Inspiring the youth of today through Digital Media

It’s so important to give young people the opportunity to express themselves creatively.

One such initiative which is doing just that is Adobe Youth Voices, a programme by the Adobe Foundation which aims to empower youth from underserved communities with digital media skills so that they can comment on their world, share their ideas and take action on issues that are important to them. More specifically, the programme encourages young people to express themselves through documentary videos, photography, print media, radio diaries, animation, web communications and other media.

The Adobe Foundation recently announced the winners of the first-ever Adobe Youth Voices Aspire Awards. The only global youth competition of its kind, the Aspire Awards showcases the very best of digital media created by teens, aged 13-18, who have demonstrated outstanding creativity and skill using video, print and/or audio to convey perspectives on issues that are significant to them.

There  were more than 800 submissions, with entries accepted in eight categories spanning animation, documentary, music video, narrative video, poetry/experimental video, audio, graphic design and photography.

A global panel of teen peers, youth media professionals, educators and media industry experts, including photographer Neil Bennett, spoken-word poet Sarah Kay and director Robert Kenner were responsible for judging all this fabulous work.

The lucky winners received prize packages containing Adobe software, laptops provided by Dell, HD camcorders donated by Samsung, Flip Mino HD video cameras, and a donation to their charity of choice. In addition, winners will get the opportunity to showcase their projects publicly through art galleries, Digital Arts Magazine, plus partner film festivals and exhibitions worldwide, including the Seattle International Film Festival, the Sarajevo Film Festival and many more. What an incredible opportunity!

I’ve had a look at all the winners and amongst my favourites are Fermin Martinez from Puerta Joven (Mexico City, Mexico) who snapped up a Gold Award for this great video in the Animation category and Christian Ogando from the Urban Arts Partnership (New York, United States) who won a Gold Award for his Propaganda Posters in the Photography category.

This great initiative demonstrates just how effective digital media is at helping people across the globe make their mark and speak out about the issues that are important to them.

Have you expressed yourself in a creative way using digital media? If so, get in touch!

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Countdown to Create the Web London

If you’re interested in web design then read on!

On Tuesday 2nd October, we will be hosting Create the Web London, a free one-day event where we’ll be demonstrating all the latest web design tools and techniques.

For anyone that attends, it’s a great opportunity to learn all there is to know about how to create content for the Web of 2012, including HTML, CSS, motion graphics, web development and more. We’ll also show you how Adobe is helping to evolve the Web and you’ll get a sneak peak at some of the new technologies and services we’re working on for web designers and developers!

Spaces are filling up fast, so to confirm your attendance and find out more about what’s happening on the day click here .

You can also follow the conversation on Twitter with #CreateTheWeb.

Look forward to seeing you there!

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Become a top member of the Adobe Education Exchange (AEE) Community!

I’m excited to announce the launch of a new initiative on the Adobe Education Exchange, to help those fabulous teachers out there gain the recognition they deserve.

For anyone who hasn’t heard of the Adobe Education Exchange, it’s essentially an online resource where teachers can share learning resources and gain inspiration from one another around the use of digital tools in the classroom.


To make the AEE community even more rewarding, we’ve launched a great new programme which enables members to earn points and build up a reputation on the Adobe Education Exchange. Points can be earned through a variety of activities such as posting a resource, adding a comment, inviting other members to the AEE, and many more. As you earn more points, you’ll gain new levels of status and a brighter flame badge will appear next to your name, establishing yourself as one of the most valued and credible members of the AEE community!

If you want to work your way up from member to trendsetter click here .

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Share, Discuss and Learn with Adobe Education Exchange

I’m sure most teachers will agree that hearing about their peers’ experiences and getting their advice is incredibly valuable. Learning new techniques and approaches, what’s worked and what hasn’t, is what helps keep teaching fresh and inspired. That’s why we’ve just launched a new public discussion forum on the Adobe Education Exchange.

In a nutshell, the forum enables members to share ideas so they can keep up to date with the latest tools and innovations. There are more than a dozen different forum topics including teaching & learning and educational technology, so members can discover as well as contribute new ideas that will help others spark creativity in the classroom.

It’s really simple to start a new discussion – all you need to do is click on the collaborate tab on the top level navigation bar and fire away your questions or top tips. With more than 50,000 members, there is bound to be a member out there who shares your interests! Current discussions include everything from how to incorporate HTML5 into the classroom to the best ways to teach students how to use Photoshop.

 So what are you waiting for? Check out the Adobe Education Exchange website for more information and start sharing today!

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Calling UK teachers: Details regarding entry to the 2012 Adobe Educators’ Choice Awards

From speaking to my teacher friends, I’m always amazed by some of the ingenious lesson plans they create. At Adobe, we think it’s important they are rewarded for the hard work that goes into teaching our kids, which is why we’re offering great prizes to the teachers/that submit the best project, lesson plans and tutorials to the 2012 Educators’ Choice Awards.

Now in its second year, the 2012 Educators’ Choice Awards celebrates Adobe Education Exchange (AEE) members who submit the most innovative teaching and learning resources. Finalists will be selected by our esteemed team of judges on 22nd October 2012, with the winners voted for by members of the AEE community on 16th November 2012. Those that impress the most will then get the chance to win some amazing prizes, including laptops, iPads, and Adobe Creative Suite 6 software for themselves and their schools.

The competition is open to educators across the UK, US, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand and the submission period closes on 5th October 2012. Each person is eligible to submit entries in the following three categories:

 Primary/Secondary Education

  • Higher Education
  • Creative Suite 6

 You can find out more here, view last year winners for inspiration and follow @AdobeUKEdu, #AdobeEDUAwards for the latest updates about the awards. Come on guys, let’s do the UK proud!

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