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Is it all Smoke and Mirrors?

Posted on Aug 27, 2014 by Geoffrey Lee Latest activity: Aug 27, 2014

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The topics offered for discussion are interesting. The inclination to think like Simon Cowell should be in the back of our minds. The world of feel good does a disservice of false hope to the students and pupils under our care. Think like Simon, respond like Randy. When incompetence ran supreme in the applicants: 'please give me another chance, let me go through. I can do it at the next level.' Randy would say: "It's not happening today Dawg.' New content for new imaging formats? Up-... Read More

Captivate Multi SCORM Packager - Link from one topic to next topic

Posted on Aug 7, 2014 by Chee Soh Kian Latest activity: Aug 7, 2014

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Hi, I am using Captivate Multi SCORM Packager to combine my all my SCORM files (Topic 1 to Topic 5) become 1 SCORM file. Now my problem is how to create a button to link from 1 topic to another topic. For example, at the end of each topic (eg: Topic 1), I want to have a button for user to click and then can continue the training to Topic 2.  appreciate if someone can help me on this. Thank you.

How Much Self Video do Video-lectures need?

Posted on Jul 31, 2014 by CLAUDIA ACOSTA Latest activity: Aug 16, 2014

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I think the camera on the computers is located in the wrong place. Most of the self made video lectures and educational modules that use the laptop/desktop cameras, lack a professional looking frame of the host. Do we need to show the face of the host all the time during the video-lecture? How could we improve this essential part of the presentation?

Global video battle 2014

Posted on Jul 22, 2014 by Matthijs Clasener Latest activity: Jul 22, 2014

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This year we have done the third edition of the Global Video Battle! It was massive this year! Teachers all over the world could apply up to three groups/teams to make a video with. The very best shirt fiction movie possible.  A lot of the information can be found on Our finalists can be found on and Please let me know what you think and if you want to join next year! This competition was powered by Matthijs Clasener a... Read More

Teaching with less facilities

Posted on Jul 20, 2014 by Bhuvana Sriram Latest activity: Jul 20, 2014

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I am working in D.T.E.A.Sr. Sec.School, New Delhi. We are having students who are first learners of the family and in our school we don't have digital class rooms. We have an equipped computer lab and not very easily accessible to students. Can any one help me to give an idea how best I can make use of this availability.

NVQ Assessing tips for people assessing subjects that are not the creative mainstream subjects

Posted on Jul 18, 2014 by jason sanders Latest activity: Jul 28, 2014

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Hi I am an NVQ assessor that would like to move away from the usual 2000 word written report on a job the apprentice has carried out.  Please list expieriences tips and tricks you use to assess.  I assess Marine Engineering so maniulating a photo is not what im after from the student.  How ever good use of audio and video instead of a written report would be something to aspire too. Next how do you assess the audio and video where do you store it what kind of portfolio have you made for your... Read More

Leaders of Learning

Posted on Jul 13, 2014 by deston tanner Latest activity: Jul 19, 2014

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About this Course All of us carry explicit or implicit theories of learning. They manifest themselves in the ways we learn, the ways we teach, and the ways we think about leadership and learning. In Leaders of Learning, you will identify and develop your personal theory of learning, and explore how it fits into the shifting landscape of learning. This isn’t just about schools, it’s about the broader and bigg... Read More

Teaching Adobe offerings in public high schools.

Posted on Jul 10, 2014 by ron whittier Latest activity: Aug 24, 2014

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Looking for an Adobe certified person to teach the Adobe offerings in a public high school. Any help on where to best post the job opportunity? Does Adobe have a place to post such needs/opportunities?

Enhancing online education

Posted on Jun 29, 2014 by James Bender Latest activity: Jul 19, 2014

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What are three ways to get online students to engage in online learning? 

New course for me - Intro to Computer Graphics

Posted on Jun 12, 2014 by Michelle Coro Latest activity: Jul 19, 2014

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Help! I'm not even sure where to start. I'm teaching a new course (to me), Intro to Computer Graphics and I've been asked to focus on the Adobe suite. Any suggestions? I'm capable in the software, but not sure how to break them into step by step lessons and levels for primarily 9, but 9-12. Searching this site can be a bit overwhelming because there is so much great stuff to choose from.

Web Tech/Design Class for High School - How much time do you spend on JavaScript and what do you cover?

Posted on Jun 5, 2014 by Carol Pearsall Latest activity: Jun 8, 2014

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Ah it's summer and time to update and revamp curriculum!  Looking for suggestions and recommendations regarding use of JavaScript in a Web Tech/Design course for High School.  Does anyone get into the logic of the scripting, or just use snippets already created?  How long do you spend on this unit? Thoughts and comments are greatly appreciated!!

My Creative Vision: creative teaching

Posted on Apr 22, 2014 by Tamera Burns Latest activity: Aug 9, 2014

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My creative vision is based on setting up teaching environments that foster a high level of engagement.  This springboard will allow for students to first learn specific new skills, then to collaborate on how these new skills could be used in different ways, and finally to apply the first two parts of this to create a product that demonstrates new thoughts and new directions.  Rubrics for such work will be anchored in the following criteria:  originality, flexibility, collaboration and newly... Read More

Endangered marine species

Posted on Apr 21, 2014 by Tamera Burns Latest activity: Apr 22, 2014

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In this art inspired assignment, students used the lists of marine species from the NE United States.  In a conjunction with NOAA we developed a mixed media assignment for students to "tell their story" after they had done online research.  This was a terrific assignment and one that brought all students into creating their visions.

Adobe Software Licensing

Posted on Mar 19, 2014 by chuck laiti Latest activity: Apr 25, 2014

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Adobe's move to subscription based software is a game changer in terms of how I manage software and upgrades in my High School. Previously my district could purchase site licensing that would cover both our high schools. We are still using CS5 but got new iMac's over the summer and that software is less stable. I have to continually run scripts on individual machines to keep the software running. If I can be provided with an comprehensive informational page on licensing it would be helpful. I need... Read More

pacing guide

Posted on Mar 19, 2014 by michael kearney Latest activity: Jun 29, 2014

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Has anyone developed a pacing guide based on a 90 day semester for any of the Adobe curriculums?

Adobe Education vrs Literacy

Posted on Feb 23, 2014 by tavi barnes Latest activity: Mar 21, 2014

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Good morning Adobe Family, I am having doozie of a time trying to develop a PD plan. I have a group of students that I would love to use InDesign as a catalysis to help promote literacy in the classroom. I have a group of students that are below reading level and I would like to improve their reading. My plan is to use  InDesign as a way to as a way to enrich further reading literacy opportunities. Im actually stuck at this point.

Linked Learning 2.0: Custom Career Pathways

Posted on Feb 23, 2014 by Mike Skocko Latest activity: Feb 25, 2014

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We—the students and I—have finally received the green light from the superintendent to formally roll out Linked Learning 2.0 in our district next year and he wants it scaled. Several teachers and admins have already asked to sit down and explore that possibility. Specifics are briefly summarized in this Google Doc. I've begun tweeting with the #LinkedLearning20 hashtag and am hoping the powers that be, @IrvineFdn, @linked_learning, @ConnectEdOrg, @CADeptEd, @TomTorlakson, @California... Read More

State Portfolio Assessment Platform

Posted on Jan 31, 2014 by marcia blanco Latest activity: Feb 10, 2014

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Hi Folks! The State of Vermont is developing a portfolio assessment for Design and Visual communications. This means that we will have panels that review and assess both still work as well as time-based (aka: animation, web design, video) projects. We are looking for an online site that would allow us to do that. Any ideas? We bantered around Behance and Slide show, but that is not conducive to (in particular) interactive and animated works. Thanks!

best tablets for a HS Graphic Arts Studio?

Posted on Jan 27, 2014 by marni leikin Latest activity: Jul 1, 2014

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Hi all, Wondering what the feelings out there are, regarding drawing tablets. I have my own Wacom Intuos 5 and love it. What is a great tablet for a HS classroom? I have 12 chairs, would likely get 12 tablets, so economics are important....but would still rather have a piece of equipment that will last over something super cheap today. Any advice is welcome! Thanks so much, Marni

Create Educational GIFs!

Posted on Jan 10, 2014 by Sandie Cheng Latest activity: Apr 11, 2014

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Hey there! Over at Project ED, we love educational GIFs and frequently run contests where GIF creators can win awesome cash prizes. Here's an example of what we mean by an "educational GIF."  You can follow these easy steps to make your own educational GIFs to use in the classroom:  1. Get video camera and film something that you can loop 2. Cut video down to a short 3 second clip using Adobe Premiere3. Import to Photoshop using  Import --> Frames to Layers. Now, you can ed... Read More

Adobe learning resources for ELL/ESL students?

Posted on Dec 15, 2013 by Lynne Kesselman Latest activity: Feb 22, 2014

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Could anyone suggest some resources for students who are not native English language learners?  I am specifically looking for  resources for my high school students who struggle to read English language handouts or even view a video that is not in their native language.  My most pressing need is for my students who are from China, but also have Spanish speaking students who would benefit from additional resources for Dreamweaver, Flash, Fireworks, Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, and/or... Read More

Video Tutorials - A way of Reaching Students

Posted on Nov 4, 2013 by Tony Bolder Latest activity: Feb 13, 2014

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I have started to create a series of video tutorials based on the subject area my students are studying. Their area of study is Interactive Media, which includes a great number of creative prospects. What experience have you in the creation of these type of video's, and have you been able to assess progress after introducing such tutorials?

Self Evaluation of creativity

Posted on Oct 21, 2013 by Rajesh Krishnan Latest activity: Jul 1, 2014

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The topic of discussion in any art class is to bring out the creativity in individuals, students, teachers or professionals by us. Perhaps a better starting place would be to understand our own creativity levels. Any experiences, best practices and thoughts on how we go about it. An oft repeated statement is that creativity diminishes as we age. Whether true or not, how to sustain our creativity levels, measuring methods and ensure that we infuse greater or better techniques to bring out creativity in other... Read More