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Archive for August, 2014

Innovation in Learning at the Center for Advanced Research and Technology

Contributed post by Seth Chambers, Adobe Education Leader



CART Classroom

The Center for Advanced Research and Technology (CART) is the most comprehensive, state-of-the-art education reform effort at the secondary level to date. The CART combines rigorous academics with technical, design, process, entrepreneurial, and critical thinking skills.

Eleventh and twelfth grade students from the Clovis and Fresno Unified School Districts in California are bused to CART where they attend half-day classes in one of the laboratories taught by teams of instructors from both education and business. The partnership between the school districts is a unique opportunity to make systemic change in education and positively influence the future of all students in the San Joaquin Valley, a rapidly expanding economic area for high-tech business and agricultural firms. The 75,000 square foot CART facility, designed as a high performance business atmosphere, is organized around four career clusters. They are Professional Sciences, Engineering, Advanced Communications, and Global Economics. Within each cluster are several career-specific laboratories in which students complete industry-based projects and receive academic credit for advanced English, science, math, and technology.

CART provides a state-of-the-art research and technology facility where students design and complete projects in collaboration with partners from the local, national, and international business community. Through learning plans, individualized attention, and a coordinated sequence of projects, CART students explore the variety of ways they can achieve their career goals. Working with business partners, teachers, and parents, students design a program of study that qualifies them to pursue the post-secondary path of their choice from entry-level positions to industry certification to university admission. With the knowledge, skills, and support they receive, students leave CART ready to launch their careers.

Seth Chambers joined the CART teaching staff in September 2007 as an industry member with experience in the world of television and broadcast.  He was drawn to this school specifically because of its diverse population, which included students from 15 schools across the Fresno and Clovis communities.  Seth teaches Digital Video Production and Broadcasting, in the Multimedia lab, which is part of the Advanced Communications sector.  He is one of three teaching partners who work together to implement four distinct subject matters (English, technology, video production, and graphic design) into a coherent integrated curriculum.

Green Screen Studio

Green Screen Studio

 Seth’s background in Premiere Pro led to the adoption of the Adobe production products as an editing solution.  In addition to its robust features, the value of the suite’s supporting applications made the decision straightforward and in and of itself directed the curriculum that students continue to follow as part of the CART design concept. As adoption of the Adobe software solutions has grown, the students of CART high school now find themselves being trained on the industry’s most used and most adopted NLE.

The Adobe production products brought together an NLE, compositor, audio manipulation software and DVD authoring into a single, well-integrated suite.  Using these applications (Premiere Pro, After Effects, SoundBooth and Encore), students worked to create projects that meet a variety of production needs ranging from PSA, documentary, educational media and short film.  The intent behind these integrated projects was to expose students to the variety of industry careers and skill-sets that are applicable in the production-related industries (cinematography, editing, compositing, color timing, script writing, delivery, etc.). As the Adobe set of solutions has continued to grow and develop, so too have the students’ projects and their integration into the suite as they now work in Prelude, Audition, Story and Maxon’s Cinema 4D as part of their student work.


Production Studio

The CART Vision is to create an environment where the students learn to use their mind well, to apply what they have learned in school to life long endeavors, to be technologically literate, and to develop the skills and self confidence to succeed in a globally competitive workforce. The end result of the CART design principles and use of the Adobe Creative Cloud in the Multimedia lab is that students are given real-world projects that reflect the broad spectrum of television, motion picture, and corporate productions.  By learning how to work in teams with peers from a variety of backgrounds, students also learn the importance of communication, artistic expression, workflow hierarchies and project management.

Links for student work happening at CART:

A 4D Experience:

The Gift:

The Catalyst:

Les Animaux, Learning French Basics: Pets:

The Hidden Reality:

White Collar:

World of Color:

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Building the Next-Gen Workforce: Does Creativity Matter?

screenshot_168The entire notion of career is shifting and so are the requirements for students entering the workforce. What are the core competencies that future generations need for success? Does creativity matter? How can schools prepare students?

At SxSWedu 2015, I plan to bring together a lively panel of experts to explore these questions and share their diverse perspectives. We’ll discuss key skills needed for success in the future, how job seekers can demonstrate these skills, and the gaps that exist in preparing the next generation.

Sound interesting? Vote for our panel: “The Next-Gen Workforce: Does Creativity Matter?” at Submit your vote by Friday, September 5.

Our Panelists:

  • Devin Fidler analyzes impacts of emerging technologies at the Institute for the Future. His publication, Future Work Skills 2020, makes sense of emerging trends and disruptive forces transforming the world of work. He has identified key skills for the future workforce including:
    • Novel and adaptive thinking
    • New media literacy
    • Design mindset
    • Virtual collaboration
  • Omar Garriott, a Senior Product Marketing Manager at LinkedIn, focuses on products for students and universities.
  • Lisa Reckis directs University Talent for Adobe. She and her team hire students from top universities for roles across all technology and business functions at Adobe.
  • Tacy Trowbridge, panel moderator, leads Adobe’s Education Programs to help the next generation of students become creators and not just consumers of digital content.
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Inspiring Creative Catalyst Conference


Did you miss the Creative Catalyst Conference?  Watch the conference recordings!

Creativity is for everyone and it’s the pathway to helping make the world a better place. Adobe is providing programs to help educators foster creativity with their students like the Sparking Creative Catalyst virtual Conference which was held in July.  The conference focused on best practices in teaching and learning with technology and professional development sessions on leadership, establishing a social profile and digital storytelling bootcamp. During the conference, Adobe Education Leaders and the Adobe Youth Voices partners joined together  to inspire and motivate change to support creativity in education.  To help reach educators around the world, select sessions were available for a virtual audience and now these session are available by recording.

Check out these inspirational keynote sessions:

Michael Gough, Adobe VP of Product Experience, discusses how drawing helps you approach problem solving in new ways and makes the case for drawing as a kind of literacy all of us should purse.  Watch his session: Drawing – The New Literacy

Erik Natzke, Adobe Principal Designer, shared an inspiring session on the creative application of education to have play inspire learning and vice versa.  Watch his session: Creative Application of Education

Andy Lauta, Adobe Photoshop 3D Printing Evangelist, shared the amazing results of 3D printing with Photoshop and inspired all to want to have their own mini me.  Watch his session: 3D Printing in Photoshop CC

The full agenda of recorded sessions and their descriptions my be found here.


Related links:

Read the press release demonstrating Adobe’s recent commitment to help advance digital learning and teaching, across 15,000 schools in the United States through ConnectEd.

Discover more on the Adobe Education Exchange.

Become inspired by Adobe Education Leaders student projects. Go to the Adobe Education Leaders Gallery and share or appreciate your favorite AEL projects!

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