Adobe Online Learning: Digital Creativity in the Classroom
Learning and Teaching Digital Creativity was a class produced in six distinct parts through the Adobe Education Exchange. The course was part of a series of six Adobe Generation Professional courses designed to help educators become creators, not just consumers, of digital media. Throughout the series, I looked at new tools and techniques, explored best practices for teaching and learning, and worked creativly to help drive student outcomes.
Drop in for one or engage in many, but we guarantee this series will help you and your students take your digital skills and creativity to the next level.
This six-week course introduced us to the basics of digital media creation in an intensive, hands-on collaborative experience. Whether we learned to create digital images, animations, videos, and even a website using the latest Adobe tools, we explored the best practices for integrating digital media into our classrooms.
All the content we produced could be used to model good practices within our own school or college. Each week of the course introduced us to a new theme as well as an industry expert from the world of digital design.
By completing in this course, we would be able to:
- Create digital images using Adobe Photoshop.
- Create eportfolios with Behance.
- Create a digital video using Adobe Premiere Pro and Premiere Clip, as well as Adobe Voice.
- Create a website using Adobe Muse.
- Explore best practices for teaching and learning with digital media.
- Integrate creativity and digital media into a curriculum plan for the classroom.
This first class will begin with a thorough introduction to the EdEx platform, the course content, and norms for communicating with peers and instructors. Please ensure that you have a thorough grasp on these basics before diving into the Class 1 content, which begins in the next section.
We began with Adobe Photoshop, Adobe’s most popular app and also a good basic tool to learn as you begin playing with digital media. This ranged from the Photoshop interface and the basic tools we needed to create our first images. We also learned how to start teaching digital imaging within our prospective classrooms. Finally, we created digital imagery and reflected on the process.
We took a crash course in graphic design and digital publishing. We created posters using Adobe InDesign, and considered how we might integrate graphic design and digital publishing into our creative classrooms.
We explored creating short video sequences with Premiere Pro. We covered the basics of video production including planning, shooting, editing and publishing. This was kind of fun really.
We dove into the principles of web design, and used Adobe Muse to create a responsive website. The project brought together the images, graphics, and videos we produced in the previous weeks’ classes to finalize our tour of digital design for creative education.
During the final week, we completed our final project. We also worked with others in a collaborative fashion.
This course was designed as an introduction to digital media production for classroom teachers at any grade level, although I pursued this coursework in relation to my work at the community college level.
Even if you aren’t a teacher, you can still fully participate in the adobe digital creativity course. They just ask that you put on your teacher hat and imagine how you might teach these concepts to others. If you’ve never written a lesson plan before, they suggest you review http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Lesson-Plan
After completing the course, I received a certification, and 25 hours of professional development credits certified by Adobe.com. Along the way to the completion of these courses, I found myself taking part in providing resources, conferring in discussions, and collaborating with other Adobe.com professionals, teaching professionals and digital creatives. I earned about 700pts in their social categories, moving from “Member”, to “Participant”, and finally to “Contributor” status.