Technology is rapidly increasing in the classroom requiring teachers to become masters in software knowledge, multimedia usage, social networking and even technical support. Educators feel that they have the responsibility of enhancing their teaching techniques and creating a more interactive learning experience for their students.
The Adobe Education Leaders (AEL) Program highlights the contributions of innovative teachers and Palm Beach County is lucky to have more of these excellent individuals than any other district in the country.
Kim Cavanaugh, Rob Schwartz, Lee Keller and Brian Dawson have earned the status of Adobe Education Leaders for their dedication, hard work and knowledge of tools and applications that promote excellence in the classroom.
“Since there are fewer than 90 K-12 AELs in the world, it is an honor to be selected as part of a program that focuses on student creativity and preparedness for the real world,” said Lee Keller, Educational Technology Specialist.
They get the opportunity to interact with some of the greatest creative educators in the world at the Adobe Summer Institute each year. Sharing ideas that are working in other districts, states and countries provides a perspective that can be implemented in Palm Beach County.
According to Mr. Keller “To enter the program you have to be recommended by an educational colleague that recognizes your contribution to educational technology, especially as it relates to the creative environment.”
AELs come from a wide range of schools and include representation from the US, Canada, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, China, Australia, New Zealand, and Belgium.
Adobe Education Leaders participate on a number of projects, including early testing of software products and curriculum. AELs are among the first to use new technologies in the classroom and establish learning objectives around them. “This experience leads to more effective instruction and provides students in Palm Beach County to be among the first to work with new digital design and creative software tools that will be critical to their futures,” added Kim Cavanaugh, Technology Program Specialist.
As a middle school science teacher, Brian Dawson, uses Adobe FLASH as a tool students use to show their mastery of science concepts. The animations they create to show science concepts are not only accurate, but show imagination and creativity.
Today, as the Technology Coordinator for the iPad Project at Pleasant City Elementary School, Mr. Dawson uses Adobe Edge Animate to create interactive animation widgets that he uses in tutorial iBooks, specific to subject and grade, and installed on student iPads.
“In order for us to provide the best education for our students, we need to stay ahead of the learning curve. Technology brings creativity into the learning environment, which inspires our students to do better by making learning more interesting to them. We can’t expect things to change until we do things that are different,” said Mr. Dawson.
Kim Cavanaugh came to this program while still a teacher at Congress Middle School, and was on the original steering committee that established the program for Macromedia, which was eventually acquired by Adobe and the Education Leader Program was expanded. “I was originally selected because we were doing some ground-breaking work in my classroom at Congress MS and had written my first book on web development software. I have since authored two additional books, 8 online courses in web development, and over 250 articles for various web development journals,” he added.
The School District of Palm Beach Country is recognized for the high caliber of curriculum, training and support it offers for the Adobe products that range from creative programs to web conferencing.
Rob Schwartz, communications technology teacher at Seminole Ridge High School, has been teaching technology education since the mid-1990s employing innovative strategies and a student-directed approach to learning that have garnered his programs and students much recognition. “I am very proud of my students because they have the highest passing rate in the entire world on the Adobe Certified Associates exam,” he added.
Rob also operates the award-winning BrainBuffet.com where he posts highly engaging interactive video tutorials on the use of web and graphic design software.
The interaction of these experts also provides significant price advantages that the district may not have been aware of without the Adobe Education Leaders.
For more information about the Adobe Education Leaders Program visit www.adobe.com/sea/education/k12/adobe-education-leaders.html/
For more information contact Kim Cavanaugh at (561) 357-7527 or via email at email@example.com.
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