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Transformative Education by Project H

Project H Studio

Project H Studio
Photo by Project H Design


Inside the studio of Project H, a bold sign reads “DESIGN. BUILD. TRANSFORM.” This sign succinctly states the educators’ mission for the students.

Project H offers unique STEAM learning for 6-12 grade at-risk students in Berkeley, California, by collaborating with REALM Charter School and daily integrated core learning through hands-on 3D design and experimentation.

Studio H, one of three programs offered through Project H, teaches students to design and build to scale. Students experience the power of creativity, by watching their design move through stages of ideation, experimentation, critical thinking, layout, and construction. Projects that students have constructed include a 2,000-square-foot pavilion for their community farmers market, their school library, and concrete public sculptural furniture.

Studio H Farmstand

Studio H Farmstand
Photo by Project H Design

“In our Studio H program, we believe that by giving youth the skills to design and build their wildest ideas, we can support the next generation of creative, confident change-makers. Design can be a powerful medium of personal expression, propelling positive action that will build engaged citizenship and social change in our next generation. We built at an architectural scale so that students feel the collective success of doing something bigger than just themselves,” says Emily Pilloton, Founder and Director at Studio H.

The Adobe Education team has demonstrated support of the dedicated teachers at Project H by providing state-of-the-art creative tools through the Adobe Creative Cloud. Students use the tools to design layouts, collaborate, create, and share their ideas with one another, as well as develop marketable skills and confidence when using the software.

“Studio H is a uniquely dynamic example of how STEAM education allows for students to witness their own creative capacities. The team at Studio H empowers students to go beyond the architectural rendering, beyond the 3D model, to realize their ideas which can then shape the very landscape of their community. We’re proud to support Studio H educators in that goal,” says Melissa Jones, Senior Program Manager, Teaching & Learning, Adobe Systems.

Learn more about Project H here: Project H

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Adobe Document Cloud: Enhancing Productivity and Collaboration for Education

PR-fill-sign-high-resWith the release of Adobe Document Cloud, Adobe helps solve the “document disconnect” problem for education institutions who still rely heavily on paper and have separate digital document processes across platforms.

Adobe Document Cloud provides education institutions with productivity and collaboration tools to streamline both paper and digital document processes. With this new, complete solution, faculty, staff, and students can get more done and seamlessly move between desktop and mobile devices.

Everyone can instantly search and edit PDFs and scanned documents, as naturally as any other file. Users can also virtually eliminate paper and tap into e-sign processes that connect to existing workflows and IT systems. Educational institutions and their IT staffs can also protect important documents by preventing others from copying or editing sensitive information in PDFs.

Key benefits include:

  • Work from anywhere on campus— Instant access to essential PDF tools and recently viewed files across computers, browsers, and mobile devices.
  • Collect signed documents more quickly and securely—Collect e-signatures from students, faculty, and staff in minutes instead of days.
  • Easily edit and reuse old forms—Save staff time with the ability to reuse and edit content from old forms, even when the source file is long gone or exists only in hard copy.
  • Protect institutional information—Prevent others from copying or editing sensitive content by using PDFs for student and employee records, research, and grant proposals.

Adobe Document Cloud promises to enhance the productivity of students, educators, administrators, and IT staff alike. We’re excited to see how educational institutions take advantage of the new Acrobat DC and Document Cloud.

For more information on Adobe Document Cloud including pricing and availability, please visit: https://acrobat.adobe.com/us/en/

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Turning Free Tech Into New Opportunities in the Palm Beach County School District

April is here, and it’s not just tax season — it’s test season. Across the country, students and educators are focused on the often-debated standardized tests that increasingly drive decisions about curriculum planning and resource allocation.

“Much of our resources are tied to programs that will produce measurable changes in student achievement. That’s our reality, ” says Kim Cavanaugh, Technology Programs Specialist for the District of Palm Beach County in Florida. “This creates a critical gap in what we can offer students. Some of the knowledge and skills they need most to succeed in the future will never appear on a standardized test.”

Group Of Students Working At Computers In ClassroomCreative expression, visual communication, critical thinking and problem solving are among the essential skills that Cavanaugh believes are being missed in our rush to quantify student progress. However, through President Obama’s ConnectED initiative, Cavanaugh has found ways to create more opportunities for students and teachers to explore and practice these skills despite budget limitations. For example, nearly half of the Title I schools in his district have already taken advantage of the free creativity and eLearning software offered by Adobe. According to Cavanaugh, using Adobe software to create rather than just consume digital media has proven to be a great motivator for many students.

Cavanaugh has also been able to significantly expand the use of Prezi professional accounts through ConnectED. “Prezi allows students and teachers to think in a more holistic, human way with big ideas and small ideas that relate to each other.” Additionally, the district has been able to offer Autodesk’s 3D technologies to its high schools, allowing teachers to find new ways to use project-based learning and encourage design thinking.

To make programs like these successful, Cavanaugh starts by working with school leaders to make connections between the new technology and the issues that are most important to their teams. “In our district, aligning instruction to the Florida standards is always a primary goal, so I make sure to clarify how new programs tie back to the standards.” Once the programs are linked to the school’s priorities, it’s easier for teachers to commit their scarce prep time to learn the technology and integrate it into their lesson plans.

Cavanaugh recommends that districts offer a mix of professional development opportunities — like online/on-demand workshops and face-to-face trainings — and that they take advantage of resources from software companies like Adobe, such as those on the Adobe Education Exchange. The best training programs, according to Cavanaugh, provide actionable project examples that teachers can take back and immediately implement in their classrooms. “We have to keep in mind that when learning new technology, teachers become students, too. Scaffolding is just as important with adult learners to help build their confidence.”

As President Obama noted in his recent State of the Union address, “Millions of Americans are working at companies that didn’t exist 10–20 years ago” and “no one knows for certain what industries will generate the jobs of the future.” Cavanaugh hopes that providing access to industry-leading technology through programs like ConnectED will not only prepare students for the workforce of the future, but also inspire them to become the innovators and influencers that will shape the future.

About Kim Cavanaugh: Kim Cavanaugh is an Adobe Education Leader, teacher, author and instructional designer with more than 15 years of experience in the integration of digital design software across the K–12 curriculum. He leads the ConnectED programs in The District of Palm Beach County, one of the largest districts in the U.S. with 180,000 students and 100 Title I schools. Reach out to him to learn more about his work.

As part of President Obama’s ConnectED Initiative, Adobe is donating over $300 million in software and professional development services to schools across the United States. 

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200,000 Educators Transforming Learning on The Adobe Education Exchange

Yesterday, the Adobe Education Exchange (AEE) welcomed our 200,000th member. With your continued commitment and enthusiasm, we’re growing the AEE into the largest community of creative educators in the world — a place where you can find learning opportunities and teaching materials as well as fellow professionals with whom you can connect and kick around ideas. So, thanks. We’re extremely grateful for you.

Some fun facts and recent highlights about the Adobe Education Exchange:

  • The second 100,000 members joined twice as fast as the first 100,000. A new member joins every 6 ½ minutes.
  • More than 6,000 educators enrolled in a recent course on Digital Creativity.
  • AEE members hail from 208 countries.
  • Members are rewarded through a gamification system that has awarded 3.2 million points and 440,000 badges so far.

Beyond this member milestone, the bigger story is the shared effort to train and equip educators to ignite creativity in classrooms across the world. With your desire to learn, willingness to share and collaborate, and enthusiasm for all things creativity, AEE members like you are collectively transforming learning.

“There is no other place on the Internet where I can find so many opportunities to connect with other teachers and find inspiration to pass on to my students. The professional development is second-to-none. By sharing and collaborating, teachers can bring more to the classroom and help students realize their dreams.”

Judy Durkin, International Bilingual School, Tainan, Taiwan

Join us in celebrating this milestone — give yourself a pat on the back and toast your growing creativity. And there’s no better time than now to get more involved and learn something new. Join the thousands of educators who have enrolled in a course, taken a workshop or attended a webinar. It’s time to take your creativity to the next level.

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Adobe Education Leadership Forum 2015

By Dr Tim Kitchen, Senior Education Advocate APAC

The 10th annual Adobe Education Leadership Forum was held this March amidst the tropical beauty of Bali, Indonesia. The forum brought together more than 107 education leaders from 10 countries across Asia Pacific to discuss upcoming trends in education, emerging technologies, and the need to foster creativity in the classroom.

One of the themes to emerge from this year’s conference was the need to address the rise of a digital world powered by mobile technology and how classroom learning will change as a result. Millennials have a very different approach to learning and educators need to adapt their teaching styles to continue engaging this new breed of students. At the same time, the digitization of content means that educational institutions also need to change their strategies for engaging and attracting the best and brightest students.

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During the conference Adobe launched the results of its study, ‘Transforming Education with Mobile and Digital Technology’, which surveyed more than 1,000 educators from 13 countries across Asia Pacific. The study aimed to gauge the state of mobile technology adoption in the classroom and the importance of mobility and digital tools in education.

Surprisingly, the study found that far from being reluctant to admit mobile devices to classrooms, educators strongly believe that their proliferation is already having a positive impact, and influencing for the better the way instruction is delivered to students. While traditionalists may claim that mobile devices in the classroom can be a distraction, they are now in the minority with 77% of survey respondents felt that there was a positive overall net effect to having mobile devices strategically integrated into the teaching process.

The study highlighted specific barriers to the proliferation of mobile technology in educational institutions. Across Asia Pacific, educators felt that budget allocation (39%) and issues with integration of mobility with existing infrastructure (27%) were the top two crucial areas to overcome for faster adoption of mobile technology in academic institutions.

At the end of the two-day event, educators concluded that what was most vital was not focusing on teaching techniques or strategies, but instead ensuring the student learning experience was enhanced to capture the attention and imaginations of a new generation of students who have grown up naturally surrounded by digital technology and mobile devices. To them, swiping on a screen comes as a natural first response and educators felt that they need to better understand this shift in behavior in order to evolve their teaching curricula down the line. One often-repeated line at the conference was keynote speaker Dan Haesler’s urging to ensure students were “in task vs. on task”- in other words, making sure that students were fully immersed in their learning experience as opposed to ticking off checkboxes on a list of things that need to be done.

 

Watch recorded sessions from the Education Forum – http://new.livestream.com/WilkarProductions/AdobeEducationForum15

Here’s a 60 second video summary of the forum – https://vimeo.com/123374861

You can reach out to @timkitchen on Twitter

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Adobe Slate Makes It Easy for Students and Teachers to Layout and Publish Engaging Content to Any Device

slateA free, incredibly easy-to-use iPad app, Adobe Slate lets students and teachers turn words and images into beautifully formatted stories that can be published on the web — all in a matter of minutes.

Create stories in Slate using an interface that makes it simple to add text, choose the right photo layout and apply curated looks and motion. Scrolling transitions make words and images move for an engaging and exciting read. Don’t just take my word for it click here to see what this blog looks like in a Slate.

With Slate, teachers have a powerful communication tool — they can create beautiful parent newsletters, class portfolios and more. Students have an easy way to share their knowledge and express their creativity in visual essays, reports, journal entries, portfolios, and science projects. At the same time, they can learn about layout, design and interactivity on the iPad as well as publishing for multiple devices. Through a simple link to the web, they can share their ideas and knowledge with the world.

Joe Dockery, a teacher from Mount Si High School in Snoqualmie, Washington, can’t wait to continue using Slate in his classroom. “One of the things that I love about Slate is how quickly and easily my students can publish and share their creations,” he says. “The interface is so simple, intuitive and user-friendly, that they can just concentrate on telling a good story versus worrying about learning the technology.”

Slate is a great companion to Adobe Voice, the app for creating simple animated videos that was named one of the Apple App Store’s Best New Apps of 2014. Like Voice, Slate helps teachers and students focus on telling powerful stories. Both apps are available for free from the Apple App Store, and Slate requires iPad 2 or higher and iOS 8.1.2.

To learn more, visit www.adobe.com/slate or check out the links below.

We can’t wait for teachers and students to give Slate a try, so please download the app and share your Slate stories with us!

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