Adobe, Apps, Apps for Learning, iPad, iPadEd

Getting Started with Adobe Spark Video

Adobe have been making iPad-friendly apps for years and there were three apps aimed to make visual content creation easy and accessible for all. essentially Adobe Spark Video is a way of using the core principles of a presentation, explaining an idea, but in a very simple, and beautiful way. The simplicity of the images, transitions and export functions mean that.

Also, not many people realise this but Adobe have now added Spark Video as a browser-based web app, where you can open up Spark and continue editing the projects you started on mobile, you can continue your work across devices as it dependant on emails and is therefore cloud based.

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Class Ideas:

English/Literacy based:

  • Create a verbal paragraph, a great Speech and Language activity as well as handy for children that struggle to get their ideas down. One slide to be what they can see, next one what they can hear and so on.
  • Create engaging short stories using video
  • Create a short story, using pictures to tell your story and recorded voice over the top.
  • Flip the idea, pictures available to children then in any order they create their own story and record their sentences.
  • Choral poetry, part of the curriculum and usually hard to record. This will give pupils a physical stimulus too.
  • Guided reading retelling the story using each page as a plot point.
  • Non-chronological reports- each slide is a feature.

Maths based:

  • Showing development of an area.
  • Explaining a concept, method or idea.
  • Reasoning problems, children could record themselves first asking a question and then demonstrating the method.

General:

  • Topic and Science- explaining concepts, science experiments or end of unit learning.
  • Biographies of famous people in science and history (part of the curriculum for children to know about this).
  • Modern Foreign Languages- explaining concepts, ideas etc.
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Practicalities:

  • As it is cloud-based you’ll need a decent Wi-Fi infrastructure- don’t get me wrong, it doesn’t need to be next generation but please bear this in mind.
  • You will need to add an email address when you log in, your choice of class email address, school or personal. Keep in mind if you use one email address for the whole school it will fill up quickly- and you may struggle to find past projects.
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Final Thoughts:

Adobe Spark Video is a terrific app, that is easily accessible and has a variety of uses in the classroom. Included is a video that Adam’s class made for Safer Internet Day 2017 which demonstrates the range of themes and features that users are allowed to do. The children were in pairs and created short advice videos about Online Safety. This is a quick and easy example that was then pieced together with iMovie but it demonstrates how effective the app can be. Also, the introduction of a cloud-based systems is fantastic and it allows learners to continue their work and embed it elsewhere with ease.

Children’s advice about Online Safety from Old Hall Primary on Vimeo.

Thanks for Reading,

Adam, Casey, Cherise and Sim

The EdTech Hub Team

Apps, Apps for Learning, iPad, iPadEd

Getting Started with Pic Collage

Why?

When we are working with schools an app that staff always seem to enjoy and to get a lot of value from is Pic Collage. For us, Pic Collage falls into the category of apps that are simple to us and can be used in a variety of creative ways, and what’s more it’s available for free… if you’re willing to have watermarking through your image and be limited with colour schemes and stickers.

How could it be used?

We have seen Pic Collage used in a number of creative ways such as:

  • A mind map demonstrating learning from a topic or unit of work.
  • A Collage celebrating a school trip or experience day.
  • Teachers could create displays for a working wall.
  • Documenting a science experiment.
  • Evidence of concrete/ apparatus based learning which could added to class books or even better a class portfolio such as Seesaw or Showbie.
  • Showing the development of project in Art and Design.
  • Celebrating a special day in your class or school.
  • Creating posters for after school clubs.
  • Adding stickers and emojis over the faces of children who may not have permission to be shared on social media.
  • Pic Collage allows you to manipulate images and the orientation of images, this means you can use the app as an editor.

Finally, it may seem obvious but Pic Collage is brilliant at combining picture from various apps that may not normally work together, more can be found on this here: https://geekyteacher.blog/2018/11/14/armistice-app-smash/

We hope this helps you to think about how you could use Pic Collage in your school, how have you used Pic Collage? We would love to hear and add it to the list to help other teachers. Which idea do you think you might use in your school now?

Thanks for Reading!

Adam, Casey, Cherise and Sim

The EdTech Hub Team

Computational Thinking, Computing, iPad, iPadEd, Keynote

Computational Thinking with Keynote

EdTech Hub team member, Adam Chase, has written an Article about using Keynote to create engaging Cinegraphics which are fun to make in class and simple to make too. This covers Computational Thinking, which is an area of the Computing Curriculum, as the Programme of Study shows:

Computing Curriculum Purpose of study

  • A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world.
  • The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming.

One of the areas of Computational Thinking is Abstraction, and this is a simple and cheap way of doing this for schools and I have found it with Keynote.

What is it?

Through the process of abstraction, a programmer hides all but the relevant data about an object in order to reduce complexity and increase efficiency (Margaret Rouse, Tech Target, 2018).

Why?

This is a nice, simple activity to teach part of Computing Curriculum, children’s understanding of computational thinking and how I.T works is believed to be the most under taught part of the computing curriculum and this can be helped by enjoyable and engaging activities like this.

How

Keynote has the ability to add icons directly in the app, no app smashing required, don’t get me wrong I love app smashing but it does help to keep things simple. Adam has made a full video on how he made a Film plot picture (Cinegraphic). He chose to make his from a small portion of Harry Potter, when Voldemort visits the Potters at Godric’s Hollow. Please note this is a very comprehensive video:

Cinegraphics are very interesting to make and the good thing is this activity would work from EYFS to KS4, just adapt the film/book and add complexity to the graphic.

Thanks for Reading,

EdTech Hub Team