Integrating Creative Problem Solving in Education

Integrating Creative Problem Solving in Education

Numerous studies, including ones from the US Department of EducationWorld Economic Forum, and Bloomberg indicate that tomorrow’s jobs will demand “creative problem solving skills.” But what exactly are creative problem solving skills? And are they being taught effectively to the next generation who will face competition for jobs from automation? How do educators bridge the skills gap to ensure our students are ready for careers that don’t even exist yet?
Globally, educators believe that students need to develop skills to protect their futures, as the professions that require creative problem solving are less likely to be impacted by automation. However, it isn’t just job-protection where creative problem solving makes a difference. Almost 90 percent of respondents surveyed believe students who excel at creative problem solving will have higher-earning job opportunities in the future, and 85 percent agreed that these same skills are in high demand by today’s employers for senior-level and higher-paying careers.
In partnership, Learning Curve and Adobe are committed to supporting educators who are wanting to teach creative problem solving, getting technology into the hands of schools and students, and inspiring young people to create. While technology alone is not the answer, it plays a key role. Adobe’s newest generation of apps have been developed specifically with students and teachers in mind. From storytelling tools like Adobe Spark to powerful video editing with Adobe Rush, the experience empowers students of all grades to create high quality visuals and presentations in minutes! Integrate creative problem solving into your classroom – today.

Take one of over 20 free collaborative courses, taught by educators for educators, to learn how to integrate digital media and creative problem solving into your curriculum.

Become an Adobe Creative Educator by joining the Creative Educator program for educators in every subject area and grade level. You will receive curated professional development materials and information about events and the opportunity to connect with like-minded educators from around the world. To recognise your professional development you’ll earn badges for completing each level of the program.

Discover Khan Create – Adobe educators extend Khan Academy and Pixar in a Box lessons with engaging, creative activities for students of all ages.

To deliver better access to the tools that will help educators teach these skills and to honour our commitment to the digital journey in education, Learning Curve are exclusively offering the following:

Creative Cloud Subscription - R399!

Exclusive access to the entire Creative Cloud Suite for just R399* per user, per year with no minimum purchase required. This offer is available to all educators and scholars from Grade 0 to 12. Licenses are available for individual purchase through our online store. For bulk purchase, please contact us directly.

Free Access to Adobe Spark!

FREE access to Adobe Spark for your entire institution. Whether for a few members of staff or the entire institution, Learning Curve will get you up and running so educators and scholars can create graphics, web pages and short videos in minutes! Full introduction training available as well as lesson plans developed in line with South African CAPS curriculum.

To find out more, please feel free to contact our Adobe Educational Specialist, Gerda Bessinger – or email 


*Proof of employment / enrolment at educational institution must be provided at the time of purchase.

The Future Of Work Is Changing – Can Your Students Keep Up?

The Future Of Work Is Changing – Can Your Students Keep Up?

The student of the future is what we call a maker, somebody who not only understands the problem, but also produces solutions to it.” 
Dr. Jan Holmervik

Over the past 50 years we have witnessed a steady decline in jobs that involve routine, manual and cognitive skills and have instead experienced a corresponding increase in jobs that require non-routine analytical and interpersonal skills. In a recent education study it was revealed a staggering 94% of teachers think students will work in careers that don’t exist yet.
Indeed current research shows that in order to get hired and succeed in jobs that are less likely to be impacted by automation, students need a particular set of soft skills: creativity, critical thinking, creative problem-solving and collaboration. Let’s take a look at these more closely:

Creativity – The ability to make new things or generate new ideas and approaches.
Critical Thinking – The ability to analyse and evaluate information in order to form a reasoned judgement.
Creative problem-solving – The ability to redefine problems and opportunities, come up with innovative responses and solutions, and then take action.
Collaboration – The ability to work in partnership with others to create something new or achieve a goal.

The skills gap –  Is your institution addressing it?

With critical thinking and problem solving the most commonly sought after skill from new graduates, it is clear to see the problem stems from current curriculum and those all too critical years of education. In a global student commissioned by Adobe in 2018, educators were asked their thoughts on how students are being prepared to be creative problem solvers. The results showed there’s not enough emphasis on creative problem solving in today’s curricula. From lack of time to create, lack of educator control over lessons and inadequate budget, training and tools these barriers all prevented the teaching of creative problem solving skills.

Bridging the skills gap with digital literacy education.

Research confirms that integrated digital literacy education is an effective way to teach students essential soft skills. That’s because, while it certainly involves learning hard technology skills, digital literacy goes far beyond knowing how to operate a particular set of digital tools to create something.

Digital literacy is defined as the power to use digital tools to solve problems, produce innovative projects, enhance communication and prepare for the challenges of an increasingly digital world. In doing the work of becoming digitally literate, students have to be creative, think critically, solve problems creatively and – when working with classmates – collaborate effectively. In other words, the soft skills so desperately sought after are gained as they gain digital skills.

Using readily available digital content creation tools, students are evolving into digital storytellers, weaving subject matter from their courses into narrative tapestries that illustrate a deeper understanding of what they are learning.  

New Media Consortium

How Adobe Creative Cloud fosters digital literacy to nurture soft skills.

When students use Creative Cloud software to create images, infographics or animations to tell their stories or complete assignments, they gain a deeper understanding of the content and retain their knowledge for a longer period of time. They think more critically and develop problem-solving strategies for how best to structure and present information. They communicate their ideas, discoveries and arguments in more innovative ways.

Here are a few ways of how institutions can integrate Creative Cloud into assignments campus-wide to teach digital literacy and essential soft skills –

In addition to helping students develop essential soft skills, digital literacy education gives them powerful technical communication skills. Students in every discipline need to be effective storytellers who can communicate in modern ways using digital media. When they know how to use Creative Cloud tools to showcase their work, they have the ability to set themselves apart from their peers in a competitive job market.

Technology alone can’t deliver soft skills but when solutions like Creative Cloud are part of a comprehensive digital literacy curriculum, they can help students develop the soft skills they need to land the most promising jobs in the age of automation and digital transformation.

Teachers work tirelessly to bring students amazing learning experiences and Learning Curve are here to help you be successful. Contact our Adobe Educational Specialist, Gerda Bessinger to find out how your institution can bridge the gap with affordable, flexible licensing solutions of Adobe Creative Cloud.

Gerda Bessinger | | 083 463 4112.

Driving Digital Experiences in Education with Adobe Sign

Driving Digital Experiences in Education with Adobe Sign

The next chapter in education


In education, times are changing faster than ever before. Engaging experiences are critical to help students and employees differentiate, grow and thrive in an environment where distance learning and remote education are driving decisions.

Education has traditionally relied on paper-based processes – like transcript requests, admission forms, educational plans and permission slips. These processes take days, if not weeks to manually complete, track and manage.

Digital technologies, like Adobe Sign play a leading role in streamlining processes and ultimately improve experiences for students, faculty and staff. At the same time they save costs, reduce delays and enhance productivity.

In looking at elements involved in campus processes, we can compare the outdated approach to the modern digital experience we have all come to expect.

Institutions need to digitise wherever possible in order to accelerate processes but moving an organisation from paper-based processes to all digital workflows is a tall task. When we look at large institutions that have made the move we commonly see that they start by identifying a single use case initially such as a specific aspect of student enrolment or staff onboarding.

When you think about your organisation, where do you see inefficient processes that can be streamlined through digitisation? Here are some real-world examples of digital workflows for educational institutions –

Despite all the excitement around digital transformation many educational institutions have stalled in fully digitising manual processes. With Adobe Sign processes that once took three weeks can be reduced to a few hours, signatures are processed 28 times faster.

Here are some useful tips to consider as you map out the next steps in your digital transformation journey.


  • Assemble a team
  • Identify the processes or use cases within your institution that could benefit from a digital workflow. Be sure to think about both student-facing and internal processes. Evaluate your list and use cases ranking them on a scale based on two criteria – 
a) potential impact of your institution 
b) level of complexity
  • Choose one high impact but straightforward process or use case from your list. Start small but keep the bigger picture in mind.
  • Start a free trial of Adobe Sign and Acrobat
  • Adobe offers prebuilt integrations for your institution to trigger Adobe Sign workflows from within Microsoft365, Workday etc. at no additional charge.
As Microsoft’s preferred e-signature solution, Adobe Sign is ready to decrease the amount of time you, your administration and educators spend on paper-based workflows and drive school procedures forward faster than ever before.

With flexible licensing options available and pricing specifically for education, there has never been a better time to consider starting out on your digital journey. Contact our team today to find out more about integrating Adobe Sign into your workflow system.

Say Hello To All New Creative Cloud!

Say Hello To All New Creative Cloud!

New apps, new features, and faster, easier ways to work together.

The latest release of Creative Cloud for teams is here, and it’s packed with new apps and features designed to fuel your team’s creativity and help everyone work more efficiently across devices.

Fall in love with Illustrator all over again. Dream even bigger with the smartest Photoshop yet. Create wherever you’re inspired. Spend more time with your creative community. In this release, everything works together. And we can’t wait to see where you take it! 

Say hello to Illustrator on the iPad.

Illustrator has been reimagined to fit perfectly on the iPad — free with your Illustrator or Creative Cloud All Apps subscription. Now you can feel the natural ease of drawing lines and curves with Apple Pencil. Make patterns with a tap, point, or touch. Play with type on a path. Read more.


A faster, smarter, easier Photoshop. Really.

You don’t like that sky? Replace it. Is that finish too faded? Brighten it. You want to paint a pattern? It’s so simple. We could go on and on. But better you try it yourself.
Read more. 


More than royalty-free. Now free-free with Adobe Stock. 

Our newest collection includes more than 60,000 free images, vectors, and videos. Same high quality. Same awesome search features. Search free collection.


Work anywhere. Learn everywhere.

If you’re a remote worker or distance learner, the new added services, tools, and features are just for you. Now it’s easy to cut the wait out of workflows, keep remote teams connected, get PDFs e-signed, and free everyone to focus on the next big project. Learn more. 

For a complete list of updates released in Creative Cloud 2020 please contact us via email at

Meet Photoshop Elements 2021 & Premiere Elements 2021

Meet Photoshop Elements 2021 & Premiere Elements 2021

It’s never been easier to turn your inspiration into endless creativity!

Turn your inspiration into stunning creations with powerful, easy-to-use software. Discover automated editing, step-by-step guides, effortless organisation, fun ways to share, and more. With the all-new Adobe Photoshop Elements 2021 & Adobe Premiere Elements 2021, you can:
  • Take advantage of new automated options to help you edit, create, organise, and share your photos and videos.
  • Do more with five new step-by-step Guided Edits to create modern duotone images; perfect your landscape photos; easily move, scale, or duplicate objects in your pictures; make cool double exposures, and reveal your videos with animated matte overlays.
  • Take your movies to the next level by selecting a specific object—or area—of your video and easily applying an effect that tracks throughout the video.
  • Make inspirational Quote Graphics—great for social media—with pre-set templates, tons of customisation, and cool animation options.
  • Enjoy new GPU-accelerated performance for high-quality playback of many awesome effects without rendering first.
  • Set the mood of your movie with the perfect soundtrack using brand new music.
  • Show off your creations in print or online, make fun GIFs for social media, or share your videos on YouTube, Vimeo, and more.

Elements family comparison


Compare the products in the Elements 2021 family and find the one that’s right for you.


  Adobe Photoshop Elements 2021 Adobe Premiere Elements 2021 Photoshop
Elements 2021 &
Premiere Elements 2021
Beautiful photo and video slideshows, collages, and effects are created just for you and delivered upon launch. It’s all powered by Adobe Sensei AI technology*.
Get up and running quickly with the home screen. Discover fun things to try, see what’s new since your last version, and get inspiring ideas, help, and tutorials.
Go from hundreds of mystery folders to a visual view of your photos and videos
Easily find photos and videos by who’s in them, the places they were taken, the events they depict, albums, and favorites.
See your best photos auto-curated based on quality, faces, subjects, and more.  
Make your photos look amazing with automated photo editing powered by Adobe Sensei and and Guided Edits that help you learn as you go. There’s always room to add your personal touch.  
Create quote graphics, animated GIFs, memes, and collages for social media.  
Share with friends and family the way that works for you—YouTube, Vimeo, Twitter, and more.  
Create incredible videos and movies with automated video editing powered by Adobe Sensei and Guided Edits that help you learn as you go. There’s always room to add your personal touch.  
Add style and polish videos with sleek transitions, double exposure effects, animated mattes, music tracks, and dozens more effects, transitions, titles, and themes.  
Share with friends and family the way that works for you—via disc, HDTV, YouTube, Vimeo, and more.  
Use video frames to create freeze-frame movie effects or make disc covers and labels.    
Get a great value with two products in one bundle.    


Contact us today to find out more about the Elements family. Our Sales Team are on hand to answer any questions you may have or provide more detailed version comparison charts.