App of the Week: Add a Spark to your online creations


Super-flexible design tool for crafting fabulous images, videos, and sites .

Ed. noteApp of the Week picks are now being curated by the editors of Common Sense Education, which helps educators find the best ed-tech tools, learn best practices for teaching with tech, and equip students with the skills they need to use technology safely and responsibly. Click here to read the full app review.

What’s It Like? 

Adobe Spark is a design and media-creation platform that’s best used on the web but is also available on iOS and Android (soon). The platform features three project types: Post (social graphics), Page (web stories), and Video (animated videos). Each of these features used to exist as a separate app — Adobe Post, Adobe Slate, and Adobe Voice — but now they all exist within Spark. Work is automatically synced across the web and iOS apps; published Page and Video projects are hosted on Adobe servers.

Price: Free

Grades: 8-12

Rating: 5/5

Pros: Lots of inspiring examples with ongoing updates, plus it’s easy to select and cite Creative Commons-licensed images.

Cons: Terms of use specify age 13 and up, and teachers should be aware of sharing settings.

Bottom line: This free, one-stop shop for creating sleek graphics, web stories, and animated videos is incredibly easy to use and challenges students to think critically about visual presentation.

Meris Stansbury

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