Adobe Creative Cloud for Students and Teachers (and Schools)

Adobe Creative Cloud lets you download and install any or all of the following applications – always updated with the latest features. What’s more, your Creative Cloud membership includes a free library of training videos, so it’s easy to get up and running fast. All the below listed programs come included in the Student/Teacher version of the Cloud. Schools and Universities are able to purchase individual apps. Click the program names to get re-directed to the Education edition of the apps below!


  • Adobe Photoshop Creative Cloud. Join Adobe Creative Cloud and get new CSS support for easier web design, Smart Object support for Blur Gallery and Liquify, new timesavers to accelerate your workflow, faster 3D creation, and more. With a Creative Cloud membership, you can access and start using these new features now.
  • Adobe Illustrator Creative Cloud. Design with speed and precision in the 64-bit vector-drawing environment for creating graphics that scale beautifully across media.
  • Adobe InDesign Creative Cloud. Create elegant and engaging pages. Whether youre preparing documents for print or digital publishing, you maintain pixel-perfect control over design and typography.
  • Adobe Acrobat Pro DC. Let your work shine. Use PDF portfolios to combine PDFs, video, audio, and interactive content. Streamline document reviews and approvals with shared reviews, easy to use commenting tools, and electronic signatures.
  • Adobe Dreamweaver Creative Cloud. Create compelling websites and apps for smartphones, tablets, and desktop computers. Build responsive designs quickly with fluid grid layout, and use jQuery Mobile and Adobe PhoneGap support to streamline mobile app development.
  • Adobe Flash Professional Creative Cloud. Design immersive interactive experiences and games – including animation, high-quality video, and multimedia content that present consistently across desktops, smartphones, tablets, and televisions.
  • Adobe Flash Builder Premium Edition. Rapidly build and deliver amazing mobile, web and desktop games and applications in ActionScript and the open source Flex framework with this Eclipse based development tool. Use professional testing tools to maximize performance. Integrated with Adobe Scout, the next-generation profiling tool for Flash based content.
  • Adobe Fireworks Creative Cloud. Create beautiful designs for websites and mobile apps in a snap, without coding. Deliver vector and bitmap images, mockups, 3D graphics, and interactive content for popular tablets and smartphones.
  • Adobe Premiere Pro Creative Cloud. Edit your way with the ultimate video editing software, featuring a slick new user interface and powerful trimming tools. Save time with real-time performance, native format support, and tight Adobe integration as you deliver for virtually any screen.
  • Adobe After Effects Creative Cloud. Deliver cinematic visual effects and motion graphics with industry-standard software. Work fast with Global Performance Cache, and extend your creativity with the 3D Camera Tracker, extruded text and shapes, and more.
  • Adobe Audition Creative Cloud. Create professional audio fast with the high-performance, cross-platform software that streamlines editing, mixing, and sound design for video, radio, games, and more.
  • Adobe Encore Creative Cloud. Enables you to create DVDs, Blu-ray discs, and web DVDs, all from a single interface.
  • Adobe SpeedGrade Creative Cloud. Bring the Lumetri Deep Color Engine into your color grading workflow. Open up the full dynamic range of your footage through a sleek new interface and push your stories further.
  • Adobe Prelude Creative Cloud. Streamline your production process, get organized, and work faster using more connected tools and an interface designed specifically for video ingest and logging workflows.
  • Adobe Muse Creative Cloud. Create professional HTML websites for desktop and mobile devices, without writing code. Design web-standard sites like you design print layouts. Use familiar features, hundreds of web fonts, and built-in tools to add interactivity. Then, publish with the Adobe Business Catalyst service or any hosting provider.
  • Adobe Bridge Creative Cloud. Cut through the chaos of asset management. Easily find, sort, filter, and organize your photos, graphics, videos, and other digital assets.
  • Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. Create amazing images that inspire, inform, and delight. From first look to final image, Lightroom software provides powerfully simple one-click tools and cutting-edge advanced controls for every step. Easily organize, perfect, and share all your photographs.
  • Adobe Edge Tools Services. Create beautiful, mobile-ready content and apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Combine Edge Tools Services with your other favorite tools in an end-to-end workflow to design, animate, code, package, and deliver engaging content.
  • Adobe Media Encoder Creative Cloud. Create optimized video for any screen size and resolution
  • Adobe InCopy Creative Cloud. Get everyone on the same page. With InCopy CC, writers, editors, and designers can work simultaneously on a single document without overwriting each other’s contributions.


Store, charge, secure and transport your iPads/Chromebooks with LockNCharge

The new Carrier 30 Cart can store, charge, secure and transport more types of devices than ever before. It’s a Chromebook Cart, Tablet Cart, iPad Cart… in fact, it’s an ‘everything cart’ in one neat package. Includes charge tray.
LockNCharge Carrier30 Benefits:
  • Safe, efficient and a future proofed power management system for charging 30 devices at once. How? ECO Safe Charge can handle the power requirements of almost any device by staging the availability of power to each bank of devices.
  • New 5 slot Carry Baskets give users the flexibility to deploy Chromebook, Tablet or iPad devices with ease (May not fit all devices). The new and improved baskets are lighter, easier to grip, and are designed to accommodate almost any device, with or without cases.
  • Improved cable management. The Carrier 30 Cart features a new center channel system which holds all the cables in place. It is now neater and easier to set up.
  • New soft closing, sliding lid. Secures up to 30 Chromebook, Tablet or iPad devices and the baskets that they are stored in.
  • The large storage area means that Chromebook, Tablet or iPad devices can be accessed easier and by more users at once.
  • Are your devices too big for the Baskets? The Carrier 30 Cart features a three level adjusting storage shelf. This allows users to insert the optional device storage racks into Cart’s storage cavity (which replaces the Baskets by LocknCharge). The storage racks are designed to accommodate larger devices. Contact us for more details.
  • Highly Secure. Two-point locking system to keep your valuable devices safe.
  • Lock it down! After a day of use, lock the sliding top lids and attach the heavy duty anchor kit for securing the Cart whilst it’s not in use.
  • LocknCharge products are built to last.
  • Modular syncing (Optional). Think you may need syncing functionality in the future? Don’t buy a new Cart…
  • Purchase the hand held iQ Sync Charge Box which allows you to carry the unit where syncing is required (sold separately).
Just like the Carrier 40 Cart, the Carrier 30 Cart by LocknCharge is a truly universal Cart that can store, charge, secure and transport up to 30 Chromebook, Tablet, iPad devices or just about any device.
Carrier 30 Cart Specifications:
External Product Dimensions:
  • Height: 34.38 inches
  • Width: 28.93 inches
  • Length: 34.63
  • Weight: 150 lbs


Get Creative with Toon Boom Animate 3

Toon Boom Animate 3 is the ideal software for paperless, frame-by-frame animation. Learn to Animate in no time. Benefit from the robust, Emmy Award-winning code base, and achieve professional quality output. Whether you’re creating animation for the web, commercials, shorts, or games, own your creativity with a solution made just for you.
Toon Boom Animate 3 New and Improved Features:
  • NEW: Brush lines with texture for doing rough drawings
  • NEW: Pencil lines with variable thickness and texture support for nice, clean lines
  • NEW: Save presets of tools you reuse often to streamline your workflow
Frame-By-Frame Animation:
  • NEW: Shift and Trace allows you to temporarily overlap drawings for easy in-betweening
  • IMPROVED: Xsheet with Annotation columns to keep notes and organize animation
  • IMPROVED: Live sync of Xsheet and Timeline
Colour Tune:
  • IMPROVED: Paint multiple frames quickly and easily using advanced paint options
  • NEW: Ink tool for inking coloured pencil lines
New Tools in Toon Boom Animate 3:

True Pencil:

  • Draw directly in the software with a pencil line that supports pressure sensitivity.
  • Modify the position, length, or thickness information on a line after you draw it.
  • Copy and paste the style from one line to another, or apply the style across hundreds of drawings.
  • Incorporate texture on your lines for cool effects like charcoal, chalk, and many more.
  • Import your own textures from Photoshop and apply them to the line style.
Texture Brushes
  • Draw directly in the software with texture brushes.
  • Simulate that pencil-on-paper feel for rough drawings.
  • Take advantage of the new 64-bit core technology.
  • Use as much memory as your machine allows.
  • Import images without memory limitations.
  • Export hi-res images and movies for professional results.
Tool Presets Toolbar
  • Save tool properties that you frequently use.
  • Quickly jump to brushes, pencils, paint buckets, and other tools.
  • Save the colour along with the properties of the tool.
  • Use your own custom icon on the toolbar if desired.
Interface Enhancements
  • Autosave, specifying the time interval.
  • New user interface for Brush and Pencil tool properties.
  • Ability to drag and drop keyframes, drawings, or both on the Timeline.
  • Improvements to the Annotation columns in the Xsheet to sketch notes.
  • Ability to export different resolutions directly from Export Movie.
  • Performance enhancements.
  • …and more!


Yale Study Proves Dragon Helps Boost Engagement from Students

A Great tool for Students

With continuing hardware and software improvements, speech recognition is becoming an increasingly cost-effective accessibility tool for a wider range of students. Speech recognition tools can generate a new excitement for writing and learning for students who were previously unable to write or produce written work due to problems with learning disabilities, physical disabilities or other challenges.

Students with language-based learning problems, such as dyslexia, can benefit from using voice recognition software to transfer their ideas into print. Since dyslexic students have trouble expressing their thoughts on paper, they often convey less sophisticated thoughts in their written work, use a simplified vocabulary, or avoid writing tasks altogether.

Learning disabilities researchers have consistently found that use of speech recognition software can make a significant difference for dyslexic students because it enables the students to communicate more efficiently and effectively.

In fact, research suggests that the use of speech recognition by dyslexic students has actually generated significant improvement in reading, decoding, spelling and comprehension. It gives students the opportunity to practice their reading skills and can positively influence sound-character awareness.

A Great Tool for Teachers

Teachers can receive hundreds of essays, reports, exams or homework assignments from students every week. Each paper requires timely review and detailed feedback. With Dragon NaturallySpeaking, teachers can read and respond to students’ essays quickly and easily. They can add more comments and detailed notes because they’re not constrained by time-consuming hand-written feedback – not to mention poor penmanship!

For example, one secondary school history teacher who uses Dragon to comment on student projects decreased the amount of time that he spends grading papers by 40 percent over the alternative method of hand-writing comments. In addition to saving time and improving the quality of feedback, Dragon provided this teacher with a permanent electronic copy of all of his comments, a critical resource when it comes to writing both end-of-semester evaluations and college recommendations.

With a wireless headset, teachers reviewing assignments and providing dictated feedback are no longer tied so closely to the desk and computer. They can move around as they dictate notes to students or sit back and relax as they add comments to papers.


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The TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition…a Worthy Upgrade!

The TI-84 Plus C Silver Edition graphing calculator is a step above the rest. It has a full color screen and allows teachers to deepen student comprehension of math concepts by graphing on top of real-world photos that can be imported from a computer to the calculator using free TI Connect software. And the coolest aspect about this calculator is that is can be recharged via USB…that’s right, bye-bye batteries!

Get your classroom ready to go with an EZ-Spot  Teacher 10-pack!

  • Includes: 10 (EZ spot units) ; 10 TI Rechargeable batteries; 10 quick reference card; 1 getting started guide; 5 Unit to Unit USB Cable; 5 USB Computer cables; 1 product poster; 1 TI-84 Plus C Charging Station.


3D Printing with ROBO 3D

New to the market is a really cool 3D printer, the ROBO 3D R1. There are several things worth noting that set this printer apart.

  1. It uses both ABS and PLA filament. No need to be bound to one plastic!
  2. It costs (on average) $1,500 LESS than the top shelf 3D printers…*coughMakerBotcough*
  3. It is fully supported on Windows 8

These three selling points are key to bringing 3D printing to your school. It is now more affordable, widely supported, and easier to use than ever! So if your school or district is looking for ways to boost STEM performance and engagement, start with a 3D printing lab!



Simplify your Chromebook Management

If you have Chromebooks–then you already understand the benefits. They are cheap, sturdy, powerful enough for the classroom, and out preform iPads by leaps and bounds. However, just having the Chromebooks without any sort of management service can be super painful. Managing devices one by one is not only tedious, but its costing you money. Reduce the time spent configuring apps and settings with the Chrome OS Management Console.

  • Create user groups: Apply policies, apps, and settings to different sets of users. Group students by grade level or subject. Separate students and faculty.
  • Pre-install and block apps: Blacklist, whitelist, or pre-install apps, extensions and URLs.
  • Track assets: Assign devices to specific students and faculty and get configuration and usage reports.
  • Manage user access: Control who uses your Chrome devices: prevent outside users from logging in, disable Guest Mode, or designate specific types of users for your devices.
  • Configure network access: Set network and proxy settings to make it easy for users to get up and running and ensure they’re protected by web filters and firewalls.
  • Customize user features: Modify user settings like bookmark and app sync across computers and show some school spirit on your devices with custom Chrome desktop themes.
You simply purchase as many licenses as you need, and BAM–management just got a whole lot easier.

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.