Free support resources now available for CS6

The @AdobeUK Team

May 14, 2012

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Following the exciting release of Adobe® Creative Cloud™ Student and Teacher Edition, and Adobe Creative Suite® 6 last month, I wanted to let you know about some fab new support resources we’ve made available for free to help you make the most out of the new software.

We’ve launched a brand new portal within the Adobe Education Exchange which hosts a raft of free resources and support to enable schools and colleges to enhance their classes and help prepare students for the workforce. Ranging from video tutorials and technical guides, to tried-and-tested curriculum plans, they are each designed to help you deliver rich learning experiences.

Here’s a snapshot of what’s available…

CS6 tutorials on Adobe TV

  • These give you the means to learn at your own pace and showcase how Adobe software is being used in education. There are hundreds of videos to browse through, including tutorials which supplement the CS6 teaching resources

Curriculum guides

  • These are free, year long, project-based curriculum plans, great for anyone teaching visual design, web design, and video production – and all newly updated for Adobe Creative Suite 6

Technical guides

  • Quickly get up to speed on how to use CS6 by downloading these product technical guides

Tutorials from our Adobe Education Leaders

  • These CS6 tutorials are developed by our very own Adobe Education Leaders around topics including digital imagery, graphic design & digital publishing, animation and rich media and web design

You can check these out for yourself by visiting: http://adobe.ly/J5g9I9 .

Guest blogger: Andrew Field, Neale Wade Community College

The @AdobeUK Team

March 22, 2012

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I have always been a firm believer that students should be encouraged to be as creative as possible and know that using digital tools in the classroom is a sure fire way to stimulate this in a fun and engaging way.  At Neale-Wade Community College we teach digital creativity skills from animation, to image manipulation to web and games design and the results have been truly stunning.

 A product which I am hugely passionate about teaching is industry-standard animation software Adobe Flash.  Not just because it enables students to create some great animation, but also because of how engaged they are in it and the creative potential it allows them to explore. I have seen students become enthusiastic and excited about ICT who previously didn’t give it a second thought and the great news for us as a school is that our ICT grades have really improved as a result!

 One way I encourage creativity in my classes is to set a brief which is open-ended, so students can experiment with the tools and techniques and take it in any direction they want.  For example one project I have set at GCSE level is to design a 30 second pizza advert using animation, sound and graphics. The brief was deliberately vague, which really paid off as the adverts produced were all individual in style and incredibly creative – I may be biased, but I honestly believe they could easily be the product of a world class advertising agency!

 I would urge any teacher keen to explore iOS, Android and desktop app and computing development to focus time and energy on Adobe Flash... To hear more about how you can use Flash to enliven the school curriculum and see some practical examples of what we’ve done at my school watch this short presentation: http://eseminars.emea.acrobat.com/p88305918/

Renaldo Lawrence: Integrating digital tools in the classroom

The @AdobeUK Team

March 06, 2012

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I could talk all day about the importance of digital skills in education. So am really excited around the increased focus on encouraging students to design apps for smart phones as part of the digital-economy drive. It’s a great example of the way perspectives are changing. We’re moving away from just using computer-assisted instruction to improve student test scores, and more towards exploring how technology skills actually help students succeed in the real world.

The unprecedented speed at which mobile and tablet devices are evolving is just mind blowing, as is the rate at which the integration of these technologies into everyday life and the workplace is happening. So it’s hugely important that schools mirror this. The digital creative skills that are essential to these industries should be a key part of preparing our young people for College, University and later on, their careers.

As a teacher, there’s nothing I love more than seeing my students have fun in the classroom. I get great pleasure in seeing them excel of course, but if they are passionate and can have fun whilst doing it, that’s even better. Integrating these sorts of digital tools into everyday lessons, means they do just that.

Renaldo Lawrence is an Adobe Education Leader, to find out more about this “quiet revolutionary” check out his profile on Merlin John Online: http://agent4change.net/innovators/864-the-innovators-24-renaldo-lawrence.html

School ICT to be replaced by Computer Science programme

The @AdobeUK Team

January 11, 2012

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Adobe welcomes today’s announcement from Michael Gove, the education secretary that traditional ICT lessons will be replaced by lessons in computer science and programming. It is a positive move that will not only increase student engagement but also support the development of creative skills required by today’s employers.

Technological change continues at an exponential rate and every school pupil today has grown up with PCs and technology around them, unaware that a world before the internet ever existed. Traditional ICT classes, often run in isolation to the rest of the syllabus, no longer meet the needs of our young people, having stifled creativity and held back pupil progress.

We welcome the fresh approach to ICT. To have a real impact, schools must make technology integral to each and every part of the curriculum, incorporating it across the syllabus rather than treating it as a discrete subject. With the right framework and support from teachers, this approach has the potential to transform lessons by encouraging creativity and a deeper level of pupil engagement. Students will benefit from developing industry standard skills in preparation for University and the world of work.

And this is already happening. Through my role as education marketing manager at Adobe, I have seen many of the schools I work with succeed in increasing student engagement, attainment and employability, for example creating 2D animations in art, interactive web content in History classes, or using video editing and production software to create films in Media Studies.

To deliver this in the classroom, teachers need training and support. To help with this, we recently launched the Adobe Education Exchange, an online community which hosts a range of free, teacher-generated teaching and learning resources, developed by educators from around the world who are already integrating technology in the classroom with great success.

This proposed change to the curriculum is essential  if we are to prepare our young people for the world of work by taking a more creative approach to learning and teaching, making full use of today’s wealth of available technologies.

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