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Coming January 25, 2011: “Ask The Xpert” Twitterviews and win a free copy of Acrobat X!

Join us for Acrobat’s first #Twitterview ‘Ask the Xpert’ series on 1/25 at 10am w/product managers Dave & Chris

With all the great questions you have been asking about Acrobat here and via Twitter, we wanted to dedicate some time to answer your questions with a new Twitterview Q&A series we are launching. The first kicks off next week: “Ask The Xpert,” on Tuesday, January 25 from 10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Pacific, our hosts are the Acrobat team’s own Chris French and Dave Stromfeld.

What are Twitterviews? It’s simply an interview conducted in Twitter, where you are the interviewer, and our special guests will answer your Acrobat product-related questions. Are you wondering about how to use Action Wizard? Curious about creating PDF Portfolios? It’s fair game here. We have a dedicated hashtag, #Acroview, that you can use when asking your questions in our Twitter page (@Acrobat ). As an added incentive, all users who ask a question for Tuesday’s Twitterview will be entered into a random drawing to win a free copy of Acrobat X Pro!

Acrobat is alive and thriving in education!

Hello Everyone. I would like to welcome you back to the “grand re-opening” of the Acrobat in Education Blog.  I now have the privilege of hosting this blog and am looking forward to sharing my experiences and thoughts here at Prior to joining the team here at Adobe, I worked in education for many years and at many different levels to integrate technology across the educational landscape. Acrobat is my favorite application and I hope that you will find it indispensable as you become better acquainted with all that it offers.

With many schools looking for ways to improve communication and collaboration in a variety of environments, more are discovering Acrobat’s unique offerings. Acrobat is one of the most misunderstood applications primarily because it can do so much.  Since many applications are designed to do one thing really well, it is rare to find an application that is so versatile.

In the past year Acrobat use in education has grown tremendously, particularly with respect to the creation and development of e-Portfolios for both students and faculty. While there will be much more on this topic in the coming months, I wanted to start out by pointing you to some great resources for learning more about e-Portfolio trends and how Acrobat 9 makes it easy to create and maintain all sorts of collections in an intuitive interface called the PDF portfolio.And now for some links:

There are some great papers from Educause on portfolio trends. One that is very informative on Accessing trends in ePortfolio Adoption is written by Michael Reese and Ron Levy at Johns Hopkins University.

A white paper by Alan Foley at Syracuse University on using ePortfolios to demonstrate growth and assess learning is also very useful.

A recent customer success story on the use of Acrobat 9 for portfolio development at the California State University at Monterey Bay is located here. has a great compilation of all things Acrobat. Here is the link to portfolio tutorials, video, and articles.

Sample PDF portfolios from Adobe using Acrobat 9 can be downloaded here.

Lastly, Adobe has joined a new international organization that seeks to focus discussions on experiential learning and assessment through the use of portfolios. Check out their site and get involved.

Happy new year

Hi All!
Welcome back to school, back to work, or just plain back. 2008 is going to be exciting for the world of eLearning and ePortfolio building. I am seeing a lot of chatter and buzz about it out there.
As for the blog, I finally set up to start creating some demos that I will be posting URLs to on a regular basis. It took a little longer than I had hoped, but they are underway. You can check out the first two at:

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Online courses gaining ground

Hey all,
I came across this on NPR the other day, and thought it might be interesting. It is more about web-based meeting technology, like Acrobat Connect, but PDF files play a role in providing a delivery format that one can use for documents. I am exploring a demo of using PDF in testing that I’ll posting in a couple of weeks. In the meantime, enjoy:

Acrobat Video Tutorials

Just a quick note to point out a great Acrobat resource I just found. Steve Adler (Adobe Education Leader Extraordinaire) offers a series of well-done video tutorials for Acrobat. He calls them, AcroCasts. Check them out at:

Virginia Tech: Our Thoughts and Prayers

For the last 24 hours I’ve been thinking about what to say following the horrible events at Virginia Tech yesterday. There isn’t much we can do at this very moment, except to say that the victims and their loved ones are in our thoughts and prayers.
I recently had the opportunity to spend a couple of days at the beautiful Blacksburg campus. Everyone there was absolutely wonderful. I had the pleasure of talking with some of the most talented and enthusiastic students I have ever met. To have so much brilliance needlessly extinguished in such a horrific way is something I and everyone else will never forget.
Stay together Hokies. Console and look out for each other. And know that the whole world is there with you. I look forward to visiting you all again soon.
Ali H.

Welcome back!

It’s been a while since I’ve posted to this blog, but I’m glad I can get back in to the swing of things again.

For the last few months I’ve been all over North America showing educators all the new features in Acrobat 8 and brainstorming with them some of the ways that they can use them. Whether you’re a teacher or an administrator, a researcher or a student, I really do believe that this technology can help you save a little bit of time each day to focus on what you really should be – or want to be – doing. And there’s a lot in this release! Ted Padova (famed author of the Acrobat PDF Bible series of books) talks about his top features here on the web site.

So stay tuned; I promise to get this blog rolling again.

Thanks for reading!

Teacher Appreciation

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week. Well, all of us at Adobe appreciate all of our customers in the academic community all year long!

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Acrobat User Community Now Online

Adobe’s Online Acrobat User Community is now available online at I encourage the education community to get involved with this!

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Grass Roots Educators

Talk about grass roots! Teachers often find themselves being the ones not only educating our children, but also educating each other in how to use all the different applications, systems, computers that are needed to run a school and a school district.

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