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Pros: Create and share a wide variety of visual media all in one platform.
Cons: Only learners with Google Education accounts can take advantage of the free K–12 version.
Bottom Line: Beautiful templates and user-friendly tools empower students to turn their creative ideas into professional-looking media.
To get started, use a premade template to customize a quick poster or graphic organizer for your classroom. If you have an hour, visit the Adobe Education Exchange website for the K–12 version. Here you can search for lesson templates and watch short, self-paced videos that teach you the ins and outs of Adobe Express and how to maximize creative learning.
Adobe Express is good for making teacher materials, but the real magic happens when you hand it over to your students. Create a free Adobe Express classroom account or work with your technology department to connect students to Adobe Creative Cloud. Adobe Express integrates with the most popular learning management systems, making it easy to assign and manage projects. Students can invite each other to collaborate on a shared project and can share it in a variety of ways.
Still trying to figure out how to use Adobe Express? Here are a few ideas: As an intro to the platform, have students create an "About Me" poster or timeline of their life. In language arts class, build a graphic organizer to analyze literature or do some pre-writing prep. History students can design a faux newspaper or broadside about a historical event, perhaps from a firsthand perspective. In science, ask students to create an infographic to illustrate lab results or share research data. Though print media is the simplest way to get started in Adobe Express, you can also use the platform to create and publish videos. And if you really want to get your students' attention, do a project in which they create memes or GIFs.
Adobe Express is a media creation platform that works in a web browser and a mobile app. Adobe Express for K12 Education is a free platform for K–12 students and teachers that also includes access to the Adobe Photoshop Express mobile app and Adobe Premiere Rush, a desktop video creation platform. Teachers and students use their Google Education accounts to log in to Adobe Express; teachers can provide students an access code to join.
Most novice users will start by selecting a template for a presentation, poster, or other type of document and then modifying it to fit their needs. You can also use Adobe Express to create videos, edit images, make PDFs and GIFs, and generate QR codes. Students can invite each other to collaborate on their projects. It's super easy to share and publish work too. You can share it via link, email, social media, Google Classroom, or Microsoft Teams, send it to Google Drive, or download it to your device. Adobe Express also supports several types of integrations with a variety of popular classroom platforms including Clever, Classlink, Canvas, Blackboard, Book Creator, Wakelet, and Flip.
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The learning potential of Adobe Express is dependent on the quality of your lesson plans. Take a little time to explore the templates, watch a few videos, or read the Adobe Express blog to imagine the product's full potential and spark some creative learning and help students stretch the boundaries of their creative thinking. Be sure to take advantage of the Publish and Share features by giving students an authentic audience. Collecting finished projects in Google Classroom is fine, but don't stop there! Build an Adobe Express website or use another platform like Wakelet to share student projects with parents and friends. Allow and encourage students age 13+ to share their work on their own social media accounts. For those poster-style projects, find a ream of large-format paper and display color prints along the hallway or classroom walls where students can take pride in their work and learn from each other.