Student at Connections Public Charter School (CPCS) in Hilo, HI, are discovering creative ways to connect academics, culture and technology. Through a new afterschool program called Studio Shaka, students are using Adobe software to take ownership of their education through project-based learning. They can film, edit and produce short videos, design websites or social media sites and more. And all of the skills they learn contribute to their ability to succeed in technology-driven education and careers.
One student took pictures of Historic Downtown Hilo, edited and composed them using Adobe Photoshop Elements and created a website. He also used Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects to produce a stunning time-lapse video of the Hawaiian shoreline, scenery and night sky for his senior project. Motivated by his own success, he now helps other students in Studio Shaka use digital storytelling to bring meaning to the concepts they’re learning in school.
CPCS serves a diverse K–12 student community. Many students are of mixed ancestry, with heritages as varied as Hawaiian, Tahitian and Native American. The value and influence of culture and ethnicity on student growth and development are essential components of teaching and learning at the school. As part of its commitment to helping students appreciate the value of their unique cultures, CPCS launched Studio Shaka through a partnership with the High Tech Youth Network (HTYN), a learning community focused on empowering young people in hard-to-reach and underserved communities throughout the Pacific.
“The strategic vision for Studio Shaka is to encourage members to think creatively, critically and strategically to make effective decisions, solve problems and achieve goals in their academic, personal and social lives,” says Thatcher. “Technology is a cornerstone of the program.” As Studio Shaka became more popular, Thatcher recognized the need to provide his students with more tools to help them reach their goals. He applied for a grant from Adobe & ConnectED and secured a lab set of Premiere Elements, Photoshop Elements, Adobe Presenter and Adobe Captivate.
Empowered with the right tools and opportunities to demonstrate their talents, Studio Shaka’s students are more motivated and proactive in guiding their own learning. “In a small community such as Hilo, youth run higher risks of losing interest and leaving school,” says Thatcher. “Students are eager to stay in school and participate in Studio Shaka, both because it’s a supportive ‘ohana,’ or family, and because they have a chance to use high-quality tools like Adobe creative software.”
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.
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.
We’re excited to announce the launch of Adobe Education on Pinterest.
Please follow and share our boards – packed with creative educational resources – but also, we invite you to join us for our first-ever Adobe Creativity in Education Pin to Win Sweepstakes. Show us creativity in action on your campus or in your classroom (or at your kids’ school) by November 8 for a chance to win the ultimate digital creativity toolset: a MacBook Pro and a one-year Adobe Creative Cloud membership to help keep your ideas flowing.
Pins can include photos or videos from the classroom or campus, educational resources that parents and educators can’t live without, or anything that inspires creativity. You can start by exploring our Adobe Creativity in Education idea board and repin anything that inspires you.
All it takes is a spark of inspiration to foster creativity and new ways of thinking. We can’t wait to be inspired by the creativity in your classroom, and watch it spread as educators collaborate and continue to magnify the message of creativity as the future of education.
Click here for more details on how to enter.
Way too often, we associate creativity with just the arts, when in reality it is so much more. Coming up with an original idea or solving a particular problem requires creative process—we use creativity in every aspect of our lives. Watch this next installment of our conversation with Sir Ken Robinson to find out why you can be creative at just about anything!
How do you define creativity? Join the conversation with us on Twitter using the #createnow hashtag and be sure to tag us at @adobeedu!