Today, we announced the latest edition of Digital School Collection (ADSC) for K-12 students and educators, available for Windows and Mac OS. The bundle gives students, including those with learning disabilities, a way to visually express what they’ve learned across curriculum. Included is the recently announced Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 and Adobe Premiere Elements 10 software, as well as Adobe Acrobat X Pro. ADSC empowers students to create projects and classroom presentations that include polished photos, compelling movies with professional-quality effects, and media-rich documents and ePortfolios.
ADSC helps educators improve student engagement by encouraging creative expression, and teach critical media skills that prepare students for success in college and beyond. To equip teachers up for success, Adobe has published additional resources that can help educators deploy ADSC quickly and efficiently, including:
- ready-to-use lesson plans, tutorials, tips and tricks and video lesson examples – all instantly available on the free Adobe Education Exchange
Adobe also announced a new pricing model– Digital School Collection is now exclusively available as a 50- or 100-pack K-12 Site License through flexible Cumulative Licensing Program or Transactional Licensing Program plans, ensuring schools and districts can maximize their software budget through wide, cross-platform distributions. These site licenses also come with supporting resources for teaching 21st century skills and engaging students in cross-curricular learning through digital storytelling.
I have been amazed by some of the media projects students are working on and look forward to broaden the engagements of students in their own learning.
How can students show what they love, what they do or who they are? Last week, Adobe announced The Imagination Challenge, designed to encourage all students to creatively express themselves across diverse fields, such as engineering, architecture, science, art or literature.
During the four entry periods from August 22 through October 30, students can download a free trial of CS5.5 Student and Teacher Editions, create something original and unique to them and then upload it to the Imagination Gallery.
Voters will choose one winner during each entry period who will win $10,000. All semi-finalists and winners from the entry periods will also be automatically entered in the Grand Prize judging to win an additional $10,000. For more contest details, visit here.
Adobe is also proud to partner with four celebrity judges renowned for not only using technology to express themselves but also to connect with their fans and readership:
Deadmau5 (@deadmau5): Known for his unforgettable live sets, Deadmau5 pushes the technological boundaries of his stage show while he assembles tracks on the fly using cutting edge computer technology—including software that he’s helped write himself. Deadmau5 has been nominated for a Grammy Award, won multiple Beatport Music Awards, International Dance Music Awards and Juno Awards, headlined festivals including Lollapalooza and Outside Lands, and is the first electronic music artist to headline and sell-out London’s 17,000-capacity Earl’s Court. Regarded for his brand, creative image and large “mau5head” worn on stage, he recently hosted a contest on his website encouraging fans to design his next “mau5head.”
Jake and Amir (@jakeandamir): Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld are the writers/actors/editors behind the Webby award winning internet series “Jake and Amir” on CollegeHumor.com. The duo has released two videos a week for over four years, with each episode now averaging more than 500,000 views. “Jake and Amir” has won several awards
including the Webby’s People Voice for Best Web Series in 2010 – and has been named one of PCMag’s Top 15 Web-Only Shows. Their series has also appeared on television on MTV’s “The CollegeHumor Show.”
Rivers Cuomo (@riverscuomo): Rivers Cuomo is the lead singer, lead guitarist and principal songwriter of the alternative rock band Weezer. Cuomo has also worked as a solo artist, a writer, an artist manager, and has collaborated with many artists including B.o.B., Simple Plan, Mark Ronson, Sugar Ray and others. Rivers is multi-instrumentalist and renowned as a prolific songwriter who embraces experimentation like in 2008 when he started a video series on his YouTube channel called “Let’s Write A Sawng,” an online songwriting collaboration between Rivers and his fans across the globe. The final version of the collaboration, titled “Turning Up The Radio,” appeared as the first track on Weezer’s “Death to False Metal” album.
Scott Dadich (@sdadich): Scott Dadich is a vice president of digital magazine development and leads Condé Nast’s digital magazine efforts, a role central to the publishing mainstay’s
evolution into a 21st-century media company. Prior to that, Dadich was the creative director of Condé Nast’s WIRED, and during his tenure, become the only creative director in history to have won both the National Magazine Award for Design and the Society of Publication Designers Magazine of the Year award three years in a row.
So what are you waiting for? Get your creative juices flowing and win big!