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.
Last week I had the pleasure of visiting the Oakland School for the Arts (OSA) in California. OSA was founded in 2002 and is a public charter school with just over 600 students in grades 6 through 12. In addition to rigorous academics, each student specializes in one of the following disciplines: circus arts, dance, digital media, instrumental music, figure skating, literary arts, production design, theatre, visual arts, or vocal music. It was wonderful to walk the hallways of OSA and pass dance studios, music studios, art studios, biology and Spanish classrooms. I saw students wearing leotards, toting instrument cases (sometimes larger than the students themselves), sketching in notebooks, getting feedback on the latest apparel they designed, taking photos, and singing. The halls were buzzing with much more than just talent– there was so much student creativity, energy, and passion!
The day I visited coincided with the Digital Media class’ Framing Day. Framing Day is the day when students frame and hang their recently completed work. In this case, students were hanging their posters celebrating each of the 30 articles of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The posters were created in AdobePhotoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign because Heidi Cregge, chair and instructor of Digital Media, uses this assignment to teach students about how these three programs work together and can be used in an integrated way.
Students’ posters were very impressive! Each one intrigued, provoked, and drew in the audience. As always, young people never fail to amaze me with their creativity and passion for making our world a better place. Check-out some of their work below and on their slideshow.
Izzy and Domenico with their posters
Robin and Ryan with their posters
Emilio with his poster (co-created with Ciaran) & Izzy and Takai after hanging posters.