Leigh Ann Pringle
Subject Head Design & Visual Art

Any suggestions from one teacher to another on how to keep Adobe in High Schools

So, I need some input from teachers and lecturers around the world on a touchy subject here in South Africa...licensing.

I come from a school that would be classified in the middle economic bracket. Our schools do not get licences like Adobe from our education department, we have to pay for them ourselves. We have purchased our licences as a package from a local business that serves as a mediator for Adobe. Our learners have grown so much in their Adobe products over the last 4 years but now I'm challenged as a Subject Head because its become too expensive for the school to pay. We have school students producing work for clients from Grd 10 and earning an income because of the skills they have learnt in Adobe.

So how do things work in your schools? Can anybody give me some advice or tips?

  • Adobe Premiere Pro

    Edit media in its native format and create productions for film, TV, and web.

  • Photoshop

    Editing and compositing for photos, web and mobile app designs, 3D artwork, videos, and more.

  • After Effects

    Create motion graphics and visual effects for film, TV, video, and web.

  • Illustrator

    Create beautiful vector art and illustrations.

  • InDesign

    Craft elegant layouts at your desk or on the go.

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Dimitri Merritt

Posted on 9/30/15 7:12:02 AM Permalink

Leigh Ann... I just spoke to my manager and she loves Rusty's idea. What I have to do is to go to our HR and find out what governances there are and what loop holes I have to jump through in order to make this work ... BUT... I first need to know what you think? If you would be interested in something like this?

Leigh Ann Pringle

Posted on 9/30/15 5:01:54 PM Permalink

Totally in! We could work with you guys to write briefs for projects that we can both use. Shout if you need me to come through and meet up.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Dimitri Merritt

Posted on 10/1/15 5:24:27 AM Permalink

Let me see if I can work some magic here... Let's hold thumbs.

Dimitri Merritt

Posted on 9/30/15 6:05:29 AM Permalink

Leigh Ann I like Rusty's idea. I am going to talk to my manager and see if we cannot help (sponsor) you (your school). I think if we could give you projects which we need here ... there might be a benefit for you and us. What do you think? What is it that you are looking for? I mean software must be one ... what about hardware? Or should I ask how much money do you need? Sorry, I have never done this before and not sure how much influence I have .. but maybe if you give me a clearer idea as to what you need, maybe ... just maybe... my manager can buy into the concept. In this way ... we could also give your class real live experience and I am sure we could even give your students a reference at the end of the year. What do you think? Or what did you have in mind?

Leigh Ann Pringle

Posted on 9/30/15 5:00:08 PM Permalink

Wow, that sounds amazing! I know the kids will love to get involved!

Rusty Bryson

Posted on 6/29/15 12:42:31 AM Permalink

What I have done in the past, is have businesses "sponsor" the license fees. In exchange the students work with the business and create custom work. It's a real game changer in terms of getting the community involved in the schools. In addition, teaching students work ethic along with group collaboration skills is a win-win for all involved.

Good Luck!

Leigh Ann Pringle

Posted on 9/1/15 6:51:52 PM Permalink

Thanks so much for your suggestions. I'm going to see who we can connect with and try and implement these ideas.

Karl Gibbens

Posted on 4/27/15 11:34:11 AM Permalink

One off funding often goes down better so trying to get a campus license might give you the out you need. You'll be stopped in terms of new software releases but you'll be able to run your courses dependably from that standpoint. It's not the best way to get up-to-date but it might be the best way to keep a financial team happy.

erick miseroy

Posted on 4/22/15 9:52:19 PM Permalink

I have worked at 2 different high schools, one a "normal" public, and the one I am at now is an independent Charter. I have been told that I need to create a CTE based program, and with the end goal to have some sort of certification. I was teaching PShop straight- single semester, and my classes were packed. I find that funding is the deal breaker. Under California ed really pushing CTE programs, and Perkins Grant monies, I think you should be able to build a great Adobe based program, and get it funded through PG, and other grants. Right now ther are alot of grants for CTE. Certification is a hot word right now...

Hope this helps...

Leigh Ann Pringle

Posted on 5/1/15 10:21:45 AM Permalink

Thanks so much! Will be looking into it.

Michael Chow

Posted on 4/18/15 7:55:12 PM Permalink

You had mentioned that a 'local business that serves as a mediator for Adobe,' and 'We have school students producing work for clients' ... just a thought, have you guys approached this local business and see if he would provide the software free in exchange (bartering) for work? It's a great portfolio piece for the students to do some corporate work too.

Although majority of us probably work in CC, is there any chance this local business can get a hold of CS6, which means no yearly fee will be required? Granted, you won't get some of the new and cool features of CC such as PhotoShop Content Aware tool, or Illustrator Touch Type Tool or even Adobe Typekit.

Another spin-off is soliciting the work of your students that they could do for the businesses at a fraction of the costs. It's a win-win situation means that the money earned goes straight into the purchase of new software and the businesses saves on their bottom line with less fees in graphic and advertising fees to a ad agency, freelance graphic designer or video production house!

Hope this gets the
creative ideas flowing!

Leigh Ann Pringle

Posted on 5/1/15 10:23:50 AM Permalink

Thanks! I love your ideas about working with the business to produce design done by students. I'm going to look into this option! Thanks for your feedback.