Adobe Systems, Inc. has announced the Adobe Digital School Collection, aimed at providing digital communication solutions to K-12 schools. The collection brings together four software applications to create an easy-to-use solution for teachers, students, and school administrators, according to the announcement. The applications are Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0, Adobe Premiere Elements 3.0, Adobe Contribute 4, and Adobe Acrobat 8 Professional software. A Teacher Resource CD provides 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 includes tools 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 enables the creation and sharing of videos. Students can assemble videos by rearranging clips via a drag-and-drop feature, and productions can be burned to DVD in two steps, complete with a menu and scene index.
Adobe Acrobat 8 Professional - Acrobat helps teachers create and distribute curriculum, media-rich lesson plans, and homework assignments electronically. The 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 ePortfolios or classroom presentations.
Adobe Contribute 4 - Educators will be able to 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.
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.
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 $149. Additional information about the Adobe Digital School Collection is available at http://www.adobe.com/education.
Source: Adobe Systems Inc., http://www.adobe.com