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Screenplays for Freshmen.

Posted on Dec 1, 2015 by TShombi Basemore Latest activity: Dec 1, 2015

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Is there a website of some great screenplays that are 3-mins long that for high school students. I teaching camera angle exercises and I want some screenplays that are already done. In my class this is the part that the kids hate the most is writing. I am teach screenplay formatting, but I want some that are already done that the kids can already jump into.

Teaching Principals of Design Programs, for students without access to Adobe Software

Posted on Nov 18, 2015 by Caleb Clark Latest activity: Nov 26, 2015

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Hello, This discussion is for any teachers out there who struggle because their schools do not have Adobe resources available for students. I wanted to start a conversation related to the programs that are most commonly used in creative assignments by educators. If there is freeware by Adobe or other alternatives I think it would be great to collaborate and share tips. I myself have found that Windows Movie Maker and iMove are good programs for teaching animation and video production to students. If we hav... Read More

Adobe CC 2015

Posted on Nov 18, 2015 by Shawn P McDonough Latest activity: Nov 23, 2015

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I am looking for teaching and assessment resources for the Adobe CC 2015 package specifically including In Design. Premiere Pro and Dreamweaver.  Any ideas would be appreciated!  Thanks!

Game-based Learning

Posted on Nov 14, 2015 by Sayali Kukday Latest activity: Nov 23, 2015

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I recently read a great book on the impact of games by Jane McGonigal called Reality is Broken Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change The World. I'd highly recommend this book especially because as educators, we are teaching a generation of college students who are very familiar with the world of games. I'd also recommend watching her TED talks for those who are interested!  I'm wondering if anyone has any other recommendations for reading about games and psychology, game design or game-base... Read More

Flipped Learning

Posted on Nov 12, 2015 by Rosemary Rizk Latest activity: Nov 12, 2015

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I tried this approach when teaching intelligent systems to a group of 15-year old students. I didnt find it as effective as teaching the concepts first, modelling the expected standard, giving students an opportunity to develop the skill under guided instruction and then giving them the opportunity to complete the task/project. I'm wondering if anyone else has tried it and succeeded - maybe you can provide some pointers as to what strategies you used to make it work.

New High School Graphic Design Program

Posted on Nov 11, 2015 by Jessi Fisk Latest activity: Nov 25, 2015

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Hello everyone.  The high school I teach at will be offering a graphic design class for the first time next year.  I'm starting the program and am currently in the process of creating an outline for curriculum.  I would love to have input from anyone who currently teaches high school graphic design classes or has experience in this area.  Any input or suggestions you have will be greatly appreciated.  Which Adobe program/s do you recommend I start with?  My school has 1 hour... Read More


Posted on Nov 9, 2015 by Rachael Stokes Latest activity: Nov 12, 2015

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I was asked to define creativity in my own words by the students of my Year 11 Design class without referring to the dictionary. I was completely stumped at how to make a sentence that made actual sense. My poor class just stared me as I mumbled and had my 'thinking' face on.  Try put it in your own words! I would be interested to see what you write! 

Film Skills Account

Posted on Nov 2, 2015 by TShombi Basemore Latest activity: Nov 2, 2015

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I have located what seems to be a great subscription called Film Skills.com. I have been searching for great curriculum that can used across the classes that I teach in high school. Does anyone know about this site and know if this is really legit for high school use. The advertising behind it is that it used across film schools across the nation.

Adobe Generation Professional: Digital Creativity

Posted on Oct 19, 2015 by sarah berry Latest activity: Oct 21, 2015

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I'm preparing a new course for which I need introductions to digital imaging, graphics and video using Adobe products. I'd like to access this course in progress even if I can't catch up, but there's no way to enroll. The previous year's course is also not accessible. All I need are the introductory lesson plans so I don't have to comb through all the possible videos, etc.!

Ist year graphic design teacher

Posted on Oct 16, 2015 by Ashley Herndon Latest activity: Nov 10, 2015

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Hello. I am a new to teaching graphic design. I have been teaching fine arts for the past 6 years. I came into a great job. There is no curriculum, no sequence learning and I feel like I am treading water. I want to make sure my students are prepared and learning it in a way they are really going to grasp the concepts, tools and how to use the programs efficiently. I have started in Illustrator, but not sure how to teach (like where to start, do I do one tool at a time with an activity, etc.) I feel like I... Read More

Training on Digital art & design

Posted on Oct 13, 2015 by Salheddine Boumaraf Latest activity: Oct 13, 2015

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During the training (Foundations of Digital Art & Design) the students learn to: - Design logos, posters, dynamic sketchs, readable and effective on the basis of specifications. - Retouch, edit images, make photo-montages with Photoshop. - Produce drawings and vector graphics in Illustrator. - Achieve finalized page layout on InDesign, in accordance with the instructions and typographical rules. - Organize their work environment, manage files according to their destination and prepare d... Read More

What is the Best Adobe Program for creating engaging presentations

Posted on Sep 17, 2015 by Mike Fischer Latest activity: Nov 2, 2015

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Hello, I am new to the CC suite (but familiar with Adobe applications) of applications and I see a lot of new programs and features that could really help me in the classroom. I teach a hybrid course which meets half in class and half online learning. What would be the best program for developing new presentations that I can use to give lectures and the students can learn from online? Right now my guess is Muse to create dynamic webpages? But I want it to play like a video with audio too. Do I insert... Read More

Help With Abobe Photoshop Elements 12 Hands On Tutorials

Posted on Sep 6, 2015 by Jennifer Heinlein Latest activity: Sep 9, 2015

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I am looking for a more hands on approach to teaching Elements without video tutorials. I've seen curriculum that involves using mini projects to teach the program and was wondering if anyone knew where I might be able tonfind this! Thanks in advance for any suggestions!

Do schools kill creativity?

Posted on Sep 6, 2015 by Anna Seo Latest activity: Nov 9, 2015

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Please post your comments after watching this video: http://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity?language=en Thank you!

Can I flip alone?

Posted on Aug 26, 2015 by Kev Lavery Latest activity: Nov 10, 2015

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I was just wondering if anyone has any experience being the driving force behind flipped learning in their school. I would like implement a flipped learning approach in my classes to allow me more practical time in class (I'm a Media teacher) but I worry about being the only person implementing flipped learning. Given the different types of demands it places on students and how they use their time at home, is it something you can do by yourself? I think it is a great approach and I totally see it working... Read More

Best Resource for High School for Dreamweaver CC Certification

Posted on Aug 21, 2015 by Stephanie Pendley Latest activity: Nov 19, 2015

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I have to give my students the Dreamweaver certification test in April. There are a ton of different resources. Can anyone suggest a study guide that is appropriate for high school students? I have Dreamweaver CC. I found the one below but the first lesson is for CS6 even though it says CC. It will not work in CC.  http://edex.adobe.com/syllabus/561c8d0-/ Thank you!! 

Introduction of Digital Technologies in the Australian Curriculum

Posted on Aug 20, 2015 by Phil Feain Latest activity: Sep 18, 2015

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Planning for the implementation of Digital Technologies in the Australian Curriculum I am wondering what others are doing with meeting standards using products like Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver and Muse across Years 7 - 10.

Anyone else having problems uploading pdf files?

Posted on Aug 16, 2015 by Brian O'Dell Latest activity: Aug 20, 2015

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I am trying to add some new lesson plans and projects to my resources and it keeps telling me to try again later.  Anyone else having this problem?  Any solutions?  Are my pdf files too large or do I need a different version of pdf?  Maybe I am just being impatient and should try later to upload?  Thanks!

Muse and its use

Posted on Aug 11, 2015 by Bethany Dutton Latest activity: Aug 20, 2015

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Hey Guys  I have only recently discovered Muse I was wondering if anyone could tell me particularly in senior school where the use Muse and where they still use Dreamweaver? Thanks 

Which software to start with?

Posted on Aug 9, 2015 by Bethany Dutton Latest activity: Aug 18, 2015

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Hey everyone just wanted to find out in an IT design class what adobe software you would teach and why?  Illustrator? Photoshop? Dreamweaver? Muse? Flash? Edge Animate?

New Teacher - New Class

Posted on Aug 3, 2015 by Michael Westeren Latest activity: Sep 2, 2015

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Hello, everyone! I have just been hired (literally) by my wonderful new school. It's my first year teaching and I'm charged with creating an introductory digital media class. I'll have two sections this semester and two next. I have already created my course description and am working on the curriculum. As it's my first year teaching, and we start school Monday, I'm trying to quickly put together at least a skeleton of a course which I can fill out throughout the year.  The first semester, I'd like t... Read More

Creativity versus Software knowledge

Posted on Jul 8, 2015 by Michael Buelens Latest activity: Jul 13, 2015

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I enjoyed an art education. During those years I only got a basic understanding of Adobe applications, the focus was always more on the creative aspect. Once I had finished school and started working as a graphic designer I soon found out that a great amount of technical knowledge about the printing process and how to output documents that can be successfully printed is required as wel. Should art schools invest more time in software training or is this something that should be reserved for another field o... Read More

Visualizing the Creative Classroom

Posted on Jun 24, 2015 by Zak Johnson Latest activity: Jun 24, 2015

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Post a link to your video slide show that depicts the creative classroom environment you aspire to create. (This discussion post is part of the Adobe Education Exchange Professional Development Workshop, Creativity in Today’s Classroom: Exploring Creativity in Today’s Classroom.)