2013 was an exciting year on the Adobe Education Exchange. The highlight was watching you engage with each other, share mind-blowing content, and exhibit your power as a creative force within Education. We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than to share top trends, themes, and highlights from the past year. As we reflect on a wonderful 2013, let’s make 2014 even better!
Like no other theme, creativity captivated AEE members this year. Sparked by the need for creative ideas to solve global challenges, you showed you’re up to the task of preparing students to meet these challenges. You flocked to our Creativity in Today’s Classroom workshop series and digital creativity courses. You discussed how to promote creativity in classrooms and how to teach creative thinking. Thank you for all the creative teaching ideas and we look forward to more on this topic in 2014.
Professional Development Launch
In February, we launched a new Professional Development portal with twenty self-paced workshops, three MOOCs, and a wide variety of online and in-person events. More than 19,000 of you completed a training activity including the 350 of you who finished the Train the Trainer course to become credentialed Adobe Education Trainers. The momentum is building so expect expanded opportunities in 2014.
You continued to share ideas for integrating technology into the curriculum in 2013. Just a few of our many favorites include creating Instagram profiles for historical figures, a collaborative spoken word animation project, and combining math and 32 pictures to create an average visual of an interest. We’re excited to see the ideas you have up your sleeves in 2014.
From gamifying the classroom to earning points and badges on the AEE, gamification was a winning theme in 2013. You explored ways to incorporate gamification into the classroom and a group of you is collaborating on a gamified curriculum delivery system. Gamification on the AEE allowed you to showcase an impressive amount of activity. You earned more than 150,000 badges and over 1 million points in 2013!
Tablets and Smartphones
With the exponential growth of mobile devices, it’s no wonder you were interested in how they affect both the way you teach and the need-to-know design skills to respond to this trend. You discussed the best use cases for integrating devices in the classroom and wondered what Adobe software on a tablet would be like. There was also a growing interest in the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite and web tools like Muse, Edge Animate, Edge Reflow, and PhoneGap for creating device friendly content.
As we begin 2014, thanks for joining us in the mission to change the world through creativity. With each resource you find, question you ask, connection you make, or new skill you learn on the Adobe Education Exchange, you can spark ideas and creativity in others. We promise to continue to support you as you ignite creativity at your institution, colleague, or in your students.
Earlier this month, the Adobe Education Exchange (AEE) gained its 100,000th member. This achievement marks a major milestone in our goal of creating the world’s largest community of creative educators.
AEE members come from 163 countries, teach at all age levels and represent a range of subject matter and product expertise. As the new school year kicks into full gear, educators are looking for fresh and innovative ways to inspire their students. With over 5,000 shared resources, and 350 active discussion topics, Adobe Education Exchange is a great resource for educators who want to learn how to ignite creativity in their classroom.
Here are some quick AEE facts that you may not know:
- 5,186: Resources shared by AEE members
- 30,813: Comments on the AEE
- 819,864: Points earned by AEE members through the gamification system
- 79,406: Badges earned by AEE members
- 10,376: Professional development workshops completed by AEE members
- 2,719: Participants in Adobe’s first MOOC
- 91: Average new educators that joined the AEE each day since the launch in 2010
- 3,000,000: Approximate number of students taught each year by AEE members
Today, I am thrilled to announce the re-launch of the Adobe Education Exchange (AEE), our online community for connecting creative educators around the world. Since we launched the platform two and a half years ago, more than 75,000 educators have joined the AEE and shared over 4,000 resources. With this re-launch, we’ve redesigned the user experience, added new features, and integrated social capabilities. Adobe Education Exchange members can now more easily discover and contribute quality teaching and learning resources, connect with other members, participate in lively discussions, and explore professional development workshops.
Committed to providing the best online community for educators, we spent the last couple of years listening and collecting user feedback. Based on the response and site analysis, we have redesigned the platform with an emphasis on four key themes:
- Ease of use – With a simplified navigation, design and workflow, educators can easily accomplish key activities such as searching resources and members, sharing lesson plans and starting discussion topics with other members.
- Discoverability of content – By allowing visitors to browse resources without logging in and opening the content up to search engine indexing, more educators will become aware of the high-quality support the community has to offer.
- Social capabilities – Members can now follow other members, get timely notifications, earn points and badges, and share content to social networks. We’re weaving a social fabric into the community and giving members the ability to showcase their creative teaching.
- Extensibility – To cater to educators’ future needs, we’ve created APIs that will open up new opportunities to extend the platform and integrate with other online communities and platforms.
To celebrate the all new Adobe Education Exchange, we’re kicking off a four-day long #AdobeEDEX Scavenger Hunt to help you discover all we have to offer! Each day, we’ll reveal a clue on Twitter via @AdobeEDU. Complete each of the four clues and be entered to win one of four iPad minis. If you complete a clue within 20 minutes of it being tweeted, you’ll receive an additional entry! Remember to include the hashtag #AdobeEDEX in your tweets. Cick here to see the rules.
Now is the time to make the Adobe Education Exchange your online hub to help ignite creativity at your institution. Check out the new Adobe Education Exchange at http://edex.adobe.com.