This is not the first time I have written about Adobe Spark. For last year’s 30 tools in 30 days, I reviewed both Spark Post and Spark Video. You can read my review of Post and Video by following the links. However, I did not review the final tool in this suite – Spark Page.
Visual Portfolios and Digital Stories
Adobe Spark Page gives you the same simple tools you find in Post and Video. In a short time, you can create visually stunning web pages. Like Post and Video, Spark Page’s main focus is on the images. There are several tools to help you create a page that highlights your images.
Here are a couple of examples of pages made using Adobe Page.
The first I created for the STEM Read Podcast to display pictures we took while recording an episode with author/illustrator Tom Lichtenheld and Dr. Rhonda Robinson. (Here is a link to the episode if you would like to give it a listen.) The second is a sample of my photography and the third is my daughter’s art portfolio.
You can see from the examples that the pages you create are more than just static web pages. There are some nice scrolling and image display features. Want to see more, check out their inspiration gallery.
Adobe page has a ton of features that make this an easy tool for building a visual web page.
- Formatted blocks – You build your web page in blocks. You can select the type of block you want and then add your images, text, video, or buttons.
- Embed videos – You can add videos easily to your site. Create videos with Spark video and then add them to your page. with a simple click.
- Upload images from anywhere – Not only can you upload images from your computer, Spark Pages also connects to Lightbox, Dropbox, Google Photos, and Google Drive. If you don’t have your own images, you can search through Adobe’s bank of stock images.
- Apply Themes – Change the look and feel of your page by applying different themes. If you have a paid account, you can set up a custom theme using your brand management settings.
- Free – Just like the other Spark tools, Page is free. However, you can upgrade to the premium account if you want to manage the look and feel of your brand and remove any Adobe branding. Read more about the pricing on their Pricing Page.
- Adobe Hosting – Adobe hosts all of the pages you create using page. You do not need an external host.
- Sharing – When you publish your page, you get a shareable link. You can also share your page through Facebook, Twitter, Google Classroom, or email.
- Link updating – If you update or modify your page, you can update the link to push out the changes. No new URL needed.
In the Classroom
All of the Adobe Apps are wonderful tools for the classroom. With Spark Page, your students can create amazing visual stories that look like they have years of training. Here are just a few ideas for how to use this with your students.
- Art portfolios – As you can see from the example above, Page is a fantastic tool for creating visual portfolios. I like the combination of text and images that allows your artists to write captions and artist’s statements about their work.
- Informational web page – Instead of having them write a research report, have them put together an information page about a topic they researched.
- Visual resume – Have students create a visual about me page. Focus on different audiences. What would a professional page look like versus a personal page? This is also a good time to talk about what you should and should not share online.
- Science journal – Create a science journal that documents an inquiry project through text and image.
- Reflective journal – In my visual literacy class, I do a Photo A Week challenge. Having my students create a reflection journal using their images would be a great way to capture their learning.
- Digital Stories – Whether your students are creating works of fiction or non-fiction narratives, have them tell their story through building a page.
- Class magazine – Turn your students into journalists and have them create a class magazine. Assing different content sections to different teams and let them work together to publish a magazine. Create multiple pages and pull them together into a Google site or other website tool.
There are so many other ways you could use Spark Page in your classroom. You could even create your own visual resume to highlight some of your own professional wins.
If you do not have a free account yet, go sign up for one today and start playing with the amazing set of tools!