I absolutely loved this process! From a technical standpoint, I appreciated that Adobe has thought carefully about the user experience. Much of the process is either automated, drag-and-drop, or otherwise streamlined so that adults and students alike don't waste time fiddling with overly complicated navigation controls. A few clicks can usually get you what you need without frustration. Several design templates provide great inspiration and cover a broad range of experiences that students might want to document. I especially liked the prompts on each slide of the templates. These prompts provide a useful narrative outline for each slide so that the overall piece stays succinct and coherent. Many of our students struggle with writing outlines for their narratives, so I greatly appreciate that the templates have these baked right in -- students can easily follow them while they work. Also, the voice recording function is quite easy and I think students would adapt to it quickly. One way to make the process go even faster would be to have your media (e.g., photos, videos, music) pre-selected and accessible. Adobe has a large free library that students can peruse as needed, but I could see many students taking a lot of time browsing and making decisions. Overall, I can't foresee any major obstacles for students who have some technical literacy. As with Post and Page, Spark Video opens up the door to creating multimedia presentations that students can use across their coursework.
Similar to the other tools we've explored, I like that the bulk of my time was spent creating, not trying to understand how the software works. I found it largely intuitive for a first-time user, and I'm sure my students would explore more functionality than I did. No matter what the level of technical experience the student may have, Spark Video can be a powerful tool that balances user creativity with ease of use. If you can record your voice and drag-and-drop various media, you can make a video with Spark. I imagine this software could be empowering for many students and inspire them to create other works!