Students and teachers are starting to take advantage of a tech tool called Adobe Spark which transforms photo slideshows into videos. Recently students in Mallorie Baron’s Beginning Spanish classes at King Middle School applied their knowledge of vocabulary words related to family by creating “Mi Familia” videos using Adobe Spark.
First students collected photos of their family members. Then they logged into Adobe Spark using our school account, and started a video from scratch. On each blank slide, students uploaded a family photo, wrote a caption for it, and then recorded themselves describing the family member in Spanish. Students could then listen to the audio they recorded for that slide and decide whether or not they wanted to re-record over it. Also, students chose from the library of background music available on the site to complete their polished project. Once finished, students shared a link to their project in Google Classroom so that videos could be shown to the rest of the class. This was a fantastic way to practice speaking and listening and develop students’ language skills.
These videos are a heartwarming look at each student’s family as well as a snapshot of their developing language skills. Special thanks to a number of students and their families for graciously agreeing to share their videos in this blog so you can see a sampling of these awesome projects for yourself! Please click on the links below to check out these family videos.
What a lovely way to bring students’ lives and voices into the classroom!
– Mia Gittlen, K-8 Instructional Technology TSA