The Adobe Education Exchange is a hugely valuable resource for both customers and partners. The number of resources and community members have grown significantly with many resources availble for both HE and Schools. Join the community at: http://www.adobe.com/go/aeeuk
Here’s a Q&A on all you need to know about the Exchange:
What is the Adobe Education Exchange?
The Adobe Education Exchange is a central location for educators to meet, share, discuss, and collaborate on topics of interest to the Adobe education community. Primary & Secondary School and Higher Education faculty and staff can share and view teaching and learning resources and learn from each other in this online community.
Who is it for?
The Education Exchange will benefit Primary & Secondary Schools teachers and instructional technology staff, Higher Education faculty and instructional technology staff, and curriculum and staff development specialists.
Why is Adobe launching the Education Exchange?
Adobe is launching the Adobe Education Exchange as part of its continued efforts to offer direct support for UK teachers and lecturers.
It will support teachers in meeting the growing needs of businesses calling for digital skills in their workforce, help schools respond to the Government’s digital agenda encouraging them to integrate smartphone app-design into courses and offer them guidance in light of the recent news that the Government plans to overhaul the IT curriculum.
What does it mean for educators?
The exchange will provide educators with practical resources and learning materials which will help them to prepare for the increasing demands of digital creativity in the classroom.
We recently conducted our own research which found that more than a third (35%) of teachers in the UK feel they need more training and support in order to be able to use technology effectively in their classes. Schools are experiencing profound budget cuts at the moment, which means they are not necessarily getting this training.
The Adobe Education Exchange will help by providing teachers and lecturers with an ongoing, and more importantly free, teaching and learning resources.
How do teachers and lecturers get involved?
Educators can register as a member for free, and then search for specific resources by subject, grade level, software product, and resource type. Educators can also share best practice, discuss and collaborate around topics of interest, and gain inspiration for using Adobe software in their own lessons in innovative ways.
What resources are available?
The Education Exchange offers free, educator-created, peer-reviewed teaching and learning resources such as lesson plans, individual and group project ideas, technical tutorials, assessment exercises, best practice advice and tips, background resources including recommended web links, presentations, project examples and templates for educators to work from.
The wide range of resources available will allow educators to use the Education Exchange to help them prepare for new courses and projects, and learn new skills enabling them to teach using Adobe software. Users can rate the resources on a 1 to 5 star scale, making it easy for other users to identify top resources and those most relevant to them.
As part of the launch in the UK, Adobe has been working with some key educators to provide curriculum resources to support the OCR ICT Nationals.
How do members share a resource?
The ‘share a resource’ page is the go-to place to share resources, and is open to all members.
What subject areas are covered?
- Digital Arts and Media
- Learning and collaboration
- Business and Law
- Teacher Education
- Social Studies/Humanities
- Administration and Educational Practices
- English, Languages and Arts
What other benefits do members receive?
As well as having access to all of the available resources and being able to receive both recognition for and feedback on their own teaching resources, members will be able to make use of free trial downloads, hundreds of free product extensions, community areas, members-only white papers and downloads, on-demand seminars and access to manage their activity in the Adobe Worldwide Store. The Adobe Education Exchange will also allow them to connect and collaborate with innovative educators in their field and start dialogues with other educators sharing similar interests, who can pass on best practice and suggest new methods for teaching and learning.
Is the Adobe Education Exchange available to people outside of the UK?
Yes, the exchange is split into regions, and includes specific regional sections for the United States & Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. Educators are able to view, comment on, and rate resources in all regional groups. Members can search for resources within each region by navigating to the home page of the region of their choice.
What is the Adobe Education Leaders programme?
The Adobe Education Leaders Programme is a network of outstanding educators who inspire each other, share ideas, and collaborate. The program provides the leadership and professional development to help administrators and faculty think in new and creative ways. By expanding this we will continue to build this worthwhile community infrastructure to facilitate the sharing of best practice.