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Winners of the Adobe Education Exchange 2012 Educators’ Choice Awards

Congratulations to the winners of the second annual 2012 Educators’ Choice Awards! This award honors Adobe Education Exchange members who submit the most innovative teaching and learning materials. Winning entries, judged by experts in education, technology and design, were based on the learning effectiveness, innovation, creativity and the use of Adobe products. After much deliberation, the winners of the Adobe Education Exchange 2012 Educators’ Choice Awards are:

  • Primary/Secondary Education – Randy Scherer, Tagature, or Literary Graffiti. To make reviewing literary texts in preparation for standardized tests more creative, Scherer, a humanities teacher at High Tech High in San Diego, California, had his students create digital graffiti tags taken from quotes in the texts they were studying. Students used Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, Illustrator, and InDesign to create the tags and combine them into a coffee table – style book that the class sold through their own publishing company.

The grand prize winners received Apple MacBook Pro, one year Adobe Creative Cloud Student and Teacher Edition subscription and classroom set (30 licenses) of Adobe Creative Suite 6 Master Collection. Runner-up winners had a choice of a Canon EOS Rebel or Apple iPad and a one year Adobe Creative Cloud Student and Teacher Edition subscription. Make sure to check out all the winning, runner-up and honorable mention entries from 2012 here.


Adobe Youth Voices Live! 2011 Underway In North America

Last week, the Adobe Youth Voices Live! 2011 kicked off in North America with two fantastic events.

On Wednesday night, the season got off to a great start with Live! in New York at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Highlights of the evening included a stellar dance performance by “A Fresh Connection” – a youth dance group affiliated with the Urban Arts Partnership, a screening of 22 youth produced films from the 2010-2011 school year, and most importantly, great conversations between students, teachers and mentors during the reception.

“It was awesome to watch [students] speaking from their hearts and sharing their stories and behind the scenes moments,” said Alex Yamamoto, Project Manager with Adobe Youth Voices.

San Francisco | Adobe Youth Voices Live! 2011

On Thursday night, an audience of 180 people gathered at the Adobe office in San Francisco, where students from five high schools in the Bay Area screened their films. The audience was treated to a live performance by Jose Saavedra from the Peapod Adobe Youth Voices Academy in Redwood City, who performed “Can I Get A Witness”, a song that touches on the subject of immigration policy and politics in the United States. As in New York, students, teachers and community members had the opportunity to exchange their questions, experiences and ideas during the Live! reception.

Check out our Flickr album to view more photos from Adobe Youth Voices Live! 2011.

You can also see the films that were screened at these two live events by visiting the New York and San Francisco Adobe Youth Voices Live! collections on our Youth Media Gallery.

2011 Rough Cut Reviews Are In Full Swing

Rough Cut Reviews have taken place at Adobe Youth Voices sites across North America, and will continue throughout the spring until the final event in Seattle this April.

Among the exciting features of the Rough Cut Review process is the opportunity for Adobe employees to get involved with the Adobe Youth Voices program. Says Adobe employee Susanna Church of her volunteer experience, “It was great to see the tremendous creativity, intelligence and talent of the participating youth in their projects and it was my pleasure to help them as they complete crafting their amazing stories.”

Rough Cut Reviews New York

Ariana Destein, another Adobe employee, also enjoyed her participation in the Rough Cut Review process: “Adobe Youth Voices is such a wonderful program that I didn’t know a great deal about prior to the recent request for volunteers, and I am so happy I was able to be there. Seeing the young people’s works in progress, hearing what they had to say and just interacting with them in general was truly inspirational. I hope that there will be many more opportunities to volunteer in the future. I would really like to get more of my colleagues involved as well – I didn’t expect it, but walking home after the event I really felt a new sense of pride to work at Adobe.

“The Adobe mission is to change the world through digital experiences and this event was a perfect example. As one of the educators described it during the wrap up session, ‘the seeds have been planted’ in these young people and as they develop their work and continue to create with purpose, I believe they will have the power to change themselves, their communities and the world. It truly is the Adobe mission in action.”

We will be sure to share more photos and videos from the Rough Cut Reviews as the season wraps up over the next few weeks!

2011 Rough Cut Reviews Are Getting Underway!

Rough Cut Review season is getting underway for Adobe Youth Voices sites across North America.

Marisa Vitiello, media mentor for Adobe Youth Voices in the Seattle region, says the Rough Cut Review process is one of her favorite parts of the year. The events energize students, she says, getting them excited to be a part of a community of artists and encouraging them to “rally” to finish the year’s projects.

Each partner site in the region is invited to bring several students to a city wide Rough Cut, which is also attended by Adobe employee volunteers and professional media makers from the local community. Students bring the unfinished project they have been working on, and the Reviews allow students to screen their work for the group, receive feedback and incorporate the audience’s thoughts into the final edits of their work.

Prior to beginning the Review process, the group is given a demonstration for constructively critiquing the work. “It’s a giving thing,” says Marisa. “The Reviews are meant to be a generous process.”

The audience is asked to give feedback in the following format:

1-The audience is asked, “What did you notice? Give specifics…”
For example, an audience member could say something like, “I noticed you used a lot of the color red.”

2-The artist then has the opportunity to ask questions of the audience.
For example, “What did you think of the background music? Did it detract from your ability to hear the dialogue?”

3-The audience can then ask questions of the artist.
This is an opportunity for the audience to clarify aspects of the plot, direction and artistic choices that may have been ambiguous or confusing.

4-The audience then makes suggestions for “bringing the project to the next level.”
Adobe employees and local media mentors contribute professional advice, allowing students to see their work with an expanded set of possibilities.

After the Rough Cut Reviews, students have complete discretion over what feedback they wish to incorporate into their work.

In addition to receiving a set of recommendations, students receive something harder to quantify – a sense of themselves as serious artists with valuable ideas to share. “What is striking is that you will see 10 year olds critiquing the work of high schoolers, you’ll see students sitting side by side with professionals, each contributing equally to the discussion,” says Marisa. “It’s amazing to see students diving into the process of working together, explaining things together, teaching each other.”

The Rough Cut Review dates will vary from one location to the next to accommodate the different schedules for each site, with some locations holding their reviews this February and other locations waiting until March or April for the reviews. Check back for updates from our partner sites as the Rough Cuts roll out throughout the spring!

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