Adobe creates new online community to support and inspire teachers
US creative software giant Adobe has launched the Adobe Education Exchange, a new online community where teachers in the UK can share advice, training and inspiration for the use of creative digital tools in the classroom.
The company’s research has revealed the need for digital creativity in the classroom, and the new online community is intended to support teachers and their schools as they cope with budget cuts and the withdrawal of local authority curriculum and ICT support.
More than 35 per cent of teachers involved in Adobe's research felt that they needed more training and support in order to be able to use technology effectively in classes. So the Exchange will also contain free teaching and learning resources including “lesson plans and even curriculum outlines to support the OCR ICT Nationals”.
The Exchange will host free, peer-reviewed teaching and learning resources that have been developed by Adobe Education Leaders, inspirational teachers like Renaldo Lawrence (see “The Innovators: 24 Renaldo Lawrence"). Members can use them, rate them and discuss them, and use the community to collaborate with other members on whatever they like.
“Digital skills are increasingly in demand in the workplace,” says Liz Wilkins, Adobe UK’s senior marketing manager, “so it’s more important than ever that teachers are able to integrate digital tools into the classroom to better prepare today’s learners for the world of work.
“The reality is that the resources aren’t always available to fund the necessary training and guidance teachers need. The Adobe Education Exchange will help to fill that void by providing a platform where educators can meet their peers, and support and inspire one another to develop new ways of teaching these digital skills and integrating technology into the classroom.
Adobe Education Exchange
Video interviews with Saiqa Liaqat, head of ICT and deputy head at Highlands School in Enfield, and Liz Wilkins, below: