Keyboarding, Elementary English Language Arts
Material Type:
Activity/Lab, Homework/Assignment
Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary
  • Adobe Spark
  • Introduction
  • Lesson Plan
  • Publishing
  • Video Production
  • adobe-ccexpress
  • photography
    Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial
    Media Formats:
    Interactive, Text/HTML, Video

    Education Standards

    What's your dream?

    What's your dream?


    This is a lesson plan created for students to have an opportunity to learn to publish their work and use their own images that they take and create a video. 


    This lesson is corresponding with the writing standard 6 in the production and distribution of writing core standard...  "With guidance and support from adults, use technology to produce and publish writing (using keyboarding skills) as well as to interact and collaborate with others." Students will introduce themselves to each other by making a video in Adobe Spark using pictures they take on their ipads. The lesson will be approximately 3 hours, though it could be adapted as needed in length. It will be a face to face lesson, and hands on.  It will be more than just an itroduction-but also a way for students to learn about each others dreams and a way to practice empathy. In addition, it presents itself well to learning about copyrights.   



    Background for Teachers

    There isn't a lot of background information needed to teach this lesson. Teachers will just need an example of their introduction video talking about their dream to show the students. You will need a basic understanding of how to create a simple video in Adobe Spark. You will find the following resource helpful. Make sure that each of the students are able to get to Adobe Spark on their ipads.  You will also need to make sure that their cameras on their ipads are working accurately.


    Step 1 - Goals and Outcomes

    Step 1 Goals and Outcomes


    Learning Intentions:

    • Students will be able to make a video using Spark Video to introduce themselves to others in the classroom.
    • Students will learn about copyright, fair use, and public domain and giving proper credit where it is due.
    • Students will plan out and type what they want to say about themselves and their dreams.
    • Students will take pictures on their ipad to use in their videos.

    Success Criteria:

    • Students will have a completed video to show the class. 


    Step 2 - Planning Instruction

    Step 2 Planning Instruction

    Student Background Knowledge

    • Prior to this lesson, students will need to have an understanding of how to take pictures on their ipad. 
    • Prior to this lesson, students will need to have an understanding of how to type sentences on their ipad.

    Strategies for Diverse Learners

    This is an easy adaptable lesson in order to make it more or less challenging as needed. If students are struggling, they can have more time, or they can work in pairs.  If students struggle with typing, they can aslo use the voice option in Adobe Spark. If students need to be challenged more, they can make their video longer or spend more time taking quality pictures. 

    Step 3 - Instruction

    Step 3 Instruction

    This lesson is divided into 5 sections.

    Section 1 (15 Minutes)

    Show the video of Copyright, Fair Use, and Public Domain.

    Have the students fill out the worksheet as they watch the video. Discuss with students what each of these are. Discuss why it is important and essential to give credit. Explain that for this project, they will be taking their own photos.  They own their photos so no credit will need to be given for that. 

    Section 2 (15 Minutes) 

    Give a short demonstration on how to create a video in Adobe Spark. You could also show this video if desired.

    Basic steps are to go in to Adobe Spark, click on the +, create a video, click start from scratch, add slides so you have at least 5, click on split screen for each slide, add your photo, add your text, make any necessary changes (spelling, adjust time for slides, etc) and publish.

    Here is a short video introcution I made of a dream I have.


    Section 3 (15 Minutes)

    Have Students plan out their video using the worksheet provided. It is divided into 5 sections. Each section will be one of the slides in the video.

    1. Name 

    2. 3 things about myself

    3. Something I wanted to do and I did it

    4. Big dream I have in my life and why

    5. How will I accomplish this

    Section 4 (15 Minutes) 

    Take a photo to go with each of your above questions. (Note: This may be something they do in class, or as homework depending on if the students want pictures of them in front of different locations, or if they want pictures of people or things at their home.) 

    Discuss what makes a good photo and give a few tips to the students on taking a good photo. 

    Section 5 (1 hour)

    The final section of this lesson is the creation of their video in Adobe Spark. 



    Step 4 - Assessments

    Step 4 Assessments

    Video Presentations (1 hour)

    For the assessment portion of this lesson, it will be given in the form of presentations. Students will present their videos they made in Adobe Spark to the class. This will help students learn to publish their work using technology and learn to interact and collaborate with others.  

    Students will be required to be active and respectuful listeners and fill out the following worksheet as they go along. Include the name of each student and one thing you learned about them. 

    A class discussion would lend itself well here so the students know how to be active, respective listeners. Some possible questions include:

    Just becuase your dream is different than someone else's-does it mean your dream is better than someone else's?  How do you feel when somone says something unkind about your dream or your pictures? How would someone else feel if something unkind was said about their dream or pictures? What does empathy mean? How can you show empathy as you listen and learn about other's presentations and dreams?  What does being an active and respectful listener look and sound like?