As we gear up for another exciting school year, it's time to dive headfirst into new strategies and tools that will make our classrooms even more epic. Today, I want to talk about something that will not only showcase your students' work, but also take their creativity to new heights. Enter Adobe Express, the secret weapon for digital portfolios and presentations that will leave you and your students in awe!
Before rolling this out with your students, it is important to check out for yourself. It is free for everyone and uses single sign in with Google as well. You might already have access if your school has an Adobe account. Talk to your IT team to see if they can get you set up. Here three quick lessons across the grades and content areas that can change up your classroom.
Slideshows that Wow, Grades 3-5
Imagine your students beaming with pride as they showcase their hard work using engaging slideshows. With Adobe Express, creating stunning presentations becomes a breeze. Its intuitive interface and powerful features allow even our youngest learners to craft eye-catching slideshows that are bound to impress.
Encourage students to explore the different themes and layouts available in Adobe Express. From colorful and playful to sleek and professional, there's something to match every project and personality. The photo grid feature lets them beautifully arrange and showcase their work, while text overlays provide the perfect opportunity for self-reflection and project summaries.
Students could even explore the website design feature and create own year long portfolio that showcases their work. Being able to take images, create posters, and store them in a digital space that can be shared with family is a wonderful tool to have access to in the classroom.
Data-driven Insights, Grades 6-8
Middle school is a prime time for students to explore the power of data analysis and visualization. With Adobe Express, students can transform dry data sets into engaging presentations that bring numbers to life.
Encourage students to use Adobe Express to create interactive infographics and visualizations. They can import data from various sources, such as surveys or experiments, and use the software's tools to create charts, graphs, and custom data representations. Encourage them to think critically about the story behind the numbers and present their insights in an informative and visually compelling way.
I think it is always important to try and present traditional content in different ways. There are many neurodivergent students that do not "see" data the same way as their peers. Use multimedia to help showcase their understanding of math concepts is a great way to differentiate for the classroom.
Showcasing Mastery in High School, Grades 9-12
In high school, it's all about showcasing mastery and preparing for the next chapter. Digital portfolios become an essential tool for students to present their accomplishments and aspirations to colleges, potential employers, and even themselves.
With Adobe Express, students can create professional-looking portfolios that truly stand out. The software's advanced features, such as customizable slideshows, animated transitions, and embedded multimedia elements, allow students to craft impactful presentations that demonstrate their skills and achievements effectively. Whether they're showcasing their STEM projects, literary analyses, or entrepreneurial ventures, Adobe Express offers the tools they need to make a lasting impression.
Over the course of a single semester, it would be wonderful for students to be able to share the story of their growth through visual media. Being able to tell the story of their learning is something that I think students need more experience doing. The narrative is key in showcasing what they know, who they were, and who they have become on their learning journey.
Remember, trying something new might seem daunting at first, but the rewards are well worth it. Embrace the power of Adobe Express, and watch your students' work come alive in ways you never thought possible. Get ready for a year full of creativity, growth, and jaw-dropping presentations that will make your classroom the talk of the school!
Hugs and high fives,
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