Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Poetry with Adobe Spark Post

This post was originally written for the @HeathcoteTech blog and first appeared at http://blogs.scarsdaleschools.org/heathcotetech/2019/04/30/poetry-with-adobe-spark-post/

Recently we introduced 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders to the Adobe Spark platform of creative apps.


  • Adobe Spark Post is used when creating graphics such as flyers, posters, infographics, and so on.
  • Adobe Spark Page is for creating scrolling multimedia web pages.
  • Adobe Spark Video is a visual storytelling platform that adds simple animations, music, and narration to slides of text and images.


For the Art and Poetry Festival some 3rd and 4th grade classes used Adobe Spark Post to create and publish their poetry. Here are their final products…

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Periodic Table of Apps - Scarsdale Elementary Schools Edition

This post was originally written as part of a presentation for the Scarsdle Board of Education. It first appeared at http://blogs.scarsdaleschools.org/heathcotetech/2019/04/02/periodic-table-of-apps/


During the March 25, 2019 Scarsdale Board of Education meeting the updated Technology Plan was presented by the Jerry Crisci, the Scarsdale Schools Director of Instructional Technology and Innovation/Co-Director, The Center for Innovation.

As part of the presentation computer teachers and librarians from all grade levels showcased a sampling of what students are using, making and creating.

For the elementary technology team, we created a Periodic Tale of Apps. Elementary students in Scarsdale do a wide variety of things with technology; storytelling, creating, coding, designing... just too many things to only list one or two. This Periodic Table of Apps was designed to give the members of the board and the community members in attendance a better sense of all the great things happening at the elementary level.