Adobe Spark Post

App Guide

Publisher's Overview

"Spark Post enables you to create stunning social graphics in seconds. Start by remixing a design from the Inspiration Wall, or start from scratch to create a truly unique masterpiece. Either way, add an image, provide text, and beautiful typography will be applied on-the-fly. Transform your creation by applying design filters with a single tap. Each tap gives you completely new layouts, color palettes, typography styles, and photo filters - no design experience required. When you’re done, save your creation, or share it with family and friends via e-mail, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and more." (Adobe, 2019)

System Requirements

Adobe Spark works on desktop web browsers (Windows 7 or newer, Mac OS X, Chromebook)

Supported Web Browsers- The two most current versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge.

Adobe Spark Post Mobile Apps are available for ios and Android devices.

My Review

After being introduced to Adobe Spark Video and Adobe Spark Page, I was curious to learn about Adobe Spark Post, the third app in the Adobe Spark Suite. Each of the apps that make up the suite function as standalone apps, but can easily be used in conjunction as well. For the purpose of this review, I will only be discussing Adobe Spark Post.

Spark Post is incredibly easy to use. The app can be used across multiple platforms. Content synching across devices makes it easy for students to pick up where they left off. Sharing content is also a breeze since posts can be downloaded, embedded as html code, and or shared using a link. Projects are saved in the cloud, and even previously published content can still be edited at a later date.

Students do not need experience with design or photo editing. The app allows users to begin with premade templates and designs. This is perfect for inexperienced users or younger students. The app also allows users to start from scratch, so students have ultimate control when it comes to creativity and design. Using machine learning, Spark Post can also generate and recommend layouts that better fit the selected photos making the whole process a lot easier. Ultimately, students have full choice when it comes to images, colors, fonts, layouts, etc. Kids who enjoy “creating” and “making” will absolutely love this app!

I feel this app is most applicable for publishing student’s digitally created content to social media. As the app is intended to be published and students have the option to begin by selecting a specific size canvas depending on which platform they will be using to share their work. For instance, a student may select a canvas size perfect for creating a Twitter Post, Instagram Portrait, or adding content to their Snapchat Story, Facebook page or Blog. By allowing students the opportunity to share their work via social platforms, you are essentially providing them a much wider audience. Students produce quality work when they are creating content for a specific purpose and for a specific audience.

To get the absolute best from your students, I would recommended allowing student choice whenever possible. Choice could be in the form of topic, project, presentation, or even if the student will be working alone or with others. Project based learning (PBL) is a great way to accomplish this. It also provides for authentic assessment of student learning. PBL allows students to work individually or collaboratively to create content. This allows the teacher to observe and assess what the student knows, understands, and is able to do.

In addition to fundamental skills, teachers are now responsible for making sure students acquire 21st century skills necessary for success in today's technological world. Allowing students to use digital tools to create and share content will allow them to practice problem solving, research gathering, information synthesizing, and effective communication.

Collaboration today is a necessity especially when creating, and I feel Adobe missed a huge opportunity to capitalize on that. I don’t see any way for multiple students to work collaboratively while creating content using Adobe Spark Page, Video, or Post. From what I can tell, users access their work from single login and can share, but there does not seem to be any feature that allows for collaboration on the same work. In the meantime, students could still use a seperate application to share ideas, gather information, and save content to be used in the post, and then one team member could develop the post. Perhaps this is a feature that Adobe will consider adding in the future.


References

(2017, June 8). Best apps for teaching & learning 2017. American Library Association. Retrieved

from http://www.ala.org/aasl/standards/best/apps/2017#content


Spark.Adobe.com (2019). Retrieved from https://spark.adobe.com/edu/


iDownloadBlog.com Images (2018) Retrieved from

https://iDownloadBlog.com/2018/02/07/adobe-spark-post-content-aware-layouts/