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Adobe Releases Spark Free for Education

Adobe has made its digital storytelling tool, Spark, free for schools, colleges and universities. The free edition includes premium features and previously ran $120 per year for a subscription.

Adobe Spark for Education is a part of the Adobe Creative Cloud. The web-based tool, which runs on desktop and mobile browsers, is designed to let students "quickly and easily express themselves via graphics, web stories and video to complete their school assignments and showcase digital creativity." The education edition includes templates, themes and lessons. It also offers "enhanced data privacy and protection" that is "consistent with data privacy laws including COPPA," according to Adobe.

IT administrators can now deploy Spark through their Adobe Admin Console. For those institutions that do not have a Creative Cloud subscription, Adobe is providing free access to the console for deployment. U.S. institutions should contact Adobe to gain access at 800-858-6188. Further details can be found at

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David Nagel is the former editorial director of 1105 Media's Education Group and editor-in-chief of THE Journal, STEAM Universe, and Spaces4Learning. A 30-year publishing veteran, Nagel has led or contributed to dozens of technology, art, marketing, media, and business publications.

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