Adobe Spark is a free creative app that can be used to create dynamic materials to tell a story through the use of impactful social graphics (Spark Posts), web stories (Spark Pages) and animated videos (Spark Videos).
This tool may be useful in assignments that challenge students to creatively express themselves through their work. With Spark, students are not limited to static presentations and can create quality graphics, magazine-style web stories, and animated videos.
Spark provides access to a variety of free professionally designed fonts, photos, music, and themes, and allows voice recording and photo upload within Spark Videos.
Projects automatically sync between computers and mobile devices and can be embedded within a learning management system (LMS) or shared with via email, social media, or web URL.
To create content using Adobe Spark, it’s necessary to sign up for a free Adobe ID and then log into the Adobe Spark website (or app).
To begin a project, users select a predefined template or choose to create their own Post, Page, or Video. As users build their story, an outline, is created so that users know where they are in their project. Users add content to their outline to build their story.
It’s possible to add icons, pictures, and/or text to any slide. Options for using images include the user’s own images (from the iPad, Dropbox, Facebook, or a photo taken within the app) or the Creative Commons. In the latter option, Adobe Voice will only display photos that are available for use under a Creative Commons license; with use of these images, Adobe Voice automatically inserts a credits screen and cites photo sources at the end of the presentation.
Note that as you create a Post, Page, or Video, it is stored on an Adobe server and is accessible via the web or the Adobe Spark app with your Adobe account. You can categorize the video as public or private; making the video private means that only people who have the private link can view the video, though this link could potentially be shared, and access is not controlled further. Making the video public provides Adobe Voice with permission to share the video as well as for other people to access it without a private link.
Application to Courses
If you plan to ask students to use Adobe Spark to create content, include links to tutorials, and mention the need for a web camera or microphone in your course syllabus. Adobe Spark can also be used to create lectures, tell stories, provide instructions, present slideshows, and generally present audio and visual information in an illustrated video format. If you choose to create content using Adobe Spark, be sure to consider whether the materials you create will be accessible.
- Adobe’s Education Exchange has many resources on using Adobe Spark in educational contexts.
- Macworld has published an informative tutorial on How to create powerful presentations with Adobe Spark Video
- Lynda.com also has a tutorial on Understanding Adobe Spark.
Keep accessibility in mind as you develop course content and build assignments and assessments. Many online tools are not fully accessible, so it’s important to think about how you will make the assignment accessible if requested. The Disability Resource Center and the UF Accessibility page will guide you in making appropriate accommodations. You can also find out more about accessibility at our toolbox page on Accessibility in the Online Classroom.