Great New Professional Development Offerings from the Adobe Education Exchange

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The good folks over at the Adobe Education Exchange have been incredibly busy with some new professional development offerings geared for teachers at all grade levels. Keeping with the theme of promoting creativity in the classroom, Adobe is offering a ton of new training materials for use by teachers. You’ll need a free Adobe ID to enroll in these courses.

I especially like these self-paced workshops that address creativity in the classroom on a macro level:

And as you’d expect, you can also find product-specific professional development courses from Adobe as well, including lessons on Photoshop and Premiere Elements, Adobe Captivate, Adobe Presenter, and many others.

In addition to the self-paced workshops you’ll also find the complete listing of all the great live events that Adobe offers via the Ed Exchange as well as recordings of  past workshops offered by Adobe Education Leaders.

So head on over! If you’re an educator in Palm Beach County you’ll soon see some of these courses in use for workshops our department will offer that allow you to earn in-service points.

 

 

Video tutorial: PS Elements

Creating an Interactive Photo Album with Photoshop Elements

Don’t you just love those “ah-hah!” moments, when you stumble across something you didn’t know while learning a new computer program? It might just be the geek in me, but I know I really love coming across new stuff that makes things more interesting and engaging, especially when it’s easy to do and easily translated into the classroom.

Such was the case recently where I was teaching a class on Photoshop Elements to teachers from around our district and we took a harder look at how albums can be used in Photoshop Elements to create coolio little Flash-based animations for uploading to the web or just watching in class. In this short episode from Palm Breeze Cafe I get to show the technique we used and walk through the process of making an interactive album. It’s great fun and an easy win for both teacher and student as it doesn’t require a great deal of technical skill to get awesome results.

Create a Student Silhouette with Photoshop

I really like this video tutorial from Nicole Dalesio of Fairlands Elementary School in Pleasanton CA. This is an awesome lesson that shows just how easily you can achieve great results in just a few minutes of work. In this case Nicole shows how to create a silhouette from a digital photo and how you might use the images with your students in Language Arts or Reading classes.

Although this tutorial is for Photoshop, the same techniques can be used with Photoshop Elements 8.

Nicole and hundreds of other teachers are posting lessons like this one at the new Adobe Education Exchange. If you haven’t joined this group you really should! There are lots of great resources being posted every day and all you need to do to sign up is create a (free) Adobe ID and away you go.

On to the tutorial (click the Play button to watch) and be sure to read Nicole’s notes below the video.

Photoshop for Kids: Silhouettes from magrelacanela (Nicole) on Vimeo.

Photoshop for Kids(of all ages) Here’s a great Photoshop project that’s great to do with kids or adults, and is suitable for just about any level of Photoshop user. This can also be modified as you like to work into a language arts lesson if you add words or pictures on top of the silhouettes.

Enjoy, and if you make any silhouettes of your own using my tutorial, please send me a link/copy of what you did to add to my collection.