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Professor Penny Ann Dolin Ushers the Next Generation of Creative Technologists into the Workforce

Penny Ann DolinDolin_smedia, an Associate Professor of Practice at Arizona State University, in the Graphic Information Technology program, recently shared her experiences with how Adobe Creative Cloud enables her students to become relevant and employable in the workforce upon graduating.

Penny’s focus is instructing students in the creation of visual content with a commercial output. The commercial focus of GIT distinguishes it from a regular Fine Arts program, but creativity is sill a top priority within the major. Penny affectionately calls her students “Creative Technologists” because they seamlessly combine the two schools of thought (digital creativity and current technology).

Within the GIT program, in addition to general business knowledge, students learn skills such as graphic design, photography, web design, videography, and animation. Penny specifically calls out the emergence of 2D/3D motion graphic design as an important skill-set to have in the industry, and how Adobe After Effects has been instrumental in preparing her students for that job requirement.

Due to having access to all the tools offered within Creative Cloud, students are able to learn a wide breadth of skills that will make them more competitive in the work force. Graduates from Arizona’s GIT program have gone on to work as Art Directors, UX designers, Videographers, Production Managers, and more, at some of the most respected companies in the world.

Penny asserts that her students have gained a jump-start using Adobe Creative Cloud. She urges other teachers: “If you’re [teaching grades] K-12, these programs are extremely important, because by the time they get to a program like ours  it gives them a real head-start”.

“If we equip our students with the best tools so that they can hit the ground running, then we feel like we’ve done our job”.

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Celebrating 5 years on the Adobe Education Exchange

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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.

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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.

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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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Creativity Tools Put Dreams Within Reach for Middle School Students

IMG_0173Could cultivating creative passion be the key to keeping students motivated? That certainly seems to be the case at Tomlinson Middle School in Lawton, Oklahoma. “A lot of students here are at the age where they will drop out of school unless they find something they are excited about,” says Vanessa Perez, who teaches digital literacy, multimedia, and web design at Tomlinson.

In 2014, knowing that many of her students had big dreams of becoming graphic, video game, or web designers, Perez became determined to create a curriculum that challenged students to go beyond the basics of digital literacy. She also wanted to equip her classroom with tools that would both engage and inspire her students. Unable to afford these tools, she applied for free creativity software through Adobe and ConnectED and received a lab set of Adobe Photoshop Elements, Adobe Premiere Elements, and Adobe Captivate.

So far, eighth graders have used Photoshop Elements for a “Design Your Own Species” project, in which they digitally combined images of several different animals into one. Perez plans to expand her curriculum with Premiere Elements. Each spring, students will create a video memorial about the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.

 Perez says her students’ confidence has soared since she brought Adobe software into the computer lab. “By having access to industry-standard software, students can discover what they really love to do and make their dreams more realistic and achievable.” says Perez.TMS Logo

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Powering Creativity, Confidence, and Potential

“Do you want to buy us new drums?” That’s what the very clever musicians and video storytellers at Lawrence County High School (LCHS) recently asked in the Zildjian “My Pit’s the Pits” video contest.

IMG_0228[5]LCHS, a school of 640 students in Moulton, Alabama, was one the first Title I schools to receive free creativity software from Adobe as part of President Obama’s ConnectED initiative. Shortly after receiving their software, LCHS students went to work using Adobe Premiere Elements to tell the story of a talented drum line in need of new instruments.

Students in Gina McCarley’s Multimedia Design class worked collaboratively with the band members on their digital storytelling project. They set a compilation of individual student assignments to music and other audio created by LCHS musicians. The result was a sophisticated video that wowed Zildjian and won the grand prize — $10,000 in new percussion equipment.

That wasn’t the only big win for the students, according to McCarley. “As a teacher in a Title I school, I can’t overstate how important it is to give students creative outlets,” she said. “With the software from Adobe and ConnectED, my students are discovering talents, learning new tools, enjoying class, and getting access to software we otherwise couldn’t afford. Gaining skills using Adobe software opens students’ eyes to new career possibilities and—even more important—gives them hope.”

Red DevilLooking to the future, McCarley plans to expand beyond video and introduce her students to the other tools LCHS received through the Adobe and ConnectED donation, including Adobe Photoshop ElementsAdobe CaptivateAdobe Presenter, and Adobe EchoSign. Next up is photo editing and stop-motion animation—topics of keen interest to McCarley’s students.

We can’t wait to see what the talented students at LCHS produce next!  Read more about Lawrence County High School.

 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. 

More information and apply for a ConnectED grant from Adobe here.

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Inspiring Creative Catalyst Conference

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Did you miss the Creative Catalyst Conference?  Watch the conference recordings!

Creativity is for everyone and it’s the pathway to helping make the world a better place. Adobe is providing programs to help educators foster creativity with their students like the Sparking Creative Catalyst virtual Conference which was held in July.  The conference focused on best practices in teaching and learning with technology and professional development sessions on leadership, establishing a social profile and digital storytelling bootcamp. During the conference, Adobe Education Leaders and the Adobe Youth Voices partners joined together  to inspire and motivate change to support creativity in education.  To help reach educators around the world, select sessions were available for a virtual audience and now these session are available by recording.

Check out these inspirational keynote sessions:

Michael Gough, Adobe VP of Product Experience, discusses how drawing helps you approach problem solving in new ways and makes the case for drawing as a kind of literacy all of us should purse.  Watch his session: Drawing – The New Literacy

Erik Natzke, Adobe Principal Designer, shared an inspiring session on the creative application of education to have play inspire learning and vice versa.  Watch his session: Creative Application of Education

Andy Lauta, Adobe Photoshop 3D Printing Evangelist, shared the amazing results of 3D printing with Photoshop and inspired all to want to have their own mini me.  Watch his session: 3D Printing in Photoshop CC

The full agenda of recorded sessions and their descriptions my be found here.

 

Related links:

Read the press release demonstrating Adobe’s recent commitment to help advance digital learning and teaching, across 15,000 schools in the United States through ConnectEd.

Discover more on the Adobe Education Exchange.

Become inspired by Adobe Education Leaders student projects. Go to the Adobe Education Leaders Gallery and share or appreciate your favorite AEL projects!

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Sparking Creative Catalysts

Educators are invited to attend the Adobe Education Virtual Conference July 21 – 22, 2014

Join us! Adobe Education is thrilled to invite educators to come together, to learn more about Adobe’s role in education and to spark change through creativity. Hear from the Adobe Education Leaders from around the world, and dialogue with fellow educators. Participate in open discussions on best practices in teaching and learning with technology, and take advantage of free professional development.

The Sparking Creative Catalysts Virtual Conference will help you:

  • Learn how Adobe Creative Cloud is integrated into classrooms.
  • Hear the latest about Adobe technology from Adobe Executives and Product Managers.
  • Take online courses in leadership, learn how to establish a social profile, attend a digital storytelling bootcamp, and much more.
  • Find out about the Adobe ConnectED program in the US and help make a difference at a Title 1 school!

Register to attend here!
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Related links:
Read the press release demonstrating Adobe’s recent commitment to help advance digital learning and teaching, across 15,000 schools in the United States through ConnectEd.

Discover more on the Adobe Education Exchange.

Become inspired by Adobe Education Leaders student projects. Go to the Adobe Education Leaders Gallery and share or appreciate your favorite AEL projects!

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Special Creative Cloud Offer for Students and Teachers

Adobe_Creative_Cloud_icon_RGB_128px_no_shadowLast year, we unveiled Adobe Creative Cloud, which we believe is the future of creative software from Adobe and the place where innovation will be delivered first. And we’ve had a deep commitment to education, providing our highest levels of discounts to this critical group of customers.

Starting today, we are offering a new promotion for Adobe Creative Cloud membership to students, teachers, faculty, and education staff at $19.99/month for the annual membership. This is a 60% discount off the commercial price in North America.  

For students and teachers who want to stay current with the latest creative software, Adobe Creative Cloud is the easiest and most affordable way forward. In North America, the promotion runs through March 11th. Pricing for the traditional perpetual products will continue to have a significant discount relative to the commercial products.

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Educators and Students Cheer Acrobat XI Release

We just announced Adobe Acrobat XI, a powerful new solution that rises to today’s complex document challenges and offers an easier way to teach, collaborate, and boost productivity. New, much requested features include complete PDF editing and export to PowerPoint, as well as touch-friendly capability on tablets. Educators can do their jobs more efficiently and students have a more powerful way to showcase their academic achievements.

But don’t take my word for it – see what educators have to say:

“The new capabilities of Acrobat Pro XI make my life as a district-level Distance Learning Manager and training consultant to educators a lot easier. With the new PDF editing tools, teachers can now edit text and images, something they were not able to do before, and then combine course materials, including documents, photos, and videos into a single PDF, which keeps students interested and engaged.” Linda Dickeson, Adobe Education Leader, Lincoln Public Schools, Lincoln, NE

“Students at Carnegie Mellon University use a wide variety of platforms so distributing content in PDF is vital to making sure that everyone can use it. Adobe Acrobat XI makes it easy to convert any type of content into a PDF file, annotate it with custom headers and footers, and even make the resulting file interactive. As an educator, it is particularly useful to be able to combine class materials, such as slides, photos, screen captures, and links to videos and live web pages, into one PDF.”* Brad A. Myers, Professor, Human-Computer Interaction Institute, School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University

The new and improved features and functionality in Adobe Acrobat XI give educators and students the power to:

  • Combine course materials in a single PDF—Easily assemble documents, spreadsheets, emails, web pages, photos, Adobe Flash Player compatible videos, and graphics in a single, organized PDF to share curricula, learning resources, and classroom assignments.
  • Increase impact with interactive PDFs —Educators can use media-rich PDF documents or ePortfolios to easily track and assess students’ progress over time, as well as deliver feedback more quickly and clearly using text and audio PDF commenting tools. Students can include various mediums to create work that stands out and leaves a lasting impression on teachers and potential employers.
  • Do more on the go—Fill in, sign, and save PDF forms and make comments on PDF files using free Adobe Reader software on your smartphone, tablet, or other mobile device.
  •  Spend more time teaching, less time re-creating materials—Use intuitive PDF editing tools to update text and images within Acrobat XI Pro. Convert PDFs to Microsoft Word, Excel, and now PowerPoint formats, saving fonts, formatting, and time.
  •  Create PDFs that anyone can view and sign—Share PDF files, forms, and ePortfolios with confidence, knowing that students, colleagues, and administrators can open and interact with them using free Adobe Reader software on their computer or mobile device.

We are thrilled with these new features and can’t wait to see what you do with them. Please send us your thoughts via the comments section or Twitter. Also, visit Adobe Education Exchange for new teaching resources and don’t forget to check out Adobe TV for free training videos.

* This statement reflects the opinion of Professor Brad Myers and is not intended to state or imply an endorsement by Carnegie Mellon University

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