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EchoSign in Education

Here’s a great article from Scott Trudeau, one of Adobe’s Education Leaders on the benefits of EchoSign in Education:

Adobe EchoSign Can Save Your Organization Huge Time and Money

EchoSign Testimonial

Early in the year I received an unsolicited email from a customer that works for a large Texas independent school district touting the benefits of their EchoSign purchase.

Today I did a MegaSign of about 1,000 Letters of Reasonable Assurance to our at-will, non-contract employees who don’t work during the summer (we send about 3,000 total). A process that used to take a team of people months to complete (printing letters, stuffing envelopes, mailing, tracking, receiving, logging, scanning…)

with EchoSign, I was able to do this myself.  I had about 40% back before I left work (with an average processing time of 21 minutes).  Incredible!”

Mike

Mike went on to explain that receiving signed Letters of Reasonable Assurance is extremely important in that it protects schools from paying unemployment during the summer break.  Without the letter, he explained,  districts would “pay enormous sums in unemployment.”

So…what is EchoSign?

Adobe EchoSign provides an extremely easy-to-use electronic signature solution.

EchoSign can work with all kinds of documents.  The most common document formats used with EchoSign are:

  • PDFs
  • Word Documents
  • PowerPoint
  • Excel
  • Common image formats

With EchoSign there is no need for your customers (or students, faculty, and parents) to download or signup for anything. They can use their mouse, stylus, or finger to sign the document (heck, they can even type their name into a field and have EchoSign create a signature for them), and you don’t have to worry about what device or browser is supported.  EchoSign works on all browsers, across all devices.

How can teachers use EchoSign?

As a parent, I would love for my child’s school to offer a digital signature option.  For example, say my daughter’s teacher is charged with collecting fieldtrip permission slips from the entire 7th grade.  The teacher can use EchoSign to easily complete and manage this task. The teacher would simply upload the form into EchoSign, add a signature field (drag and drop simple), and send the digital permission slip out to the parents.

I would receive an email on my mobile device, open the email, click a link and sign my daughter’s permission slip (with my finger – touch devices are amazing)!   For those parents that do not have a touch device they can use their mouse or a stylus.  I submit the permission slip and receive a signed copy within seconds.  The teacher also receives a signed copy (everyone is happy).

For those that don’t immediately sign, the teacher can setup reminder emails that reoccur on a set schedule.  The teacher no longer has to deal with last minute phone calls with parents scrambling to find and return important school documents.

What about security?

“But how do I know that it truly was the parent that signed the permission slip?”

That is a great question!  If you think about it, e-signatures provide more security than the paper-based permission slips that the students are returning. The teacher has no idea that the paper-based document truly reflects the parent’s signature or a forgery.  However, with an e-signed document, the parent must log into their email account (presumably using a password) to view the document. An email-based delivery mechanism provides a layer of security that the student’s backpack does not.

More on EchoSign security…

How about complex signature routing?

No worries! EchoSign has you covered.

I’ve also viewed more than a few documents that require complex signature routing.  For example, a change-of-course form may require a signature from the student, professor, student advisor, and the dean of the college.  If each person takes a day it can easily take a document almost a week to process.  EchoSign can handle that kind of complex routing as well, and greatly reduce the time it take to process multi-signature documents.

Below are examples of common documents that require a signature.

  • Contracts
  • HR Documents
  • Permission Slips
  • Parent/Teacher/Administrator documents
  • Progress Reports
  • University change-of-course forms
  • Student Parking Forms
  • Student Housing Forms

…and the list goes on!

Fantastic!  How can I get it?

Hold your horses pardner!  You may want to speak with your Adobe Account Manager.

Ways to purchase EchoSign…

  • Signup Online by going to www.echosign.adobe.com (great for individuals or small teams)
  • Speak to your Adobe Account manager (best for larger departmental and institutional purchases).  For larger purchases, I highly recommend speaking to your Adobe account manager, as they can make recommendations based on your organization’s needs and also provide you with the best pricing options. 

When you think of your organization’s document workflow think of the headaches you experience when trying to get paperwork signed and returned on a TIMELY basis.

Bottom-line… EchoSign has huge potential to save your institution time and money (while saving you from a huge document-induced migraine)!

 

Scott Trudeau Senior Solutions Consultant, Adobe Inc. Education

For more Adobe Tips, Tricks, and Information Follow me on Twitter @scott_trudeau

www.scotttrudeau.com

Adobe Education Exchange – June Update

The Adobe Education Exchnage has innovative ways to use CS6 software and focus on creative and engaging graphic design projects.

Resources

Creating a Style Guide with the Fireworks CS6 CSS Extractor Panel

Use this project example with basic step-by-step instructions to learn how to use the CSS Extractor panel. Create a style guide that one person or a team could use to keep track of colors, fonts, and other properties that need to go into the site’s CSS.
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Graphic Design Scavenger Hunt

Check out this engaging activity where students find “graphic design things” in the world around them to help them see that graphic design is found in more places than they may think.
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Adobe Edge Preview 6: Welcome Screen and Lessons Panel

Watch this video to learn about the new enhanced welcome screen and new Lessons Panel in Adobe Edge Preview 6.
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Adobe Education Leaders

Mark Shufflebottom

Check out Mark’s wealth of tutorials and presentations and use them to teach your students how to use essential Photoshop and InDesign skills, as well as how to create and export HTML5 using Adobe Flash.
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Rhonda Rhodes

Use Rhonda’s creative lesson plans to help your students learn about how music and images can illicit emotion and interpretation while teaching design principles, Photoshop skills, and how to construct digital portfolios.
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Workshops and Training

Adobe CS6 Summer Virtual Workshop Series

Starting on June 5th (tomorrow!), join Adobe for a series of free CS6 summer workshops to prepare you for the new school year. You can attend any or all of the workshops and receive a professional development credit for each hour attended.
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Adobe & Your Voice

Point your students to a new Adobe TV show focused on helping students unleash their creativity and present their work in a way that helps them be seen, be heard, and stand out. Learn how to create a personal brand and package their work into portfolios for PDF, the web, print, and the iPad.
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Community

Education Resources for CS6

With the announcement of Adobe Creative Suite 6 and the Creative Cloud, the Adobe Education Exchange is brimming with great new content produced by Adobe, Adobe Education Leaders, and other contributors. Much of this content is featured on a special page dedicated to CS6 for easy access. With CS6 and the supporting resources, you can be fully equipped to engage students in learning, unleash creativity, and prepare them for career success.

The materials cover an assortment of CS6 products and topics. For example, here is a video overview of the Mobile Content Simulator:  Flash Professional CS6

Rich, topical content like this is typical of what you will find in the Education Exchange. Here are some others:

 There are also a variety of product-focused  technical guides to quickly get up to speed on how to use CS6 and links to other great content surrounding this new collection of professional software.

All you need to join the Education Exchange is a free Adobe ID. Anyone can contribute.

A few highlights of what we launched yesterday:

  • Adobe Digital Careers CS6 curriculum – 3 year-long, project based curriculums for design, web, and video, updated to include new CS6 features.
    • We produced 3 curriculums with a total of 25 projects and 289 technical guides, presentations, and asset files. There is also a British English/A4 paper size version of each document in the curriculums.
    • The Digital Design: Foundations of Web Design curriculum was completely rewritten with new projects that align with HTML5 and CSS3 web standards and a new focus for using Flash for game design and mobile application design and development. 
  • Learn CS6 guides – brand new for this year, we removed the technical guides from the curriculums and repackaged them for educators to learn how to use CS6 or for educators to use in developing their own curriculum. This is a simple, but extremely important way to support a larger constituency, including self-learners (particularly Higher Education faculty) and software training programs. Think of each of these as a mini-Classroom in a Book that is free!
  • Adobe TV CS6 shows – new video tutorial shows that align to our CS6 curriculum have been launched and will continue to be updated as more CS6 content becomes available on Adobe TV. 
  • Tutorials from our Adobe Education Leaders – many of our AELs stepped up to the plate to create some amazing resources for CS6 and this content will be invaluable as we seek to get the broader AEE community involved in developing CS6 focused resources. 

Photoshop Touch – An Educators View

I’m grateful to Gary Poulton, one of Adobe’s Education Leaders, for this insight into Photoshop Touch. Here’s what he has to say:

http://blogs.adobe.com/educationleaders/2012/03/photoshop-touch.html

I’ve just spent a few days taking Photoshop Touch for a serious run. Touch is only recently available for IOS users, a long wait, but a worthwhile one. Obviously Adobe have done their homework. Photoshop Touch performs well beyond what one would normally expect from an image editing app designed for tablet use. My only wish list (not really connected to reality) for Touch is a modest increase in the output file size and the addition of some functionality that mimics ‘add structure’ as opposed to ‘sharpening’.

I found being able to work with most of the layering capability of Photoshop a real pleasure, not because it replaces what I would normally do in my editing workflow but because I can work on ideas in ‘abstentia’ and make editing decisions on the go, then refine and finalise them for either printing or uploading to web galleries at a later point. The ‘scribble tool’ is a stroke of genius and the ability to refine the selection without stepping out of the tools functionality makes working with selections a real pleasure. Last but not least (amongst a host of features) is the ability to add and edit a layer directly from the camera. This means that I can paint directly into an image with a light source; combine that with the ability to paint that into a selection and blend via ‘layer modes’ and one might be able to do some light painting aka Peter Solness without having to step out into the bush in total darkness armed with only a torch. Aggh…. at least I can dream

I did some comparison tests converting a colour image to black and white using Touch and Nik’s SilverEffex Pro 2 plugin for Photoshop. Photoshop Touch performed admirably. You can read the post and see the images here

Adobe Education Exchange: February Update

If you haven’t come across the Adobe Education Exchange yet, it is well worth taking a look. You will need to register, but it provides a wealth of resources and a unique insight into the use of Adobe technologies by Educators. Here are the latest topics talking about what’s new from Adobe:

http://edexchange.adobe.com/pages/home

This month, we’re featuring what’s new from Adobe. We have four new tutorials to help you learn how to use the brand new, still-in-preview product, Adobe Edge. We know you’re dying to find out what’s coming in Photoshop, so check out new sneak peek videos to find out. Submit a hidden gem tutorial to enter for a chance to be the Next Photoshop Evangelist and garner international acclaim. And, as we do every month, we highlight some of the innovative resources and educators that make the Adobe Education Exchange so special.

Resources:

Music to Image

Use this inspiring lesson where students create an image, in Adobe Photoshop, based on a song or several songs. In the process they go through a variety of tutorials, work in groups, and learn to interpret their feelings and or memories into an image that is personal.
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Adobe Edge Preview 4 tutorials

If you haven’t heard about Adobe Edge yet, now is the time to check out this new web motion and interaction design tool. View four new tutorials on using the latest Adobe Edge Preview to use web fonts and symbolscreate playback actions, and embed a composition.
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Using Flash in the Science Classroom – “Animate to Educate”

Check out this project example that uses Adobe Flash as an integration tool in the science classroom. While learning Flash skills these students produced animations as part of a project that showcases their knowledge of a variety of science concepts.
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Featured Members

Nicole Dalesio

Working with elementary students? Look no further than Nicole’s wealth of engaging and creative lessons and tutorials that integrate technology across the K-6 curriculum while using technology for creative purposes.
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Eva LaMar

Check out Eva’s posts to help you make the most out of digital media projects. She offers fun ways to teach Adobe Photoshop, copyright citation best practices, as well as digital assets for projects.
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What’s New?

Photoshop Sneak Peeks

Check out a new series of videos with sneak peeks of what’s coming in Photoshop.
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Next Photoshop Evangelist Contest

We’re on the hunt for the Next Photoshop Evangelist! We’ve asked fans to submit a 2-minute video showcasing their favorite “Hidden Gem” in Photoshop CS5. The winner will receive a trip to Photoshop World, the opportunity to showcase their Hidden Gem live at the show, time with the product team, Creative Suite 5.5 Design Standard & more. The deadline for entries is March 5.
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FAQ: Adobe Education Exchange

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
  • Mathematics
  • Business and Law
  • Science
  • 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.

Adobe Education Exchange – September Resources

 The Adobe Education Exchange is rich with new content our members have contributed over the last two months. This month, learn how to create an Android™ application with Flash Professional CS5.5, get up to speed on HTML5, and much more.

Featured Resources

Digital Photographic Novels

Use this lesson and have your students produce their own photographic novel while teaching them about the importance of plot and story development.
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Equivalent Fractions

Use this visual presentation, created with Flash Professional, to help your students visualize equivalent fractions.
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Mobile App #1: Setting up an Android file in Flash Professional CS5.5

Jump into mobile application design and development with the first episode in a 5-part series teaching how to use Flash CS5.5 for Android development.
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Featured Members

Colin Maxwell

Need fun and engaging projects to teach your students Flash Professional? Then check out Colin’s simple Flash-based game tutorials.
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Sheri German

With web development changing at warp speed, use Sheri’s HTML5 CSS Starter Page series to help you teach the latest web design technologies to your students.
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What’s New?

New curriculum for Adobe Premiere Pro

The new Adobe Premiere Pro Official Training Curriculum offers students entering the industry or seasoned professionals the necessary skillset to use Adobe Premiere Pro for their editing needs. The 101 course is designed for entry-level training, while the 250 course is geared toward video editors making the switch from another non-linear video editing software, such as Apple Final Cut Pro.
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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.

Adobe Forms Central

One of our Education Leaders – Judy Durkin – has just posted the article below on Adobe Forms Central and how she uses this with here students in conjunction with:

  • InDesign – creation of multimedia documents and reading passages
  • Captivate – lesson creation
  • Adobe Forms Central – online availability of interactive documents and lesson materials

Here’s the description from Judy on how these technologies encourage students to write and improve their learning experience:

We all know the implications of illiteracy as students move into the workforce. Too many students cannot write a coherent paragraph or comprehend basic reading passages. Students who have demonstrated grade level literacy skills have recently produced formal essays that consist of texting-gibberish infused with a few multisyllabic words that they got from a quick word search. You know all ofthis because the battle over reading and writing is fought in every classroom, every day.

I pursue literacy with zeal in my graphic design, art, and yearbook classes. Students read and write two times per week about every aspect of art and design that is relevant to their field of study . Years ago, I created reading passages with InDesign and printed them off for students to finish in class. I added photographs, diagrams and illustrations to reading/writing worksheets to make content comprehensible for English learners, but I had to print them out in B&W. Occasionally I would print out worksheets in color and laminate them so that they could be used for following semesters.

I create lessons with Captivate but I wanted an easier solution to create successful reading/writing lessons. In March 2010 I started the move to computer-based literacy activities. I now create interactive .pdfs that make it possible for students to engage with lessons that reach all levels of literacy. But what about the dilemma of collecting, reading, grading and giving feedback on all of those scribbled sheets of paper? I attempted to use Acrobat Forms with my lessons, but had difficulty doing so because of cyber blocks from the IT department. Then, I found GoogleDocs and used Acrobat worksheets with a link to online Google Forms.

As a solid advocate of Adobe products, I kept my use of Google Docs/Forms quiet hoping for an Adobe solution and it is here: Adobe Forms Central. It integrates perfectly with the lessons that I create.

  • More engaging lessons. No more predictable B&W paper worksheets.
  • Less time reading essays. I don’t have to lug home piles of papers with illegible handwriting
  • Better teacher feedback. Students don’t have to try and read my scribbled, hasty “red-ink” corrections and comments

For each lesson, I develop an InDesign document that is loaded with audio, video, images, captions, and diagrams. The finished interactive .pdf file has links to Adobe Forms that (unlike Google Forms) have the same .pdf images to further aid understanding. I make the .pdfs available online for students to download. ELL students can translate the interactive .pdfs and more easily capture the gist of the lesson from the visuals ; I can sort the students’ answers and essays (for easier grade input); and using Acrobat, I can convert the answers to a .pdf file , mark them up, and “stamp” grades on each essay (How to use Acrobat Custom Stamps: http://www.adobe.com/designcenter/acrobat/articles/acr8at_stamptools.html).

But the best news is: students’ are writing more than they were before. Their essays are longer and the writing has improved because the feedback they get is more consistent and thorough than the old “red pen” approach. At first I thought it was the novelty of the new approach, but as this school year progresses, I am finding that 21st century student learning and engagement happens best when students use the tools they’re excited about.

eLearning Case Study

Transforming the Way Education is Imparted

St John the Baptist is an innovative secondary school that have used eLearning Suite 2; reducing eLearning development time by 50% and energizing the learning environment.

http://tv.adobe.com/watch/elearning-customer-case-studies/elearning-suite-to-develop-engaging-online-tutorials/

 The school has used  Captivate 5 in particular to rapidly create engaging online tutorials, but also the other products in the eLearning Suite family:

Other eLearning case studies can be found at:

http://tv.adobe.com/show/elearning-customer-case-studies/