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┬áto 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 ┬ápast 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.

Inspiring Student Artwork from Seminole Ridge HS

One of the teachers in our school district that I have tremendous respect for is Mr. Rob Schwartz at Seminole Ridge High School. Mr. Schwartz does phenomenal work with his students, teaching graphic and web design in way that brings out his students’ expressiveness in remarkable ways. The image you see here is from his own website where he hosts a Best of the Best student art gallery featuring student art work that meet his demanding standards. (Love those red glasses!) If you’re teaching graphic design and want some examples to show your own students this is a great place to start.

Mr. Schwartz is also one of those incredibly generous teachers who makes his time, ideas, and resources available to his peers around the world and is active in the Adobe Education Leaders program . You can find all sorts of great tutorials and resources that he’s produced for his students at his BrainBuffet.com website, with a focus on Photoshop and Illustrator and some Dreamweaver thrown in for good measure.

So, hats off to Mr. Schwartz and to his students at Seminole Ridge! To the students, you are in great hands and you have a great year ahead of you with Mr. Schwartz. We’ll be looking to see your artwork added to the Wall of Fame, and to see your industry certifications hanging on the wall by year’s end.