With global collaboration and a flat world in mind, this group of Adobe Education Leaders (primary through post secondary education) is sharing their expertise and thoughts on the use of technology in the school classroom and at districts and college/university campuses around the world.
Adobe Captivate – How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
This tutorial will demonstrate how to create a slick interactive photo slide presentation using Adobe Captivate’s branching tools.
Learn how to:
Adobe recently released a new Air application that “provides an easy way to learn about, track and share workflow best practices.” WorkFlowLab provides a collaborative environment that will allow designers, developers, and project managers to communicate and share workflows.
I imagine that students could use WorkflowLab to help manage their classroom multimedia projects (think an interactive Gantt chart) …and heck, it’s free!
Walk down any high school or junior high hall and you will notice how popular mobile devices are. It seems that just about every kid has access to a “smart phone.” However, students have been unable to access engaging and rich web content delivered in the Flash format. This is starting to change.
Recent releases of certain mobile devices are realizing how much content is delivered via the Flash format (over 80% of web video is distributed as Flash video) and will, in the near future, support Flash Player 10.1. Students that carry smart phones that include Flash Player 10.1 will be able to visit sites like National Geographic and Brain Pop (just to name a few) and teachers will gain an exciting instructional delivery tool! Read more…
Dr. Larry Sanger, co-founder of Wikipedia, has created a website that sifts through the fluff and delivers only educational videos. Dr. Sanger says, ” think of it as YouTube meets Wikipedia, filtering out everything but quality educational videos.”
All the videos on WatchKnow are hosted by external websites (National Geographic, YouTube, etc.) which may cause issues with filtering software, but so far, I’ve found it easy to use and loaded with lots of great content.
Visit www.watchknow.org WolframAlpha
WolframAlpha is a “computational knowledge engine.” A normal search engine returns links based on search parameters. WolframAlpha returns answers.
For example, I typed in “December 25″ and Wolfram returned:
Testing your web sites in multiple browsers is a drag.
I typically test web pages in Safari, Firefox, and the latest release of Internet Explorer. However, I have found it necessary to test in older versions as well. This can prove difficult because I don’t have older browser versions installed on my computer(s).
Adobe BrowserLab comes to the rescue!
“Adobe® BrowserLab is an online hosted service that lets you test the pages of your web site across a variety of web browsers and operating systems. The service works by taking screen shots of your web pages in different browsers, and then displaying them in the BrowserLab application window.
You can use BrowserLab as a standalone service, or integrated with Dreamweaver CS4. The standalone service lets you test pages that you’ve posted to a server within the context of a web browser. If you use BrowserLab as an integrated service with Dreamweaver, you can test your pages from within Dreamweaver without publishing your pages to a server.”
The following browsers are supported:
Firefox 2.0 – Windows XP
Firefox 3.0 – Windows XP
Firefox 3.5 – Windows XP
Chrome 3.0 – Windows XP
Internet Explorer 6.0 – Windows XP
Internet Explorer 7.0 – Windows XP
Internet Explorer 8.0 – Windows XP
Safari 3.0 – Macintosh OS X
Safari 4.0 – Macintosh OS X
Firefox 2.0 – Macintosh OS X
Firefox 3.0 – Macintosh OS X
Firefox 3.5 – Macintosh OS X
BrowserLab also gives you the ability to view your page in “2-up” view and the very cool “Onion Skin View.” Two-up view allows you to scope-out a web page in two different browsers in a side-by-side layout. Onion Skin View overlays the pages so that you can quickly spot any major layout problems.
Visit Adobe Browserlab 2-up View Onion Skin View
Scott Trudeau www.tutorialstop.com
The other day I had to create a contact sheet from a folder full of images. I opened up Photoshop CS4, clicked on File > Automate, and…to my surprise… the contact sheet options were gone. Vanished! Where in the heck did the Contact Sheet plugin go? Well, Adobe now provides us with a much more elegant solution via the “Adobe Output Module.” Using the Output Module script, you can create Adobe PDF contact sheets that include header and footer information or throw together a PDF presentation in just a few clicks. Here’s how
Adobe InDesign makes it extremely easy to add action buttons to your document. This is great if you intend on publishing your InDesign project to a digital format and want to “spice it up a bit” with some interaction. This tutorial will demonstrate how to add buttons to an InDesign project and publish the project as a Flash (.swf) file. View Tutorial
Hankering for a killer deal? For the first time ever, Adobe has decided to offer huge pricing discounts for students. Students can register for a full conference pass at the deeply discounted price of $199.00 (a $1400.00 value). If you can’t afford the time, you can also choose the day pass for $99.00. What a Bargain! http://www.adobe.com/devnet/edu/max2009/
At this year’s Adobe Summer Institute I experienced a jaw-dropping-moment when I witnessed an Adobe trainer demonstrate InDesign’s export-to-swf feature. I have been using InDesign CS4 since its release, but had no idea this gem-of-a-feature was tucked into InDesign’s export command.
Check out this short tutorial and prepare to pick up your mandible!
Scott Trudeau www.tutorialstop.com