bit.ly/CyFair_Chambers Equity, Access, & Distance Learning Building Design Skills with Adobe Spark & Creative Cloud in a Hybrid Classroom

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Seth Chambers AEL

Presentation Outline

  • Project-based Curriculum and Responsive Design
  • Devise - [FAIL] - Revise - [FAIL] - Revise
  • Equity and Access for All Students
  • Thoughtfully & Authentically Integrated Technology for All Teachers
  • Personalization and Ensuring Students are SEEN
  • Adobe Product Pathway for Online/Hybrid Instruction (Adobe Spark, Adobe Premiere Rush, Adobe Lightroom)

The CART Vision is to create an environment where the students learn to use their minds well, to apply what they have learned in school to lifelong endeavors, to be technologically literate, and to develop the skills and self confidence to succeed in a globally competitive workforce.

CART provides a state-of-the-art research and technology facility where students design and complete projects in collaboration with partners from the local, national, and international business community. Through learning plans, individualized attention, and a coordinated sequence of projects, CART students explore the variety of ways they can achieve their career goals. Working with business partners, teachers, and parents, students design a program of study that qualifies them to pursue the post-secondary path of their choice from entry-level positions to industry certification to university admission.

Course Design

CART Multimedia combines rigorous academics with technical, design, process, entrepreneurial, and critical thinking skills. Students complete industry-based projects and receive academic credit for advanced English, fine arts, and technology. Throughout the course, students work on numerous projects including commercial production, public service announcement, documentary, short film production, and aesthetic media design. Students will learn to communicate their ideas in traditional methods such as research papers, scripts, and storyboards, as well as through more contemporary methods such as digital media, photographs, and original works of art.

Project Design

Typically, CART Multimedia students work together in groups of approximately 6 to create thematically connected tangibles that support a common campaign. Half of the students focus on graphics-related tangibles (print and web) and the other half focus on video-related tangibles (audio and video). For students' first project this past year, we discussed elements of persuasive media, introduced students to the elements of art & design, and discussed thematic choices that unite multiple products into a unified campaign. Students focus on basic design skills, learning camera shots and usage, and introductory use of Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Premiere Rush. Students present their final project on stage before their class as a unified team, their final tangibles are collected in a single Adobe Spark Page.

2020 had different ideas, though...

"The Difficulty Lies Not So Much In Developing New Ideas As In Escaping From Old Ones." John Maynard Keynes

New Design Opportunities

Good design is responsive and adapts to its users (not the other way around). As teachers, we must respond during these trying times and adapt our instruction to meet the changing needs of all of our students. So, we revise...

Project Design 2.0

Like many other sites, we were not prepared for what March 2020 would bring. In one week, we had to instantly pivot from in class instruction to online instruction. In addition, biweekly revisions by the school board had us altering instructional outcomes on a near constant basis. We were in crisis mode, constantly reevaluating our learning goals measuring against a moving finish line. This forced a reevaluation of our methodology and a review/revising of our instructional methods, as well.

We immediately collected data on student technology and access via Google Form. Every students that did not submit online received a phone call to verify access to tools and an Internet connection. For any student(s) without Internet access, we had prepared options for offline instructional delivery and assignment submission via USB or even pencil/paper options, if needed. We were fortunate that our partner districts both provided laptops and WiFi hotspots for families that were in need or requested a device. Unfortunately, we could not guarantee that said devices were capable of running advanced desktop applications like the Adobe Create Cloud Suite.

While CART had the benefit of using an LMS (Google Classroom is our current tool of choice) to deliver instruction online, we quickly realized that our typical learning outcomes were impossible for all students to achieve without access to our computer labs. Fourth quarter usually brings advanced instruction in Adobe Animate, Adobe After Effects, and Autodesk Maya and Cinema 4D which all run on powerful computer workstations. If we can't guarantee students can run the software, what are our options? What are our learning priorities? What are the non-negotiables for students moving forward?


1) Industry Relevant and Academically Rigorous

This is something we value and believe we do well in the established matrix for a given school year. The core instructional focus cannot be lost or sacrificed in our movement to distance-based learning.

2) Equity and Access

Over 1500 eleventh and twelfth grade students from the Clovis and Fresno Unified School Districts attend half-day classes in one of the laboratories taught by teams of instructors from both education and business. The partnership between the school districts is a unique opportunity to make systemic change in education and positively influence the future of all students in the San Joaquin Valley, a rapidly expanding economic area for high-tech business and agricultural firms. This also means that CART has a diverse student population, reflective of our rich community in California's Central Valley. That diverse population means that access to industry-standard tools could not be ensured at home, or through devices leant by the school districts. We had 50 laptops capable of running the Adobe Creative Cloud suite of applications and 50 desktops in our computer labs. This number was sufficient for our 150 multimedia students in a traditional school year, but not for distance learning. What we could ensure access to were personal devices, as all of ur students at least had access to a smartphone and Internet connection. This would be our baseline, though we would allow for students to work with any tool(s) they had access to.

The [ G R O W I N G ] Digital Divide

A report published last year by Microsoft estimated that 162.8 million people in the US—about half the population—don't use broadband internet, whether because it’s unavailable where they live or they can’t or won’t pay for access. A survey commissioned by Microsoft and the National 4-H Council found that 20 percent of rural youth lack access to broadband at home, regardless of whether it's available where they live.

3) Personalization

At CART High School, we value the connection we have with our students, so much so that it's one of our core values - personalization. The first two weeks of the school year, we collectively delay heavy instruction in favor of building lasting bonds with students. How do we build those connections in 2020-21? Can those connections be built authentically in a digital space? How do we engage with students whom we've never met?

Proposed Weekly Schedule

Image courtesy of Rebecca Hare [@rebeccalouhare]
Image courtesy of Rebecca Hare [@rebeccalouhare]

Adobe Creative Cloud Applications

Adobe Spark

Adobe Spark is an integrated suite of media creation applications for mobile and web developed by Adobe Systems. It comprises three separate design apps: Spark Post, Spark Video, and Spark Page.

Spark Post

Spark Post

Get started in seconds with professionally-designed templates you can tweak to make your own with just a few taps. Pick your images, add text on photos, and apply Design Filters to instantly create stunning, thumb-stopping graphics. Explore completely new layouts, color palettes, typography styles or filters in a single tap. Promote your work and your brand online and make flyers, ads, collages and invitations for free. Easily share your designs via your favorite platforms to wow your followers. Add flair to social media posts and upgrade your Instagram stories with video.

Spark Video

Create and edit videos for free using Adobe Spark Video and Spark Post. With Spark Video, you can edit videos for YouTube, tutorials, and presentations. Spark Post allows you to create short videos, ideal for social feeds, Snapchat, and Instagram Stories. With the easy-to-use trimming tool on Adobe Spark Video, you can edit down your clips to just the right length to showcase your star footage. Trim at any point in the editing process, with the freedom to go back and revise your trimming choices. Play around with a variety of customization options, so you can create something your audience has never seen before. Templates, themes, and fonts come in an assortment of styles to suit your creative vision. Upload your own images or video clips, or insert free photos and icons from the stock library. Top it off with music for a fun-filled slideshow you’ll want to share with your class, friends, and family!

Spark Page

Adobe Spark Page is a web page builder that puts the power of creating a web page in the hands of anyone with a story to tell, a product to sell, or a passion to share. It's ideal for projects that don't require more than one page, such as portfolios, resumes, presentations, blog posts and photo galleries. A Spark Page can showcase a product catalog, advertise a special offer, or act as a weekly or monthly newsletter. Adobe Spark Page includes professional templates, customizable features, and instant responsive design, Spark Page just may be the best web page builder you've never heard of - a fast and easy tool that anyone can use to make your content look its best no matter where it’s viewed.

Adobe Premiere Rush

Shoot, edit, and share online videos anywhere.

Feed your channels a steady stream of awesome with Adobe Premiere Rush, the all-in-one app for creating and sharing online videos— fast and easy. Powerful tools let you quickly create videos that look and sound professional and just the way you want. Share to your favorite social sites right from the app. And work across all your devices — iPhone, iPad, and desktop. Use it free as long as you want with unlimited exports — or upgrade for access to all premium features and hundreds of titles, overlays, and animated graphics.


Built-in camera functionality lets you capture pro-quality videos right from the app and start editing immediately.

With iOS 13 you can now capture from any back camera available on your device (ultra-wide, wide, and/or telephoto) directly in Rush. Choose "Take a Video or Photo", then tap the lens icon to switch.


Arrange video, audio, graphics, and photos by dragging and dropping. Intuitive tools let you trim and crop videos, adjust video speed with speed controls (including speed ramping), enhance the color with presets and customization tools.


Access built-in templates (some animated) and change the color, size, font, and more to make them uniquely you.


Add music and multiple audio tracks. 30+ royalty-free soundtracks help bring your videos to life.


Enjoy tons of creative flexibility with multiple video tracks to achieve impressive effects like picture-in-picture and split-view.


Easily resize videos from landscape to portrait to square for different channels. Add a thumbnail, schedule your post, and publish to multiple places like TikTok, Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube right from the app. 4:5 aspect ratio is now supported. Select this and all media within a sequence will be automatically resized to fill the frame making it ideal for sharing to Facebook and Instagram.


Upgrade to Rush Premium to access all Premium features and content across platforms, including:


Advanced tools powered by Adobe Sensei artificial intelligence for sound balancing and auto-ducking.


Unlock hundreds of premium titles, overlays, and animated graphics to make your videos spectacular.


Your latest edits are always at your fingertips, no matter where you are or what device you’re using – iPhone, iPad, or Rush Desktop.

Adobe Lightroom Classic and Lightroom CC

Adobe Lightroom Classic is optimized for desktop-focused workflows, including local storage of your photos in files and folders on your computer. Lightroom CC is the new cloud-based photo service that works across desktop, mobile, and web. Lightroom Classic is laid out in modules for different tasks, such as organizing and editing photos.

Lightroom CC offers powerful, streamlined tools for editing, organizing, sharing, and storing your photos. Lightroom CC is a cloud-centric ecosystem that gives you multiple surfaces on which to view and work with your photos, including your computers, mobile phones and tablets, the web, and Apple TV.

Lightroom CC on the Web

Visit https://lightroom.adobe.com.

Users can sign in a variety of different way including Adobe ID, Facebook, Google, or Apple account. Students will sign in with their Adobe ID (this will be a school issued Adobe Enterprise account), in order to access content across devices and platforms. This will also allow students to access their Adobe Creative Cloud drive.

Once signed in, the first window displays your photos in the All Photos view. This is a timeline-based view of all Lightroom cloud photos, segmented by months. Photos that are not a part of any album are also displayed here.

Adobe Creative Educator

The Adobe Creative Educator program offers a community space for K-12 and higher education educators and brings focus to the Adobe mission of “Creativity for All.” Educators can access resources, lessons, professional learning experiences, and leveled certifications with digital badges. To learn more about the Adobe Creative Educator program, visit bit.ly/adobecreativeeducator and follow #AdobeEduCreative on social media.

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Seth Chambers