Posts tagged "Adobe Certified Associate"

October 7, 2013

Ideas for the future art college?!

These are the slides from my recent MERJ (Media Education Research Journal) conversation at the Media Education Summit, held in Sheffield in the UK. When faced with the pressures of increased tuition fees, global metrics and happy students it can at times be difficult to know which way to turn as a practitioner-based lecturer. Therefore, this session was very much aimed at those arts, design and media educators who were interested in exploring new or rather alternative models for higher education.
The purpose of the presentation was to encourage and open up debate and questioning of creative arts pedagogy in the context of the current media ‘buzz’ surrounding open education, with particular reference to MOOCs. The slides hopefully standalone in revealing a range of initiatives we have led, projects that we have developed exploring our OpenMedia agenda from the Centre for Disruptive Media at Coventry School of Art & Design, Coventry University.
The projects and the topics covered areas such as certification, creativity, legacy, impact, value, innovation, professionalism and peer to peer learning.
It would be great to hear people’s thoughts, ideas as we are always on the look out for new collaborators and discovering ways to increase our learning as educators and help develop better learners within our students.
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September 19, 2009

How do I prepare my students for the Adobe Certified Associate Exam?

My students, their parents and our business advisory board are all very excited about earning the Adobe Certified Associate credentials. Of course I want all my students to be successful so I have been searching for resources that will provide my students with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed. Here is a list of what I have found.
Study Guides
Did you know that Adobe has posted detailed study guides for each exam at: http://www.adobe.com/education/instruction/ace/ These are .pdf files with both written tutorials and the sample files for the lessons all wrapped up in one Adobe Acrobat file!
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Adobe Curriculum
Adobe has worked closely with classroom teachers like myself to develop curriculum that is aligned with the ISTE standards and teacher tested.
http://www.adobe.com/education/resources/k12/instructional/
Visual Design is a yearlong, project-based curriculum that develops career and communication skills in print production and graphic design, using Adobe tools.
Digital Design is a yearlong, project-based curriculum that develops IT career skills in web design and production, using Adobe tools.
Adobe TV
It is time that instructors learned about this incredible resource. Adobe has developed hours of fantastic instructional video resources and offers it free through the Adobe Media Player. Check out all that they have to offer at:
http://tv.adobe.com/channel/students-educators
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Learn by Video
This is the first resource that I have found that is specifically design to prepare students for the ACA exam. It has a easy to use interface, tutorials that you download to your iPod and well delivered content that will help your students prepare for the exam. I have really appreciated the book that accompanies this because it helps to explain the non-software specific topics covered on the exam. I also appreciate the test at the end of each unit both monitoring my students progress and helping them prepare for the type of exam questions they will face in the real ACA exam.
Classroom in a Book
Of course these books have been around for year providing a great resource for students and teachers. They provide great instruction on the application but you will need to supplement the lessons to fully prepare your students for the exam.
Online Software Training
If you or your students are looking for high quality online training on Adobe software then I strongly recommend the following resources:
Lynda.com: http://www.lynda.com/Member.aspx
Total Training: http://www.totaltraining.com/
Atomic Learning: http://www.atomiclearning.com/
Of course my own software workshops (free): http://www.mountsihighschool.com/directory/_dockeryj/conferences/index.html
Professional Development
Faculty workshops through Knowledge Network Solutions
Master education consultants from Knowledge Network Solutions come to your school to run workshops for faculty on how to use Adobe tools and effectively integrate them into their courses. Workshops are available to higher ed and K-12 institutions.
For more information about the Adobe Certified Associate Exam go to:
http://www.adobe.com/education/instruction/ace/

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September 12, 2009

My High School Students are Certifiable….

ACA_headerHome.gifMy students are excited about the prospect of earning their Adobe Certified Associate credential this year. I work in a small school district in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains of Washington state. Being a small school district, we don’t have a bunch of money to pay for all my students to take industry exams. So we partnered with the eight other school districts within our regional consortium (NEVAC). This has allowed us to purchase a Certiport site license ($2,500) for the ACA exam at my high school. We are currently working on hiring one of our building computer techs to proctor the exam for a few Saturdays ($1,000) at the end of each semester.
By setting up a regional testing center and sharing the cost, we will be able to offer the exam to ALL of our students at a fraction of the cost. What is even more exciting is an idea that grew out of the sharing of resources. We are currently working on setting up Saturday teacher workshops and student study sessions that will culminate in the certification exam. This way, all our instructors can collaborate with each other to prepare both themselves and their students for this exam.
For more information about the Adobe Certified Associate Exam go to:
http://www.adobe.com/education/instruction/ace/

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