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Adobe Education Leadership Forum 2015

By Dr Tim Kitchen, Senior Education Advocate APAC

The 10th annual Adobe Education Leadership Forum was held this March amidst the tropical beauty of Bali, Indonesia. The forum brought together more than 107 education leaders from 10 countries across Asia Pacific to discuss upcoming trends in education, emerging technologies, and the need to foster creativity in the classroom.

One of the themes to emerge from this year’s conference was the need to address the rise of a digital world powered by mobile technology and how classroom learning will change as a result. Millennials have a very different approach to learning and educators need to adapt their teaching styles to continue engaging this new breed of students. At the same time, the digitization of content means that educational institutions also need to change their strategies for engaging and attracting the best and brightest students.

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During the conference Adobe launched the results of its study, ‘Transforming Education with Mobile and Digital Technology’, which surveyed more than 1,000 educators from 13 countries across Asia Pacific. The study aimed to gauge the state of mobile technology adoption in the classroom and the importance of mobility and digital tools in education.

Surprisingly, the study found that far from being reluctant to admit mobile devices to classrooms, educators strongly believe that their proliferation is already having a positive impact, and influencing for the better the way instruction is delivered to students. While traditionalists may claim that mobile devices in the classroom can be a distraction, they are now in the minority with 77% of survey respondents felt that there was a positive overall net effect to having mobile devices strategically integrated into the teaching process.

The study highlighted specific barriers to the proliferation of mobile technology in educational institutions. Across Asia Pacific, educators felt that budget allocation (39%) and issues with integration of mobility with existing infrastructure (27%) were the top two crucial areas to overcome for faster adoption of mobile technology in academic institutions.

At the end of the two-day event, educators concluded that what was most vital was not focusing on teaching techniques or strategies, but instead ensuring the student learning experience was enhanced to capture the attention and imaginations of a new generation of students who have grown up naturally surrounded by digital technology and mobile devices. To them, swiping on a screen comes as a natural first response and educators felt that they need to better understand this shift in behavior in order to evolve their teaching curricula down the line. One often-repeated line at the conference was keynote speaker Dan Haesler’s urging to ensure students were “in task vs. on task”- in other words, making sure that students were fully immersed in their learning experience as opposed to ticking off checkboxes on a list of things that need to be done.

 

Watch recorded sessions from the Education Forum – http://new.livestream.com/WilkarProductions/AdobeEducationForum15

Here’s a 60 second video summary of the forum – https://vimeo.com/123374861

You can reach out to @timkitchen on Twitter

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2011 Adobe Education Year in Review

Earlier this year, I had the terrific opportunity to join Adobe. Over the course of the last few months, I’ve been impressed with the company’s commitment to student and teacher success around the world. What really stands out for me is the way in which Adobe software lets students create and express themselves in amazing ways. I’ve seen 5th graders make video games in Flash and  10th graders create terrific movies in Premier.  I’ve had the opportunity to see university students create works that are just stunning (especially when at the ADAA event in Taipei). And I’m confident that this was a turning point year in terms of the impact and power of creative software in education. With 2012 coming up fast, I want to reflect on some high points of 2011 that will set the stage for the new year.

The Launch of Adobe Digital School Collection – We just announced the latest edition of Adobe® Digital School Collection (ADSC) for K-12 students and educators. ADSC gives students a way to visually express what they’ve learned across curriculum and prepares them with the social media skills they need to communicate effectively in the digital world.  We estimate that about 1,000,000 K-12 students were empowered by Adobe software as part of ambitious 1:1 programs around the world.

Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) Program Hits Critical Mass – This year, more than 145,000 students entered into the ACA program through our partnership with CertiPort. This is a great way to help students gain the skills needed to both enter college or the workforce.

Announcement of Adobe Touch Apps – One of the most exciting developments this year was Adobe’s introduction of  six intuitive touch screen applications that put professional-level creativity capability in the hands of millions of tablet users across both iOS and Android. Photoshop Touch, in particular, is a product that I think students and teachers will be thrilled with. Check it out here:

Schools Worldwide License Adobe Solutions – This year, more than 45 universities worldwide made the full Adobe portfolio available to their students across all departments – not just design.  Just imagine interacting with a computer-generated avatar to learn about nutrition or creating an interactive image of genetic data. See what Case Western University is doing and how others are benefiting from our education programs here.

Adobe Digital Publishing Suite Delivers Higher Education in Tablet Form – More and more schools are turning to DPS to publish rich, engaging publications for both iPad and Android tablets. The Holidays came early to Adobe EDU team when we received an unsolicited video from the University of Oregon, highlighting their use of the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite titled “The Making of a Digital Magazine.” Check out this video that made our day:

Adobe Education Community Keeps Thriving – I was privileged to attend the 2011 Adobe Design Achievement Awards ceremony and was truly amazed by the talent and sophistication of the entries. Please check out the 2011 ADAA Yearbook for a closer look. We received a record-breaking 4,600 entries in 2011. Job well done!

This is certainly an exciting time for Adobe Education, educators and students as digital advances provide an opportunity to transform children’s learning and education. Stay tuned and don’t forget to follow us @AdobeEDU for the latest updates. I wish you all a happy and safe Holiday Season, and a terrific new year!

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