This week I decided to play around with Adobe Spark. I had never heard of it but I had heard of Adobe so I figured why not? It is very easy to use. One of the phrases that kept coming up on the loading screen was “Everything is better with Spark-les.” You may or may not agree with me.
There are 3 types of documents you can create with Adobe Spark: a post, a page or a video. I tried each of these. Here are my reviews in the above order.
There are three examples of posts you can make in Adobe Spark. My class went to Agribition on Thursday so I had that on my mind. We saw bees there. Anyway. I made the first one with very little difficulty. On the Post page, there are several different categories to choose from.
So you can choose from one of the categories or you can make your own. I experimented with both. The new header on my blog is one I made from scratch but the bees and bikes ones were templates from the School category. The reason I made two bee ones is that I wanted to see if it was easy to edit it once you downloaded it the first time. If you are like me you always see a mistake or something you don’t like RIGHT after you think you are done. It is very easy to edit and change it after. You can also choose an image you have or take one from their bank which is very simple to access.
Another neat feature is that they offer you styles, fonts and colours for you to pick from. So if you are like me and like things to look a certain way but can’t always make what you are envisioning that is perfect for you.
What I liked about these posts, is that there are times when I want to make my own posters my classroom, with academic content, rules etc but I only really know how to use Microsoft Word, Powerpoint or crayons and paper. As I type that I realize how archaic I must sound, anyway. It’s nice because these are just a bit more modern looking and there are so.many.options: font, colours, size, pictures, backgrounds, filters, almost you name it they have it. I can definitely see myself using this tool as a teacher.
The second type of document that I tried out was a page. Here is the groovy, thought provoking page I made. When I first started out, I really didn’t know what page meant. But as you’ll see if you look through it, it is basically like a web page with different items on it. What was great about Adobe Spark is that I had no idea what I was doing but I was able to figure it out. I added in a “Button” which is a link to a website, a youtube video and some picture and captions. For this one, I used both my own and stock pictures. This would be a fun and easily accessible tool for students to use and you could use it for any topic really.
The last type of document I tried out was the video. I made another 5 star piece of work. This one was a bit trickier to figure out, but still very simple. There was an introductory video that kind of got me going. I did not insert any actual videos in my video, just pictures and text, but you are of course able to put in a real video. In mine, I only had 4 pages plus the credit page, but when I first loaded it up, there were many more. But I easily took those out, you could also add more in or duplicate. Adding the voice in was also very simple, I made one recording but didn’t like it so all I had to do was press the microphone button again and it redid it. SO.SIMPLE.
Here is the starting point for your video. As you can see, again, many templates with different features and also the option to start from scratch. What I also liked about Spark was that there is always that x in the corner so I can just exit out if I tapped the wrong button- very important for a tech limited person like myself.
For our Advent night at school this December, we have to make a looping video showing the various charitable/kind acts our students did throughout the month. I was going to just throw something together on Powerpoint and time it but now I can be fancy and make an Adobe Spark video. WOO.HOO!