Maintain Your Physical and Mental Health During The COVID-19 Quarantine

The unprecedented pandemic that the world is going through at the moment has put an unbelievable strain on people’s lives as they know it. This has resulted in a large change of how people go about living. However, despite the concerns, we must find a way to find the good in this situation. Both our minds and bodies can benefit so long as we use them well and don’t succumb to panic. There are ways for both to be cared for at this time, and some of these ways are what we are going to go over here.

One of the most important things that can benefit people at this time is taking care of our bodies. Exercise has always been important, but now more than ever it can provide a relief from the seemingly endless monotony of working and living from home. Looking to regularly get outside and exercise both benefits your mind and body. These can be anything from walks around the corner or regular runs for distance. If the area around isn’t great for either of those or the weather is not cooperating, then there are plenty of exercises that can be done indoors that help keep you just as fit. Even without exercise equipment like dumbbells, rowing machines or treadmills there are plenty of exercises that can be done in order to regularly get those arms and legs moving. Push-ups, planks, crunches and squats are just some of the exercises that can get the blood flowing without even needing to leave the house. If you don’t even know where to begin in terms of setting up a workout, many gyms and other fitness programs have gone online in order to adjust to the closure of their physical spaces.

Another physical element that can help in this time of stress is sleep. Poor sleep is linked to an increased risk of heart disease which is reason enough to aim for 7-8 hours’ sleep a night at the best of times. Going to bed regularly at the same time and waking up at similar times helps get the body into a sort of flow. This can be achieved by going to bed an hour early and disconnecting from phones or electronics. Just a quiet hour that is spent reading a book can really make falling asleep much easier. Avoiding sleep stimulants like coffee, candy or other sugary foods and drinks also really improves both the length and quality of sleep patterns. Again, exercising during the day can also make sleep that much easier. Good sleep can really make a difference during the day.

Another key aspect of keeping a high level of health during the quarantine has less to do with the physical aspect of the body and more to do with the mental side. There are a good few ways to keep the mind healthy and active during this lockdown.

Intellectual stimulation is one way. Using the large amounts of time that many people now have to pick up a new skill or invest it in some interest that they have had for a while can really pay off on the mind. For example, with the internet growing ever more constant in our lives, the demand for those who are well-versed in a variety of programs is ever growing. The Adobe Creative Cloud apps like Photoshop, InDesign and Premiere Pro are just some examples of programs that employers are looking for. These allow for aspiring editors of photos, websites, magazines and videos to really start down that path while they stay home due to the quarantine.

There are other ways to go about taking advantage of many of the free learning opportunities being offered online at this point in time. The Ivy League schools (Harvard, Princeton, Yale and the like) are all offering free, online courses due to the onset of this pandemic. While one would need to pay to get a “certification” from these courses, that is not actually necessary to take them. These topics can cover such things as religion, programming, personal finance, business finance, politics and more. These can really provide a boost for those who are looking to extend their skills during this quarantine. They provide mental stimulation over a period of time depending on how long the course is. Then, once this quarantine is over and the virus is relatively under control, you will have a new set of skills from one of these college courses. Plus, wouldn’t it be fun to say that you took a class at Harvard?

Of course, this does not just extend to increasing technical skills for the online world. Many interests and skills can be developed at this time. Perhaps a certain period of history has always been interesting to you but there has never been the time to actually explore it on a deeper level, never time to really see the strings and bury yourself into the stories of the period that bring out the fascinating quirks of humans and our interactions with one another. Well now there is plenty of time to increase that knowledge with the help of the many documentaries and history-based YouTube channels that offer an abundance of information for free.

This is obviously a stressful time for many people. It is time to take care of oneself at any cost, with both physical and mental aspects of the person being vital. So, take a moment and think about how the aforementioned health considerations (both physical and mental) could help in this strange time that the world is going through.

Distance Learning Hacks for Students and Educators

Distance Learning Hacks for Students and Educators

Overnight, educators and students around the globe have had to quickly transition from in-class learning to remote home learning. While the transition to distance learning brings rewards, it also brings a unique set of challenges.

“While the route to success might be different from that of studying at a contact institution, the rewards and sense of achievement when you reach your goals are just as significant.” says Sonia Magni, Academic Manager at Oxbridge Academy, a private college that serves more than 20 000 South African distance learning students every year.

“These students do however need all the support they can get, as distance learning can be a lonely and frustrating endeavour if you go about it the wrong way”. Magni says there are a number of distance learning study strategies, which, if applied, will help ensure student success.

Adobe reached out to students and educators to find out what they were doing to stay inspired, connected and productive. Here’s what they had to say – 

“Get dressed and ready every morning as if you’re leaving the house.”

I believe that the environment or learning scenarios, such as the classroom or the classmates around you, help students to switch to ‘focus’ mode. E-learning doesn’t provide that kind of stimulus, and that might be one of the reasons why students find it hard to concentrate or be productive during this online course period. I embedded my previous routine into my current ‘learn-from-home’ life, such as making coffee before starting the day or dressing up as what I normally would do when going to class. Tiara Ping Shia

 

“If you find you’re losing focus, find a new spot to study.”

Ambiance and my surroundings are things I find to be very impactful on the way at which I prepare schoolwork. Being in my bedroom inhibits me from this, so I try to complete my work in different rooms to avoid the temptation of being totally idle. Cyann Camaya

 

“Create a schedule and stick with it.”

Creating a consistent routine that most resembles my on-campus life is what I find to be the most helpful. Exercising in the mornings, spending time outside, and participating in virtual study groups and club meetings normalises the situation. Allyson Maroyka

 

“Alternate between doing your homework and doing the things you love.”

The switch from in-person instruction to online classes has been a stressful and daunting task for most students. I find that taking walks outside as the weather gets warmer helps me regain a sense of normalcy during these troubling times.  Vasu Garg

 

“Take regular breaks.”

I find it tough to concentrate for a long period of time, so it’s important to give yourself breaks every hour or so. And I always shut off my phone when I do work. It’s extremely distracting. Brandon Kalika

 

“Get a good workout in every day.”

Too much screen time tends to give me a headache, which lowers my productivity considerably. I try to ensure that I stay active and hydrated by always having water nearby and try to fit in some level of activity each day. Jenna Minks

 

“Find a way to limit phone use.”

Getting distracted on your phone during class is way easier now than when you used to go to an actual school. Find a way to limit your usage because that device can destroy the schedule you’ve crafted so well. Emile Redlinger

 

“Find a hobby that taps into your creative side.”

It’s been a transition for everyone, but we all find our ways of coping. Personally, at the beginning I started to fall into cycles of negative thinking without realising. Thankfully, this changed when I started taking each day as an opportunity to do something positive, and I would always have something to look forward to doing. I found that exercise has helped tremendously, as well as doing something creative. Harry Wiley

 

As the world navigates this unprecedented health crisis, educators and learners are learning to adapt and move forward. In the face of all this change, Learning Curve are fully committed to helping schools, colleges and universities, teachers, faculty, and learners make the shift to online learning one of the easiest and simplest decisions.

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

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! 

IT’S BACK! – Sizzling Creative Cloud Deal for Commercial And Government

IT’S BACK! – Sizzling Creative Cloud Deal for Commercial And Government

It’s back like the Terminator! – A repeat of the ‘Summer Sizzling Deal’ Adobe made available in February this year! And at the same LOW price! From the 8th November 2019 to the 29th November 2019, you can take advantage of Adobe’s Commercial/Government Deal where they have once again slashed 38% off the price. Grab this deal by the 29th November and you will only pay $49.99.

See the details regarding this deal below:

  • This offer is available to customers who purchase Creative Cloud for Teams – All Applications @ *$49.99/user/per month, regularly priced at $79.99/user/per month through either an Adobe Partner or Adobe Business Direct. All Pricing referenced is recommended retail price (RRP).
  • This promotion is for Creative Cloud for Teams All Apps only, Creative Cloud for Teams Single Apps are not eligible.
  • This offer starts on 08th November 2019 and expires on 28th November 2019.
  • This promotion is available to new Adobe customers who do not have a Creative Cloud for Teams subscription & existing Adobe customers who wish to purchase additional seats of Creative Cloud for Teams All Apps subscription only. Offer does not apply to renewals of Creative Cloud for Teams All Apps.
  • This promotion is also available to customers who want to upgrade from Single Apps to All Apps within their renewal window (30 days +/- anniversary date) on their existing VIP contract.
  • For transactions under this promotion which do not fulfill the eligibility criteria Adobe reserves the right to terminate the respective licenses.
  • 12-month membership required for new customers enrolling a new VIP agreement.
  • Offer not available to Education customers.
  • For 3-year contract term option offer applies only to 1st year (initial purchase). Regular pricing (RRP) will apply for 2nd and 3rd year renewals

FINEPRINT:
Offer expires on 28th November 2019. Offer available to Commercial and Government customers only. Valid only for eligible persons who are 18+. Residents or persons in embargoed countries or countries subject to U.S. or local export restrictions are not eligible. Since Adobe’s products and services are distributed through Adobe resellers, or other channel partners or entities (“Partners”), Adobe cannot and does not guarantee that any end user will receive any particular discount.  Actual license fees for each end user are determined by the Partners. [Since Learning Curve is an Adobe Platinum Reseller, we guarantee this discount.] Prices quoted are Recommended Retail Prices (RRP) only. Offer and prices subject to change without notice due to unforeseen circumstances. Offer may not be assigned, exchanged, sold, transferred, combined, or redeemed for cash or other goods and services not expressly stated here as included. Subject to availability where the recipient resides. Additional terms and conditions may apply. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW.

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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

Image Credit: Engadget

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