SAN JOSE, Calif.–Oct. 5, 2006–Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced the new Adobe Digital School Collection, aimed at providing digital communication solutions to K-12 schools. The collection brings together four powerful software applications to create an easy-to-use solution for teachers, students and school administrators: Adobe Photoshop® Elements 5.0, Adobe Premiere® Elements 3.0, Adobe Contribute™ 4, and Adobe Acrobat® 8 Professional software. A Teacher Resource CD enhances the collection by providing additional resources such as professionally developed lesson plans and tutorials to help educators quickly integrate digital learning into their curricula.
“The Adobe Digital School Collection helps students and teachers bring classrooms to life, inspiring students to create and publish rich digital content and collaborate with others on projects,” said Megan Stewart, director of K-12 education at Adobe. “It also is a way for teachers build digital communication skills in their coursework, allowing them to prepare students with skills that are considered essential in the 21st century.”
The Adobe Digital School Collection includes all the tools necessary for students and teachers to create rich digital images and video content, Web sites, blogs and collaborative documents for a variety of school and classroom projects.
Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0 and Premiere Elements 3.0–Students can enhance photos and videos featuring special effects and professional-quality sound projects from book reports to video documentaries in a range of subjects including science, math and literature. Students can show off their creativity in slide shows, Web photo galleries created using Flash® technology, and in many other ways. Premiere Elements makes creating and sharing impressive videos a snap. Students can assemble videos by rearranging clips with drag-and-drop simplicity, and productions can be burned to DVD in two simple steps, complete with a professional-quality menu and scene index.
Adobe Acrobat 8 Professional–Acrobat will help teachers create and distribute curriculum, media-rich lesson plans, and homework assignments electronically to improve classroom efficiency and enhance communication among parents, students and faculty. Acrobat provides a simple way for anyone to open and view documents on a Mac or Windows PC. The familiar commenting tools in Adobe Reader give students a quick way to review and collaborate on projects, while the streamlined grading and record-keeping process saves teachers time. Textbook pages, photos, video, and audio files can be combined into a single PDF for compelling ePortfolios or classroom presentations.
Adobe Contribute 4–Educators will be able to easily update and maintain Web sites and blogs with course content, student work and class projects using Contribute. Content can be published from a single application or directly from within Microsoft Office so teachers can share information with parents, students and colleagues. Templates in Adobe Dreamweaver will help preserve the look and feel of existing sites and add dynamic multimedia content to sites with drag-and-drop ease.
Teacher Resource CD–The CD includes lesson plans around core subjects such as science, civics and history. It also includes tutorials and technical guides, sample images and a video library. Teachers will learn more about pedagogical and methodological approaches to teaching and assessing digital communication skills across the curriculum.
“Educators who talk about incorporating technology in the classroom but are intimidated by expensive and hard-to learn software will be surprised at how easy using the Adobe Digital School Collection can be,” said Steve Adler, learning systems integrator for the Northern Valley Regional High School District in Bergen County, New Jersey. “Even if you’ve never used technology in your curriculum, the software is simple to learn and the Teacher Resource CD has a number of different tips and lesson plans built right in to help you get started.”
Pricing and Availability
The Adobe Digital School Collection is expected to be available in November 2006 and can be purchased through the Adobe Open Options licensing program. Pricing starts at an estimated street price of US$149. Additional information about the Adobe Digital School Collection including pricing and availability is available at www.adobe.com/education/.
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