How To Inject Your Classroom With Creativity

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Can technology help unlock creativity?

Preparing pupils for the demands of a fast-changing world requires creative thinking. Tomorrow’s jobs are going to demand creative problem-solving skills. But nearly three quarters of teachers agree there’s not enough problem solving in the classroom.

Now schools can tackle this creativity gap by taking advantage of this leading creative software, thanks to the special education pricing. Primary and secondary schools across the UK can get access to Adobe Creative Cloud for just £5 per pupil a year* – giving students access to a portfolio of industry-standard software, including Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator.

Easy to use in the classroom

Creative Cloud apps can be seamlessly integrated to teach essential problem-solving skills into any subject, right across the curriculum, with all the training and resources teachers need to support students.

One school where pupils – and teachers – are already benefitting is Langley Park Girls School in Beckenham, Kent.

“As a teacher, I feel that if we don’t engage with new technologies, we’re going to get left-behind,” said Ted Fox-Joyce, Head of Visual Arts, Langley Park.

With access to Adobe Creative Cloud apps, including Adobe Spark, students at Langley Park are embarking on an invigorating digital journey towards a bright future. Using creative apps provides the opportunity to develop invaluable life-long skills like storytelling and visual communications, whilst developing many other talents that aren’t always covered by the general curriculum like creative problem-solving.

Are Generation Z prepared for the future?

Adobe asked over 2,500 Generation Z students and 1,000+ Generation Z teachers how they feel about learning, creativity and the future. The survey showed students see themselves as team players, more creative than previous generations and passionate about making things better and smarter.

But both students and teachers don’t believe they’re fully prepared for the “real world”. More than half of schools don’t have access to the tools and training they need to nurture vital digital skills. The squeeze on budgets combined with a lack of time, technology and training is keeping teachers from gaining the knowledge they need to pass on.

Creative Cloud gives your students access to a comprehensive set of the world’s best creative desktop apps including Adobe Photoshop CC, Illustrator CC, InDesign CC and Premiere Pro CC, so they can create and communicate anything they can imagine. Not only that, but students will also gain invaluable skills that will help set them apart in the job market.

Access to free tutorials and lesson plans

Of course, teachers also need to learn how to use Creative Cloud, and Adobe has a range of free tutorials, lesson plans and more than 10,000 teaching resources available via the Adobe Education Exchange. Tailor-made to help you teach digital media skills in your classroom and boost your own personal development.

This special education offer from Adobe makes Creative Cloud available from just £5 per student, per year (for a minimum of 500 licenses). That’s a small price to pay for a brighter, creative future.

To find out more about this Named User License offer for students and staff so apps can be used on personal devices, contact Adobe today on 0800 3892 041 or visit the Adobe Website.

* Minimum of 500 licenses

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Holly Gardner

Holly Gardner is TT Editor, as well as a Freelance Book Publisher and TEFL teacher. She has been working with @TeacherToolkit for 5 years - since she published his first book in her role as Senior Commissioning Editor at Bloomsbury Publishing. Since then, she left her day job, moved to Madrid and trained as an English teacher. She is now a key member of the TT team, continues to teach english and edit books, and also spends her time learning spanish and searching for the best tortilla de patata! You can follow her at @HollyEditTeach.