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February 19, 2010

Adobe Photoshop turns 20!

Time flies when you are having fun. Who knows what the next 20 years will bring and what students and teachers will be able to do 20 years from now.
See the full time line of Adobe Photoshop’s 20 year history.

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January 2, 2010

Teachers in Europe believe that creativity is fundamentally important at school and that ICT can help enhance it

The European Commission has presented the results of the first-ever survey on creativity and innovation in schools. The results show that 94% of European teachers believe creativity is a fundamental competence to be developed at school, and 88% are convinced that everyone can be creative. In order to achieve that, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) are considered very important among teachers (80%): computers, educational software, videos, online collaborative tools, virtual learning environments, interactive whiteboards, and free online material and courses. These results were presented at the Closing Conference of the European Year of Creativity and Innovation in Stockholm, 16 – 17 December.
An overwhelming majority of teachers believe that creativity can be applied to every domain of knowledge and to every school subject (95.5%). They do not see creativity as being only relevant for intrinsically creative subjects such as the arts, music or drama. According to this research, this is of paramount importance for the development of creative thinking as a transversal skill. Creative learning entails a component of curiosity, analysis, and imagination, accompanied by critical and strategic thinking. However, even when the majority of teachers believe everyone can be creative (88%), and that creativity is not solely a characteristic of ‘eminent’ people (80%), the conditions for favouring creativity are not always available in schools in Europe.
On average, half of European teachers believe that creativity plays an important role in their curriculum, and about a quarter consider that it does not. The perception of the role and relevance of creativity in the curriculum varies considerably between countries: 3 in 4 teachers in Italy, Latvia, and the United Kingdom are particularly convinced of the central role that creativity has in their national curricula. In contrast, less than 50% of teachers from Portugal, Spain, Belgium, Slovakia, Slovenia, Germany, Hungary, France and Estonia consider that creativity plays an important role in their national education system.
Training in innovative pedagogies or methods seems to be widespread in Europe. Six out of ten teachers declare that they have received training in innovative pedagogies, compared to a lower number of 4 out of 10 teachers who claim to have received training in creativity. Those who state that they received training in ICT in the classroom are only 36%. At a national level, the highest percentages are found in Romania (67%) and Latvia (66%), while he lowest were found in Germany (20%) and Belgium (21%).
The first aim of the survey has been to understand how teachers in Europe frame and conceptualise creativity. The second has been to collect information on the support they receive and need to foster students’ creativity. This is the first time that a survey has collected such a high number of teachers’ opinions from 32 European countries. For the purposes of the closing conference on the European Year of Creativity and Innovation, only responses from the 27 Member States of the European Union have been analysed, amounting to a total of 9 460 responses. More in-depth analysis will follow in the course of 2010 but the preliminary results presented already provide an excellent starting point to feed into future educational policy that develops learning and teaching processes in more creative and innovative ways.
The survey was launched by European Schoolnet (EUN), a network of 31 Ministries of Education in Europe and beyond, together with the Joint Research Centre’s Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) with the support of the European Commission’s Directorate General for Education and Culture.
More information

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May 28, 2009

New exam study guides for Adobe Associate Certification (ACA)

Adobe just released free exam study guides to prepare students and educators for the new Adobe Associate Certifications. In addition, Adobe Press has released three new offerings in the Learn by Video series.
The free exam study guides include:
- Web Communication using Adobe Dreamweaver CS4
- Rich Media Communication using Adobe Flash CS4
- Visual Communication using Adobe Photoshop CS4
Versions for the older CS3 are also available.
The Learn by Video series includes:
- Learn Adobe Photoshop CS4 by Video: Core Training in Visual Communication
- Learn Adobe Dreamweaver CS4 by Video: Core Training in Web Communication
- Learn Adobe Flash CS4 Professional by Video: Core Training in Rich Media Communication
See details>

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April 22, 2009

Webinar: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act & Adobe education solutions

Wednesday, April 29, 2009
10:00 a.m. PT | 1:00 p.m. ET

Join Jenny House, former educator and President of RedRock Reports and Adobe Education staff to get the latest updates on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and how Adobe solutions align with E2T2, Title I, IDEA and other new funding line items for 2009 and 2010. Adobe solutions cover technology integration across the curriculum, career and technical education with ISTE aligned curriculum and new certification as well as online professional development.
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act & Adobe Education Solutions
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
10:00 a.m. PT | 1:00 p.m. ET
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February 27, 2009

Showcase: Palm Beach County School District featuring Adobe Education Leaders

Credit where credit is due – see how the 11th largest district in the country, Palm Beach County (PBC) School District in Florida, is helping to educate students for 21st century life. From CTE programs focusing on graphic and web design to innovative teachers bringing physic lessons to life – to new ways of educating a large and diverse district staff via online professional development, PBC is doing some amazing work. Most of all, thanks to some very innovative Adobe Education Leaders and forward looking administrators that make it all happen.
See for yourselves.

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October 29, 2008

2008 Web Pro Challenge-Calling all technical and creative students and teachers!

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Calling all technical and creative students and teachers!
The World Organization of Webmasters (WOW) in collaboration with the Adobe Systems Inc. is announcing the second annual Web Professional Challenge to benefit an internationally recognized charity providing humanitarian aide with a website design and or application.
Why is WOW conducting this Web Pro challenge?
The Web Pro Community Challenge is an opportunity for the international Web professional community including students and teachers to:
- Allows practitioners to showcase their skills and earn industry recognition
- Allows the aspiring and those that teach them to showcase their skills, earn industry recognition and learn best practices within the Web profession from the pro’s
- An opportunity to win prizes
- Contributes something back to the global community by designing and developing a website for designated non-profit organizations .Supports Web professional education, team building and professionalism .Promote the tools and resources available to our trade
The Web Pro Challenge will be announced at Adobe Max San Francisco and will run through March 19, 2009. Participants will can use a wide range of technologies, including those from Adobe, such as Adobe Flex, Adobe Flash and Adobe AIR to build enhanced web capabilities for both of these deserving organizations.
The Web Pro Community Challenge is designed to test and teach the artistic, creative, technical and business knowledge and skills of aspiring and practicing Web professionals while utilizing some of the best tools available, all in a peer environment and for a great educational cause,” said Bill Cullifer, WOW’s Executive Director and Challenge organizer.
Eligibility and Cost:
It’s FREE to participate and anyone around the world is eligible to participate as judges, team leads, mentors and or participates in the contest.
Participants can compete in the following categories:
- High School
- Community College or University
- Industry Professionals
“Adobe is excited to work with WOW to provide a way for the passionate community of web professionals to showcase their skills while helping non-profit organizations,” said Sumi Lim Developer Relations Manager, EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa) at Adobe.
Web professional community including students and teachers are invited to get involved and to participate!

To participate follow these steps:

Step 1: Review the Web Pro Challenge material and the Official Rules and Terms of Conditions on the challenge website.
Step 2: Assemble a team (minimum of two) with the appropriate level of Web design and development skills and together review the challenge details and discuss your roles, responsibilities and participation strategies.
Step 3: Establish a name for your team and designate the roles and responsibilities of each team member(s).
Step 4: Identify and recruit a Team Lead (teacher and or industry mentor) and ask the Team Lead or Mentor to review and agree to the Official Rules and Terms of Conditions on the Web Pro Challenge website at:
Step 5: Submit your team name, member names, and team lead and complete the contact information on the sign up form.
Step 6: Within 48 hours the Web Pro Community Challenge committee will verify that your entry has been received and that your entry has been accepted.
Step 7: The Web Pro Community Challenge committee will release the contest specification and “work order” outlining the work requested by the charity (colors, fonts and wish list) within days of the Web Pro Community Challenge announcement at Adobe Max taking place in San Francisco, CA the week of November 17, 2008.

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September 10, 2008

It’s going to be brilliant

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August 6, 2008

Adobe Education eSeminar Series

The Adobe Education eSeminar Series begins August 14, 2008.
These free of charge online events will cover topics such as distance and eLearning projects using Acrobat 9, creating interactive PDF files, electronic portfolios for students and educators and much more.
The presentations will be conducted by Adobe education product experts and/or Adobe Education Leaders.
This is a great opportunity to learn from the experts right from your computer.
Details and registration

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October 24, 2007

Adobe Advances Web 2.0 in Education

Offers Adobe Flex Builder 2 to Students and Faculty at No Cost
SAN JOSE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct. 24, 2007–Adobe Systems
Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced that it is offering
Adobe(R) Flex(TM) Builder(TM) 2 software at no cost to students and
faculty at educational institutions worldwide. The Flex Builder 2
integrated development environment (IDE) is part of a powerful toolset
for designing and developing rich Internet applications (RIAs), an
essential part of Web 2.0.
Web 2.0 technologies have spurred the development of RIAs that
enable data sharing, collaboration, user participation, social
networking, and more. Flex is the industry’s most advanced framework
for building cross-operating system RIAs for the Web. By offering Flex
Builder 2 at no cost, educational institutions will be able to improve
students’ and researchers’ knowledge of RIA development. With Flex 3,
currently in public beta, students will be able to extend their RIAs
to the desktop using Adobe(R) AIR(TM).
“By making it easier for educational institutions to adopt Flex 2,
we are ensuring that students and researchers are better equipped to
harness the power of Web 2.0 and RIAs,” said Peter Isaacson, vice
president of education marketing at Adobe. “It is clear that RIAs are
the future of Web development, and a strong skill set in RIA
development will serve students well in their careers.”
“As someone who teaches a Flex course, I applaud Adobe for helping
to provide the free software that will help professors better prepare
our students for the future,” said Yakov Fain, adjunct professor at
New York University. “People with Adobe Flex skills are already in big
demand in the industry, and this smart move will help to substantially
increase the number of Flex-enabled college graduates. We are pleased
to be among the first universities to offer this kind of coursework to
our students.”
Flex applications can be commercially created and deployed today
with the free Flex 2 SDK, which includes the Flex compiler and the
ActionScript(TM) 3.0 libraries. Together, these elements provide the
modern, standards-based language and programming model used by leading
businesses to create RIAs deployed on the ubiquitous Adobe Flash(R)
Player. Beginning with the release of Flex 3 in early 2008, the Flex
SDK will be made available as open source, enabling developers to
extend and contribute to the source code for the Flex compiler,
components and application framework.

Pricing and Availability

Adobe Flex 2 will be available to qualified education end-users
for free download on Adobe.com in early November.

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August 30, 2007

Adobe Education September eSeminars

Adobe® Acrobat® 8 Professional: Beyond the PDF file
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
10:00 A.M. PDT
Learn how Adobe Acrobat 8 Professional software can be used for so much more than creating PDF files. In this 30-minute session, see how Acrobat can help you streamline the review process, enhance research and curriculum development, speed up archiving and retrieval of information, and more.
Adobe Acrobat 8 Professional: Creating forms
Thursday, September 13, 2007
10:00 A.M. PDT
This 30-minute session will show you how Acrobat 8 Professional—and its included LiveCycle® Designer software—can be used to design dynamic, interactive forms that will let you collect and manage information for research, proposals, administrative tasks, registration, and more via the web and e-mail.

Adobe Digital School Collection Spotlight

Friday, October 5, 2007
9:00 A.M. PDT
Join Adobe Education Leader Linda Dickenson for a one-hour session that will explore exciting ways in which educators can use the Adobe Digital School Collection to inspire and engage students. Learn about tools for digital storytelling, multimedia projects, and effective communication and collaboration.
Registration>

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