This update features news about:
- the 2020 APAC Adobe Education Summit
- the new Adobe Creative Educators Program
- new look weekly Inject Creativity Live webinars and more
Digital literacy skills among the general teaching population have improved dramatically due to most teachers being forced to teach online during COVID-19. I like this quote from Steven Kolber in his recent EducationHQ article Don’t rush teachers back to the ‘old normal’ – they’ve propped up the flawed system for years:
…‘remote learning’ is causing a dramatic improvement in the familiarity of most teachers to the range of digital pedagogies that exist. For the majority of teachers this is a titanic shift in what is possible. The metaphor of a teaching toolbox is being extended with new ‘power tools’ being added to teacher’s repertoires.
Adobe Creative Educators Program
To help teachers continue to develop their digital communication and creativity skills, at the end of June, Adobe will be launching the Adobe Creative Educators program. Designed for educators in every subject area and sector, members will receive free lessons and resources to spark creativity with students, in addition to special in-person and online events with other like-minded educators and the Adobe team.
Note that this program will be replacing the Adobe Campus Leaders program.
Adobe Education Summit
The 2020 APAC Adobe Education Summit is going online on September 29 to October 1. Being a holiday period for most educators in ANZ, this event is about digital creativity all areas and levels of education. The theme will be Improving Education Following COVID-19
- Tue Sept 29 – Adobe Education Leaders (AELs) only
- Wed Sept 30 – all educators
- Thursday Oct 1 – Adobe Creative Educators & AELs only
Find out more and register via – http://bit.ly/adobe-edu-summit20
Inject Creativity Live
As of the first week of June, the weekly Adobe Inject Creativity Live events will be going live every Wednesday at 6.30 PM (AEST) on YouTube, Twitter and Facebook. They will also be shorter and in two different formats. Click here to find out more and encourage your colleagues and wider education networks to tune in each week and register if they would like a reminder email and a copy of the recordings.
Note that these events are NESA endorsed for NSW teachers.
Adobe Max 2020
The Adobe Max conference is Adobe largest Digital Media event and this year it will be going online from Oct. 19–21. Usually you need to travel to LA to be part of this event but this year it will be available for everyone across the globe to enjoy. Find out more Find out more and join the email list to keep posted via https://max.adobe.com/
Adobe Distance Learning Resources
The Adobe Distance Learning Resources site is being updated each week with a range of new courses, articles and blogs. Take note of the collaboration Adobe now has with the Khan Academy and with Time Magazine.
Adobe for Education YouTube Channel
The Adobe for Education YouTube Channel is also being regularly updated with video resources, talks and webinars.
Keep Being Creative site
The Keep Being Creative site is a resource for parents, teachers and students working & studying from home.
Open the new EduChats site to see and hear in-depth vodcast & podcasts with teachers and parents who have opened up about what has been working and not working for them, their students and their children during the COVID-19 isolation period.
Book an Adobe Expert
Adobe are offering their enterprise education customers the opportunity for some time online with one of their experts. This could be for an online session with a group of students and their teacher/s or it could be an online professional development event for teachers. Click here to find out more and book in your class and/or colleagues.
Free access to Adobe Creative Cloud at home during COVID -19
Many school systems and universities have taken advantage of the extended complementary access to Adobe CC for BYOD. This offer has now been extended to the end of July.
Adobe Captivate – free for 90 days
Take advantage of the current free access to Adobe Captivate for teachers
Adobe Connect – free for 90 days
Take advantage of the current free access to Adobe Connect for 90 days
As schools around Australasia are now gradually moving back to some form of normality, let’s keep driving the benefits of the new digital communication skills that all teachers and students have been developing during COVID-19. Let’s not rush back to the ‘old normal’.
Keep safe and keep being creative.
Tim Kitchen (Adobe Education)