#GridTip: The Perfect Pair, Flipgrid + Adobe Spark

The following post is written by Educator Innovation Lead Jornea Erwin. In the #GridTip Series, Flipgrid Educator Innovation Leads Ann, Jess, and Jornea will share tips and tricks to help you explore ideas and possibilities with Flipgrid.

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Magic and meaning have collided during Appsmash Innovation Month for an explosion of innovation! Anytime students are able to think critically, collaborate, create, and communicate, great learning experiences are bound to occur! Let’s explore the magic of student creativity when the perfect pair, Flipgrid and Adobe Spark, combine to create sparks in your classroom.

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What is Adobe Spark?

Adobe Spark is comprised of three free online and mobile visual design apps, Spark Post, Spark Page, and Spark Video to help students visually communicate their ideas easily and quickly.

Spark Post allows students to create beautiful graphics including event flyers, social posts, collages of their best work, and visual storytelling.

Spark Page brings student ideas through words and images to life as they create web stories.

Spark Video turns the combination of various media, including video, text, narration and music into a beautifully crafted video that can be shared with others.

How might we promote creativity within content using Adobe Spark?
The possibilities to create using the Adobe Spark apps within each content area are endless. Below, you will find a few ideas & activities, which can be modified for any grade level, using each Adobe Spark App to inspire your own creative ideas.

📝Make Thinking Visible using Quotes and Annotations using Adobe Spark Post: After students participate in close reading of a text, have student share a quote from the text that made them think or an annotation they wrote. Combine the quote or annotation with a visual they find or create a post that captures their thinking.

🧕🏽Create Engaging Biographies or Reports: Using Adobe Spark Page - encourage students to engage others through graphics and captivating facts to tell about the life of a person they are learning about or someone they admire or to report on a book, place, destination, or event.

👨‍🏫Create Instructional Videos or Flip your Class Instruction: Using Adobe Spark Video - create the educator or a student can create a visually appealing video which may include the title of the lesson, learning targets for students to achieve, the instructional content, and an activity for students to complete to show their understanding of the content.

A plethora of other ideas can be found with the Adobe Spark Teaching Resources , on Twitter by following Adobe Spark and engaging with fellow educators at #CreateEDU, as well as the newly released 40 Ways to Inject Creativity into Your Classroom with Adobe Spark by Ben Forta & Monica Burns. Click here to learn more about our friends at Adobe Spark for Education!

Why is Adobe Spark & Flipgrid the Perfect Pairing?
The power that each app holds creates ✨M✨A✨G✨I✨C✨ of students attaining essential skills for success and creativity in school, future work, and life when combined! With the creation of visual storytelling, the organization of sharing ideas and the opportunity to engaging in meaningful ongoing discussions while also providing feedback, a myriad of student learning needs are met.

🔮 How to make the #FlipgridAppsmash ✨M✨A✨G✨I✨C✨ happen? 🔮
Appsmashing increases the possibilities of transformational technology use. First, consider your learning task and objective. Next, explore the end product available within each app and the sharing capabilities. In the end, you will be able to connect the dots to appsmash your favorite apps! Here are my recipe cards and ideas for the perfect pairing of Adobe Spark and Flipgrid.

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The import option is highly important when appsmashing Adobe Spark Video as well as other video platforms into Flipgrid! Check out this awesome graphic and tweet from Tony Vincent!

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#Student Voice Ambassador, Claudio Zavala, is a very creative and innovative educator that is highly engaged in the #FlipgridFever community. Bonus: He is also an Adobe Ed Leader!

⚡”Adobe Spark apps opens the world of creative expression for students with video, graphics, and text.”

⚡“Students can use Adobe Spark videos to create compelling videos that share their voice!”

Have fun with this awesome #FlipgridAppsmash, add your very own appsmashing fun to our Student Voice is Magic Grid and follow #FlipgridFever and #CreateEdu for more inspiration!


See you on the Grid!
Jornea