Adobe Spark Apps in Grammar

Yesterday I had the pleasure of working with the year five children at Greengates Primary School. I wanted to show how we can create exciting learning experiences using technology. We started off by watching the amazing film Astonish Me from the World Wildlife Fund.


In partners, children  talked about the message the film wanted to get across. Once we had identified the theme of endangered animals I asked the children to find out the names of at least four endangered creatures. We could have just got the children to search online but I wanted to use a different source than Google. We used DK Findout and Q Files to do this. Due to time shortages I directed the children straight to pages on endangered animals. I used QR codes on the board. The children scanned them on iPads to go straight to the relevant pages.

After this I challenged children to find as many synonyms for endangered as possible in five minutes. We used thesauri, searches on the iPads and our own knowledge.

I then asked the children to make memes on the theme of endangered animals. I introduced the app Adobe Spark Post. This allows users to blend images and text to quickly make very slick looking images. The app comes with an impressive online library of images that can be used. We added our synonyms to images of endangered animals as you can see in the examples below.

The only issue with using Adobe Spark is that you need to sign in with an email account. Users should be thirteen or older to create an account too. With this in mind I followed the advice of posters on the Adobe Community boards and used an email I had set up for the purpose. All the iPads were logged in to the same address.

We saved each of these images to the camera roll on the iPads. I then asked the children to write a sentence following a formula of verb, adverb, preposition, expanded noun phrase to fit each image of an endangered animal. I put the image below on the board in several slides in a presentation. You can see my example sentence below. This example was just to demonstrate how to create the sentence. The children weren’t making these .


Once we had written our sentences we used a second Adobe app, Adobe Spark Video. The children added each of their memes and narrated their sentence over each one before sharing their final video to Google Drive. You can see a couple of examples below.


It’s fair to say that we could have done with more time to complete this work as we managed to get all this done in an hour and fifteen minutes. The children worked hard throughout the activity and were engaged in the process throughout.

Tim Bleazard

Tim has over 20 years experience as a primary school teacher, twelve of them as an ICT co-ordinator. In 2009 he was seconded to Challenge City Learning Centre and used the opportunity to assist schools in their understanding and use of a range of new and emerging technologies. He joined the team as a Curriculum Innovation Consultant in 2012. Tim is a qualified E-Safety Mark Assessor, CEOP Ambassador, Apple Professional Development Authorised Trainer and a Google Certified Teacher. Tim’s role includes evaluating a range of mobile devices (Apple, Android and Microsoft) and advising on their appropriate use in schools. Tim is passionate about blogging, programming and using creative digital technology such as video, animation, photography and audio to raise attainment across the curriculum. He leads the very successful ‘Media Literacy Leaders’ project in partnership with Bradford UNESCO City of Film, the British Film Institute and Cape UK.

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