Adobe Spark has long been one of my favorite creative tools for educators to use in the classroom. It’s free, works on mobile or the web, and it has a suite of tools that can be used across multiple curricular areas. This week, Adobe unveiled Spark for Education, a service that is aimed specifically at schools and as you may imagine, it has a variety of useful advantages for teachers. Here’s what you need to know.
What is Spark for Education?
If you have used Adobe Spark before, you will be familiar with the three free creation tools that Adobe includes as part of the Spark service:
- Spark Page: a web authoring tool for magazine style stories.
- Spark Video: a digital storytelling movie maker.
- Spark Post: a graphic design app for creating flyers, posters and graphics.
Spark for Education includes a number of new safeguards for schools. For instance, schools can now have students under the age of 13 login with their Google or Microsoft 365 logins thanks to the addition of a new a Single Sign On service. This means students under 13 no longer need to share a class account and they also have one less password to remember. More importantly, Adobe’s Single Sign On has been implemented in a way that complies with COPPA regulations.
Another useful feature is the safe image search. The standard Spark suite includes a number of image sources that users can search through to add to their digital creations. However, they are not filtered. Schools using Spark for Education can take advantage of enhanced filters for education which are designed to block unsuitable images for students.
Lastly, all students and teachers have free access to Spark Premium, a service that is currently offered at $10 a month to non-education customers. With Spark Premium, schools get access to branding tools, personalized themes, greater customization and more.
How to Sign Up for Spark for Education
In order to use Spark for Education in your school, your administrator or Technology Director needs to login to their Adobe Admin Console and make the necessary arrangements. If you don’t have an Adobe Admin Console, you can set one up for free by contacting Adobe.
Details on how to deploy Spark for Education are here, but if you need help, Adobe have people on hand that are ready to assist you. More information about Spark for Education can be found at http://spark.adobe.com/edu or in Adobe’s latest blog post, Introducing Spark for Education.