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Hello, and welcome to another edition of Teacher Tips. In this video, we're going to explore a fairly new online resource, the Adobe Education Exchange. The Adobe Education Exchange, can be accessed at edex.adobe.com. And it's an online community, dedicated to helping teachers integrate the use of technology, and increase creativity in the classroom. Here educators can find lesson plans, professional development, resources, tutorials, and trainings offered up by other educators, and peer reviewed through the Adobe Education Exchange.
In addition to finding resources, this is also a space where you can share your ideas and lessons, and network with educators around the world. Many of the ideas here utilize some aspects of Adobe products, and the cost of these products can be a deterrent. But if your school doesn't have access to the Adobe products like Photoshop or other design software, I encourage you to seek out these resources, and help your students learn a new skill, that will help them on the road to being college- and career-ready. And can also help increase creativity in your classroom. In my web browser, I've already navigated to the Adobe Education Exchange, and I've logged in. Here at the top of the screen, you can see the main categories of the Adobe Education Exchange.
There is the resources, that are broken down by both Grade Level, Product, as well as Subject area. There's the community, where I can find other educators, and take a look at what they're doing in their classrooms. There are discussion boards, where I can read about things that are happening around the world in the area of education, and I can even contribute my own ideas. And there's also professional development, where you the educator can take the time to be proficient in these Adobe products, or other ways to increase creativity in your classroom. Let's go ahead and dive in to finding a resource for our classroom. I'm going to come back to the Resources tab, and I'm going to do a search that's based on subject area.
I'm going to go ahead and come down to Science, and then click on it. So, here you can see that the search result brought up 358 articles, that have to do with educational technology, and science. I'd like to be more specific with this, so I'm going to narrow my search using the Narrow Your Results column on the left hand side. I'm going to come over to Grade Level. I'm going to scroll down the page, and I'm going to select 7th grade. I can see that there is still a lot of articles that have to do with 7th grade science, and some of them are geared towards the teacher, not necessarily the students. For example, this first article here, Photoshop, Creative Classroom Activities eSeminar Series, is really a lesson for teachers, not necessarily for students.
What I'm looking for is a lesson plan. So I'm going to go ahead and scroll down the page a little bit more, until I come to the Narrow Results search, and I'm going to select Resource Type. Under Resource Type, I'm going to go ahead and click on Lesson Plan. I can now see on the right-hand side, that I only have lesson plan showing up that are appropriate for 7th grade science. As I scroll down the page, eventually I'll come to the Visualization of the Atom. It's a British English version that's been posted by the Adobe Education Exchange. When I click on the particular lesson, there's a variety of information that comes up. First, I can see a summary of the lesson, as well as the ratings of anyone that's rated this particular lesson.
But that educator did give it a 5 out of 5. As you use various lessons inside the Adobe Education Exchange, I highly encourage you to to take the time to come back and give comments and ratings. That's going to help other educators know if this is right for their classroom. As I scroll down the page, I can see a quick description, so this whole lesson is going to be centered around students creating a visual representation of the atom. I can see at the top, that the products used are Photoshop Elements. As I scroll down the page a little further, there are some resource assets. It looks like there are some lesson resources that I can download in a PDF version, and as I come down the page further, I can see even more information about this lesson.
For example, here I can see the ISTE standards, as well as the timing of how long the lesson should take. The technical expertise of the students required to do the lesson, which here it shows Rookie, meaning even if your student have not used Adobe Photoshop, they should be able to complete this lesson. It also shows me materials and required equipment. So for example, this lesson uses Adobe Photoshop 11. It also shows me that inside that PDF document, there are some student technical guides. And I'll probably also find the sample final project and media assets in that same PDF. Once I've used this lesson, I can continue to scroll on the page, and I have the opportunity to rate this resource, and I can also add comments to the lesson.
Which means that other educators can view how this worked in my classroom, as well as to give feedback to the creator of the lesson. The way the Adobe Education Exchange does this quick overview of each lesson, it's a very quick way to look through a variety of lesson plans, and determine if they're the right lesson, for your particular classroom. I hope you enjoy exploring the Adobe Education Exchange, and that you find the opportunity to share your own ideas, as well as utilize the ideas of educators from around the world.
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