Rather than separate my Spark page and my lesson plan, I created a lesson on a Spark page that uses Spark posts as a homework assignment.
Creating the Spark page was an excellent way for me to share content with my students and for me to grow my skill with this technology. Experimenting with the different ways to display photos took a bit of time, but once I got the hang of it, I found myself revising my procedure to better take advantage of the site's capabilities. I think students will be engaged by the varied presentation, and the integration of videos, text, and photos was a fun way for me to include multimodal stimuli into the lesson. The different themes were a great way to get started without having to customize every detail. I also appreciated that many different pages are available for inspiration - several of the educational pages gave me ideas to use for my lesson.
The most challenging aspect of creating the page was deciding which photo presentation style was best for each image or set of images. It was time-consuming to play with the display options because the tools were not intuitive to me. It took a while to figure out how to move images around, change the sizing, etc. I also couldn't figure out how to change the overall background of the page from solid white to something else. I tried several different photo options but I couldn't find a way to change the entire background to a static image.
I could absolutely see myself using Spark for a number of my lessons - really any that use photos or videos would be great to launch on this platform. Prior to working with Spark, I hadn't considered the idea of using a webpage as a vehicle to display the content. Having worked with it, I now see how this format is a clear, engaging way to display a lesson plan. Of course it's predicated on having internet access and a display of some kind (e.g., Smartboard, projector, etc.); however, if those materials are in place, Spark has the potential to be a powerful tool for me to use in the classroom.