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Adobe for Academics

There’s a great web site for educational resources, tutorials and ‘how to’ guides at:

http://www.adobeforacademics.com/

Links to resources are available by:

By Activity

  • Images & Pictures
  • Presentations
  • Documents
  • Video & Audio
  • Figures & Illustrations
  • Productivity & Admin

By Discipline

  • Extracurricular
  • Science & Engineering
  • Math
  • Health & Medicine
  • Business
  • Law
  • Education
  • Social Sciences
  • Journalism
  • Liberal Arts

By Product

  • Photoshop Touch
  • Adobe Connect
  • Adobe Muse
  • Adobe Story
  • Adobe Captivate
  • Adobe Edge Animate
  • Media Encoder
  • Adobe Presenter
  • After Effects
  • Lightroom
  • Illustrator
  • InDesign
  • Adobe Premiere Pro
  • Audition
  • Photoshop
  • Acrobat
  • Adobe Ideas

Within the tutorials section you can learn:

  • How to make a web site using Illustrator and Muse
  • Design an eye-catching poster
  • Make a photo slideshow
  • Create a PDF portfolio
  • Make a form for collecting information
  • 5 simple ways to enhance a photo

…….. and many, many, more tutorials

Go to: http://www.adobeforacademics.com/

 

Adobe for Academics

We often get asked about the availability of resources to support Educators in the classroom. To support the practical use of Adobe technologies we’ve launched a new microsite called Adobe for Academics. This collection of practical task-based tutorials is designed primarily for Higher Education and has two main goals:

  • Provide inspiration for practical ways faculty can use Adobe software on campus
  • Provide instruction to help faculty quickly accomplish key tasks with Adobe software
Here are some of the common questions we’ve been getting:
Q.  Who is the target audience for this site?

A.  The primary target audience is Higher Education faculty at non-core institutions. In some cases these tutorials will be useful to Higher Education students and Primary/Secondary school teachers.

Q.  What is included in each tutorial?

A.  Each tutorial has with a video or a PDF document that outlines the steps required to complete the tasks as well as sample assets that faculty can work with on their own.

Q.  How are the tutorials categorized?

A.  Each tutorial has an activity, discipline, and product associated with it. Activities are categories of tasks that faculty often need to do. Disciplines help faculty decide which tutorials are applicable to their field of study. Products help faculty identify what they can do with a particular piece of software.

Q.  Will the Adobe for Academics site be updated with new tutorials?

A.  Yes, we are rolling out new tutorials on a weekly basis in November and December and will continue to develop new tutorials in 2013.

Q.  If customers have ideas for tutorials that would be useful, who should I send them to?

A.  Please direct them to Matt Niemitz, mniemitz@adobe.com. Note that ideally, tutorials will be simple tasks that can be demonstrated in 10 minutes or less or 3-4 pages or less.

Q.  Why didn’t you weave this site into the Adobe Education Exchange?

A.  The Adobe Education Exchange (AEE) is currently being redesigned and rebuilt from the ground up. When that project is finished, we will work to integrate this new site into the AEE. In the meantime, all tutorials will be posted to the AEE as resources.

Check out #Adobe for Academics from @AdobeEdu – inspiration and instruction for using Adobe software on campus http://bit.ly/Ttnzu3

Check out #Adobe for Academics from @AdobeEdu – ideas and instruction to help you stand out on campus http://bit.ly/Ttnzu3

Adobe Generation – Free Courses for Students (14 – 19)

The UK Education team are excited to announce the launch of Adobe Generation.   Adobe Generation is a series of free online courses (each lasting nine weeks), designed to teach UK  students (aged 14-19) key skills that will help them in a range of creative careers. Teachers wanting to develop their own digital skills so they can integrate them into their lessons are also welcome to join.
The following Adobe Generation courses are kicking off in early October, but students (and their teachers) can sign up now!

  •  Games Design – will run each Monday –  1st October – 26th November at 7- 8pm
  • Animation- will run each Tuesday  - 2nd October – 27th November at 7- 8pm
  • Photo Imaging – will run each Thursday  - 4th October – 29th November at 7- 8pm

Every course will include a live weekly session taught online using Adobe Connect and will give students the chance to develop their skills in Adobe products, and access to guest speakers from the creative industries, including the creative geniuses behind A-Ha’s ‘Take On Me’ video and animated favourite Shaun the Sheep!   Students will also be set weekly challenges (homework!), with prizes being given out to the best student work.

Please feel free to share information about these courses.

Twitter:                 Be part of #AdobeGen – Free online courses, for creative students! Find out more http://bit.ly/U8PIMK

Facebook:            Adobe Generation is now accepting registrations for our Animation, Games Design & Photo Imaging courses! Learn more at http://bit.ly/UhwlfT

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.
Learn more >

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.
Learn more >

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.
Register now >

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.
Start watching >

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. 

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.

Acrobat X and Microsoft Office

These two products are the perfect complement to each other. Not only is there close integration be tween Acrobat and Office 2010, it extends to SharePoint and therefore many educational learning platforms across the UK.

There are a whole set of resources and examples of how the products work together at: http://www.addacrobatx.com/resources/. For example:

Easily exchange information with partners, suppliers and customers

With Acrobat X software, you can create PDF files from any Microsoft applications with print functionality – including one-button PDF file creation from Outlook and Internet Explorer.

Protect your documents from being printed, edited or saved

Add Acrobat X to your Microsoft platform and you’ll be able to safeguard any PDF document by restricting what recipients can do – including printing, modifying and reusing content – and setting passwords to open PDF files.

Help your teams deliver more engaging communications

Combine and unify different document and content types – including those from all Office 2010 applications – into a single Acrobat X PDF file or customised, professionally designed PDF Portfolio.

There are some great documents (PDF of course) avaiable to help get the most out of Acrobat X. There is even a detailed ‘how to’ tutorial with step-by-step guidance.

ePortfolios? You Need Acrobat X

ePortfolios remain a major requirement for students of all ages. There are some specialist providers that develop ePortfolio solutions, but one of the big problems is portability …… how do you take your ePortfolio with you from one institution to another?

Acrobat X is ideal as a student ePortfolio. Not only does it support a multitude of different file types – video, audio, web sites/links, office documents, etc – and allow users to organise and structure their content, but it all gets wrapped up into a single, portable PDF file that is industry standard and usable on devices from PCs to Netbooks, mobile phones and almost every device imaginable.

The site below has 5 sample ePortfolios that can be downloaded and shown to customers:

  • High School Student
  • Marine Biology Professor
  • College Administrator
  • Biology Student
  • Design School Student

http://www.adobe.com/education/products/acrobatpro/video-portfolio.html

There is also a whitepaper on the use of ePortfolios to demonstrate growth and assess learning.

https://www.adobe.com/cfusion/entitlement/index.cfm?e=edu%5Fa9%5Feportfolios

So, Acrobat X is more than PDF …… the workflows support school administration to improve efficiency and cut costs, whilst ePortfolios provide a flexible and portable tool for students and educators to create a permanent record of their achievements that can accompany them wherever they go, regardless of device or environment.

http://www.adobe.com/education/products/acrobatpro/

Adobe TV

Wow ……. what a great resource this is!

Hidden away there is a goldmine of resources for students and educators, many of which have been developed specifically for Education by Adobe Education Leaders (AELs). Please encourage your customers to review the wealth of material at:

http://tv.adobe.com/channel/students-educators/

As an example there is a set of resources for Higher Education. Resources range from the value of CS5 in Education to the use of specific products such as Production Premium or Acrobat. Direct your customers to:

http://tv.adobe.com/show/adobe-higher-education-solutions/

The video clipos are typically very short; a few minutes at most. They cover all aspects of using Adobe products, so a bit like YouTube you can always find that ‘how to’ instruction somewhere on Adobe TV. So if you want to find resources by product, go to channels at:

http://tv.adobe.com/channels/

Here you can navigate directly to K-12 or HE resources; alternatively Web Design or Photo Editing. Why not include a link to Adobe TV on your web site and promote these resources in your next customer newsletter?