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Michael Panasuk
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Teach a course in Adobe Suite/Photoshop

We're trying to design a course (high school) focused on digital publishing/digital art.  We are a one-to-one school where every student has a laptop.  I was wondering what other high school are doing with a course like this.  Are students buying a subscription to Adobe Suite?  Is the school buying the software?  How is your course designed?  What applications are you focusing on?  Thanks so much!! 

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Bertha Kirschten

Posted on 2/16/16 3:24:10 AM Permalink

We use Adobe CC and purchase device licenses for each machine. Although it can be expensive, the software is always up-to-date and students are getting experience in current industry standard applications. We also have iPads and have the free Adobe Apps loaded on them so students can take photos or movies and upload to the Cloud and access from the desktop machines.

amy knight

Posted on 1/11/16 9:04:11 PM Permalink

I am in quite a similar position here in Switzerland with a course that we would like to roll-out, I'll let you know how we are doing (for better or worse, successes and failures ) and I would be really interested in hearing how you are getting along it is nice to know someone else in the world is asking the same questions. Good Luck and Best wishes Amy

Barbara Swanner

Posted on 1/10/16 5:13:56 PM Permalink

I teach photography and used to also teach digital art. What we have are classroom computers, but all students also have their own devices, tablets or laptops. For the past ten years we have just purchased Photoshop Elements, and updated it every other year. Two years ago we added one copy of Illustrator. Currently all the computers have a copy of Adobe Photoshop Elements 13 and Adobe Premiere Elements. We leased two IMACs this year and on these machines and six of our PC's we added Creative Cloud. Hence all students have access to software purchased by the school. My AP students are required to purchase their own Photoshop license, several of my advanced students do this also if they really enjoy working out of class purchasing either a Photoshop CC subscription or Elements. The lab is open every afternoon after regular classes for nearly an hour if students should need time to work. The interesting thing I have noticed this year having access to all the software is that my photo students that aren't interested in a lot of editing prefer Elements, the ones really into retouching love the CC version.

amy knight

Posted on 1/11/16 9:07:24 PM Permalink

Thank you for this post, my partner and I were not sure whether to dive right in with the creative cloud solution or go via elements. You have given me a real insight. Best wishes Amy

Barbara Swanner, AET

Posted on 3/6/16 7:03:18 PM Permalink

You are welcome, here is a little more about what we do.In the past I was also teaching graphic design, but didn't really have the tools, so redid the curriculum and dropped the graphics and do straight photography now. I do throw in a couple text assignments, and a Warhol project, but the bulk of the course is about taking great shots. The other art teacher just started teaching video as an art and an animation class, and the numbers are really small 2-3 students in each. The kids love the character animation app, but the teacher has chosen final cut over Adobe Premiere for the video editing class at the moment. She is also new to both these processes and making animations and videos and learning on the fly, so has changed what she has wanted a few times as her knowledge has grown, as these are new classes. Our video class for morning announcements taught by another teacher is using final cut on their iMacs, for the same reason, they started broadcasting last year and went with what students were familiar with, again learning in the fly.