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Adobe Premiere Rush
Pros: Learning materials assist users at all levels, and toggle-on sharing options mean fewer steps from creation to publication.
Cons: There's no teacher dashboard, so it's a challenge to keep track of individual student progress.
Bottom Line: It's an intuitive platform for video creation that also prepares students for more complex software.
For instructional purposes, it's fairly easy for teachers to create powerful visual presentations by narrating a series of images or video clips and turning a traditional lecture into short documentaries that students can access and review as needed. But the real power of media creation tools comes when students take charge. Students can turn an in-depth research project into an engaging PSA or video essay. For example, they can compile a series of images and short videos about the coral reef and put them together to explain the impacts of climate change on the ecosystem. Sharing these videos with a larger audience via social media platforms or YouTube enables students to create for a real-world audience and may encourage them to take extra care when crafting their message.
Students can use the platform to benefit their school, too. Ask them to create a virtual field trip for classmates of a place that means a lot to them personally, or have students who are going on a field trip document the experience and create a teaser for next year's students. Partner with students to create a vlog to welcome incoming students or give a school tour for prospective families. Or connect with students around the world by challenging students to film a day in their lives. Being able to share such experiences can help widen students' perspectives and deepen their understanding of others.
Adobe Premier Rush is a multiplatform video editing app where users combine images, videos, and audio to design shareable multimedia content. Students may opt to begin with an in-app tutorial, which walks them through each feature using sample media. To create their own videos, students select media from their camera roll, Creative Cloud, or Dropbox, and drop it onto the timeline. From the Project Panel on the left, they can see all of the images, videos, and music clips that are currently in their project. Clips can be rearranged via drag-and-drop, and there are options to add filters and edit the length, speed, and audio of each slide accordingly. There are also options to add text and transitions for each slide. Students can view and adjust media in layers, locking each layer in place where desired. Once they are satisfied with their videos, it's a simple process to save videos to the dashboard or export them to YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, or Behance. Due to the ease of social sharing, teachers should take some time to talk with students about their digital footprint. Encourage them to put their best work out there and ensure they're not sharing anything that might put their privacy at risk.
Adobe Premiere Rush promotes visual learning and media creation, but along with that comes audience awareness, persuasive techniques, design thinking, and reflection. Having the opportunity to tell their stories in their own way gives students agency and promotes creativity in ways traditional presentations simply can't. Whether they create their own media or use clips and images they gather online, students make decisions not just on content but on concepts, putting footage together in ways that make meaningful connections to the topic of study. Adobe Premiere Rush aids this process, putting the focus on building and modifying a timeline that incorporates different types of media.
Adobe Premiere Rush also has an advantage as an Adobe product. It does a good job of boiling down the elements of more complex, pro-level software like Adobe Premiere. This, along with the app's robust support, puts students on a path to level-up their editing skills and move on to a tool like Premiere that they can use throughout their lives. That said, this means it's also not as fun, whimsical, and plug-and-play as other tools more tuned to classrooms.