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This month we want to focus on helping students become Creative Communicators, where students communicate clearly and express themselves creatively for a variety of purposes using the platforms, tools, styles, formats and digital media appropriate to their goals.

Adobe has many different tools that students can use to create - starting with the basics in Adobe Express and working their way up to more advanced programs like Adobe Audition, Premiere Pro, or Photoshop. Regardless of the tool used, there are some key elements that are at the heart of any communication - like connecting with the audience.

Check out this blog post from Adobe Express about storytelling in video for some inspiration on how to help your students start to share their stories in creative ways!

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March is UCET month! We are celebrating by focusing on the Big 6 partners and the newest updates from the UCET conference, March 19th & 20th at the Salt Palace.

One big update we want to share about Adobe is the Adobe Podcast tool. Head over to to check out this awesome resource. Students can now record and edit audio directly from their chromebooks without the need for downloading complicated programs or using advanced equipment.

If you've never done any sort of audio project with students before, check out this podcasting with students guide from NPR, or feel free to reach out to our team for ideas on how to start!

The ISTE student standard for February is Computational Thinker: "Students develop and employ strategies for understanding and solving problems in ways that leverage the power of technological methods to develop and test solutions."

Adobe Education Exchange has a great series of short, self-paced "lightning learning" courses. Here is one on creating Infographics in Adobe Express.

One of the components of Computational Thinker standard is having students "collect data or identify relevant data sets, use digital tools to analyze them and represent data in various ways to facilitate problem-solving and decision-making," so having students design infographics and analyze data can help them be more critical thinkers and better communicators!

Check it out!

This month's DTL theme is Innovative Designer. The Innovative Designer standard requires students to use a variety of technologies within a design process to identify and solve problems by creating new, useful or imaginative solutions.

Check out this video from Dr. John Spencer about the LAUNCH cycle, a K12 friendly approach to the design process.

L = Look, Listen, Learn

A = Ask TONS of questions

U = Understanding the process or problems through authentic research

N = Navigate ideas - brainstorm, analyze, and ideate solutions

C = Create a prototype

H = Highlight what's working and fix what's failing

Next time you have your students use the tools in the Adobe Creative Suite, have them go through the LAUNCH cycle to really dive deeper into the world of innovative design.

This month's DTL theme is Knowledge Constructor. The Knowledge Constructor standard requires students critically curate a variety of resources using digital tools to construct knowledge, produce creative artifacts, and make meaningful learning experiences for themselves and others.

Well, Adobe is perfect for producing creative artifacts. In fact, Adobe introduced some fun new features in Adobe Express - including a new drawing feature. Students can draw to their heart's content with over 50 different digital brushes - They can create with any color, or use exclusive Multicolor brushes to create with any combination of colors. (Ever paint with a rainbow? Now you can!) Students will also find decorative brushes to take their artwork to the next level with stars, foliage, patterns, hearts, and more.

Learn more about this new feature here: