The Adobe Spark StoryLab is an ongoing workshop at the Museum of the Moving Image, New York City, to promote the use of the video storytelling application in educational settings. The StoryLab is conducted by Adobe Spark instructor Mark DuBois and MoMI instructor Pablo Herrera, assisted by Erin Carr and Leonardo Santana, and is jointly promoted by Adobe Systems, the Museum of the Moving Image and the Community Schools Strategy & Partnerships Programs in New York City.

Community Schools aim to improve student achievement through strong partnerships among principals, parents, teachers, and Community Based Organizations (CBOs). Participating schools develop and implement a comprehensive engagement plan around common goals such as employing the “Ladders of Engagement”, increasing family participation during the learning process, and fully integrate the broader community and culture into the school. The Adobe Spark StoryLab is a concrete strategy designed to connect innovative learning systems with schools, educators, partners and community members.

Adobe Spark Video is a video storytelling application developed by Adobe Systems. It combines motion graphics, audio recording, music, text, and photos and is used to produce short animated, narrated explainer videos. It is part of the Adobe Spark suite of design and storytelling apps.

Unlike traditional video and animation software applications that rely on a timeline or keyframes, Adobe Spark Video presents a unique, simplified narration-based animation model. Designed by an educator, Spark Video includes several features intended to scaffold storytelling and media literacy concepts. These include a built-in searchable library of Creative Commons licensed vector images and photographs, automatic tracking and generation of attributions, a library of music organized by emotional sentiment, and story guides with narrative story structure prompts (such as a simplified “Hero’s Journey” storyboard) to help users learn about narrative structure.

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