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Visiting 21st Century Classrooms: Lessons Learned

2 boys looking at photoI joined Adobe four months ago as an Education Advocate. My job is to focus on supporting creative teaching and learning in Kindergarten through 12th grade. Since I started, I visited 26 teachers in 25 schools and saw nearly 800 students engage with Adobe’s creative software across California and the Province of Alberta. In this blog, I want to share the top three lessons I learned from these educators and students.

1. Students are creating incredibly high-quality digital art and media

During my seven weeks on the road, I was constantly impressed by the work students were producing, their creativity and knowledge of Adobe products. For example:

  • Students at Palo Alto High School (California) design professional-quality spreads using InDesign, mirroring the style of famous artists like Ellen Lupton, Peter Max, and Saul Bass.
  • A 3rd grade teacher at Cranston Elementary School (Alberta) teaches his students Photoshop Elements and Photoshop Touch to produce a music video.
  • Edmonton Catholic School District (Alberta) holds an annual Film Festival. This year’s Best Film was so impressive, most people don’t realize that the student who made it was only 15 years old!

2. Students are passionate about creativity

We talk a lot about creativity at Adobe, but students don’t need any convincing—they already know how essential self-expression and creativity are. I met a student at New Tech High School (California) who spends all of his free time (and much of his time in school) making movies and creating digital art. At 14, he has a Flickr account with more work than many artists! Another student at Valhalla High School (El Cajon, California) works 40 hours a week during the summer creating a gamified classroom system for his teacher so that every media arts student can have a personalized, creative experience in class.

3. Students quickly learn tools that allow them to be creative

Students are passionate about creativity and they love using industry-standard tools that help them express themselves fully. In just one semester, a student can go from being a Photoshop novice to designing the school newspaper in InDesign or even getting a summer internship with a local design firm. One student from Old Scona High School (Edmonton, Alberta) told me how she learned to code when she was just 9 years old when her father got a book on coding. Nearly ten years later, she’s using Dreamweaver to build a custom website for her dad’s company and she secretly let me know that her web design skills far surpass those of her dad’s!

And this is just the beginning. Stay tuned for more stories about inspiring students and educators who are redefining creativity and ensuring that classrooms are powerful sites for creating and learning. If you have a great story to share, don’t be shy, let us know!

Tapping Users Minds, Adobe Launches Adobe Labs Ideas

Adobe recently released a new initiative to go outside of our organization to facilitate research and development on emerging products and incorporate user-feedback into our online developer community, Adobe Labs.™

Named Adobe Labs Ideas™, the site utilizes multiple interfaces to provide ideation capabilities for specific Adobe products, including Adobe AIR,™Adobe Flash Builder,Adobe Flash Catalyst,™Adobe Flash Professional,™ Adobe Flex,™ Adobe LiveCycle ES™ and WorkflowLab.™

The ability to collect and prioritize feature suggestions and feedback has the potential to dramatically improve workflow and increase the productivity of product managers, while at the same time providing real-time customer and developer feedback, in-depth customer insights for improved marketing and further refining features through community collaboration among peers.

For developers and users of Adobe products, Adobe Labs Ideas is an incredible opportunity to influence the development of your favorite applications. Popular suggestions collected so far include requests to streamline user interfaces to make programming more intuitive, improved integration of product lines and tips for improved hardware utilization.

According to Adobe Labs manager Daniel Taborga, the company has long been interested in engaging the user community for idea generation and after a successful pilot of BrightIdea’s technology, they decided to integrate it into the official launch of Adobe Labs Ideas. Now all product managers at Adobe now have the potential to utilize the platform to drive innovation in their products.

In the one month since the program was launched, Adobe Labs Ideas has already seen over 20,000 unique visitors, 1,200 registered users and generated upwards of 450 feature and usability recommendations on participating product lines.

Visit Adobe Labs Ideas now to check it out!

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