Monday, October 1, 2018

Amplify Student Creativity Using Adobe Spark

It's time for your students to present their take on what they have learned during the unit and you get to watch an endless stream of Powerpoint or Google Slides presentations (insert smirk here). While there is nothing inherently wrong with Powerpoint or Google Slides, ISTE Student Standards define a creative communicator as follows:
"Students communicate clearly and express themselves creatively for a variety of purposes using the platforms, tools, styles, formats and digital media appropriate to their goals."
 The key phrase, "variety of purposes", indicates that students are to give careful thought to the purpose of their presentation. Who is their audience? What do they want the audience to know or feel after viewing their presentation? Are words enough or would music/video/narration deepen student understanding? Take a look at the following examples of student presentations using Adobe Spark:

Click on this link to view student creations in finding fractions (remember to scroll down once you click on the link)

This is just a very small example of what students can create using Adobe Spark. Here are some great ideas from our friend, Claudio Zavala, on more ways to use Adobe Spark to deepen student understanding of the learning objectives. This list also includes ideas to help teachers deliver their instruction in a way to reach different types of learners.

The good news is that our district has acquired access for all students in our district to use the premium features of Adobe Spark, which includes thousands of royalty free (and safe) images. Click here for instructions to help your students get started.

We didn't forget about you, teachers! You can log in to using Google for the free access or you can email your friendly digital learning team to request premium access. Have fun and "Spark" student creativity!

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