Author Archive: Richard John Jenkins

Social Networking for Educators

The swearing in of a new U.S. president has left many things uncertain about the future and direction of our great country, but there is one thing for sure that is certain and that is the incredible power of the internet and the explosive use of Social Networking sites. President Barrack Obama’s election team used the internet and the social networking site Facebook (among others) in ways that have never been done before to help get an American President elected with great affect.
Pictured above is a screen shot of the new Adobe Education Technologies Group on Facebook.

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Start or Attend a Adobe User Group

If you’re like me you might be spending way, way too much time glued to your computer screen learning about Adobe’s tools and technologies. To give you an idea how much time I sit on my buns here in my home office learning our cool tools, I go out and purchase a new home-office chair each year since I wear and tear the heck out of them from Adobe tool learning overuse! So if you haven’t seen the sun or the moon in a few months, or noticed your kids have grown three inches since the last time you saw them you might want to check out another cool way to learn about Adobe tools and that is attending or even starting your very own Adobe User Group.

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Extra! Extra! Read all about it! – New Education Channel on Adobe TV!

As an employee of Adobe I sometimes take for granted that educators who are using Adobe tools and technologies know all about our great learning resources we offer such as: live online Acrobat Connect Pro tutorials, pre-recorded webinars, insightful white papers, the many excellent Adobe blogs and much more. One of my all time favorite learning resources to share with educators however is our incredible Adobe TV resource; and even better as of last week Adobe TV has added an Education channel!
So what exactly is Adobe TV? Read on in my Adobe Education Technologies Blog post for today to learn all about it!

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Creating Easy to Make and Share Photo/Web Galleries!

When it comes to creating and sharing your personal or professional digital photo creations with the world there is no better tool or place to do so than with an Adobe tool or Adobe web based service. In this post on the Adobe Education Technologies Blog I’ll cover some of our easy to use tools to get you started!

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Teacher’s Pet – A List of Affordable and Free Adobe Tools Training

A “Teacher’s Pet” has always been defined as a pupil who is perceived to be favored by the teacher. My take on this old school concept is there’s a new teacher’s pet definision out there these days and it has nothing to do with an educator’s students at all. For my Adobe Education Technologies Blog post for today read on and learn all about the new Teacher’s Pet – Affordable and free Adobe tools training!

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Love at First Site – Search Engines and your Dreamweaver Site That Is!

(Part 1 of a 3 Part Series)
One of the most overlooked aspects of creating a new Dreamweaver web site or updating and editing an existing one is how on earth is that web site and its many web pages going to be found by the major search engines such as: MSN, Yahoo and Google? The good news is making a web site and its many web pages “search friendly” is not hard to do, in fact it’s pretty darn easy to do right smack inside of Dreamweaver if you keep some simple “text” things in mind.

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Flash Based eLearning

How to Create Flash eLearning without Major Programming

You love Flash and would like to create some cool eLearning quizzes with it, but aren’t ready to dive into learning Flash’s deep ActionScript programming language for your quizzes? Well guess what, you don’t have to be an ActionScript guru to create compelling Flash eLearning! Flash has a series of little known built-in eLearning “interactions” which you can create in no time without deep programming knowledge. Other than a few simple timeline stop frame actions, everything you do is drag, drop, and typing in your courseware questions and answers; there are even built-in buttons to check for the correct answers and also allow you to move on to the next quiz.

So how does this all work?

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Adobe Presenter 7 "Connect Cards"

Adobe Education Leader (AEL) Dave Forrester from Olympia High School in Washington State has the most unique web based business card I’ve ever seen an educator use, and he made it entirely with Adobe’s Presenter 7 software – a simple and inexpensive Power Point plug-in.

Dave also uses Adobe’s Acrobat Connect Pro to share his Connect Card with his education associates and colleagues around the globe but do note, you don’t even have to have an Acrobat Connect Pro account to host your Connect Card; a link to the actual file will do just fine since your card is simply a .SWF file (Adobe Flash).

Dave’s Connect Card has a picture of Dave, email link, his bio, a streaming audio overview, his contact information, his school’s URL, several blog links, Adobe, web, training resources and much more.

To learn more about Adobe Presenter 7, Adobe Acrobat Connect Pro, and our awesome AELs (Adobe Education Leaders program) including Dave Forrester, click on any of the links here. To see an example of my Connect Card, check it out here.


Richard John Jenkins

Free Adobe Tools Cheat Sheets!

How many times have you wished you could have a quick and simple way right at your finger tips to remember all of the top menus, palettes, features, and keyboard shortcuts for your favorite Adobe tools? If you’re like me you may have dozens of multicolored post it notes with scribbles of many of your time saving keyboard short cuts littering your desk, monitor and keyboard. Wouldn’t it be nice if you had one tidy place for all of these and well organized? Well now you can and they’re free!

Custom Guide Inc. offers dozens of free “Cheat Sheets” in .PDF format on several popular software companies’ tools including Adobe’s tools. These printable quick references guides (perfect for laminating) cover: Photoshop, Acrobat, Fireworks, Flash, Dreamweaver, Photoshop and Premiere Elements.

If you print these cool reference guides out on heavy double sided stock paper and then laminate them (perfect for resisting my endless coffee spill mishaps) they are the perfect indestructible companion to help you get your Adobe tools job done a lot faster by having many workspace reminders and keyboard short cuts right at your finger tips.

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Richard John Jenkins