Technology in the Classroom: An Overview of Adobe Spark

Today on, we look at Adobe Spark, a “Free graphic design app that allows students and teachers with no design experience to create impactful graphics, web stories, and animated videos.”

Adobe Spark is robust and flexible, and allows users to save and utilize files in a variety of formats. Jacqui Murray, a veteran tech teacher based in Northern California, looks at the app today on and finds it quite positive: “I like that Spark focuses on image sites like Flikr and Pixabay where access requires Creative Commons licensing.  This is an authentic application of digital citizenship rights and responsibilities, and reminds students that these legalities are an integrated part of their education workflow.” She also likes that Adobe Spark is free.

Jacqui also lists out ways that teachers can use Adobe Spark, including:

  • Background for a Presentation
  • Web Stories
  • Book Report
  • Portfolios
  • And More!

Jacqui sums up her article thusly: “If you use a boatload of different webtools to create videos, posters, explainers, infographics, cover pages, and more, you'll be excited about this one-stop-shop tool. Next time, just open Spark and start. You won't be sorry.”

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Classroom Management: Bringing Art, Music Back

Budget cuts have historically leveled arts and music programs in schools first. It’s too bad, because for many kids, art and music are two of the subjects that are favorites.

Beyond that, research has shown that art and music curriculums help kids with language development and IQ, they help students visualize elements like solving math problems, and they help improve test scores.

If your district has slashed arts and music programs, we’re sorry. But with a little outside-the-box thinking, you can use return music and art to your own classroom in creative ways. Frequent contributor Janelle Cox today outlines some easy ways that teachers can do just that.