New Adobe global study reveals that creative problem-solving skills are central to success in the future workforce but are not adequately supported in today’s curricula. In researching Creative Problem Solving in Schools: Essential Skills Today’s Students Need for Jobs in Tomorrow’s Age of Automation, Adobe surveyed 1600 educators and 400 policymakers from the U.K., Japan, Germany and the U.S. and learned how the people shaping education and students’ experiences view creative problem solving as a critical skill. Overwhelmingly, 86 percent of global educators believe that students who excel at creative problem-solving will have higher-earning job opportunities in the future, and 85 percent agreed that these same skills are in high demand by today’s employers for senior level and higher paying careers. Additionally, three quarters of respondents predict that professions that require creative problem-solving skills are less likely to be impacted by automation. Yet despite this clear consensus, there is a huge disconnect with what is happening in the classroom today. 90 percent of educators believe we need to find better ways to integrate it into the curricula, and more than half of educators explain that they do not have the tools, training or knowledge to nurture creative problem solving in their students. Of the policymakers surveyed, 88 percent advocate for finding a way to reform the current curricula in their region to better nurture creative problem solving in schools. To learn more about the study, view the infographic and visit the research study microsite to learn how other educators are teaching these critical skills.
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How can you inspire creativity in your digital classroom? In this course, understand the research, get projects in hand and leave with a toolbox full of resources you can use right away.
Harness the power of mobile learning and take your students’ creativity to the next level with Adobe Spark apps. In this workshop you’ll explore how social media and mobile learning can create personalized learning experiences that foster creativity.
Learn how to make the most of the Adobe Education Exchange in this workshop. Explore the many opportunities to learn, teach, discuss, connect, and share and find the best way to engage with this community dedicated to creative teaching.
This tutorial introduces beginners to Adobe Spark Video. In the tutorial you will find some lesson ideas as well as a step by step to learning the ins and outs of Adobe Spark Video.
This tutorial introduces beginners to Adobe Spark Post. In the tutorial you will find some lesson ideas as well as a step by step to learning the ins and outs of Adobe Spark Post.
Teachers have very little time free outside of their allotted preparation time. Therefore planning and creating learning resources needs to be simple and speedy. Adobe Spark Video ( https://spark.adobe.com/sp/) is the perfect tool for making quick reusable videos that explain key concepts. Don't forget, make it once and you can use these resources again and again. How do I make a 30 second video? 1. Decide on the key concept you want the students to learn, keep it simple. 2. Make an outline of the key points to help your audience understand what the video is for. In my example I use Spark Post to do this) This also acts as a make do script. 3. Open Spark Video 4. Record the key points, one per slide. Keep these super short. 5. Go back and add images, icons, text or video to reinforce the key points. 6. Add a little background audio to enhance the experience and help the narrative flow a little. 7. Publish and share the video with your loving students! Can you show me how? Here's my video demonstrating how to make a 30 second video: https://vimeo.com/264988788 And what does the final video look like? It looks like this: https://vimeo.com/264866141
In this resource I aim to show you how to create a simple interactive video using free apps. How do I make video? First I created my video with Adobe Spark Video (Free). In my example I use a Key Stage 2 Maths example of introducing negative numbers. Adobe Spark Video is about the easiest video tool on the market in my opinion. Watch my example, but note there is no interaction at this point. Click here: https://youtu.be/1aEpaKjuJQM If you like the look of what Adobe Spark Video does here's a short video to help get started: https://vimeo.com/255069980 Why bother with interactivity? We know video is a massively powerful tool to aid learning on it's own but by adding interaction to the video we can allow students to test their understanding during and immediately at the end of their viewing experience. This allows them to rewatch and if necessary relearn the content to ensure they understand. How do we add Interactivity to video? H5P is a Norwegian company that offer many excellent interactive tools but the interactive video is extremely powerful as it allows us to add interactions, ask students questions about the learning content and much more. You can sign up for free and learn more here: https://h5p.org/ I made this short video to demonstrate the basic process of adding some simple questions to my video. Click here: https://vimeo.com/264845601
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In this project, students use Adobe Spark to bring a Great Thanksgiving Listen interview to life with impactful images and other visual storytelling elements. The goal is for students to understand how to use digital media to highlight special moments from the interview and help viewers visualize and understand their interviewee's story. Learning objectives: Understand visual impacts of highlighting an audio interview through digital mediaDefine design considerations and create a storyboard for their storyUse Adobe Spark to create a visual story highlighting a Great Thanksgiving Listen interviewPresent the story and reflect on their learning
Four years ago I started a discussion on the EdEx titled Employees Only - No Students Wanted. To avoid confusion I added: The idea is more metaphoric than literal. Two years ago I began thinking about the idea literally: Could we actually start a business at school? To make a long story short, after researching the market, networking with the players, discussing it with the students, and finally getting approval from the school and district, we launched Mac Lab Media on January 9, 2017. Less than a week later someone told me about Real World Scholars. Soon thereafter we were accepted into the program (during their first mid-year application window) and I replaced my Rube Goldberg-like edu-solution with Real World Scholar's tested, vetted, 100% legal Ed Corps model. Find more info here. Mac Lab Media is a commercial art foundry. I've replaced the assessment component with the Grit-Based Rubric but this paragraph from Minimum Wage sums up my intent: The ultimate goals, however, have nothing to do with grades. For the Mac Lab, our goal is to become a self-funded learning environment by the 2020/2021 school year. For the students, our goal is to provide the training and experience necessary to launch their own commercial art foundries upon graduation. ----- NOTE: All #RethinkHighSchool resources here on the EdEx rely on the concepts expressed in my (re)Imagine blog post. See #RethinkHighSchool: The Series for more information or click this link to find all resources in this series.
Did you know that a well-designed game leverages Vygotsky’s Zone of Proximal Development, Csikszentmihalyi’s Flow, Dweck’s Growth Mindset, and Duckworth’s Grit? I sure didn’t until encountering those surprising connections in month nine of my master’s program in 2011 while working through the introductory quest line at Gamestar Mechanic. Okay, so maybe my digital mentor didn’t reference those researchers directly but the concepts were certainly front and center. Armed with that knowledge, my experience playing World of Warcraft (I was required to play for 10 days) was transformative. After a few days I knew I had to introduce a gamified curriculum delivery system in my classroom. Unfortunately, in May of 2011 there were no viable options to do so (3D Game Lab was still in beta at that point) so my students and I set out to create our own system. Here's a peek at where we are today with Game On, our free WordPress plugin. Whether you opt for a commercial, analog, or even our own system, I urge you to consider how well-implemented game mechanics might enhance your students' experience in your learning environment. Links: EdEx Game On Group | Game On: A Work in Progress | Game On Download | (re)Imagine NOTE: All #RethinkHighSchool resources here on the EdEx rely on the concepts expressed in my (re)Imagine blog post. See #RethinkHighSchool: The Series for more information. All resources in this series may be found here. (I'll be adding more all year long.)
I wrote (re)Imagine in response to the Super School Challenge. Our staff wasn't too excited about my ideas but a few others—including some of the folks from one of the winning schools ($10M grant) who popped by to observe and discuss—have shown interest. The (re)Imagine blog post isn't a plan for the future; it's just one more part of what we're currently doing in the Mac Lab (my classroom). Since virtually everything else I'll be posting will reference information in (re)Imagine, you might as well give it a go if you're interested in rethinking your own learning environment. And who knows, you might even find an idea or two that'll work for you and your students. :) NOTE: If (re)Imagine is in tl;dr territory—it's around a 30 minute read—I apologize but don't know how to work around the issue. According to WordPress, I've made 330 revisions since the article was first published. I actually have tried to be clear and concise but when challenging common sense one must tread with caution so as not to unnecessarily offend the reader. *sigh* Unfortunately, tact isn't one of my strengths. Nor is writing, but I do try. (Dyslexia is such a misunderstood superpower.) I'll be sharing more #RethinkHighSchool resources so you can easily find them on the EdEx. Click on the magnifying glass at the top of the page and search for for RethinkHighSchool (without the #) and you'll find the rest.
Goal: This project will ask students to use critical thinking and visual analysis skills to create a collage silhouette of a character from literature using Adobe Photoshop. Learning Objectives: Practice critical thinking skillsPractice visual analysis skillsLearn basic Adobe Photoshop skills including layers, masks, selection tools and file managementLearn about Creative Commons and copyright laws to be good digital citizensPractice creativity by producing an original collage portrait Time: This project will need 2-5 hours of class time to complete Sequence: The project is best done through this sequence of events: Students are introduced to the projectStudents and teacher discuss visual analysis and how to connect character attributes to a image either directly or through symbolsStudents are given time to think of and list character attributes and corresponding imageryStudents are introduced to copyright law and Creative Commons as well as how to use Google Images to find images they can use without breaking copyright lawStudents are given time either in class or outside of class to look up images on Google Images and save them to a folder on their Google DriveStudents are given a brief tutorial on how to use Adobe Photoshop in classStudents are given time to work on the project in classStudents can be given more time to work on the project in class or assigned as homework outside of class (the media lab is available before and after school or during flex periods)Once completed, students then write a short paper on the individual choices of their images, and how they connect to the character attributes, displaying that they know their character wellFinally, students present their collage images to the class, giving a brief presentation of the images and why they chose those images.
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