Students Get Creative at Campuses Across the UK

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October 23, 2013

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This month the Adobe Education team has been travelling the nation, visiting students and educators across the United Kingdom to spread the word and help inspire creativity in education. Many students, educators and creative professionals attended the biggest UK Campus Tour yet, across seven different venues.  They were treated to exclusive insider information and content from Adobe’s Creative Cloud as well as tips and tricks on how to advance their creative work.

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The Campus Tour was attended by students, teachers and lecturers, as well as local professionals with an interest in learning more about Creative Cloud. Our experts included Pro Video Evangelist for Education Michael O’Neill and Senior Solutions Consultant Iona Walters, and their stunning demonstrations gave attendees a brilliant insight into the power of Creative Cloud.

Jamie Eason is the Digital Resources Manager for the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design at the University of Dundee. Having recently signed an agreement with Adobe to give Duncan of Jordanstone full access to Creative Cloud, Jamie believed the Campus Tour was an “ideal way to show everyone what this new software can do.” He continued “Adobe is helping to train the next wave of creative graduates, and we’re delighted to be working with such a passionate, forward-thinking multinational company.”

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Salford University’s Academic Director Andrew Cooper was also thrilled with the Campus Tour visit to their campus in Media City UK. He said that their partnership with Adobe “exemplifies their trans-disciplinary work with industry”, and  ”the opportunity for students and staff to mix with industry experts from Adobe was not to be missed”. He continued; “Events like this are crucial to our development of next generation talent across the spectrum of creative media and digital technologies, and they play a key role in our contribution to the innovative eco-system that has been rapidly established at MediaCityUK.’

The aim and vision with this series of Adobe Campus Tour events was to empower students and educators with information, tips and skills so they can use our creative tools more effectively and efficiently to advance their creative ideas.

Video Evangelist Michael added that he had met “so many amazingly talented students” during the Campus Tour, and that “their passion for design and desire to learn was incredibly inspiring.” He added, “The Campus Tour was a brilliant way to meet the next generation of creative professionals face-to-face, and to find out what it is they need and want from their tools.”

If you want to see more from the Adobe Campus Tours then check out our Facebook albums from the events. We are also delighted to announce that after the huge success of this year’s Campus Tour it will be back bigger and better than ever in 2014. If you think your university or college deserves a visit from the Adobe team then apply here.

Zuko Leonard Rabotapi, Marketing Manager, United Kingdom, Sub Saharan Africa & Israel

Teachers should be facilitators of creative thinking

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October 02, 2013

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02-10-2013 14-15-50Last week, the Adobe education team headed to Glasgow to catch up with some of Scotland’s most influential educators and administrators. We met some wonderful people there and would like to thank all our guests who made the effort to join us and tell us their thoughts on education. This was a great opportunity for us to hear first-hand what educators and administrators think about the evolution of the education system, not only in the UK but also across the globe. The emergence of new technologies, social media and access to internet are creating an exciting environment to educate students and encourage their creativity.

What we heard was that educators – right across the primary, secondary and higher education sectors – all recognise the importance of fostering creative thinking in the classroom, and the findings of our recent State of Creativity report resonated with them a great deal. In particular, educators are in agreement that the way the curriculum is currently set up actually stifles creativity, rather than giving students space to grow and explore possibilities, and that an important step in addressing this challenge is to give educators, and their students, access to new technologies and access to information to facilitate and advance creative thinking.

 

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However, many of the teachers expressed a concern around their own skill levels and ability to use technology to facilitate the teaching or education process. Educators are currently under pressure to acquire new skills themselves in order the facilitate 21st century creative thinking in education and impart knowledge to students. At Adobe we have made it our aim to empower teachers with platforms, resources and tools, to facilitate the transformation taking place in education, such as Adobe Education Exchange.

In facilitating learning, teachers will make it easier for their students to learn how to think critically and understand how the learning process works – which in turn will help to nurture their creativity.

– Mark A’Bear, Adobe UK Education Manager

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