Adobe UK’s response to new national curriculum

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September 18, 2013

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Mark A’Bear, UK Education Manager, Adobe UK responds to the publication of the new national curriculum for computing which aims to teach children between the age of five and 16 to code

“Adobe welcomes the government’s publication of the new national curriculum for computing, which aims to teach children between the age of five and 16 how to code.  This is a positive move that will not only help to increase student engagement, but also provide young people with the digital creativity skills needed in today’s workplace.

Our own research tells us 67%* of educators across the UK believe that creativity in education is vital to fuel the economies of the future, yet despite this 65% of teachers believe they can be doing more to teach this affectively, with 61% saying they feel the current education system is stifling them. Furthermore, 69% of teachers pinpoint having access to more tools and techniques as being the number one way they can teach creativity more effectively, further highlighting the need for schools to invest in the latest technologies to help support their staff.

We work with schools, such as Chalfonts Community College in which technology and digital skills such as coding plays a central role in helping to drive creativity in its students. For example, they rewrote the traditional art specification to include digital media – from animation, digital imaging, film game making – to help students learn creative skills which influence their approach across the curriculum. Through learning complex digital skills such as coding, they not only saw an increase of attainment increase, but an increase of student engagement too, in particular with previously disengaged boys.

The government review of the computing curriculum is certainly a step in the right direction towards creating a more creative learning environment, but the next step will be ensuring students are given the right industry standard tools to work with.  It’s therefore up to institutions to increase student access to technology, which will in turn give them a freer rein to express their creative talents.”

*Taken from Adobe’s ‘State of Creativity in Education’ report

BREAKING NEWS! Adobe Creative Cloud and Creative Suite 6 launched today

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May 03, 2012

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We’ve been tempting you with sneak peeks for the last few weeks and today we made the exciting announcement that the Adobe® Creative Cloud™ Student and Teacher Edition, and Adobe Creative Suite® 6 will be available for institutions, educators and students next month!

This new release comes with supporting educational resources designed to schools and colleges to enhance their classes and better prepare students for the workplace.

We are extremely excited about this new release which we consider to be groundbreaking. More than 100 education institutions worldwide participated in the beta programme for CS6 and Creative Cloud – here’s what some of our UK Adobe Education Leaders have to say;

“Adobe CS6 is a revolutionary product release that gives me and my students the opportunity to create real-world projects with tools that are, quite simply, the best in the world. Having access to these products means my students are a step ahead of most of their peers when they start their careers. With the economy still recovering from recession and the demands on today’s workforce so great, it is imperative that young people have experience in using technology in order to succeed. These tools are an important part of that. For my students to have the same power at their fingertips as real producers creating major motion pictures is truly amazing.”

                Renaldo Lawrence, Advanced Skills teacher, St. John the Baptist School

 “Adobe Creative Suite 6 has evolved to the next level and will empower my students to be even more creative. The whole suite has become much more integrated, so experience in one programme will now make it much easier for myself and my students to use the entire suite. The Adobe Touch Apps and the Creative Cloud means my students can now use a tablet as a great prototyping tool. They can design and plan on their tablet, then upload to the Creative Cloud, and in an instant their design appears in Dreamweaver for additional coding and development. Brilliant!”

Andrew Field, Head of ICT, Neale-Wade Community College

 The Student and Teacher Edition of Adobe Creative Cloud will be available for £18.26 (ex VAT) per month based on annual membership. For information on Adobe licensing go to www.adobe.com/uk/aboutadobe/volumelicensing/education.

For more detailed information about educational upgrade policies and pricing, as well as the full portfolio of suites, please visit www.adobe.com/uk/education.edu.html.

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