Ah summertime!! Now is the time when I reflect on my past school year and look toward next year. I also evaluate the tech tools that I used in my class last year and see if I can find new ways to make social studies come to life for my students.
In comes the Adobe Spark Suite. I first came across Adobe Voice (now Adobe Spark Video) a few years ago. At the time, it was only available for iPad. It was quite an extraordinary app and you can see my post about it here. The only drawbacks were that it was only available on iPads and it was difficult to share with others or upload to Youtube. At the time, I marveled at how great of a tool it was but then they went ahead and made it way better! So, as many of you know, Adobe is best known for making the software that helps you read PDFs (they actually do way more than that but it's probably how most people interact with their products). Now it seems that they are branching out!
With the release of their new suite of tools, Adobe Spark Post, Adobe Spark Page and Adobe Spark Video, Adobe has really made a name for itself in the design world. Adobe has also made these three tools available on the iPhone AND through the web (for FREE I might add). Sharing your (or your student's) creation is now way easier than it was on Adobe Voice. The design quality is also stunning. This is the type of content creation tool that will allow students to make authentic content and share with others in the school, community and across the globe! Let's take a look at each one individually. For this blog, I have chosen to use the web version of each tool for the purposes of ease of screencasting but as mentioned before, all these tools are available as apps in the Apple App Store. The bonus of having the app is that students can use their devices to take photos and insert them directly into their product with the mobile versions of these apps. So if they draw a picture, they can take a photo of it and upload it to the app. Without further adieu, I give you the Adobe Spark Suite: