The Adobe Education Exchange was launched in 2010 to provide training and support to educators, enabling them to teach creativity in their classrooms. They have incredible resources available for classes from Kindergarten on up through higher education. It was a brilliant idea in the first place, and it has grown quite well since.
It was around 2015 when I first learned about the Adobe Education Exchange, and even joined up myself at the time to learn more and write about it. Over the years since, I do check in from time to time and contribute what I can, and am still very impressed with it.
I don't really know how many classrooms have the ability to take advantage of Adobe's services and are doing so. But from the amount of teachers worldwide that I've seen using the AEE, it must be growing well. It's incredible to me, and man would I have loved to have had this available when I was in school.
On the AEE website, there are a wide range of resources under the categories of Teaching Resources and Professional Learning. You can easily find what you are looking for by narrowing your search under these categories to: subject, Adobe product, grade level, and the time required for completion. And some classes include collaboration with the also wonderful Khan Academy (a non-profit organization providing free education).
The Professional Learning portion of the AEE is perfect for educators to learn for themselves and extend it to the classroom. And there is now the Adobe Creative Educator program, which is a track you can take through certain professional development materials, and even be able to engage with other educators in virtual and in-person events. There are currently 2 levels to the program, and as you complete each of these, you'll have a displayed badge as an Adobe Creative Educator.
The Community on the AEE is tremendous, and perhaps the best part of it. Having a place where educators worldwide can network, discuss, share resources and encouragement...it's very unique. There is a point system that indicates your level of participation/contribution on the AEE, and depending on the activity, you earn certain accomplishment badges. But, overall the community is incredibly helpful and supports the main theme of creativity for all.
The fact that these resources are all freely available to educators is incredible. I think it's well worth your time to give the Adobe Education Exchange a look for yourself. It is an amazing time for educators teaching creativity in the classroom with Adobe tools. If you are an educator, this is a highly valuable resource you should not pass up.
Nick C Sorbin (Nick Charles) is a former Managing Editor of 9 years for Renderosity's CG Industry News. By day, a mild-mannered Certified Pharmacy Technician working in both home infusion and a hospital ER, contrasting creative outlets as a digital artist, sculptor, musician, singer/songwriter, and Staff Writer for Renderosity Magazine. Read his articles