Great New Professional Development Offerings from the Adobe Education Exchange


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.



Top Ten Tips for Teaching with New Media

Top Ten Tips for Teaching with New Media

One of my favorite web sites for finding out more information about the craft of teaching in a creative classroom is the site that the George Lucas Foundation has supported for many years–Edutopia.

Whether your are doing Project Based Learning, Science Inquiry, digital design, or video editing there are always great resources available for teachers at the site.

Now comes another great resource from Edutopia. A PDF guide called Top Ten Tips for Teaching With New Media. This is a free download and doesn’t even require the submission of an e-mail. Just click the link and go!

And what are those tips? Glad you asked. In a nutshell here are the things that readers of Edutopia recommend.

1. Break the Digital Ice: Get your students started with fun, engaging, and relatively easy-to-use tools such as VoiceThread.

2. FInd Your Classroom Experts: Don’t forget to enlist the help of your students!

3. Get Off to a Good Start: Be sure your students know where to find information for your class and how to access it. Edline is a big help for this in Palm Beach County Schools as you can create folders for assignments and much more. But start early and get your students used to visit for the best chance of succes.

4. Think Globally: Online lessons and resources make it easier than ever to get information about other places and makes it possible to collaborate with classrooms around the world.

5. Find What You Need: Need materials or other items for your classroom? Websites like can be a powerful tool for getting micro-grants.

6. Make Meaning from Word (Clouds): World clouds like those you can make at are a great way to see the connections between ideas and much more.

7. Work Better, Together: Collaborative projects can be more work to manage for the teacher, but they provide tremendous opportunities to reach those students who don’t always contribute to your classroom the way you would like.

8. Open a Back Channel: Twitter and Facebook allow you to build your own Personal Learning Network, but don’t forget other groups like Discovery Education Network and the Adobe Education Exchange. You can customize your classroom needs and stand on the shoulders of giants by learning from those how have blazed trails ahead of you.

9. Make It Visual: It’s easier than ever to use images and video to inspire your student’s curiosity, generate brainstorming, and engage diverse learners.

10. Use the Buddy System: Students aren’t the only ones who benefit from collaboration and shared problem solving. Teachers can take advantage of a variety of communication tools to share ideas and strategies with colleagues.

This is a great resource with some tremendous tips and valuable lessons learned. Don’t miss Top Ten Tips for Teaching With New Media from Edutopia!

Welcome to the Creative Classroom Weblog!

Creative Classroom image

Welcome to The Creative Classroom Weblog!

This is our “Hello World” to let everyone know the new blog is up and running. And what exactly are we running? Glad you asked!

As this school year begins more than 70 Palm Beach County schools will be receiving a package of creative software tools known as the Adobe Digital School Collection (ADSC). The software titles being provided to schools were purchased with a federal stimulus grant and include Photoshop Elements 8, Premiere Elements8, Soundbooth CS4, and Acrobat Professional 9. These tools allow teachers and students to use digital images, video, and audio to express themselves and make strong connections with their classroom lessons.

This blog supports the ADSC rollout and the classroom teachers and media specialists who’ll be using this software with their students. We’ll be posting lots of great information and links here to lesson plans, tutorials, and ideas to help you incorporate digital creative tools into your classroom, so be sure to check back often as new goodies are offered! And of course, feel free to post your comments and questions here.

To help get you started The Education Network and Educational Technology collaborated this summer on the creation of over 10 hours of video based instruction on how to use the software and, more importantly, use it to meet your instructional objectives. These lessons are now encapsulated into online courses that you can take at your own pace. Two titles are available right now. Just login to our TrainU learning management system using the same credentials you use to sign onto your computer. The two courses listed below are available now. (Soundbooth CS4 and Acrobat Professional will be ready beginning on September 15th.)

Photoshop Elements 8 in the Classroom (photo editing and graphic design)

Premiere Elements 8 in the Classroom (video editing and video podcasts)