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Creating digital learning content to create more successful students

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It happens at every school, every day. Whether their attention wanders or they just don’t understand a particular concept or lesson, students often miss out on learning key information during class. The consequences can build quickly, as the failure to learn one concept impedes learning the next, academic progress begins to slip, and the students become anxious and frustrated.

So how can educators make sure that students stay on track with their learning at all times?

Renaldo Lawrence may very well have the answer. An Adobe Education Leader and Lynda.com Author, Renaldo is also an Advanced Skills teacher responsible for creating eLearning content for Chiswick School of London. He works in partnership with Chiswick’s teachers to digitize parts of their curriculums using Adobe Creative Cloud software. As a result, Chiswick students can easily access syllabi, lesson plans, books, multimedia lessons, teacher videos, presentation slides, and more from their home computers, tablets, and mobile phones.

“Not every student understands a lesson the first time it’s presented,” says Renaldo. “But with these materials supplementing their classroom learning, students can always go back and revisit whatever they’ve missed.”

For projects like Chiswick’s , Renaldo uses Adobe Premiere Pro CC and Audition CC to edit videos, After Effects CC to create animations, Adobe Muse CC or Dreamweaver CC to design and develop websites, and Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, and Fireworks CC to create graphics.

“What I love about Adobe products is the consistency — they all look similar, so you can learn one if you’ve learned another,” he says. “And Adobe keeps adding features that make them easier to use.”

He also appreciates the integration between the products. “The roundtripping is incredible,” he says. “I can edit a video in Premiere Pro, send it into After Effects to work on the imagery, and then quickly bring it back to Premiere Pro. And I can create storyboards in Adobe Experience Design CC right on my iPad to show teachers what their learning materials will look like, save the storyboards to Creative Cloud, and then open them on my desktop later to refine them.”

Renaldo and Chiswick School are getting students involved in media-making, too. They’ve created Chelsea Digital Camp — a day of fun and learning in which students tour Chelsea Football Club’s Stamford Bridge stadium, meet some of the team’s players, play soccer, and create their own videos of the experience using the Adobe Premiere Clip mobile app.

“The students gain so many benefits from learning to create digital media,” says Renaldo. “It prepares them for careers, develops their communication skills, builds their confidence, and helps them find their unique voices.” He is now planning a similar camp to teach Chiswick’s teachers how to create their own digital learning content.

“By supplementing classroom learning with digital learning, we help our students succeed,” says Renaldo. “They no longer go home and tell their parents, ‘I don’t know what I’m supposed to do,’ because it’s all available to them. And parents can access all of the materials, too, to support their children’s learning.”

 

Teacher resources from Renaldo Lawrence

Webinar: In My Creative Classroom with Renaldo Lawrence

Adobe Education Exchange learning content for teachers

Lynda.com learning content

Blog post: Top 10 tips for turning curriculums into interactive learning experiences

Chiswick School Interactive Media Design coursework and mobile learning samples

 

 

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Professor Penny Ann Dolin Ushers the Next Generation of Creative Technologists into the Workforce

Penny Ann DolinDolin_smedia, an Associate Professor of Practice at Arizona State University, in the Graphic Information Technology program, recently shared her experiences with how Adobe Creative Cloud enables her students to become relevant and employable in the workforce upon graduating.

Penny’s focus is instructing students in the creation of visual content with a commercial output. The commercial focus of GIT distinguishes it from a regular Fine Arts program, but creativity is sill a top priority within the major. Penny affectionately calls her students “Creative Technologists” because they seamlessly combine the two schools of thought (digital creativity and current technology).

Within the GIT program, in addition to general business knowledge, students learn skills such as graphic design, photography, web design, videography, and animation. Penny specifically calls out the emergence of 2D/3D motion graphic design as an important skill-set to have in the industry, and how Adobe After Effects has been instrumental in preparing her students for that job requirement.

Due to having access to all the tools offered within Creative Cloud, students are able to learn a wide breadth of skills that will make them more competitive in the work force. Graduates from Arizona’s GIT program have gone on to work as Art Directors, UX designers, Videographers, Production Managers, and more, at some of the most respected companies in the world.

Penny asserts that her students have gained a jump-start using Adobe Creative Cloud. She urges other teachers: “If you’re [teaching grades] K-12, these programs are extremely important, because by the time they get to a program like ours  it gives them a real head-start”.

“If we equip our students with the best tools so that they can hit the ground running, then we feel like we’ve done our job”.

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Empowering Students to Tell Their Creative Story with Dan Armstrong

Dan Armstrong PictureAs an Adobe Education Leader, Dan Armstrong is constantly looking for new ways to foster his students’ creative growth at Skyview High School. A few days ago, Dan was kind enough to sit down to discuss how he integrates Adobe Creative Cloud into his everyday curriculum, and how it enables him and his students to stay on top of current industry best practices

Dan cautions that “technology changes so quickly, if you use the older versions of software it makes students less employable and gives them challenges competing when they get to university”. By always being able to use the latest versions of software through the Creative Cloud, Dan feels as though he and the rest of the Skyview High School staff are sending students into the word prepared to better face design and creativity challenges in the years to come.

Specifically, Dan shared his excitement that once Fuse–an Adobe product the enables creation of custom 3D characters for Photoshop projects­–was released, he was able to have the software up and running in his classroom just two days later. He was then able to include projects created with this software when working with his students to help them build portfolio websites to showcase their work.

Stressing the importance of students having a wide variety of different tools available to them–from Illustrator and Photoshop to Premiere Pro–Dan feels that in the end it’s all about allowing students to properly tell their story while working to advance their creative careers.

“Maybe they are an audio learner, or are more into video. Creative Cloud gives students all the tools for how they want to create and tell their story”. – Dan Armstrong, Skyview High School, Nampa Idaho

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Inspiring Creative Catalyst Conference

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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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Sparking Creative Catalysts

Educators are invited to attend the Adobe Education Virtual Conference July 21 – 22, 2014

Join us! Adobe Education is thrilled to invite educators to come together, to learn more about Adobe’s role in education and to spark change through creativity. Hear from the Adobe Education Leaders from around the world, and dialogue with fellow educators. Participate in open discussions on best practices in teaching and learning with technology, and take advantage of free professional development.

The Sparking Creative Catalysts Virtual Conference will help you:

  • Learn how Adobe Creative Cloud is integrated into classrooms.
  • Hear the latest about Adobe technology from Adobe Executives and Product Managers.
  • Take online courses in leadership, learn how to establish a social profile, attend a digital storytelling bootcamp, and much more.
  • Find out about the Adobe ConnectED program in the US and help make a difference at a Title 1 school!

Register to attend here!
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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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