SchoolArts Magazine

February 2015

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O ver the past few years, I've highlighted some of the many innovative and unique ways that art teach - ers around the world utilize technol- ogy in their classrooms. We've looked at Mike Skocko's unique approach to gamifying his digital media classes ( maclab.guhsd.net ), Kevin McMahon's philanthropic Art Heroes ( art-heroes. org ), and Nicole Dalesio's innovative approaches to iPhonography, to name a few. One common thread that con - nects many of these innovative pro- grams is that they can all be found on the Adobe Education Exchange ( edex. adobe.com ). More Than a Network To say that the Adobe Education Exchange is a massive network of teaching professionals who use Adobe software in their classrooms does not do the site justice. While it does indeed have more than 150,000 mem- bers sharing and discussing nearly 7000 resources, it also offers opportu- nities to learn more about the many uses of your favorite Adobe software or share your favorite lessons or ideas with others. For example, art teacher Judy Durkin has more than 200 resources listed, from simple online sites that she finds useful, to an entire curriculum's worth of rubrics, stan- dards, course descriptions, and syllabi. Finding these and other resources on the Adobe Education Exchange is easy. Click the Resources tab at the top of the screen and you'll be able to search by subject, grade level, product, and resource type. After your initial search, you can narrow down your results even further by including any of the other criteria given above. Professional Development The Adobe Education Exchange is more than just a collaborative resource library. In addition to stand-alone resources, the exchange provides more in-depth comprehensive resources in the form of professional development. Click the Professional Development tab and you'll find options for self-paced workshops, collaborative training, live events, and Adobe education training. The self- paced workshops guide you through topics in three stages: Get Inspired, Get Ready, and Take Action. These stages ground you in the why and how of the process before guiding you through the implementation of the workshop idea in your own classroom. For example, the workshop, "Assessing Creativity in Today's Classrooms" ( edex.adobe.com/ professional-development/workshop/ creativity-assessing ) begins by arguing that creativity not only can, but must be assessed. The workshop provides you with the tools and rationales for assessing creativity, as well as guiding questions to help you create your own rubrics and standards for assessing in a way that works for your specific classes. The Exchange's Collaborative Courses allow you to enroll in classes that feature a combination of online training, interactive classes, and feed- back from instructors. Once you have mastered your new skills, you can even take an Adobe "Train the Trainer" course for certification as an official Adobe Trainer. All of these courses, resources, and trainings are free. Adobe for Schools in Need In addition to providing access to a vast community of like-minded educa- tors and ideas, the Adobe Exchange offers opportunities for schools in need to apply for no-cost Adobe pro- grams. This is made possible by Con- nectED, the White House initiative to deliver more twenty-first century skills to students through technology. There are endless opportunities to learn more about digital and media arts on the exchange. The only difficulty is figuring out where to begin. David Gran teaches high school art and film classes at the Shanghai American School in China and is the author of The Carrot Revolution, a blog about twenty- first century art education. carrotrevolu- tion.blogspot.com. dsgran@yahoo.com @ R + The Adobe Art Exchange 20 SchoolArts David Gran

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