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Empowering Students to Tell Their Creative Story with Dan Armstrong

Dan Armstrong PictureAs an Adobe Education Leader, Dan Armstrong is constantly looking for new ways to foster his students’ creative growth at Skyview High School. A few days ago, Dan was kind enough to sit down to discuss how he integrates Adobe Creative Cloud into his everyday curriculum, and how it enables him and his students to stay on top of current industry best practices

Dan cautions that “technology changes so quickly, if you use the older versions of software it makes students less employable and gives them challenges competing when they get to university”. By always being able to use the latest versions of software through the Creative Cloud, Dan feels as though he and the rest of the Skyview High School staff are sending students into the word prepared to better face design and creativity challenges in the years to come.

Specifically, Dan shared his excitement that once Fuse–an Adobe product the enables creation of custom 3D characters for Photoshop projects­–was released, he was able to have the software up and running in his classroom just two days later. He was then able to include projects created with this software when working with his students to help them build portfolio websites to showcase their work.

Stressing the importance of students having a wide variety of different tools available to them–from Illustrator and Photoshop to Premiere Pro–Dan feels that in the end it’s all about allowing students to properly tell their story while working to advance their creative careers.

“Maybe they are an audio learner, or are more into video. Creative Cloud gives students all the tools for how they want to create and tell their story”. – Dan Armstrong, Skyview High School, Nampa Idaho

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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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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 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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Want to design better online learning experiences? Understand your audience and their values

With their ability to scale, MOOCs and online courses have the potential to democratize learning in unprecedented ways. But when designed poorly, MOOC platforms can perpetuate ineffective models of teaching and learning. How might we meet the challenge of consistently creating meaningful online learning experiences?

Over the past 12 months, Adobe Education has successfully run online professional development courses for educators via the Adobe Education Exchange. We’ve offered 10 free digital media courses on topics including digital imaging, animation, and app design. So far, 11,957 enrollees from 120 countries have completed more than 357 hours of online instruction, and they’ve created 15,975 instructional resources that have been shared for peer and instructor review. And best of all, over 380,000 students will benefit from their teachers’ new knowledge.

Click here for the full infographic

Click here for the full infographic

As the Adobe Education team continues to learn and grow as an online learning provider, we’re confident that:

  • Online professional development can transform teaching. Self-paced online courses help educators learn new ways to use technical tools and create effective instructional designs.
  • Time and money are barriers — talent is not. Our participants need more time to learn and plan, and they need more money for software and resources.
  • Creativity can be fostered online. Peer collaboration via feedback and discussion as well as weekly live sessions drive engagement, completion, learning, and creativity.

To what do we attribute our success? Although we’ve iterated on our design since we first started offering courses a year ago, we think our courses have been successful for two reasons:

  1. We understand our audience. Our courses are designed for educators, by educators. We focus on teaching technology tools plus instructional design to meet the true needs of our audience.
  2. We’ve maintained three core values across all of our offerings: collaboration, creativity, and continuous learning.

If you’ll be attending #SXSWEdu this March, join our lead professional development strategist, Melissa Jones, for an interactive session on how to apply our best practices. And if you can’t attend, be sure to follow #CreateEDU and #OnlineLearningDesign on Twitter.

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Voice Your Thanks for a Chance to Give Back to Your School

Voice_VYTSince Voice launched in May, the entire team has been thrilled to see educators embracing the app in and out of the classroom. We love that Voice helps you and your students tell impactful stories easily – and we’re always looking for more ways to support education – so we designed our new sweepstakes with you in mind.

Starting today, if you create a Voice video about what you’re thankful for, share it on Twitter with #Voiceyourthanks and follow @adobevoice, you will be entered for a chance to win $5,000 for yourself, and $5,000 for your favorite cause – including any educational institution or non-profit you’d like to support*. For complete details on the sweepstakes, please visit our Voice Your Thanks website.

We encourage you to enter, and to pass the information along to your students and their parents. We can’t wait to see what deserving cause the winner selects – it could be your school or university!

* Charity must be approved by Sponsor in its sole discretion.

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Study Reveals Students Lack the Necessary Skills for Success

Creative Candidates Study Infographic September 2014FINAL[2]Today, Adobe revealed the findings of a study, Seeking Creative Candidates: Hiring for the Future, conducted for our education customer base, about how hiring managers view creativity in job candidates. The survey of more than 1,000 U.S. hiring managers revealed that eight in 10 view creativity as important to success yet they find that the majority of students are unprepared for the workplace of tomorrow.

Statistics show that the evolving marketplace and technology are changing the evaluation criteria for candidates and increasing the need for creative problem solving skills. Two primary factors driving this change are the digital revolution and the belief that creativity and creative thinking are becoming indispensable to success.

So what can we do? Hiring managers agree that preparing students for the future requires a change in approach, including courses and opportunities to prepare students for the jobs of tomorrow, rewarding innovation and creativity in education and on the job and requiring technical majors to take courses in creative disciplines.

To prepare students for the future, we encourage all educators to help students demonstrate broad skills, practice problem solving and develop creative thinking skills. Please share your learnings and best practices with us as collectively we can help the next generation be ready for the jobs of tomorrow.

Complete research results and graphics can be viewed at:

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Adobe Education at ISTE 2014

ISTElogo It’s that time of the year again and we are getting ready to showcase our latest technology and share ideas about creativity in the classroom. If you are attending ISTE, I hope you’ll stop by Adobe’s booth – #2515 – to see what’s new in Creative Cloud, hear from Adobe experts during jam-packed theater sessions, and learn about the wealth of educational resources.

But wait, there’s more! As you may have heard, Adobe committed over $300 million in software and professional development services to the White House’s ConnectED initiative. As part of this $2 billion+ effort from the private sector, Adobe will deliver creative tools and teacher professional development to Title I schools across the United States. To learn more visit: http://edex.adobe.com/connected/.

On Monday morning, join Adobe for breakfast and hear from Richard Culatta, Director, Office of Educational Technology, as he introduces ConnectED. Learn how Adobe is expanding access to powerful tools by supporting the ConnectED initiative from Tacy Trowbridge, Adobe’s ConnectED lead, and experience how Jeff Larson of Balboa High School teaches his students to use digital media tools to become creators of content. Please register here to attend.

Adobe looks forward to seeing you at ISTE and learning about your educational needs. See you soon!

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Partners by Design: CollabCollective

The Adobe Partners By Design community is proud to announce the first PBD CollabCollective project, demonstrating the Adobe’s commitment to offering educators and students opportunities for global collaboration and creative exploration.

Through the Adobe Partners by Design program, students were invited to collaborate on a single project, inspired by the Exquisite Corpse surrealist movement.  Each contributing institution was invited to add to the project in sequence.  Students were provided with only a single frame from the previous campus, as their starting inspiration.  Students then shared only their very last image with the following institution.

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Souma Kasuganti, student of ASU Herberger Institute, commented, “The format of the video allowed for a lot of freedom, since we had only one visual to work with. The first and last frames were, of course, major factors in the creative decision making. The first frame set the mood for the visuals. Since the last frame was to be passed on, we decided that it needed to be ambiguous. With the absence of too many constraints, we let the video develop as it went along. This underlying message, to us, is a vision for a greener future.”

Participating institutions and advising professors*:

  • Grayfisch Lyceum Rotterdam, Netherlands; led by Matthijs Clasener and Jochum Van Hassel
  • Art Center College of Design, California; led by Ko Maruyama
  • Savannah College of Design, Georgia; led by Austin Shaw
  • SintLucas, Netherlands; led by Ronald den Bekker
  • Arizona State University Herberger Institute, Phoenix; led by Mookesh Patel
  • Arizona State University, Graphic Information Technology Program, led by Penny Ann Dolin and Laurie Ralston

*Listed in order of appearance in video.

The project eventually evolved into a dynamic collection of motion graphics and animation. The CollabCollective will be shown at Adobe MAX, to be held in Los Angeles, October 2014.

Adobe congratulates the participating students and professors for a successful and exciting global collaboration. We look forward to more creative opportunities, as we plan for the 2015 CollabCollective project to begin in the fall.

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Creativity Can Change the World – Applications for the Adobe ConnectED Program Now Open!

Creativity by Marne Pool Willow Glen High School San Jose, California

Creativity by Marne Pool
Willow Glen High School
San Jose, CA

Adobe believes that creativity is essential for students, for teachers and for educational institutions. That is why we have committed over $300 million in software and professional development services to the White House’s ConnectED initiative. As part of this $2 billion+ effort from the private sector, Adobe will deliver creative tools and teacher professional development to schools across the United States – all with the goal of helping youth express their creativity and build their digital skills for future success.

Schools interested in applying should visit the Adobe ConnectED program page on the Adobe Education Exchange. You can also check out information on eligibility and the application process. If your school meets the requirements, apply today.

All teachers are invited to join the more than 138,000 creative educators who share ideas, learn from free professional development and find inspiration on the Adobe Education Exchange.

This ongoing effort is a continuation of Adobe’s longstanding commitment to education. We encourage schools to apply to help ensure ALL students have access to the tools they need to be successful. We will continue to share our progress and look forward to the results!

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