New Schools Blog




Liz Wilkins has set up a schools blog to provide information for teachers and staff. Please feel free to pass on the details to your customers and take a look yourself at:

http://blogs.adobe.com/ukschoolnews/

There are already some great articles including this latest guest submission from Greg Hodgson, one of our Adobe Education Leaders:

Unlocking creativity with Digital Art: Greg Hodgson, Chalfonts Community College

http://adobe.ly/dFTlRJ

This is a “Guest Blog Post” from an Adobe Education Leader, Greg Hodgson (available online http://adobe.ly/dFTlRJ or read below)

I’ve been teaching new media for ten years now and it never ceases to amaze me at just how effective Digital Art can be in unlocking creativity in students, as well as getting them generally excited about the subject. For those of you not familiar with Digital Art, it’s all about using technology to create art – whether that be a photographic portrait, an animated film or a digital take on cubism!

Students think it’s ‘cool’ and fun to learn about making films, videos, games and animation and because it’s generally something they’re interested in anyway. I’ve seen students who weren’t engaged in traditional Art & Design classes improve their grades and unlock their creativity through digital.

Having been inspired by all this enthusiasm for Digital Art, I introduced a Digital Art course five years ago.  The results were amazing!  Students, and in particular boys, not only started paying better attention in classes, but quickly became passionate about the course and many continue to  study it at college and uni.

It doesn’t just stop there though; the great thing about Digital Art is that the skills learnt from the subject don’t need to be pigeon-holed into just Art and Design classes.  Students learn skills such as creative thinking in building a website for example or complex mathematical coding to create an online game (http://bit.ly/b6kRgq) – all of which of very relevant to other subjects!

It’s such an exciting time to be teaching in schools – we’re able to facilitate learning in a way we never have been able to before and I’ve seen some brilliant results because of this.  I’d encourage all teachers to use Digital Art tools in lessons – check out the Creativity Toolkit for some tips!

If you want to know more about the innovative work at Chalfonts Community College, then JOIN THE VITAL HOTSEAT DISCUSSION and find out how Digital Media can enhance creativity in your school.


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