Posts tagged "Creativity Toolkit"

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.

More Creativity in the Classroom

Creativity in the Classroom and the Creativity Toolkit are beginning to build up momentum in the schools market. Our ‘colouring-in department’ has created a PDF which partners can use internally as a sales tool, or externally with customers. Here’s the link:

Creativity in the Classroom_CheatSheet

Creativity Toolkit and Quiz

 Creativity Toolkit – http://www.creativitytoolkit.co.uk/

Creative ID quiz – http://adobecreativequiz.com

There are also new Acrobat X ePortfolio assets at: http://www.adobe.com/education/products/acrobatpro/video-portfolio.html

Adobe TV – http://www.adobetv.com – with specific resources for students and educators: http://tv.adobe.com/channel/students-educators/

Creativity Toolkit – A ‘Must Have’ Resource

At BETT last week we launched some fantastic new resources to help you sell. If you were at the show you will have seen the ‘Creativity in the Classroom’ tag line on the show stand, but did you know about the new Creativity Toolkit?

Creativity Toolkit

This links a creativity quiz, classroom resources and the Adobe Certified Associate exams which contribute to the OCR iMedia exams. You can see more information at: http://www.creativitytoolkit.co.uk/

Curriculum resources are free to download under a Creative Commons licence and consequently can be freely used and edited as long as they are not distributed for commercial gain:

  • Science and Maths
  • History and Social Studies
  • Languages
  • ICT, Digital Arts and Media
  • Visual and Performing Arts
  • Administration

The resources are tagged with age ranges and even have links in some instances to Adobe TV where further material is available:

http://tv.adobe.com 

Here’s an example of a resoure:

Volcano Eruption (ages 9–13)

In this lesson, students draw pictures in Photoshop Elements showing how lava moves through the core of a volcano during an eruption. They then create a time-lapse video in Adobe Premiere Elements, using these pictures to replicate a volcanic eruption.

 Creative ID

Do you know your creative strength? Over 1200 BETT visitors took the Creative ID quiz – 7 questions which determine your creative strength:

  • Artist
  • Communicator
  • Collaborator
  • Visionary
  • Wordsmith

Why not take the quiz yourself at? Not only is this a bit of fun, but it also has a practical application. If as an educator you knew that many of your students were visual learners or collaborators, it would enable you to target the lesson with activities and materials that stimulated their creative strengths. The quiz can be taken as both a ‘Teacher’ or a ‘Student’ so why not take the quiz now?

http://www.adobecreativeid.com/

Certification

Also part of the creativity toolkit is information on certification. This section provides details of the certification programme and that all important link with OCR. The new ‘finders fee’ from Prodigy Learning makes it worthwhile for partners to include certification as part of the overall story. Full details of the exams can be found at:

http://www.creativitytoolkit.co.uk/certification.html

The Total is Greater than the Sum of the Parts

Packaged together this provides a great story ……….

A K-12 site licence or Adobe School Collection licence pack supported by:

  1. Creative ID quiz to understand how to get the best out of the students
  2. Curriculum resources and lesson plans for delivering the very best lesson
  3. Certification to give students that additional industry recognised qualification valued by HE lecturers and employers

Finally there is more information on ‘Creativity in the Classroom’ at:

http://www.adobe.com/uk/education/special/creativity/