The day prior to the Adobe MAX conference (October 24th, 2010) Adobe held a pre-conference just for educators. Those of you from education who came to MAX but did not attend the Education Summit, shame on you! It was free for MAX attendees and was jam packed with really good sessions on how Adobe technology is improving teaching and learning.
Here are the highlights of my day at the Adobe MAX Education Summit:
Peter Isaacson, Adobe Vice-President of Worldwide Education provided us with insights to Project ROME for Educationwhich was released as a public preview that day. Project ROME is released primarily for education as an easy to use tool to create digital content. It combines the basic vector tools from Illustrator, basic paint and photo editing tools from Photoshop, and an animation time-line similar to Flash or After Effects. Project ROME will be made available as a subscription based app (no word yet on pricing) and Adobe is working on ways to make managing many ROME subscriptions easy for school administrators.
Michael Gough, Adobe Vice-President of Product Experience gave a very interesting presentation on “The Adobe Experience”. He gave numerous demos on where Adobe may be heading in using multi-touch and gestures in future Adobe apps. He talked about personal journaling and what that might look like on a digital device. Michael also showed a jaw-dropping demo of content-aware fill done in Actionscript 3. Now that’s the power of AS3!
Mark Shufflebottom, Interactive Design Lecturer at Bournemouth University presented his group’s process on HD workflows to produce stunning broadcast content for television, including the BBC.
We learned from Anuja Dharkar, Adobe Group Manager Worldwide Education on where to find free educational curriculum resources at the Adobe Education Exchange. This is a great community where lesson plans, tutorials examples, tips and other educational resources are available. She also talked about the Adobe Certified Associate andAdobe Certified Expert programs. These programs are being used successfully in K-12 and colleges/universities to help light the fire in students to be creative and to prepare them for future careers.
Greg and Stephanie Sullivan Rewis gave a great tag-team presentation on the status of HTML5. They dispelled many of the myths and FUD concerning HTML5 and gave us a good real-world picture on what’s possible now, what to watch out for, and what we should see in the future. It was comedic that Greg’s technical jokes were falling completely flat on educational ears. Time and time again he would throw one out there and the response was deafening silence, nothing.
During lunch I had the great privilege of meeting Lynda Weinman, the owner of Lynda.com. It was great to be able to talk with her about her incredible training site and possible future opportunities.
For the afternoon, there were breakout sessions. I always have a tough time deciding on what sessions to go to. There are usually two or three sessions each block that sound interesting and this afternoon was no exception. The sessions I attended in the afternoon were
- ROME Technology on Campus by John Schuman
- Open Source Media Framework for Education by Joseph Labrecque
- RIAs that Keep Students Engaged by Britt Carr
- Visual Effects Training at USC School of Cinematic Arts by Eric Hanson
- Unleash Your Inner Spielberg with Adobe Presenter 7 by Brian Klaas
- New projects from Carnegie Mellon’s HCI Institute and School of Design by Jenna Date and Dylan Vitone
- InterACT with the Flash Platform! by Koen De Weggheleire and Wouter Verweirder
All the sessions were excellent and contained way too much information to add to this blog post. If you have the opportunity to attend next year’s education summit, do it. It’s well worth your time.