School Websites…

…Lets face it, they can be pretty bad. Chances are that your school is using a proprietary SaaS solution rather than a free option like WordPress. If you’re a Director of Technology at a school system looking for a solution to save a money on web site hosting (we all want to save money, right?), take a look at what the Director of Web Services at Newark Public Schools has to say, here. With the recent changes in E-rate funding, you can no longer use the Federal funds in 2015-2016 to pay for your website hosting or SaaS solution.

 

Adobe’s EEA Program: License ALL School Owned Computers

The Adobe Education Enterprise Agreement (EEA) is an easy-to-manage, term-based licensing program that gives educational institutions access to new versions of Adobe® Creative Cloud™ desktop applications. This term-based licensing program makes purchasing easier and allows for predictable budgeting under one annual agreement. The Adobe EEA program provides access to new versions of the same industry-leading creative tools used by professionals. Adobe Education Enterpriise Agreement product collections were created to meet the specific needs of educational institutions like yours and include the same applications available with Creative Cloud membership.

How it Works

  • Single School – or School District?: A primary or secondary school may enroll in the EEA and be covered as a single school site. Or multiple schools may enroll as a “Legal Entity” (for example as a school district). Organizations choosing to enroll as a “Legal Entity” must enroll all schools within the entity.
  • Count up FTE (Full Time Equivalent): Enrolling K-12 Schools are licensed on the basis of FTE, and must count up and license 100% of their FTE count. All full-time and part-time faculty and staff must be included in the FTE count.
  • License the Adobe Creative Cloud for Education: Enrolled schools must license the Adobe Creative Cloud for Education – the complete collection of Adobe Creative Cloud desktop software.
  • Choose Add-On Products (optional): Choose from 2 optional add-on bundles –
    • Adobe Presenter and Captivate
    • Adobe Premiere Elements and Photoshop Elements
  • Choose a 1-Year or 2-Year Term: Schools may choose to enroll into the Adobe EEA with a 1-Year or 2-Year Term.
  • Authorized Reseller: Adobe EEA is available through authorized Adobe education resellers. Genesis Technologies Inc. is an Adobe Authorized Gold Education Reseller.

Adobe EEA for K-12 Schools

Frequently Asked Questions

What’s Included in the Adobe Design and Web K-12 Collection?

Adobe Photoshop CC
Adobe Illustrator CC
Adobe InDesign CC
Adobe Acrobat Pro
Adobe Dreamweaver CC
Adobe Flash Professional CC
Adobe Flash Builder Premium Edition
Adobe Fireworks CCloud
Adobe Premiere Pro CCloud
Adobe After Effects CCloud
Adobe Audition CCloud
Adobe Encore CCloud
Adobe SpeedGrade CCloud
Adobe Prelude CCloud
Adobe Muse CCloud
Adobe Bridge CCloud
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom
Adobe Edge Tools & Services
Adobe Media Encoder CCloud

How do I calculate FTE?

Full-time faculty and staff are considered as one unit each, respectively. Part-time faculty are considered one-third of a unit. Part-time staff are considered one-half of a unit. The formula for FTE count looks like this –

FTE Calculator

Is there a minimum FTE requirement to participate in the EEA?

  • The minimum FTE requirement for a single primary or secondary school is 20 FTE
  • The minimum FTE requirement for a K-12 School “Legal Entity” is 300 FTE.
  • Schools with less than the minimum required FTE can still enroll at the minimum FTE counts listed above.

Adobe’s Document Cloud for Education

Great news for those of you who are already subscribed to Adobe’s EEA program–Acrobat has been upgraded to Acrobat Pro Document Cloud for Education. In my previous post I outlined the new features of the Acrobat Pro DC perpetual license. The Document Cloud for Education is, in essence, the same program. However, it is an annual subscription and includes several features that the Acrobat Pro DC does not have.

For a quick video introduction, click here.

Adobe Document Cloud combines a completely re-imagined Adobe Acrobat with the power of e-signatures. Now you can edit, sign, send, and track documents wherever you are across desktops, mobile, and web.  All from Adobe, the company that invented PDF.

Adobe Acrobat Document Cloud bridges the gaps in existing paper and digital document processes through tools in Adobe Acrobat DC and online services within the Document Cloud for Creation, Editing and Reuse of documents and content. It enables real-time, simple e-signatures and approvals of documents, and provides visibility and transparency through real-time document tracking and management. Documents can be protected, managed, and monitored, even outside the firewall.

With its intuitive touch-enabled interface, Adobe Acrobat Document Cloud delivers powerful new functionality to get work done anywhere. The new Tool Center offers simplified and quick access to the tools you use most. And, Acrobat DC uses Photoshop imaging magic to convert any paper document into a digital, editable file that can be sent for signature.

Access your work as you move between desktop and devices, and pick up that form or document where you left off with new Mobile Link your files, settings and signatures stay with you. With two new mobile apps, Acrobat mobile and Fill & Sign, people can create, edit, comment and sign documents directly on their mobile devices. Plus, use the camera on your device as a portable scanner to easily convert any paper documents to digital, editable files that can be sent for signature.

To learn more about the Document Cloud for Education, click here to visit the product’s page on our website.

New Release: Acrobat Pro DC

Adobe just released new versions of Acrobat: Acrobat Pro DC. At the end of this post I will go over which features I found to be most useful in this new version. If you want to skip all the tech specs, just scroll down to the bottom of this page!

For a quick video introduction, click here.

Acrobat Pro DC is a perpetual license. Just like the previous version of Acrobat, once you pay for it–you own it. Take a look below to familiarize yourself with the new features Adobe has added to Acrobat Pro DC…

With its intuitive touch-enabled interface, delivers powerful new functionality to get work done anywhere. The new Tool Center offers simplified and quick access to the tools you use most. And, Acrobat DC uses Photoshop imaging magic to convert any paper document into a digital, editable file that can be sent for signature.

Access your work as you move between desktop and devices, and pick up that form or document where you left off with new Mobile Link your files, settings and signatures stay with you. With two new mobile apps, Acrobat mobile and Fill & Sign, people can create, edit, comment and sign documents directly on their mobile devices. Plus, use the camera on your device as a portable scanner to easily convert any paper documents to digital, editable files that can be sent for signature.

Adobe Acrobat Pro DC Includes:

  • Acrobat Pro DC desktop software
  • New Acrobat mobile app (iOS, Android)
  • Free Document Cloud services, enabling users to work from anywhere: Fill & Sign, Mobile Link, and Online Storage
  • Virtualization Support and Deployment Tools

Adobe Acrobat Pro DC Features:

  • Create and export PDFs from desktop
  • Directly edit text and images with auto-reflow
  • Enhanced bullet and numbered lists editing
  • Enhance scans and document images
  • Seamlessly access files across devices with Mobile Link (requires sign-in)
  • Re-imagined user interface & tools to take advantage of touch enabled hardware
  • Convert Paper to Editable PDF
  • Create accessible PDFs
  • Prepress & Production Features
  • Protect PDFs
  • E-sign documents
  • Auto-fill forms
  • Standardize PDF tasks with Actions
  • Permanently redact information and sanitize PDFs
  • Create PDF Portfolios
  • Create ISO-compliant PDFs

What I like most:

Fill & Sign is the most generally interesting part of the system, in part because it’s useful without requiring a subscription!! With this app, available on Android and iOS, you can take a picture of a print form or open existing PDF forms.

Acrobat DC for the iPhone and Android is a scaled-down version of the desktop apps, and lets you access capabilities depending upon your subscription level. Upgrade features include creating PDFs from other document types. It sends it up to the cloud for processing, saves it there, and notifies you when its done. You can also edit PDFs — rearrange pages, edit text, move or delete blocks. Very handy for on-the-go.