Making the transition to remote learning – resources to help get you started

Making the transition to remote learning – resources to help get you started

As we adjust to a continually changing educational landscape and embrace the idea of distance learning – which has suddenly moved to the forefront of our teaching practice – many educators are worried about how to make adjustments on behalf of all our learners. The good news is that there are some great tools that can help educators transition to distance learning.

 

Whether your school routinely supports distance learning or has faced unexpected closures, we’ve assembled a list of these tools and learning opportunities to help educators engage remote students through online learning.

Scan anything in a snap! 

The free Adobe Scan app makes it easy to turn your work into a PDF. Instead of taking a picture and pasting it into Google doc or Microsoft World file to share, simply scan it. The app can be downloaded on your phone or tablet. Scan on or more sheets of paper and watch Adobe Scan create a PDF of your document with no shadows, blurs or glare. Available on iOS and Android

Convert your classroom content into eLearning.

Simply screen capture existing on-screen content such as PPT, PDF, web pages and convert them into interactive videos. Something new? Choose from hundreds of quick start slide templates. Adobe are offering a free 90-day access pass of Captivate to all educators – register here before 31 May 2020.

Flipped Classroom –  introductory course.

Adobe Education Exchange is hosting a series of upcoming webinars that will share distance learning strategies. In The Flipped Classroom course you’ll explore best strategies, approaches, and tools for creating effective flipped learning opportunities that you can immediately apply to your classroom context.

Google Resources.

Google is waiving the fees on the premium version of Meet to assist businesses and schools operating remotely until 30 September 2020. This enables meetings for up to 250 participants per call, live streaming for up to 100,000 viewers and the ability to record meetings and save them directly into Google Drive. Find out more here. 

We’re inspired by the ideas and resources educational leaders are sharing with each other during this time. To continue the conversation and connect with us drop us an email or connect with us on Facebook

We know how important it is for you to remain operational during this uncertain period. Our physical offices may be closed, but our specialists are online, available, and ready to help. 

Adobe Spark – Your Free Personal Trainer to Social Media Marketing

Adobe Spark – Your Free Personal Trainer to Social Media Marketing

Stay Connected, Stay Productive.

Social media marketing is a lot like working out. It takes discipline and results are never instant. Now more than ever however, it is critical that you maintain business continuity and with a large portion of our global population affected by lockdown it’s the perfect time to flex those social media muscles! New to social media or know that it’s time to boost your game? Don’t be overwhelmed. Adobe Spark is your personal trainer on hand to help you effortlessly create your next social media piece packed with punch! 

 

From ready to use, customisable templates complete with fonts, colour themes and image options even designing a project from scratch can be achieved in minutes.

Whether your message is business related or you just want to reach out remember, laughter is a great medicine! Go on and have some fun – it might be just what someone needs to see. 

How To Create Killer Social Content Using Adobe Spark

 

Start with Inspiration
There are thousands of professionally designed templates so you’re never starting from a blank canvas. Search by platform, task, aesthetic, mood, or colour to have fresh inspiration at your fingertips.
 
 
Remix to Make it Your Own
There are lots of ways to personalise the templates. Change up the copy and font. Sub out the imagery with your own snapshots or short video clips. Or browse from thousands of free images right in Spark. Spend as little or as much time as you want making the graphic your own.
 
Resize to Make Your Content Go Further
Gone are the days of having to memorise image dimensions for every single platform. Once you’ve landed on a design you like, you can easily modify it for any social network by using Spark’s handy, auto-magical resize feature. Simply duplicate the project, hit resize, and select the platform you want to resize it for and our AI will take care of the rest. Boom! Content for all your channels in a fraction of the time!

Feeling inspired yet? Hop on over to Adobe Spark and create your social media masterpiece in minutes! 

Adobe Illustrator Rumoured to be Coming to iPads in 2020

Adobe Illustrator Rumoured to be Coming to iPads in 2020

Adobe Illustrator App Could Roll Out To IPads In 2020

Photoshop is not the only Adobe app to come to iPads.

Adobe’s suite of creative software that are originally accessible only via desktops and laptops are coming to iPads now that users are starting to lean towards tablets because of their versatility.

Last year, Adobe announced that Photoshop CC will be available on the iPad “in late 2019.”

Now, Bloomberg reports that Adobe’s integration of its creative software products into the iPad is not limited to the Photoshop as the developer also plans to roll out an iPad app for the Adobe Illustrator.

The Adobe Illustrator is a popular vector graphics editor that came to life in 1985. It is widely used by web designers, graphic designers and virtual artists to basically create artwork from scratch.

Bloomberg said according to people familiar with the matter, Adobe will preview Illustrator for iPad at its Max conference next month before it rolls out the service in 2020.

When reached for comment, an Adobe spokeswoman did not deny the rumored plan, but said: “We have nothing new to share at this time.”

If confirmed, Illustrator would be a great addition to Adobe’s list of iPad apps. The developer already offers Fresco and Premiere Rush to iPad users.

The news comes just days after Bloomberg reported that some beta testers of Photoshop’s iPad app found that it lacked some essential features that the desktop version has.

“Feature-wise, it feels like a beefed-up cloud-based version of their existing iPad apps and not ‘real Photoshop’ as advertised,” one of the early testers reportedly said. “I understand it is based on desktop Photoshop code, but it doesn’t feel like it right now.” …Read more

Adobe Illustrator for iPadOS Coming Right After Photoshop

Adobe is investing heavily on the iPad. After announcing Photoshop CC for iPad back in October 2018 in Adobe Max, the San Jose-based company is poised to announce the second must-have art package: Illustrator.

According to Bloomberg, Adobe will preview the application on the iPad Pro at its Max conference in November. It hopes to launch it by 2020. Illustrator is a vector-based illustration software that became the industry’s golden standard after the passing of Macromedia Freehand – which ended development in 2003 and was purchased by Adobe in 2005…Read more

Adobe May Reveal an iPad Version of Illustrator in 2020

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Adobe may research Illustrator for iPad at its Adobe conference in early November and plan to launch the full version sometime 2020, as per the latest report. It is expected that the app may mirror many features from the desktop version of Illustrator. Last week it was reported by Bloomberg that the betas of Photoshop for iPad are missing some features and the other key functions from the desktop version, which may not be the same, which was promised.

Daring Fireball’s John Gruber wrote that Adobe is “genuinely all-in” on Photoshop for iPad. He also said that the team is planning to add features iteratively on an aggressive schedule. The app might provide an update on Photoshop for iPad at its Max conference, so we likely won’t have to wait longer to learn more about Adobe’s plan, reported by Bloomberg last week.

Both Apple and Adobe have a mutual interest in Photoshop and to bring Illustrator to the iPad. By bringing Illustrator, it is seen that Adobe is charging ahead with plans to bring more of its creative cloud software to Apple’s iPad. …Read more

Illustrator tipped as Adobe’s next big iPad app

It isn’t exactly a secret that Adobe is looking to have a strong presence on mobile. Not only has it already released a variety of apps on Android and iOS devices, but Photoshop CC, a Creative Cloud version of its immensely popular app, is currently in testing on iPad. According to a new report, Photoshop won’t be the only big-name app Adobe brings to iPad, as Illustrator may be next.

So says Bloomberg, which spoke to unnamed sources familiar to Adobe’s plans. Apparently, the company will announce the iPad version of Illustrator at its Max conference in November, where the app will also be previewed. The app will then launch at some point in 2020, but that’s all those sources were able to tell Bloomberg about it.

That means we don’t know when in 2020 it’ll launch, nor do we know if it’ll go through a beta phase before wide release. Assuming Adobe follows the same release schedule as it has for Photoshop on iPad, then we’ll likely see some kind of beta that allows users to test it out and give Adobe feedback on features and functionality.

When Bloomberg reached out for a comment from Adobe, the company only said that it has nothing to share at this time. The notion that Adobe will look to Illustrator as its next big iPad app makes a lot of sense, though, as the app would lend itself well to tablets. That’s especially true when the Apple Pencil is specifically targeted at designers and illustrators, giving Adobe a lot of incentive to make its well-known Illustrator app available on iPad.

We’ll see what happens from here, but with this report claiming that the app will be revealed as soon as next month, we probably don’t have long to wait before we get the confirmation we’re looking for… Read more

Photoshop CC for iPad Coming Soon – Know What to Expect

Photoshop CC for iPad Coming Soon – Know What to Expect

Adobe Photoshop CC for iPad is appearing soon! But will it be worth the wait…?

We’ve been waiting for Adobe Photoshop CC for iPad for months, but it looks like it’s FINALLY coming

Chatter about when Adobe Photoshop CC for iPad might finally arrive have been growing steadily louder over the past year, but it looks as if we might finally have an answer. The word on the digital street is that Photoshop for iPad will be out before the end of the year.

However, following a Bloomberg report on the consumer launch of Adobe Photoshop CC for iPad, it looks as if there will be some key features lacking from the desktop version in the iPad application.

In Bloomberg’s article, an anonymous beta-tester for the software said, “Feature-wise, it feels like a beefed-up cloud-based version of their existing iPad apps and not ‘real Photoshop’ as advertised. I understand it is based on desktop Photoshop code, but it doesn’t feel like it right now.”

This is likely to be disappointing to photographers who have been patiently awaiting the “real” Photoshop that was described when Adobe Photoshop CC for iPad was first announced. However, John Gruber from Daring Fireball has an interesting take on the situation. “The mistake Adobe made was not precisely setting expectations for the initial release of Photoshop for iPad… “Full” Photoshop… was never the plan…

“Photoshop for iPad is real because it is using the same code base that’s been running on the desktop for decades. That’s an amazing technical accomplishment. Photoshop for iPad is not full – and the initial release was never planned to be – because it only exposes a subset of features from the desktop version.”

John goes on to say that because Adobe Photoshop CC for iPad is built on the real Photoshop core, there will be complete compatibility with PSD files exchanged with the desktop versions of Photoshop. He also reasons that once the first version of the software is complete, new features will be fast and free-flowing. This is because the core rendering and functionality at a foundational level will have been built to last for a decade or more.

John adds that apparently Adobe’s team of engineers working on this project have plans to add features on an “aggressive schedule” once Photoshop for iPad has been launched, so expect to see an exciting 2020 for Adobe…Read more

When will Adobe release Photoshop for iPad?

First announced in 2018, Adobe has been working on a version of Photoshop CC for the iPad for more than a year, and the release could be just around the corner.

Recently, Bloomberg offered an update on the software, telling photographers and designers that Adobe was “committed’ to releasing Photoshop for iPad by the end of 2019.

Now, Daring Fireball‘s John Gruber has shared some new insights into Adobe’s software plans.

“The team of engineers working on it has grown significantly from a year ago, and they have plans to add features iteratively on an aggressive schedule,” he said.

“It’s reasonable to be disappointed that it isn’t further along feature-count-wise, but anyone who cares about Photoshop for ‌iPad‌ as a long-term product should be very excited about its foundation, direction, and the attention Adobe is paying to the fine details of a touch-first Photoshop UI.

According to beta testers, the initial Photoshop for iPad release was limited and missed several core Photoshop features, so Adobe has been working hard to live up to the reputation its software has on the desktop.

Although they won’t be able to offer a “full” version of Photoshop for professionals, they are working hard to add as many new features as possible.

“Photoshop for ‌iPad‌ is real because it is using the same code base that’s been running on the desktop for decades,” Gruber added.

“That’s an amazing technical accomplishment.

“Photoshop for ‌iPad‌ is not full – and the initial release was never planned to be – because it only exposes a subset of features from the desktop version.”

When Photoshop does launch on the iPad, users will be able to open and edit PSD files for cross-platform functionality, and features such as custom brushes, fonts, swatches, curve adjustment, smart objects, grids, guidelines and more will be added in a future update…Read more

Adobe ‘Aggressively’ Working on Photoshop for iPad

Photoshop for the iPad has been in the works for about a year now, and as it nears its release, there have been reports that it will be missing key features. Nonetheless, sources say that Adobe is “genuinely all-in” on the app and that it will quickly work to fill out the program.

John Gruber of Daring Fireball cites multiple sources saying that Adobe is on an “aggressive schedule” with Photoshop for iPad, and although they may not release it with a full feature set, that will be coming in short time in iterative updates. A recent report from Bloomberg noted that the upcoming version was missing essentials, including filters, the Pen Tool, raw editing, and more. Of course, these (particularly support for raw files) are absolutely essential if Adobe hopes to position Photoshop for iPad as a legitimate tool for photographers, and it seems they do intend to do just that, with the engineering team for the project having grown quite a bit in the last year. …Read more

Inside Adobe Spectrum, the design system making apps like Photoshop on iPad possible

Today, Adobe is opening up new resources for designers and developers with the launch of an official website for its company-wide design system, Spectrum. From the new Creative Cloud desktop application for Mac to the next iPad edition on iPad, Spectrum gives Adobe applications their distinct appearance.

Before Adobe MAX, next month, Shawn Cheris, director of Adobe’s design experience, told us a little bit about the spectrum. As applications such as Lightroom, Fresco and, soon, Photoshop become key products of Adobe’s range of mobile tools, it is more important than ever to have an experience consistent across all platforms.

The Spectrum project started in 2013, long before Adobe officially introduced the design system to the public with a blog post in May 2018. When the Cheris team refined the principles behind Spectrum , new products and existing Adobe teams have begun to adopt the system.

“Spectrum’s core tenants must be” rational, human, and focused. “In practice, this means trying to reduce the user experience to its simplest possible state,” says Cheris. Adobe teams adhere to Dieter Rams’ famous idea that good design is “as small as possible”.

Lightroom has a similar design and workflow on Macs, iPads and iPhones.

The search for simplicity brings new challenges when you try to reinterpret decades of designing desktop applications (built with keyboards and mouse in mind) on new platforms such as iPad OS . The spectrum is the starting point. “When platforms have a positive perspective on certain interactions, we use the convention that users are likely to expect,” says Cheris. “The ideal is to try to follow the best practices on each platform while making those familiar experiences to users who use our products across multiple platforms.” It’s a difficult balance we’re still working on. ”

Adobe designers try to support cross-platform design for each component in the Spectrum library, such as buttons and icons. The best ideas created by Adobe teams outside the system are integrated. Spectrum was also an opportunity for Adobe to make a critical investment in accessible design. Each component of the system complies with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 and Adobe works on compliance 2.1.

Adobe Fresco and Photoshop on the pre-edition interface of the iPad (in the foreground) are cut in the same fabric.

You may have noticed that the latest Adobe applications on iPadOS share a similar user interface. Fresco borrows from Lightroom. Both Photoshop and Fresco offer a customizable hot key. It’s not by accident. “Spectrum has provided answers to many questions relating to the user interface and the user experience (in Photoshop on iPad), from interface components to color systems, and helped unify and coordinate those answers in many simultaneous application design efforts, “says Ryan Hicks, Photoshop Lead Designer for iPad. Adobe has tried to balance Photoshop’s legacy with innovative ideas of modern touch devices to create a product that is both familiar and new.

“Part of what Spectrum is supposed to accomplish is actually to provide a more modern experience,” adds Cheris. “And” modern “almost always means that you have to be a little different from anything that has been done before.” …Read more

Great news for Microsoft Users: Adobe’s Fresco is Coming to Microsoft Surface Pro X

Great news for Microsoft Users: Adobe’s Fresco is Coming to Microsoft Surface Pro X

During the month of July, we shared the news about Adobe Fresco coming to iPad, which may have left Microsoft users feeling a bit neglected. If you’re one of these people, don’t despair, Adobe Creative Cloud is coming to Surface Pro X, and they’ll be starting with Adobe Fresco.

This exciting news was announced by Adobe’s Scott Belsky at the Microsoft Surface Hardware event in the beginning of this month. While no exact release date was given, he stated that they’re “working hard to bring other key parts of Creative Cloud to the Surface Pro X as soon as possible.” and that Fresco will be released “very soon”.

Have a look at the video below and be treated to a front seat of the actual announcement regarding Fresco taking place, along with a demonstration by Adobe Senior Experience Designer, Jinjin Sun, of what will soon be possible for Microsoft Surface Pro X users. Exciting times!!

Adobe’s New Customer Journey Analytics Simplifies Marketing Analytics

Adobe’s New Customer Journey Analytics Simplifies Marketing Analytics

Adobe Introduces Customer Journey Analytics for Its Adobe Analytics

With Customer Journey Analytics, teams could bring in new data sets such as in point-of-sale systems and call centers to produce insights that are better aligned with how consumers interact.

Today, Adobe announced Customer Journey Analytics in Adobe Analytics. It taps the power of Adobe Experience Platform, which standardizes and stitches together customer data from across an organization and opens up new creative ways to understand insights across online, offline and third-party channels. The easy to use, the interactive user interface enables anyone in an organization to work with data, not just the trained data scientist. AI and machine learning through Data Science Workspace in Adobe Experience Platform provide a helping hand with predictive capabilities and automation.

From the start, Adobe developed the Customer Journey Analytics interface with cues taken directly from Photoshop. Both are rooted in the concept of layers: With Photoshop, images and graphics are sourced, edited and layered on top of one another to create a new visual. In Customer Journey Analytics, the layers are data sets instead. Brands can curate metrics such as orders, conversion and visits—across different channels with Adobe Experience Platform—and drag-and-drop layers of data together to uncover new insights about how customers engage with the brand. It provides many different lenses into the overall customer journey.

With Customer Journey Analytics, teams could bring in new data sets such as in point-of-sale systems and call centers to produce insights that are better aligned with how consumers interact. It helps to close a creativity gap seen in data analysis as well, empowering individuals to be more inventive in the way they combine, edit and experiment with different layers of data—a creative process that is familiar to any user of Photoshop. Brands can begin to support decision-making with more comprehensive insights and avoid falling one step behind the customer.

With Customer Journey Analytics, brands are able to:

Answer complex questions: Being able to layer and curate omnichannel data means that brands can compare customer segments, analyze fallout behavior, uncover high performing journeys, and more. Unlike traditional dashboards with limited interactivity, users can dig into layered data sets and present collections of insights for different audiences in real time. In the retail industry, brands can bring together physical stores and e-commerce data and insights. As one example, a brand could uncover the types of digital experiences on specific days that are most likely to drive foot traffic and purchase in offline store—and double down on those efforts.

Allow anyone in an organization to work with data: Customer Journey Analytics is robust for data scientists, but accessible to a broad set of business users such as a marketer or product manager. A new reporting engine helps foster a more data-driven culture, giving any individual a visual and creative way to query data specific to their role. A hotel chain for instance, could help UI teams understand what contributes to customer fallout on the web. The availability of Query Service though Adobe Experience Platform delivers flexibility for more technical audiences to query data sets using SQL and supports integrations with BI tools such as Microsoft Power BI.

Leverage the power of AI and ML: With Adobe Sensei, brands can counteract resource constraints that are typical of most data science teams. Pre-built AI/ML models in Adobe Experience Platform can be trained over time to make better predictions on activities happening across the customer journey, suggest recommendations on best next steps or automate cumbersome processes. A subscription service…Read more

Adobe Is Eliminating Data Siloes to Enable a Holistic View of the Customer Journey

Adobe simplifies next-generation marketing analytics by delivering comprehensive data integration and improved data analysis tools

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One persistent barrier that brands face as they work to make the customer journey more engaging, with higher levels of personalization, is siloed data. At most companies, marketing data has been centralized in corporate data lakes for storage, but integrating that data is a problem that impacts the data’s usefulness.

Data silos make it nearly impossible to develop a holistic view of the customer journey or interactions across channels and systems. Marketers have longed for a way to link data across the entire process and so achieve a single, omni-channel, holistic perspective of the customer experience, but siloed data make that much too difficult. A single dashboard? Sure, just don’t think about modifying it.

As Nate Smith, group manager for Adobe Analytics, observes, “Marketers often had to guess how channels or activities interacted with each other based on static data that was difficult to manipulate.”

When guesswork enters the picture, confidence in the insights from data analytics disappears. And when guesswork could be eliminated, timeliness was lost.

As Smith notes, “Gaining insight through analytics required that marketers and other LOB staff funnel requests through the data science or BI team, and they then spent much of their time wrangling the data into usable form.”

A single analysis under those conditions could take days or even a week. That meant the marketing team had better know exactly what it was looking for in the data, because a do-over would mean doubling the time the analysis would take. If the marketers wanted iterative analysis, or a new spin on the analysis, the entire process had to start all over again.

Empowering marketers, data analysts, and IT

The new releases of Adobe Analytics and the Adobe Experience Platform are changing the game, putting new abilities into marketers’ own hands and providing analyses that are both more reliable and timelier. Now all customer experience and journey data, from all channels, is integrated and normalized within the Adobe Experience Platform. Data can be interrogated in real time to support iterative and ad hoc analysis. The availability of omni-channel data gives marketers a truly holistic view of a customer that enhances that customer’s experience. For data analysts and the IT organization, it will help minimize reporting needs and remove some implementation barriers, helping brands realize their analytics investments more quickly.

What does that mean in concrete terms? Consider a customer who does some online research on new golf clubs. In the old world of disaggregated data, it’s likely that the marketing systems of one of the golf club brands that the customer showed interest in would issue a digital coupon to that customer—after he had made a purchase. For the customer, it was a negative experience, since he was left with the feeling that he had overpaid. With Adobe’s new features, the coupon can be delivered sooner in the decision process, resulting in the positive customer experience that everyone is hoping for…Read more

Adobe expands its data analytics tools to customer journeys

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Adobe Inc. today added a new tool to its Adobe Analytics offering that’s meant to give companies more advanced insights into their customer’s behavior.

The new offering, Customer Journey Analytics, draws on data from multiple enterprise systems to try to provide users with better perspectives on how customers engage with their brand.

Adobe reckons that’s something most companies struggle with. It says most customer journeys are complex interactions that span both digital and physical touchpoints, and that the data on these tends to be scattered across numerous information technology systems. As a result, most companies’ customer journey data is incomplete, which means few insights can be drawn from it.

Customer Journey Analytics in Adobe Analytics is Adobe’s attempt to fix this problem. The service draws on the Adobe Experience Platform that creates individual profiles for each customer and tracks their interactions with the brand. It stitches together the data from every interaction customers have with a company, providing a more complete picture of their behavior.

The new service also takes a cue from the “underlying logic” of Photoshop, enabling layers of multichannel data to be stacked on top of each other to create new perspectives on customer engagement. In turn, that enables employees to get creative with their customer data, mixing and matching different kinds of information to discover more insights.

Simply put, Adobe aims to make it easier for companies to curate and explore their customer data in a way that provides some interesting benefits.

The company said the services enables brands to compare customer segments, analyze fallout behavior and uncover high-performing journeys, among other things. For instance, retailers can start to understand how physical stores and e-commerce interact.

Adobe has also thrown in a bunch of pre-built machine learning models that can be trained on Customer Journey Analytics’ data. They allow users to create predictive models, provide recommendations on next best steps and automate some of their more cumbersome processes. For instance, a subscription service could see when segments of users are likely to deactivate their membership as well as figure out content or promotions to keep them…Read more

Adobe Applies a Real-Time Layered Approach to Customer Analytics

Adobe’s new Customer Journey Analytics solution is a multi-channel customer analytics platform that promises dynamic, real-time dashboards and actionable data presentations.

Adobe is applying the layered approach and ease of use of products like its Adobe Photoshop to its new Adobe Customer Journey Analytics solution. Announced today, Adobe Customer Journey Analytics helps businesses and brands access layers of multi-channel customer data to be curated and stacked on top of each other to uncover new perspectives into how customers engage with a brand. The new capability in Adobe Analytics uses the Adobe Experience Platform, which can piece together customer data from across the enterprise, and opens up new ways to understand insights across online, offline, and third-party channels.

Adobe Customer Journey Analytics is the latest move by Adobe in bolstering its position in the business analytics and solutions space since it purchased web analytics solution provider Omniture in 2009. Adobe has been acquiring various web analytics, content management system (CMS), advertising technology, and marketing tech companies. Last year, Adobe spent $6.43 billion in software acquisitions, mostly to enhance its various marketing and business solutions. Tools such as Adobe Customer Journey Analytics are the result of Adobe’s various acquisitions and integrations.

Adobe said in a statement that its solution helps to close a creativity gap in data analysis by “empowering individuals to be more inventive in the way they combine, edit, and experiment with different layers of data—a creative process that is familiar to any user of Adobe Photoshop.” …Read more