We’ve all seen print ads containing beautiful images with visually appealing text, right? A cool poster advertising a sale? A quote by someone famous or not-so-famous? Of course we have. These types of professional-looking images are everywhere! The good news is, there’s a free app for the iPad (and for the Web!) that students can use that allows them to create their own visually appealing, professional-looking images. The app is one third of of Adobe’s Spark trio: Adobe Spark Post.
How Does It Work?
Adobe Spark Post couldn’t be easier to use. When students are ready to create their image, they just tap the big plus sign at the bottom and choose a background style. Students are able to use solid backgrounds, images they have in their photo library, take a photo directly in the app, or they can search the free Public Domain photos that the app already has available (not recommended due to potential lack of image filtering).Students then choose the style of image they would like to use by scrolling along the different options (social posts, social profiles, or standard). Once students have selected a size, they tap the Done button and will be immediately taken to the text editor.Double tap the text and type in the quote or message that you would like to appear first. When that text is selected, different tools will appear across the bottom of the screen. Students can change the font, the color and opacity of the text, the shape and alignment of the text, and the spacing of the text. Experiment with those buttons and see what they do :).Drag the bubbles on the corners of the text to resize the text box. If students wish to change the number of lines the text is on, double tap on the text box, move the cursor to the desired break, and tap return. That will move some of the text to a new line.
If students wish to add another line of text, tap the A+ in the top menu. A next text box will be added that can be edited just like with the other text box.
Spark Post images can be animated. Once students have finished editing the text, tap on the Animation option to see all the options for animating text. Even if an animation is selected, it can always be changed or removed.
When students are ready to share the Post, they tap the share button in the top right. The share options include saving to camera roll and sharing to apps such as Google Drive, Google Classroom, and more.
Common Core Connection
Using Spark Post is a great way to support the Common Core State Standards. Thinking specifically about craft and structure, two anchor standards are as follows:
Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.
Students can identify sentences, quotes, words and phrases and create an image that uses the sentence, quote, word or phrase. Students would then save the image to the camera roll and import it into another app that would allow for an explanation. For example, students might identify a quote from a story and create a Post. Then they would import that post into Adobe Spark Video and explain their analysis of why this particular phrase was used in the text. They could also export to Google Docs in order to write their analysis or choose another app that would allow them to explain their analysis.
What Do You Think?
How have you used Adobe Spark Post in your classroom with students? Let us know in the comments below!