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Better Learning Through Game Design

Improving science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills for students is no longer confined to pencils, paper and flash cards. Educators today must embrace the latest technology to equip students with the skills to succeed. The World Wide Workshop’s Globaloria program takes a proactive approach to break out of the traditional education mold and help educators and students meet challenges with an innovative curriculum and social learning platform. With Globaloria, students in grades 6 through 12 learn STEM and computing knowledge through hands-on game design and programming with Adobe Creative Suite – providing students with a chance to build critical skills for college and career success with industry standard software.

“Students on the downside of the digital divide benefit greatly from the blended learning approach that this innovative initiative delivers,” says Dr. Joe Gonzales, school superintendent of East Austin College Prep Academy in Texas. “Globaloria transforms the way they engage with core curriculum, bringing STEM topics to life through game design.”

Students learn to design and program games using Adobe Flash Professional, chosen by Globaloria developers to expose participants to an industry-leading tool that is popular in the job market. At higher levels, students integrate assets created using Adobe Creative Suite, including characters designed in Adobe Photoshop, game elements created in Adobe Illustrator and effects created using Adobe Fireworks. These games are not only fun to play, but are also based on STEM-related or social issue topics. Check out a couple of these games such as House Fixers 2, where players must reduce fractions correctly before time runs out and an animated house collapses, and Tiger Savior, a safari-themed game designed to educate players about environmental threats facing tigers around the world.

“Many students who never learned to code before and who never thought of themselves as programmers are delving into coding through their use of Flash in the course of their Globaloria experience,” said Dr. Idit Harel Caperton, president and founder of the World Wide Workshop. “We have built a highly structured, yet user-friendly and playful environment for youth to take their first steps into computer science and software engineering.”

Research shows that students who participate in the Globaloria game design program gain measurable benefits in the classroom and beyond. They achieve higher test scores in core academic subjects, develop critical digital literacy skills that prepare them for success at higher levels of education and are more likely to gravitate toward STEM topics and IT as areas of educational and professional interest. To learn more about how Globaloria helps students achieve success, read the full story here. Also visit gaming.adobe.com to see what else can be accomplished using Adobe Gaming technology.

Announcing the Winners of the Adobe Education Exchange 2012 Educators’ Choice Awards

Congratulations to the winners of the second annual 2012 Educators’ Choice Awards! This award honors Adobe Education Exchange members who submit the most innovative teaching and learning materials. Winning entries, judged by experts in education, technology and design, were based on the learning effectiveness, innovation, creativity and the use of Adobe products. After much deliberation, the winners of the Adobe Education Exchange 2012 Educators’ Choice Awards are:

  • Primary/Secondary Education – Randy Scherer, Tagature, or Literary Graffiti. To make reviewing literary texts in preparation for standardized tests more creative, Scherer, a humanities teacher at High Tech High in San Diego, California, had his students create digital graffiti tags taken from quotes in the texts they were studying. Students used Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, Illustrator, and InDesign to create the tags and combine them into a coffee table – style book that the class sold through their own publishing company.

The grand prize winners received Apple MacBook Pro, one year Adobe Creative Cloud Student and Teacher Edition subscription and classroom set (30 licenses) of Adobe Creative Suite 6 Master Collection. Runner-up winners had a choice of a Canon EOS Rebel or Apple iPad and a one year Adobe Creative Cloud Student and Teacher Edition subscription. Make sure to check out all the winning, runner-up and honorable mention entries from 2012 here.

 

Adobe Design Achievement Awards Celebrates Student and Faculty Achievements

Please join me in congratulating this year’s Adobe Design Achievement Awards (ADAA) winners, whose talent and hard work is undeniable. I have been attending ADAA awards ceremony for the past 12 years and each time, I come back inspired and humbled by the dedication, hard work and creativity displayed by the next generation of designers. And this year was no different.

At the ceremony, design industry celebrities, such as Noreen Morioka and Mickael Kanfi of Twist Image,  and Stefan Sagmeister of Sagmeister & Walsh to name a few, presented the awards to 13 student and three faculty winners. During the festivities finalists and honorable mention recipients also had a chance to meet each other, network with industry experts, and explore the limitless possibilities of the world of design. And, as Mitchell Brien, Game Design and Development winner summed up: “The volume and range of creativity at the event was mind blowing.”  

This is a proud moment for the talented students and educators whose work was chosen from nearly 5000 entries by an international judging panel. Dan Jones, winner of the Installation Design category, remarked: “Being nominated as a finalist for ADAA 2012 filled me with great pride as it was an opportunity to have my work compared on an international level.” Another winner, Pablo Jimenez, shared his perspective that “the moment you have Stefan Sagmeister handing you a trophy, you realize it is not just an award, it is a life experience!”

On behalf of Adobe, I would like to thank our partner Icograda (International Council of Communication Design) for collaborating and co-hosting this event with us.  I’d also like to express our appreciation for the dedicated work of our judges and the support of Sean Adams and Noreen Morioka who served as the masters of ceremonies.

More information on the ADAA ceremony can be found here. All winning, finalist and honorable mention entries from 2012 can be viewed at ADAA Gallery, along with entries from prior years. There’s also a digital program guide that I hope you’ll check out.  It was created using Adobe Digital Publishing Single Edition (which is part of the Adobe Creative Cloud) and can be downloaded by iPad users.  Search for the application on the Apple App Store with the keyword: ADAA12. Enjoy!

 

Lightroom Now Available in Adobe Creative Cloud

Today we announced the addition of Photoshop Lightroom 4 as part of Adobe Creative Cloud membership, joining other leading tools for digital photography and imaging including Photoshop CS6, Photoshop CS6 Extended and Photoshop Touch.

Lightroom helps photographers quickly import, manage, enhance and showcase images. Our new hub, Creative Cloud provides members with everything needed to create, publish and share work.

We’ll continue to add new products and services, keeping members up to date with our latest advancements – and we’re pleased to deliver on our promise to bring the best in Adobe innovation to Creative Cloud members.

Find out more about this exciting update on our Creative Cloud team blog.

Congratulations to the Winners of the Adobe Education Exchange 2011 Educators’ Choice Awards

The results are in! Congratulations to the winners of the 2011 Educators’ Choice Awards! These awards recognize the most innovative teaching and learning resources created by Adobe Education Exchange members. I thank all of the
Adobe Education Exchange members who participated – your entries, ratings, and votes helped make the 2011 Educators’ Choice Awards an overwhelming success.

The grand prize winners are:

The grand prize and runner-up winners all received prizes such as laptop computers, tablets, digital cameras, and the new Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 to help them continue to create innovative learning experiences for their students.

Please check out all the winning work from the contest (including the honorable mention winners), and gain inspiration for using Adobe software in your teaching! For additional inspiration and examples, join or sign in to browse the resources on the Adobe Education Exchange. Also, be sure to follow @AdobeEDU, for the latest updates about the Adobe Education Exchange.

Thank you again for your incredible dedication and work!

Introducing Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 Product Family

Adobe has announced a significant update to Creative Suite, with the unveiling of our first mid-cycle release: Creative Suite 5.5.  This is part of a new release strategy, where we’re moving out our milestone releases (such as CS3, CS4, CS5) to a two-year cycle. Mid-cycle releases will keep designers and developers ahead of technology changes, such as the mobile communications revolution (tablets!) that is radically altering how content is consumed and created.

Some highlights from CS5.5….

  • For Web folks: huge updates to HTML5 and Adobe Flash authoring tools, enabling designers and developers to deliver mobile applications on Android, BlackBerry Tablet OS, iOS and other platforms — and create rich browser-based content across screens. All the big HTML5 checkboxes are ticked in Dreamweaver CS5.5: jQuery mobile framework integration for browser-based content, PhoneGap’s in, as well as WebKit engine updates.  We’ve also launched Adobe Flash Builder 4.5 Premium and the Flex 4.5 framework now includes mobile support.   Now hundreds of millions of mobile devices can be targeted with content and apps, created through our web tools.  Remember, Adobe tools support the development of both HTML and Flash content, don’t let crazy headlines make you think otherwise.
  • For Design and Publishing jocks: Creative Suite 5.5 Design Premium suite builds upon Adobe’s recent product innovations in digital publishing. Using InDesign CS5.5 designers can add new levels of interactivity to their page layouts targeted to tablet devices.  Documents can include video, audio, panoramic views, 360-degree object rotation, pan and zoom of images, integration of HTML and HTML5 content and other interactive overlays.  Creative Suite 5.5 is tightly integrated with Adobe Digital Publishing Suite to support publication, sale and analysis of content on iPad, Android tablets and the upcoming BlackBerry PlayBook.
  • For video and audio peeps: Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 Production Premium suite delivers awesome performance, workflow improvements, creative innovations, and powerful new audio editing capabilities that build upon the huge customer momentum Production Premium is experiencing with broadcasters, filmmakers and video professionals. The powerful Adobe Mercury Playback Engine, introduced in Adobe Premiere Pro CS5, broadens its graphics processing unit (GPU) hardware support to include laptops and more supported cards, allowing users to open projects faster, get real-time feedback and work more smoothly at higher resolutions.  If you’re at NAB this week in Las Vegas, come check out the buzz at the Adobe booth, where our evangelical video wolverine Jason Levine and others will be demoing to packed audiences.   Also at NAB, we’re hosting a panel with some great young filmmakers, including Gareth Edwards (Monsters) and Tyler Nelsen (The Social Network) on Tuesday.  I’ll be at the booth as well, so stop by, say hi and we’ll hit the tables later.
  • Holy tablet-revolution Batman!  Today also sees Adobe extend the creative process beyond the desktop by helping integrate tablet devices into creative workflows.  The new Adobe Photoshop Touch Software Development Kit (SDK) enables developers to build tablet applications that interact with Photoshop from Android, BlackBerry PlayBook and iOS devices.  Adobe also announced three new iPad applications that demonstrate the creative possibilities of using tablets to drive common Photoshop workflows – Adobe Color Lava for Photoshop, Adobe Eazel for Photoshop and Adobe Nav for Photoshop. Letting a hundred flowers blossom and a hundred schools of thought contend is our policy to turbo-charge Photoshop’s integration into the tablet revolution, comrades.  Unlike some companies we think tablets are here to stay and creatives want to use them for their work.

And one more thing. Today also sees Adobe debut an affordable and flexible subscription-based pricing plan, attractive to customers that want to get current and stay current on Creative Suite products, have project–based needs, or try the software for the first time. New Subscription Editions ensure customers are always working with the most up-to-date versions of the software, without the upfront cost of full pricing. With subscription pricing customers can use flagship products, such as Adobe Photoshop for as little as US$29 per month, Adobe Design Premium CS5.5 for US$89 per month, Adobe Creative Suite 5.5 Master Collection for US$129 per month.   Yup, for less than your monthly Starbucks bill (or at least mine) you can have all of Adobe’s creative tools at your fingertips.  I’m a tall-non-fat-wet-cap kinda guy, if you have to know.

Check out Adobe TV for video tours of our new CS5.5 family.  And if you still don’t believe us, one of our execs, Johnny Loiacano has summarized all this news in his own video.

All this software goodness will ship in early May but you can pre-order today.

 

Netbooks for Students in Sydney

lewnesphoto.jpgEarlier this month, I spent a week in Sydney, Australia, visiting our local office and a number of our customers and partners. The highlight of my trip was a visit to the Arthur Phillip High School in Sydney, a very diverse school with about 1500 students. It is one of the first high schools in New South Wales to receive netbooks pre-loaded with Adobe Creative Suite software – early progress from the deal with the New South Wales Department of Education and Training we announced last year.

Arthur Phillip’s principal, Lynne Goodwin, is incredibly enthusiastic about technology and brought a group of ninth graders in to show us what they’re doing with their netbooks: Flash animation, photography, etc. The students’ creativity and enthusiasm were impressive. The netbooks have even helped students struggling with regular attendance and participation: Lynne said one student has had a “complete transformation” since receiving a netbook and is fully engaged for the first time. The impact of bringing digital tools to youth on a school- and community-wide basis is enormous, and Australia’s Digital Education Revolution is a program that other countries (including my own) should model. I feel really lucky that I was able to see it in action first-hand.

Attention Blackberry Smartphone users…

Adobe and RIM have exciting news for you, straight from the 2009 BlackBerry Developer conference. The two companies expanded their collaboration today – Adobe will deliver support for BlackBerry Smartphones within Adobe Creative Suite, and RIM will incorporate Flash Platform into the BlackBerry Platform.

What does this mean for all the creative professionals and application developers out there? You will now be able to use the Adobe Flash Platform technology and Adobe Creative Suite content development and authoring tools to easily create rich content and application experiences for BlackBerry smartphones. Read more about this exciting new development in the press release, and get more of an inside scoop in this blog post by our Flash Platform Evangelist, Mark Doherty.

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