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"What's Wrong With Me?" Project

Posted on Jul 28, 2014 by Jody Campbell Latest activity: Jul 29, 2014

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I just added a new resource titled "What's Wrong With Me?".  “What’s Wrong With Me?” is a sort of reverse engineered problem. Rather than ask the student to build a print ready file (which at this point they have already done) I give them a package folder with an InDesign file, links, fonts and printing instructions. I then tell the students to think about everything then have learned in class up to that point. I follow that with “you are now employed in Joe&r... Read More

How do you remove color casts in Photoshop?

Posted on Jul 28, 2014 by Jody Campbell Latest activity: Jul 28, 2014

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I teach at the college level and in more than one class we cover removing color casts in PS. I am also a freelance Illustrator and Graphic Designer and in both cases I use a number of different ways to address color cast. My go to is using a photo filter adjustment layer with a complementary color applied as it gives me the greatest control. I also use/teach removing color cast by using a 50% gray layer and threshold to find mid-tones and then correcting via levels. Other methods I use involve thr... Read More

Stock Photos for the Classroom

Posted on Jul 26, 2014 by Mary Slumpff Latest activity: Jul 28, 2014

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What resources are available for stock photos for K-12 classroom use?  I have surfed several free stock photo and search engine image sites but I am looking for a high quality collection that is filtered for K-12 use that doesn't break the budget.

Teaching with less facilities

Posted on Jul 20, 2014 by Bhuvana Sriram Latest activity: Jul 28, 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.

Is the word "Creativity" biased toward art?

Posted on Jul 14, 2014 by Valery Keibler Latest activity: Jul 27, 2014

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When I have asked students if they were creative, they often reflect on their artistic experiences.  When I asked them if they are "original thinkers" they tell me about their thinking in many different subject areas.  Do you find that using the word "creativity" has an art bias?

Video Game Programming with Adobe Flash

Posted on Jun 30, 2014 by James Martin Latest activity: Jun 30, 2014

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Do you teach computer programming? Ever thought about teaching video game programming?  Teach your students how to use Adobe Flash for creating animations and video games! Get your copy of the Essential Game Design With Adobe Flash before July 31st and save 20% on your purchase! But you better hurry...time is running out! http://www.lulu.com/shop/james-martin/essential-game-design-with-adobe-flash/paperback/product-21575063.html Also, don't forget to follow the Essential Game Design With Adobe Fla... Read More

Adobe Presenter 10

Posted on Jun 28, 2014 by Damien Soukhavong Latest activity: Jul 28, 2014

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Did someone used the new features of Adobe Presenter 10 in a classroom? I'd like to know how you're using the new features. It seems there's a lot of possibilities via HTML5, which seems to follow what Adobe Captivate 8 is up to. Still didn't test myself. The new Adobe Presenter 10: http://www.adobe.com/products/presenter.html

Sketching, Story Boards, and Wire Frames

Posted on Jun 19, 2014 by Lynne Kesselman Latest activity: Jul 26, 2014

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Share your ideas and best practices about how to help students create visual sketches to plan out and/or refine their projects. What are some proven strategies for developing a pre-planning process for your students? Do you have ways to encourage students who are reluctant and are saying "I can't draw?" and to help them create sketches, story boards, and/or wire frames? Maybe you thought your own artistic skills were insufficient and have learned new skills to help draw your ideas?... Read More

I have uploaded a new resource - a small unit on Creating Escher inspired tessellations using cultural symbols in Illustrator or Photoshop

Posted on Jun 8, 2014 by katherine Yamashita Latest activity: Jul 16, 2014

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Just thought I would let all know that I have posted a new resource: Escher Would be Proud: Exploring Culture and Design with Tessellations This is a printable and digital resource for a unit on the exploring the work of M.C. Escher, a tessellation design challenge, and an exploration of cultural symbols. This unit was designed with these goals in mind: Have students learn about the graphic design work of M.C Escher. Encourage students to look beyond the facts and pictures or even... Read More

After Effects Activities

Posted on Jun 7, 2014 by Ian Fairhurst Latest activity: Jul 12, 2014

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My students are hooked on After Effects & love the end results of what they see in people's showreels online. My question to the Adobe EdEx Community is: 1) What are your favourite activities / tutorials for introducing After Effects  & 2) Can you suggest / provide a source for source files & tutorial packages. Video Co-Pilot has been our go-to site for years now but I'm just looking to see if there are any extras or alternatives. Many Thanks!

Adobe Captivate

Posted on Jun 4, 2014 by Manish Tripathi Latest activity: Jul 15, 2014

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Hello, everyone. I use and like Adobe Captivate a lot. I am familiar with how to create learning modules, quizzes, etc. Having said that, are there any unusual, creative ways you are using Captivate for instructional purposes?

How do you justify costs of Adobe to your University Bean Counters?

Posted on Jun 3, 2014 by Lisa Hertzi Latest activity: Jun 4, 2014

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Hi All, I am the Graphics Prof. at a small midwest university and I got the following email from our IT department. "The cost to license all 15 stations in ++++ with the latest and greatest Adobe CC is $300/station/year. I would recommend that all instructors be set up with a "named user" license at $420/user/year. The cost of this suite is absolutely outrageous compared with what we used to pay Adobe for their software which was too much before. They have roughly tripled our costs while re... Read More

Adobe Voice in the Classroom

Posted on May 9, 2014 by Melissa Jones Latest activity: Jul 19, 2014

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How might you use Adobe Voice with students in a teaching and learning context? Share your ideas here.

Are you disruptive? Do you ask "Why?"

Posted on Apr 3, 2014 by ellen flaherty Latest activity: Apr 25, 2014

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A really interesting piece from EdSurge this week on asking "Why" concerning your teaching practice.  What are you thoughts on how this applies to you, your students, and your classroom?

Acrofix for Program files (X86)

Posted on Mar 10, 2014 by Chi Man MUI Latest activity: Mar 10, 2014

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I am running Web Premium CS6 and Acrobat Pro X for my school's computer. Acrobat is not work while the Web Premium is in good condition. After some web search, I found that there is a file called Acrofix.exe to fix this problem, however, our computers are using Win 7 64bits and the Adobe Web Premium and Acrobat Pro X are installed in "Program Files (X86)". The Acrofix program point to "Program Files" but not "Program Files (X86)", therefore, the program cannot solve my pr... Read More

Creativity - What is it?

Posted on Mar 5, 2014 by Tony Bolder Latest activity: Apr 16, 2014

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Having viewed or at least made good use of some of the professional Development courses and the resources here, I find that creativity has no real definition applicable to it. I tend to think that creativity is a subjective area of individualistic approaches. We all (in education) want to apply a high level of creativity to our students work, and get them to understand just what they need to do to achieve a creative level, that would facilitate further development in their chosen subject area. But how can w... Read More

School Magazine for Arts

Posted on Mar 4, 2014 by Oran Blackwood Latest activity: Apr 9, 2014

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I'm starting a school magazine for Arts subjects. I teach English, Media and Art and my school has Arts status. In the current climate of Gove educational reforms, that leaves the school in a precarious position and I'd like to ensure the lower school students see Arts subjects as a viable academic option. Is there anyone working on something similar? I'd like the magazine to be student led and student centred, but I'm having teething issues with getting the students interested.

publishing a literary/art book

Posted on Feb 27, 2014 by marni leikin Latest activity: Mar 5, 2014

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Hi all, We will be self publishing this years literary/art magazine.  Going full color for sure. In the past the school has used an actual publisher and it has been a very heavy thick black and white volume on fancy textured paper. I know this year's version will be and feel very different, with full color, different paper, totally different design feel as well (moving away quickly from the 70's/80's very quiet dated standard that has not changed one bit for over 30 years.) I don't want to completel... Read More

Short Video Tutorials (2 Min)

Posted on Feb 25, 2014 by Tony Bolder Latest activity: Mar 18, 2014

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I have just uploaded a video tutorial (can be found in my resources) that is going to be part of a series of what I call 'Tu-Min Tuts' that will cover some Adobe products. The rationale for this series of 2 minute duration tutorials is based on students having a short concentration span, hence they should be able to follow such a short video tutorial and use it as and when necessary. This one is about Adobe InDesign, and shows a quick method on how to place an image on to a document.

Amazing, Fun, and Creative Multimodal Presentations with Adobe Products

Posted on Feb 25, 2014 by Nathan Pugliese Latest activity: May 29, 2014

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Recently, multimodal has become a buzz word for educators. How best can Adobe software assist this need? Adobe Presenter is a great tool that can combine visuals, applications and web camera recording as an exportable product quickly. I have two questions for the Adobe Community. Firstly, how do you define multimodal assessment? Secondly, what are your best Adobe software applications for achieving a great multimodal assessment? The basis of your responses will help shape an AEL focus group cr... Read More

Creativity Influences

Posted on Feb 22, 2014 by Ahmed Ali Moselhi Latest activity: Apr 25, 2014

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fostering your learning process to meet Learning outcomes is really important. after getting inside the class, close the door i feel like me and students are totally isolated away from outside life. it is like building a virtual lesson in student minds individually, i admit there are some of my student goes out of lesson sight but monitoring dose help. - Articulating my Knowledge: Simple context, Inspirational words and motivated examples. - Confidence-building showcase: Inline samples, concept art, Adobe... Read More

Upgrading to Adobe CC - Educational Setting

Posted on Feb 22, 2014 by rob johnson Latest activity: Jun 4, 2014

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Does anyone have a story they would like to share about upgrading to Adobe CC for their students? We currently have a site license for Adobe Master Collection CS5 - and need to upgrade hopefully this summer.  Is moving to CS6 a better option until the education pricing for CC gets more flushed out? Looking for cost-effective recommendations and how the process works for students - does each student in the program get his/her own Adobe ID to use at school and home?  Or is it strictly by computer?... Read More

Logo Design Love

Posted on Feb 20, 2014 by James Buchholz Latest activity: Jul 3, 2014

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This is a site I like to use. Students Please visit this site and give me feedback. Logo Design Love http://www.logodesignlove.com

Graphic Stock

Posted on Feb 20, 2014 by James Buchholz Latest activity: Apr 25, 2014

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This is a site I like to use. Students Please visit this site and give me feedback. Graphic Stock https://www.graphicstock.com

Photoshop Essentials.com

Posted on Feb 20, 2014 by James Buchholz Latest activity: Feb 21, 2014

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This is a site I like to use. Students Please visit this site and give me feedback. Photoshop Essentials.com http://www.photoshopessentials.com