their own slides directly in Spark Video. The videos are intended to be short, think under 5 minutes. Try it with your students today.

 

Adobe Education Exchange

Wanting to learn more about using an Adobe Tool or would like to see lesson plans from other teachers? Adobe has a place that is full of great resources for teachers. You can search and filter by subject, education level,  or products used. Many of the lesson plans have presentations and resources along with complete lesson plans. All secondary students in the district have a Creative Cloud License and all elementary students have access to the Spark tools. 

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