Billed as “one of the largest communities of creative educators in the world,” the Adobe Education Exchange is a free online platform for educators using Adobe’s photo, video, and web design software to find, share, and discuss their projects and ideas.

Now, the newly relaunched site also features a series of free, self-paced professional development workshops that go well beyond product training.

The workshops cover topics such as teaching visual literacy and integrating the arts into STEM instruction. Each online module includes three sections: Get Inspired, in which educators develop background knowledge on the topic; Get Ready, in which they delve deeper into the topic by viewing sample projects and engage in product training; and Take Action, in which they try out their newfound knowledge and reflect on their learning by creating and sharing a new project or resource.

These professional development workshops (which require free registration) have been added to the site’s existing discussion boards and other resources.

Under the “Resources” tab, for instance, educators can find inspiration for projects or lessons they can use in their classroom, browsing by subject area, grade level, and/or Adobe product. Users can sort their search results by criteria such as most recently added, most frequently downloaded, or highest rated.

And under the “Community” tab, users can find and connect with similar educators to discuss or share ideas.

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