Five years ago today, the Adobe Education Exchange launched with the goal of connecting the world’s creative educators. At Adobe, we believe creativity in education is essential. That creativity can change the world. That creativity is for everyone.
We believe the creative education community matters. Together, we’re making an impact in classrooms around the world. We’re raising awareness of the creative teaching educators are doing. And we’re transforming professional learning online.
Throughout five action-packed years, we’ve been amazed by the way the community has mobilized on the Adobe Education Exchange. Here’s a snapshot of what we’ve learned:
- The creative education community is strong and growing. Connecting with a worldwide community strengthens the bonds of the teaching profession and inspires creativity in the classroom, on campus, and in the community.
- Diverse participation options provide opportunities for everyone to be creative. Where newbies can get started growing their skills, intermediates flex their teaching muscles, and experts share their knowledge, the community economy thrives.
- It’s fulfilling to be recognized for gaining new knowledge and paying it forward. Points and badges motivate members to pursue learning, teaching, and collaboration goals and award meaningful recognition and status for achieving them.
- Online professional development can transform teaching and foster creativity. Self-paced, collaborative online courses help educators learn new technologies and instructional design skills, drive engagement and course completion, and cultivate creativity.
For more on these learnings and the history of the Adobe Education Exchange, check out a new infographic created to commemorate this occasion.
Take a bow, Burbank. You deserve a big round of applause.
Beginning in fall 2014, the students and teachers at Burbank Elementary School in Hayward, CA, embarked on a new and ambitious program to integrate arts across the curriculum. It’s a natural fit for a school community whose mission includes cultivating and cherishing “an environment that supports the academic, social-emotional, creative and civic learning” of all students.
After studying the artwork of Pop artist Andy Warhol, fifth and sixth grade students made artwork inspired by his creations. Students were prompted to find images that represent contemporary pop culture, and then to use Adobe Photoshop Elements to create their own Warhol-inspired work. They learned how to manipulate various Photoshop Elements tools to crop, select, paint and fill select areas of their work with contrast colors.
In another project, students used Photoshop Elements to create typographical portraits of people and characters they researched in class. Each student learned how to create brushes from words related to their subject matter. They found images of their subject matter and applied filters to convert the images to black-and-white. Then they isolated the black areas and replaced them with the new typographic brushes they’d created. The finished pieces are portraits constructed from typography.
These innovative art programs are the brainchild of Robert Hoang, who joined the Burbank team last year to teach visual arts to K–6 students, and to work with his colleagues to plan arts integration lessons. Hoang co-leads Burbank’s partnership with Turnaround Arts: California, a signature program of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities that seeks to advance education in a select group of elementary and middle schools in the state. To support this work, Hoang secured a software donation from Adobe & ConnectED to help increase technological literacy for Burbank’s students by integrating digital media into the art curriculum.
Adobe is a big fan of Burbank Elementary and Turnaround Arts, but we’re certainly not alone. Turnaround Arts matches each of its partner schools with a celebrity mentor. Earlier this year the students at Burbank enjoyed a visit from their mentor, the actor Tim Robbins.
The Burbank fan club also includes U.S. Representative Eric Swalwell, California Assemblymember Bill Quirk, Hayward Mayor Barbara Halliday and several members of the Hayward Unified School Board. The group visited the school last week to gain a better understanding of Adobe’s public/private partnerships and get a first-hand look at the impact of the arts in the classroom. “The students and dedicated faculty at Burbank Elementary School have demonstrated the value of incorporating both the arts and technology into the classroom,” said Representative Swalwell. “Burbank Elementary students are developing creativity and technological skills that will empower them throughout their lives.”
“We are grateful to all the leaders who came out to support the teachers and students at Burbank, and we are honored to have the opportunity to partner with the dedicated professionals at Burbank and Turnaround Arts,” said Tacy Trowbridge, Adobe’s Worldwide Education Programs Group Manager. “Through partnerships like this, we can continue to support and encourage students to become confident digital creators and creative thinkers.”
Building on the success at Burbank, Adobe is expanding the ConnectED program in the Hayward Unified with the goal of getting free creativity and eLearning software and teacher training to all of the district’s Title I schools. If you know of a Title I school that could benefit from Adobe & ConnectED, please direct them to our website for more information.
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.
By: Leona Guidace
Today, the Adobe Design Achievement Awards (ADAA) in partnership with ico-D, International Council of Design, announce the 2015 Session I Semifinalists. Celebrating 15 consecutive years, the ADAA contest seeks to discover and recognize inspiring creative projects from student designers, photographers, animators, and digital filmmakers.
“This year’s initial entries are simply amazing. Adobe is thrilled to be able to highlight student work from around the world,” said Tacy Trowbridge, Adobe’s Education Programs lead. “I look forward to the next round of entries and to honoring the winners at Adobe MAX this fall.”
Higher education students from around the world are invited to submit their best work. The contest received 524 entries during Session I, from students representing 25 countries. 178 entries were chosen for the Semifinalist round and are now being shown in the ADAA Live Entries Gallery, which demonstrates and celebrates the immense variety of work submitted by every participating student in the contest.
The semifinalist judging panel is comprised of 29 professionals active in the ico-D, International Council of Design community. Panelists hail from 10 countries including the UK, Netherlands, Canada, Dubai, Poland, Israel, Germany and South Korea. Semifinalist entries will be judged at the Adobe offices in San Francisco in August. Category winners will be announced in September, and Grand Prize Winners will be announced during Adobe MAX to be held in Los Angeles, October 3-7, 2015.
The ADAA 2015 Session II call for entries is still open. The contest offers 13 categories for students to compete in; including game design, exhibition design, and social impact. Students and recent graduates may submit up to three times per category. The final deadline is June 19 2015.
Join us in congratulating the ADAA Session I Semifinalists and encouraging students from around the world to continue to submit their creative projects for a chance at global recognition.
Submit now. See how far you go.
This blog post originally appeared on the Adobe Design Achievement Awards Blog.