Teacher Review For Adobe Spark

The One Stop Shop for Student Voice and Choice

Dana O.
Instructional Technology Integrator
North Allegheny School District
Pittsburgh, PA
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My Grades 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts, World Languages, English Language Learning, Health & Wellness
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 4
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
I would recommend using this in any content area for students to "show what they know" by summarizing research/information, applying/connecting their knowledge to the real-world, or even critically thinking about a topic (i.e. a Public Service Announcement.) The possibilities are endless with this one stop shop. Teachers can easily give students the choice about what they create and use this as the backbone to student-created products in their classroom. Logistics wise, signing in is seamless with the login connection to Google Apps for Education and the interface is very user-friendly. Everything auto-saves, so work is not lost. Using the computer microphone to record a voice over worked flawlessly, but there aren't any editing features to that voice over. Students will need to re-record if they make a mistake. When students publish an Adobe Spark Page or Video, they can choose to not display the Author Name (their name), and choose to not allow it to be discovered. They can then share the link or download the file.
My Take
This is the tool I have been waiting for. As a Technology Coach, this is the perfect recommendation for a teacher to seamlessly incorporate student voice and choice in their classroom because it provides the 3 main features students can use to be creators across any content area. Student products can be shared via social media, weblink, or downloaded, three very important options. They seem to have built the site with students and educators in mind, especially with some of their privacy features mentioned above. They even have an educator's guide for use linked on their site. The best part of all is that this is free! According to their site; "Adobe Spark is free to use, and will remain so. At some point in the future we may add premium features or paid options. If that were to happen, the core functionality as it exists today will remain free. No bait-and-switch, we promise." This is HUGE!