It’s that time of the year again and we are getting ready to showcase our latest technology and share ideas about creativity in the classroom. If you are attending ISTE, I hope you’ll stop by Adobe’s booth – #2515 – to see what’s new in Creative Cloud, hear from Adobe experts during jam-packed theater sessions, and learn about the wealth of educational resources.
But wait, there’s more! As you may have heard, Adobe committed over $300 million in software and professional development services to the White House’s ConnectED initiative. As part of this $2 billion+ effort from the private sector, Adobe will deliver creative tools and teacher professional development to Title I schools across the United States. To learn more visit: http://edex.adobe.com/connected/.
On Monday morning, join Adobe for breakfast and hear from Richard Culatta, Director, Office of Educational Technology, as he introduces ConnectED. Learn how Adobe is expanding access to powerful tools by supporting the ConnectED initiative from Tacy Trowbridge, Adobe’s ConnectED lead, and experience how Jeff Larson of Balboa High School teaches his students to use digital media tools to become creators of content. Please register here to attend.
Adobe looks forward to seeing you at ISTE and learning about your educational needs. See you soon!
Today Adobe announced its biggest software release since CS6, with 14 new versions of Creative Cloud desktop applications, including updates for Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC and Premiere Pro CC. Adobe also launched three new free mobile apps for iPad – Adobe Sketch, Adobe Line and Adobe Photoshop Mix – and began shipping two new creative hardware tools called Adobe Ink, a new digital pen, and Adobe Slide, a new digital ruler. This exciting release gives students and educators access to latest versions of the world’s best creative tools for design, web, video and photography, along with seamless ways to share and collaborate to express their creativity and build skills for future success. We are already hearing from schools and are thrilled with their progress:
“We knew it was important to streamline, standardize, and get every school in the district with a CTE program onto industry-standard, state-of-the-art technology—Adobe Creative Cloud software. We are now looking far into the future, providing tools to our students to empower them to become great creative thinkers.” – Tamy Smalskas, director of college & career readiness, McKinney ISD
“Providing this unprecedented access to all of Adobe’s industry-leading creative tools is going to open important new opportunities for innovation that will ultimately position Clemson University and its faculty and students at the very forefront of the invention of next generation learning.” – Jan Holmevik, associate chair in the department of English and the chair of the academic technology council, Clemson University
In addition to the new product announcements, now schools and universities can provide access to Creative Cloud with flexible purchasing options that ensure coverage regardless of deployment requirements. Available options include: Students and teachers For individual use on personally owned computers—starting today, we’re making the first year intro offer for Creative Cloud Complete (Student Teacher Edition) just $19.99/month for the first year. Classrooms and labs Ideal for environments that need anonymous deployment of Adobe’s creative desktop applications, a new device licensing option provides licensing for each computer, rather than each user. Small work groups and departments Designed for institutional departments that need access for each individual user, the named-user license provides a name and password to access Creative Cloud applications and services. Institution-wide For large school districts, colleges and universities, Adobe’s enterprise licensing option offers customized licensing, and includes a complete set of Creative Cloud applications with or without services as well as other Adobe software applications. Special K-12 school & district program Individual schools and smaller school districts can also take advantage of Adobe’s FTE-based Education Enterprise Agreement (EEA) program which is designed especially with the needs of educators and IT administrators in primary and secondary education. For more information on individual and institutional offerings for education, please visit: Individuals: www.adobe.com/creativecloud/buy/students.html or Institutions: www.adobe.com/creativecloud/buy/education.html Full details on the new desktop applications and optional services can be found here https://blogs.adobe.com/creativecloud/creative-cloud-for-2014-is-here/. For more information on the new mobile and hardware news visit http://www.adobe.com/creativecloud/catalog/mobile.html.
The Adobe Partners By Design community is proud to announce the first PBD CollabCollective project, demonstrating the Adobe’s commitment to offering educators and students opportunities for global collaboration and creative exploration.
Through the Adobe Partners by Design program, students were invited to collaborate on a single project, inspired by the Exquisite Corpse surrealist movement. Each contributing institution was invited to add to the project in sequence. Students were provided with only a single frame from the previous campus, as their starting inspiration. Students then shared only their very last image with the following institution.
Souma Kasuganti, student of ASU Herberger Institute, commented, “The format of the video allowed for a lot of freedom, since we had only one visual to work with. The first and last frames were, of course, major factors in the creative decision making. The first frame set the mood for the visuals. Since the last frame was to be passed on, we decided that it needed to be ambiguous. With the absence of too many constraints, we let the video develop as it went along. This underlying message, to us, is a vision for a greener future.”
Participating institutions and advising professors*:
- Grayfisch Lyceum Rotterdam, Netherlands; led by Matthijs Clasener and Jochum Van Hassel
- Art Center College of Design, California; led by Ko Maruyama
- Savannah College of Design, Georgia; led by Austin Shaw
- SintLucas, Netherlands; led by Ronald den Bekker
- Arizona State University Herberger Institute, Phoenix; led by Mookesh Patel
- Arizona State University, Graphic Information Technology Program, led by Penny Ann Dolin and Laurie Ralston
*Listed in order of appearance in video.
The project eventually evolved into a dynamic collection of motion graphics and animation. The CollabCollective will be shown at Adobe MAX, to be held in Los Angeles, October 2014.
Adobe congratulates the participating students and professors for a successful and exciting global collaboration. We look forward to more creative opportunities, as we plan for the 2015 CollabCollective project to begin in the fall.
Adobe believes that creativity is essential for students, for teachers and for educational institutions. That is why we have committed over $300 million in software and professional development services to the White House’s ConnectED initiative. As part of this $2 billion+ effort from the private sector, Adobe will deliver creative tools and teacher professional development to schools across the United States – all with the goal of helping youth express their creativity and build their digital skills for future success.
Schools interested in applying should visit the Adobe ConnectED program page on the Adobe Education Exchange. You can also check out information on eligibility and the application process. If your school meets the requirements, apply today.
All teachers are invited to join the more than 138,000 creative educators who share ideas, learn from free professional development and find inspiration on the Adobe Education Exchange.
This ongoing effort is a continuation of Adobe’s longstanding commitment to education. We encourage schools to apply to help ensure ALL students have access to the tools they need to be successful. We will continue to share our progress and look forward to the results!