40 Ways to Inject Creativity into Your Classroom with Adobe Spark
By: Ben Forta & Monica Burns
In the hands of creative educators, Adobe Spark provides students with a fun way to embrace critical communication and creativity skills. But what if you don’t consider yourself a “creative educator” or just aren’t sure where to start?
That’s where 40 Ways to Inject Creativity into Your Classroom with Adobe Spark comes to the rescue! Experienced educators Ben Forta and Monica Burns offer step-by-step guidance on how to incorporate this powerful tool into your classroom in ways that are meaningful and relevant. They present 40 fun and practical lesson plans suitable for a variety of ages and subjects as well as 15 graphic organizers to get you started. With the tips, suggestions, and encouragement in this book, you’ll find everything you need to inject creativity into your classroom using Adobe Spark.
About the Author
Ben Forta has three decades of experience in the computer industry in product design and development, support, training, and marketing. As Adobe Inc.’s Senior Director of Education Initiatives, he spends a considerable amount of time teaching, talking, and writing about Adobe products, creativity, and digital literacy, and provides feedback to help shape the future direction of Adobe products.
Dr. Monica Burns is a Curriculum and EdTech Consultant, Apple Distinguished Educator and Founder of ClassTechTips.com. As an educator, Monica was part of her school’s Federal Magnet Funding leadership team and was a vocal advocate for bringing 1:1 technology into her 5th-grade classroom. During her tenure as a classroom teacher, Monica used iPads to create engaging, differentiated learning experience to meet the unique needs of her students. Realizing the power of tech tools in the classroom, Monica started ClassTechTips.com to provide a resource for educators and administrators on implementing EdTech in the classroom.
What People are Saying
Teachers want to teach, and students want to learn, skills that map to 21st century careers. Adobe Spark has struck a nerve because it helps build visual communication and problem- solving skills by making creation fast, fun, and frictionless. It has been so gratifying to see the impact that Spark has had in the classroom, and Monica Burns and Ben Forta have beenguiding educators from Day 1. This book will let you benefit from their insights and help you get the most out of Spark, regardless of your task or curricular objective. – Aubrey Cattell, VP, Adobe Spark + CC Education
Adobe Spark is a digital creation game changer and educators Burns and Forta have created the resource to empower any teacher to make students thinking visible and their learning come alive with this simple, yet powerful, tool. 40 Ways to Inject Creativity into your Classroom with Adobe Spark is a clear and practical guide to take student communication,reflection and creation to the next level. Burns and Forta don’t give us a ‘how to use AdobeSpark,’ instead they focus on “how to make student creation the driver of learning.” This book is standards-driven keeping the focus on the learning and not on the tool. – Rebecca Hare, Art and Design Educator and Author of The Space: A Guide for Educators
This comprehensive collection of innovative Adobe Spark projects is a creative shot-in-the- arm for anyone seeking to diversify the digital learning artifacts produced in their classrooms. Ben and Monica provide proper insight and inspiration to get learners of all ages creating and communicating original media content. Their detailed lessons are easy-to-follow and ready-to-use tomorrow. – Andy Leiser, Elementary Integration Specialist, Hastings, Minnesota
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