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Telling Your Story With Adobe Spark

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Explore and create : Creation lab

Claudio Zavala  
Everyone has a story to tell! Learn how to use the Adobe Spark suite of apps to create stunning and effective images, web pages and videos to share your story. Learn about activities you can use in your classroom with your students.

Audience: Library media specialists, Teachers, Teacher education/higher ed faculty
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Attendees will need to create an Adobe account (free) and download Spark apps to respective devices.
Topic: Storytelling/multimedia
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
Designer
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.
For Students:
Creative Communicator
  • Students create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.
For Coaches:
Digital Age Learning Environments
  • Coach teachers in and model use of online and blended learning, digital content, and collaborative learning networks to support and extend student learning as well as expand opportunities and choices for online professional development for teachers and administrators.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this presentation is to share with teachers how they can quickly and easily share their story using the technology tool, Adobe Spark. At the end of the PD session, the participant will be able to:
• Create a video using Adobe Spark Video
• Create a graphic using an image of their own and Adobe Spark Post
• Create a web page using Adobe Spark Page

Outline

The audience will use their devices to either take photographs and/or search for their own images on their devices or cloud service.
Session Opening (5 minutes): Introduction and share with learners backchannel for the session to refer to questions (Todaysmeet.com or another tool)
Build Relevance (10 minutes): Use mentimeter.com to ask learners
• What are their favorite stories?
• What attributes made these stories compelling?
• What is your goal with learning Adobe Spark?
Learn It (25 minutes): Demonstrate how to create content for building a story using the Adobe Spark apps. Begins with creating images, then video, then a web page to put the story together.
Do It (35 minutes): Learners will spend time creating their own content (graphics, video, and web page) to tell their story.
Share It (15 minutes): Participants will post their finished stories (weblinks) on a Padlet. Will ask for volunteers to share their story with the group.
Closing (5 minutes): Review learning objectives and ask participants to share their experience with the session using mentimeter.com for feedback tool.

Supporting research

• How To: Tell A Great Story— 5 storytelling tips: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UE3OufWmnMY&feature=youtu.be
• Danyah Miller's top ten tips for stunning storytelling: https://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/2014/oct/06/danyah-millers-top-ten-tips-for-stunning-storytelling
• Why Creativity is Important: https://youtu.be/ywIhJ2goiGE
• How stories are told around the world: https://ideas.ted.com/how-stories-are-told-around-the-world/
• Once Upon a Time: The Secrets to Digital Storytelling: https://blogs.adobe.com/creativecloud/once-upon-a-time-the-secrets-to-digital-storytelling/
• Creativity and Education: Why It Matters: https://www.adobe.com/aboutadobe/pressroom/pdfs/Adobe_Creativity_and_Education_Why_It_Matters_infographic.pdf

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Claudio Zavala, I Am Claudius

Claudio Zavala Jr. is a digital designer for the Burleson Independent School District in Texas.. He’s passionate about fostering creativity in the classroom and using digital tools to engage learners. He also enjoys helping individuals, entrepreneurs and small-business owners create their designs and build their brands. Zavala has presented at a number of national and regional conferences, including the ISTE Conference & Expo, SXSWEdu, the Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC) and the TCEA Convention & Exposition, and his work has been featured in Toggle and EdTech Magazine. He’s also experienced in social media management, something he learned to do as part of I Am Claudius, his digital media consulting company. An Adobe Education Leader, Adobe Creative Educator, Certified Alpha Squirrel, Flipgrid Ambassador and Participate Community Advisor, Zavala enjoys photography and videography, and growing his YouTube channel. He’s also a professional musician, master woodworker and graphic designer.

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