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Sparking Creative Catalysts

Educators are invited to attend the Adobe Education Virtual Conference July 21 – 22, 2014

Join us! Adobe Education is thrilled to invite educators to come together, to learn more about Adobe’s role in education and to spark change through creativity. Hear from the Adobe Education Leaders from around the world, and dialogue with fellow educators. Participate in open discussions on best practices in teaching and learning with technology, and take advantage of free professional development.

The Sparking Creative Catalysts Virtual Conference will help you:

  • Learn how Adobe Creative Cloud is integrated into classrooms.
  • Hear the latest about Adobe technology from Adobe Executives and Product Managers.
  • Take online courses in leadership, learn how to establish a social profile, attend a digital storytelling bootcamp, and much more.
  • Find out about the Adobe ConnectED program in the US and help make a difference at a Title 1 school!

Register to attend here!

Related links:
Read the press release demonstrating Adobe’s recent commitment to help advance digital learning and teaching, across 15,000 schools in the United States through ConnectEd.

Discover more on the Adobe Education Exchange.

Become inspired by Adobe Education Leaders student projects. Go to the Adobe Education Leaders Gallery and share or appreciate your favorite AEL projects!

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Academy of Art University Students Visit Adobe

Adobe recently welcomed students from Academy of Art University at the Adobe offices in San Francisco. The AAU students are enrolled in the Web Design & New Media Online courses, are were visiting San Francisco from all over the United States, including Alabama, Iowa, Nevada, New Jersey, Tennessee, Washington, as well as California.

“We believe it is crucial to the students’ creative development to spend time on campus, engaging directly with faculty. We also like to provide our online AAU students with an inside view of professional creative environments, like the Adobe offices,” commented Fred McHale, Online Director, Web Design & New Media.

Mike McHugh, WW Technical Product Marketing Manager for Adobe, shows recent Creative Cloud tools to AAU students

Mike McHugh, WW Technical Product Marketing Manager for Adobe, shows recent Creative Cloud tools to AAU students

Students were shown demos from tools announced in the recent Creative Cloud launch, along with exciting new peeks at stealth apps to experiment with. Since the online students hail from all over the US, they were thrilled to discover a unique way to engage with one another. The students were invited to test a stealth app, and relay their feed-back during its development.

Jenny Appleton, Demo Marketing Lead, Video Segment for Adobe, shares how AAU students worked on brand identity

Jenny Appleton, Demo Marketing Lead, Video Segment for Adobe, shares how AAU students worked on brand identity

The group got to see a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process of fellow AAU students, Julia Lemke and Michael Taylor, who produced the latest Creative Cloud brand identities for the Education pages of “It was eye-opening to see how Julia and Michael began their design process from a fine arts inspiration, before creating their campaign visuals with Adobe tools. This made me think about the creative process from a whole new perspective,” commented AAU student Michiel Hekker, of Iowa. View how students Make It with Creative Cloud.


The AAU students were also encouraged to apply to the Adobe Design Achievement Awards Mentorship Program, which offers portfolio reviews and mentorships to students through the Creative Cloud. “At Adobe, we offer a vast variety of ways in which students can learn, engage, and be recognized for their creative work. It is always rewarding for us to see how very innovative they become through guidance and mentorship,” added Claire Erwin, Sr. Manager Adobe Education Community.


Visiting AAU students, shown left to right, top to bottom:

Michiel Hekker, Iowa
Robert Brown, Alabama
Tarry Nwaise, Tennessee
April Nichol, California
Kelly Ryan, New Jersey (center)
Michelle Nelson, Washington
Alyssa Vallecorsa, California
Julie Ansell, Nevada

Adobe is looking forward to the AAU students’ feedback on the new stealth app, and watching how their next creative projects take shape through the Cloud.

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Adobe Congratulates the 2014 Congressional Art Competition Winners in DC

mjones Adobe co-sponsored the Congressional Art Competition, an event that allows high school students from across the country to submit artwork ranging from drawings and paintings, to photography and computer generated designs. Each year since the competition’s founding in 1982, these student winners have converged on Washington, DC to be honored in a formal recognition ceremony. This year, winners from 419 congressional districts attended the event in the US Capitol and have the unique opportunity to see their own artwork displayed in its hallowed hallways for a year.

Adobe was honored to participate in the recognition program to help celebrate these students’ creativity and their artistic achievements. To further inspire self-expression and innovation, Adobe has provided each winner an opportunity to join the broader creative community with a free year-long subscription to Adobe’s Creative Cloud.

As we look to the next generation of leaders, creativity is an essential quality that drives innovation and will help solve many of society’s existing problems. A key emphasis of the Congressional Art Competition is that innovation is a trait not limited to those in STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math – fields such as engineering and programming. Likewise, creativity is not possessed only by those in the art world. Rather, the two concepts are increasingly interconnected: artists and creative professionals provide meaning, communicate ideas, and help us all see new solutions to persisting issues. To succeed, we must invest both in STEM and the arts in order to grow our economy and remain competitive as a nation. Creativity inspires hope, and these students will lead the kind of imaginative innovation that improves our lives and solves the novel problems we will face in the decades to come.

Adobe believes that creativity is essential for students, for teachers, and for schools. We hope you feel the same way: these people do. If you do too — why not tell the world by taking our Creativity Pledge?

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Adobe Education at ISTE 2014

ISTElogo It’s that time of the year again and we are getting ready to showcase our latest technology and share ideas about creativity in the classroom. If you are attending ISTE, I hope you’ll stop by Adobe’s booth – #2515 – to see what’s new in Creative Cloud, hear from Adobe experts during jam-packed theater sessions, and learn about the wealth of educational resources.

But wait, there’s more! As you may have heard, Adobe committed over $300 million in software and professional development services to the White House’s ConnectED initiative. As part of this $2 billion+ effort from the private sector, Adobe will deliver creative tools and teacher professional development to Title I schools across the United States. To learn more visit:

On Monday morning, join Adobe for breakfast and hear from Richard Culatta, Director, Office of Educational Technology, as he introduces ConnectED. Learn how Adobe is expanding access to powerful tools by supporting the ConnectED initiative from Tacy Trowbridge, Adobe’s ConnectED lead, and experience how Jeff Larson of Balboa High School teaches his students to use digital media tools to become creators of content. Please register here to attend.

Adobe looks forward to seeing you at ISTE and learning about your educational needs. See you soon!

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Adobe Announces Creative Cloud Updates and New Pricing Model for Education

2014CCRelease Today Adobe announced its biggest software release since CS6, with 14 new versions of Creative Cloud desktop applications, including updates for Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC and Premiere Pro CC. Adobe also launched three new free mobile apps for iPad – Adobe Sketch, Adobe Line and Adobe Photoshop Mix – and began shipping two new creative hardware tools called Adobe Ink, a new digital pen, and Adobe Slide, a new digital ruler. This exciting release gives students and educators access to latest versions of the world’s best creative tools for design, web, video and photography, along with seamless ways to share and collaborate to express their creativity and build skills for future success. We are already hearing from schools and are thrilled with their progress:

“We knew it was important to streamline, standardize, and get every school in the district with a CTE program onto industry-standard, state-of-the-art technology—Adobe Creative Cloud software. We are now looking far into the future, providing tools to our students to empower them to become great creative thinkers.” – Tamy Smalskas, director of college & career readiness, McKinney ISD

“Providing this unprecedented access to all of Adobe’s industry-leading creative tools is going to open important new opportunities for innovation that will ultimately position Clemson University and its faculty and students at the very forefront of the invention of next generation learning.” – Jan Holmevik, associate chair in the department of English and the chair of the academic technology council, Clemson University

In addition to the new product announcements, now schools and universities can provide access to Creative Cloud with flexible purchasing options that ensure coverage regardless of deployment requirements. Available options include: Students and teachers For individual use on personally owned computers—starting today, we’re making the first year intro offer for Creative Cloud Complete (Student Teacher Edition) just $19.99/month for the first year. Classrooms and labs Ideal for environments that need anonymous deployment of Adobe’s creative desktop applications, a new device licensing option provides licensing for each computer, rather than each user. Small work groups and departments Designed for institutional departments that need access for each individual user, the named-user license provides a name and password to access Creative Cloud applications and services. Institution-wide For large school districts, colleges and universities, Adobe’s enterprise licensing option offers customized licensing, and includes a complete set of Creative Cloud applications with or without services as well as other Adobe software applications. Special K-12 school & district program Individual schools and smaller school districts can also take advantage of Adobe’s FTE-based Education Enterprise Agreement (EEA) program which is designed especially with the needs of educators and IT administrators in primary and secondary education. For more information on individual and institutional offerings for education, please visit: Individuals: or Institutions: Full details on the new desktop applications and optional services can be found here For more information on the new mobile and hardware news visit

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Partners by Design: CollabCollective

The Adobe Partners By Design community is proud to announce the first PBD CollabCollective project, demonstrating the Adobe’s commitment to offering educators and students opportunities for global collaboration and creative exploration.

Through the Adobe Partners by Design program, students were invited to collaborate on a single project, inspired by the Exquisite Corpse surrealist movement.  Each contributing institution was invited to add to the project in sequence.  Students were provided with only a single frame from the previous campus, as their starting inspiration.  Students then shared only their very last image with the following institution.

To view the video, click here

Souma Kasuganti, student of ASU Herberger Institute, commented, “The format of the video allowed for a lot of freedom, since we had only one visual to work with. The first and last frames were, of course, major factors in the creative decision making. The first frame set the mood for the visuals. Since the last frame was to be passed on, we decided that it needed to be ambiguous. With the absence of too many constraints, we let the video develop as it went along. This underlying message, to us, is a vision for a greener future.”

Participating institutions and advising professors*:

  • Grayfisch Lyceum Rotterdam, Netherlands; led by Matthijs Clasener and Jochum Van Hassel
  • Art Center College of Design, California; led by Ko Maruyama
  • Savannah College of Design, Georgia; led by Austin Shaw
  • SintLucas, Netherlands; led by Ronald den Bekker
  • Arizona State University Herberger Institute, Phoenix; led by Mookesh Patel
  • Arizona State University, Graphic Information Technology Program, led by Penny Ann Dolin and Laurie Ralston

*Listed in order of appearance in video.

The project eventually evolved into a dynamic collection of motion graphics and animation. The CollabCollective will be shown at Adobe MAX, to be held in Los Angeles, October 2014.

Adobe congratulates the participating students and professors for a successful and exciting global collaboration. We look forward to more creative opportunities, as we plan for the 2015 CollabCollective project to begin in the fall.

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Creativity Can Change the World – Applications for the Adobe ConnectED Program Now Open!

Creativity by Marne Pool Willow Glen High School San Jose, California

Creativity by Marne Pool
Willow Glen High School
San Jose, CA

Adobe believes that creativity is essential for students, for teachers and for educational institutions. That is why we have committed over $300 million in software and professional development services to the White House’s ConnectED initiative. As part of this $2 billion+ effort from the private sector, Adobe will deliver creative tools and teacher professional development to schools across the United States – all with the goal of helping youth express their creativity and build their digital skills for future success.

Schools interested in applying should visit the Adobe ConnectED program page on the Adobe Education Exchange. You can also check out information on eligibility and the application process. If your school meets the requirements, apply today.

All teachers are invited to join the more than 138,000 creative educators who share ideas, learn from free professional development and find inspiration on the Adobe Education Exchange.

This ongoing effort is a continuation of Adobe’s longstanding commitment to education. We encourage schools to apply to help ensure ALL students have access to the tools they need to be successful. We will continue to share our progress and look forward to the results!

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What’s New on the Adobe Education Exchange: May 2014 Platform Updates


This morning, we launched a number of new features and enhancements on the Adobe Education Exchange. Though you may not notice some “under the hood” improvements, you should definitely try out several prominent new features designed to make the experience on the AEE even more amazing. Plus, you can now influence product direction by completing the new feedback form.

My Exchange
With the new My Exchange tab in the main navigation, you’ll have one-click access to view and edit your profile, access badges, resources, courses and workshops, discussions, favorites, and other content. We’ve also added a new Professional Development panel to the main navigation.

Syllabus Builder
In time for the curriculum-planning season, we’re thrilled to introduce a new tool on the AEE, the syllabus builder. With this tool, you can curate the vast collection of teaching resources and organize them into a pathway. To get started: explore sample syllabi created from the Adobe Digital Careers teaching resources, learn how to use the syllabus builder, then create your own.

My Learning
For those of you who have enrolled in a course (if you haven’t, what are you waiting for? Enroll in one today!), the new My Learning section is the hub for continuing the course you’re enrolled in, checking enrollment status for upcoming courses, and viewing participation details for past courses (including downloading course certificates). Plus, you’ll now earn a badge for every course you complete.

Additional Enhancements Include:

  • Updates to Adobe products list
    An update to the standard Adobe product list includes new products like Adobe Voice, Adobe Creative Cloud, Behance, and several others.
  • Email notification system
    We’ve beefed up our email notification system to better be able to meet the demand of sending thousands of comments, following, and badge notifications per day. Please add to your address book to ensure you receive these notifications.
  • Try, Join/Buy, Learn More, and Help links
    Quick links to try, join/buy, learn more, and get help for all Adobe products.
  • Content flagging system
    We revamped the abuse flagging system to resolve known issues. If two different users flag a resource, discussion or comment, it will be automatically removed from the site. We highly encourage you to use this system when you see spam or abusive content. Check out the Code of Conduct if you need a reminder of how we define abusive content.

As you can see, we’ve been busy. Let us know what you think and what you would like to see next. The Adobe Education Exchange will continue to evolve to inspire and engage creative educators around the world.

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Adobe Voice and Educators

Adobe Delivers New Storytelling App for iPad

Adobe Voice LogoTelling a compelling story just got easier. Today, Adobe announced Adobe Voice, a new animated video app for the iPad that gives anyone the ability to create and share engaging stories. This is great news for educators and students who value simple tools that make it easy to teach, to learn and to express creativity.

Adobe Voice empowers students and educators to inform, persuade and inspire using a combination of their own recorded voice, imagery, music and cinema-quality motion graphics and effects without requiring any filming or editing. Adobe Voice is ideal for teachers who want to explain a concept or for students looking to create an engaging school assignment. To make an impact online and across social networks, these animated videos can also be shared by posting a single link through social media, email, personal blogs or websites.

And the best part, Adobe Voice is available for free from Apple App Store. The app requires iPad 2 or higher and iOS 7. To learn more about Adobe Voice, visit or check out helpful links below. We can’t wait to get Adobe Voice in the hands of educators and students, so go ahead, try the app, and share your story.

Helpful Links

Introducing Adobe Voice

Quick Tour of Adobe Voice

Adobe Voice of an Educator


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New Contest for Student Creators – Call for Entries

Attention students! Today we are announcing a new contest for college students across the globe. Share your talent for a chance to win over $20,000 in cash and prizes, including a $5,000 cash grant, a trip to Hollywood for an ultimate week-long animation experience with FOX Animation Domination High-Def and exposure through Adobe, FOX, and Campus MovieFest channels.

Submissions are accepted from April 24, 2014, through June 2, 2014 at the contest website. Students are invited to submit pieces from their existing portfolio in the categories of animation, special effects, character illustration, and music composition for animation. Winners will be announced on June 22, 2014, at the CMF Hollywood annual film summit at Universal Studios Globe Theatre in Los Angeles, CA.

The judging panel includes: David Silverman (supervising director of The Simpsons), Nick Weidenfeld (head of development, FOX Animation Domination High-Def), Hend Baghdady, (executive in charge of production, FOX Animation Domination High-Def), Ben Jones (creative director, FOX Animation Domination High-Def), David Roemer (CEO and founder of Campus MovieFest), and Dan Cowles (creative director, video, Adobe). The judges will review submissions and select one grand prize winner and three additional runners up. For more information on submission rules and prizes, please visit the contest website.

We continuously look for ways to support students all over the world so I hope you take advantage of this opportunity to showcase your talent and jump start your career!

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