Creating Experience Stories and Academic Videos

Now that technology is the driving force for education, it is natural that we as TVIs/O&Ms use it to teach our students. One example is using Adobe Spark Video for creating social stories and creating concept videos for visually impaired students. You can create a free Adobe Spark account here.

Below is an Adobe Spark video social story for a trip to the Farmer’s Market. 

Experience stories “provide an entrance to the world of literacy.” - Paths to Literacy quote

Learn more experience story ideas in the Language Experience books post.

Some things to keep in mind

  1. Be descriptive in the video.
  2. Include video clips of the actual activity when available.
  3. Include sounds for activities when needed (i.e. horse neigh, after visiting the farm.)
  4. Use high contrast pictures in the video.
  5. When available, pair the video story with a large print, tactile, or Braille copy of the story.
  6. Use icons in the video and have the student to voice dictate the slides.

How experience stories can be used

  • As a wrap up of vision Expanded Core or O&M lessons
  • To review expanded core or O&M concepts
  • As transition portfolios for high school students

To share accessibility and accommodations (See Transition Goals Post

Adobe Spark Video can also be used to reinforce concepts and academics.  For example:

  • Vocabulary video:
  • Colors video
  • Numbers video:
  • Shapes video:

  • How to make an Adobe Spark video using the iOS app tutorial:
  • How to create a video using Adobe Spark on a computer:

How would you use Spark Video?  Please a comment below to share your ideas!