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Archive for April, 2014

New Contest for Student Creators – Call for Entries

Attention students! Today we are announcing a new contest for college students across the globe. Share your talent for a chance to win over $20,000 in cash and prizes, including a $5,000 cash grant, a trip to Hollywood for an ultimate week-long animation experience with FOX Animation Domination High-Def and exposure through Adobe, FOX, and Campus MovieFest channels.

Submissions are accepted from April 24, 2014, through June 2, 2014 at the contest website. Students are invited to submit pieces from their existing portfolio in the categories of animation, special effects, character illustration, and music composition for animation. Winners will be announced on June 22, 2014, at the CMF Hollywood annual film summit at Universal Studios Globe Theatre in Los Angeles, CA.

The judging panel includes: David Silverman (supervising director of The Simpsons), Nick Weidenfeld (head of development, FOX Animation Domination High-Def), Hend Baghdady, (executive in charge of production, FOX Animation Domination High-Def), Ben Jones (creative director, FOX Animation Domination High-Def), David Roemer (CEO and founder of Campus MovieFest), and Dan Cowles (creative director, video, Adobe). The judges will review submissions and select one grand prize winner and three additional runners up. For more information on submission rules and prizes, please visit the contest website.

We continuously look for ways to support students all over the world so I hope you take advantage of this opportunity to showcase your talent and jump start your career!

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Want More Creativity in Education? Start With Transforming Teacher Professional Development

Source: EdSurge

Source: EdSurge

For years, the education community has been clamoring for more personalization in the design of learning experiences for youth. The argument goes that students are more engaged when they have choice over what, when and how they learn. There are few in the field who would argue with the evidence that personalization drives learner outcomes. But the profession has been slow to recognize that what works for youth can and should work for teacher professional development.

Yesterday, popular edtech site EdSurge released their report “How Teachers Are Learning: Professional Development Remix.” The report, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, calls for a revolution in teacher professional development to focus on personalized learning pathways for educators. It tries to identify a framework to evaluate teacher training programs, and applies that lens to the evaluation of twenty-eight teacher PD opportunities, including our own Adobe Education Exchange, which scores highly in two out of four categories: engaging educators and learning opportunities for educators.

At Adobe, we realized over two years ago that if we’re going to meet our goal of unleashing creativity in educational institutions worldwide, we needed to redefine the way we inspire and engage educators. And since then, we’ve made great strides. We re-designed and re-launched our educator platform and have created a professional development program based on best practices for adult learning.

We offer a wide array of learning opportunities, from live to asynchronous, from product-focused to more esoteric explorations of pedagogy and instructional design. The results have been phenomenal. To date we’ve trained over 38,000 educators worldwide and added a number of innovations – including gamification, collaboration, and creative challenges – into our offerings.

Our goal is not just to create top-notch, rigorous teacher PD opportunities that spark creativity in the classroom. We also want to change the way teacher PD is discovered, delivered and assessed. That’s why we offer our online Train the Trainer course, focused on empowering PD providers with the skills to craft creative adult learning experiences. We’re also working with a number of initiatives to “jailbreak” PD, including The Badge Alliance efforts around micro-credentials for teachers.

We want to hear from you – how would you change teacher professional development to ensure creativity is a part of every young person’s educational journey? Tell us here or on Twitter – #createedu

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Adobe Education Leadership Forum 2014

At the 9th annual Adobe Education Leadership Forum held in Kuala Lumpur earlier this month, over 130 educators from across Asia Pacific gathered to discuss the future of education, the increasing ubiquity of creativity in the classroom and its interplay with technology. Thought leaders hailing from schools such as the University of Technology Sydney, Chungnam National University in Korea, Kingswood College in Australia, Taylor’s Education Group in Malaysia and Hong Kong Baptist University, came together to share their perspectives and experiences in the classroom. Speakers and delegates explored ways of integrating creative faculties into our current education system, the opportunities and challenges along the way.

We also launched the results of our ‘Education, Creativity and Employability’ study, which revealed interesting points on the ubiquity of creativity in the classroom. Educators across Asia Pacific were unanimous in their agreement that creative expression is a must for all students regardless of their stream of study. An overwhelming 97 percent of respondents feel that creative tools help students to better grasp theoretical concepts and enhance their overall understanding in the classroom.

On top of that, 64 percent of educators strongly agreed that creative expression for students is a must, regardless of the course of study they’re in.

During his keynote speech, Trevor Bailey, Senior Director, Worldwide Education & Government, Adobe Systems, USA highlighted the four major shifts campuses around the world are seeing today:

1. Campuses are experiencing a dramatic increase in the diversity of devices
2. They are constantly fostering creativity in teaching and learning
3. They are staying current and productive with the latest tools
4. They are providing equity and access in a complex technology environment, which in turns levels the playing field between the haves and have-nots

Creative thinking is critical for problem solving and our imperative is to foster creative thinking, collaboration and the development of digital skills. Today, it’s not about what you know, but what you make – it’s all about the ideas.

With the wide array of tools available today, creativity is now going digital. A transformative change is needed to integrate creativity in education – for us to educate our future generations and prepare them for the road that lies ahead.

Creativity is no longer an elective, it is our future.

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