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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!

The Power of Digital Storytelling

Today, we announced the latest edition of Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 & Adobe Premiere Elements 11, photo and video editing tools, spurring endless possibilities for K-12 educators in how they are teaching today’s tech savvy kids. Whether it’s a simple animation to explain fractions in math or a student-driven documentary to illustrate world issues, Adobe tools help teachers teach and empower students to show off their skills through digital storytelling.

Some of our favorite ways to leverage Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 & Adobe Premiere Elements 11 in the classroom include:

  • Produce extraordinary images with new Adobe Photoshop Elements 11—Students can easily edit, enhance, and find photos; make custom creations; and share images via print, the web, and mobile devices.
  • Produce amazing videos with new Adobe Premiere Elements 11—Students can apply Hollywood directors’ techniques with InstantMovie, which automatically edits together their best clips with coordinated music, titles, and effects. They can use new FilmLooks to apply favorite cinematic styles to their movies.
  • Access teaching resources at the free Adobe Education Exchange—Photoshop Elements 11 & Adobe Premiere Elements 11 is supported by ready-to-use lesson plans, tutorials, tips and tricks, and video lesson examples. It’s all accessible online through the free Adobe Education Exchange.
  • Present professional-caliber podcasts—Teachers and students can export audio and video to the web for rich media podcasts that can be downloaded to personal computers and a variety of mobile devices.
  • Share and present projects via popular online sites—Photoshop Elements 11 & Adobe Premiere Elements 11 and supporting resources include tools that make it easy for teachers and students to quickly share photos and movies on popular sites such as Facebook, YouTube, and Vimeo.
  • Keep classroom work and projects on track—Using new Organizer views, students can intuitively sort and manage photos and videos based on people, places, and events. An Auto-Analyzer can find their best photos and footage for them.
  • Provide a friendly work environment—Students can organize, edit, create, and share more quickly and easily thanks to big, bold icons; a helpful Action bar; and the ability to choose from Quick, Guided, and Expert editing modes to fit their needs or skill levels.

We are really excited about this release, which features a new-and-improved interface and innovative features that make photo and video editing, organizing and sharing much easier.

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New Digital School Collection for K-12 Classrooms and Districts!

Today, we announced the new Adobe Digital School Collection for K-12 students and educators, available for the first time for both Windows® and Macintosh. The bundle includes the recently announced Adobe® Photoshop® Elements 9 and Adobe Premiere® Elements 9 software, as well as Adobe Acrobat® X software, announced yesterday. Adobe Contribute® CS5 and Adobe Soundbooth® CS5 software are also included in the collection.ADSC-2011

When teachers incorporate compelling visuals and sound into their lessons, students get more engaged. The Digital School Collection provides students and teachers the ability to create multimedia projects with photos, videos and audio; publish websites, blogs and podcasts; and create ePortfolios – all 21st century digital literacy skills needed for academic and professional success. This new cross-platform solution is an affordable multimedia toolkit for teaching and learning virtually any subject.

To learn more, read today’s press release or go the Adobe Education website.

Photoshop Elements 8 and Premiere Elements 8 Unveiled Today

Adobe today released new versions of the No. 1 selling consumer photo- and video-editing software. The highly anticipated Photoshop Elements 8 and Premiere Elements 8 software (Windows) equip users with two powerful yet easy-to-use products for all their photo and video needs. In addition, Adobe released Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac providing users with new capabilities to make incredible photos with ease. Customers now have access to smart tools with built-in intelligence that bring their photo and video editing to new heights.

For more information on Photoshop Elements 8 and Premiere Elements 8 (Windows), please visit: www.adobe.com/go/psepre_bundle.

For more information on Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac, please visit: www.adobe.com/go/photoshopelmac/.

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