Free short course for teachers: Photoshop in the Classroom

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Charles Sturt University and industry partner IT Masters are offering a free five week online course for K-12 teachers in Adobe Photoshop to help them use Photoshop in the classroom and to give them a feel for undertaking postgraduate study via distance education with Charles Sturt University.

The ‘Photoshop in the Classroom’ course covers the first part of a subject called ‘(Adobe) Digital Curriculum from the Master of ICT in Education’ at Charles Sturt University. After completing it, teachers should be able to develop and deliver engaging, technology-rich learning activities.

IT Masters’ CEO, Martin Hale, says that most teachers are ill-equipped to make the most of today’s digital classrooms where many pupils come equipped with laptops or tablets. “Most Bachelor of Education degrees do not include ICT subjects as a core so it is little wonder that many teachers lack the confidence to truly integrate ICT into their classroom activities,” he says.

Whatech founder, Paul Hosking, agrees that IT skills are in short supply in education. “As a parent involved in ICT, I'm astounded at the lack of IT savvy I've seen from my children's teachers; not just in terms of teaching ICT to the kids but also in terms of IT management. Many of the management policies used by the well-meaning but over-zealous IT support staff mean that schools are not able to take advantage of the most phenomenal changes to the way we access information. If schools simply opted for cloud apps, they could reduce support requirements significantly.”

Hale says that IT training presently offered to in-service teachers is woefully inadequate. “Once they start teaching they get to go on occasional ICT professional development days, but this type of ad-hoc approach is not enough to truly gain confidence in ICT. Instead, you need a comprehensive course of study that allows time to become confident with software and practice applying it in classroom environment this is why we developed the Master of ICI in Education

The course will be based around Adobe’s ‘Foundations of Design and Print Production’ course that develops skills in digital design and print production using the Adobe Visual Design project-based curriculum. This curriculum aligns with the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) for Students as well as the new Adobe Certified Associate in Visual Communication.

The Australian Computer Society (ACS) Foundation has also thrown its weight behind the short course initiative. John Ridge, the executive director of the ACS Foundation, said: “The ACS Foundation believes it is critical that teachers can access programmes like this that offer the development, support and structure to integrate technology into the classroom in a way that engages and motivates students.”

Ridge added: “The Government has invested millions of dollars in attempting to address these issues but despite these efforts, enrolments in tertiary ICT studies are still plummeting. We believe there may be a connection between this trend and the way ICT is used in the classroom and therefore it is critical that teachers have access to comprehensive development programs such as this.”

The Photoshop in the Classroom short course runs for five weeks on Wednesday evenings, 6.00 - 7.00 pm, starting August 15. The first session is an interactive webinar focused on exploring new ideas, strategies and specific tools for integrating print production and graphic design activities into the K-12 curriculum.

There will be an optional online exam at the end of the course and those who pass the exam will be awarded a Certificate of Completion. Those gaining the top three marks will each be awarded a wine pack from the Charles Sturt University Winery.

Participants will require Adobe Photoshop CS6 or CS5. A free 30-day trial can be downloaded from here . All other reference materials will be provided online at no charge. Go to Free Short Course: Photoshop in the Classroom for details and to enrol.

 

About IT Masters and Charles Sturt University 
IT Masters and Charles Sturt University are proud to offer a unique series of Online Masters Degree qualifications that are:

Relevant: Preparation for the world’s premium IT industry certifications from Cisco, ITIL, Microsoft, the Project Management Institute and Oracle are included as an integral part of the Masters.
Accessible: Study for your Masters Degree in your own home. With over 32,000 students studying globally, Charles Sturt University is Australia’s (and one of the world’s) largest suppliers of distance education.
Accredited: All of our Online Master Degrees are fully accredited under the Australian Government Qualifications Framework.
Affordable: Australian Citizens can use Australian government FEE-HELP study loans facility to pay tuition fees.

For further information please visit http://www.itmasters.edu.au

About IT Masters and Charles Sturt University
IT Masters and Charles Sturt University are proud to offer a unique series of Online Masters Degree qualifications that are:

Relevant: Preparation for the world’s premium IT industry certifications from Cisco, ITIL, Microsoft, the Project Management Institute and Oracle are included as an integral part of the Masters.
Accessible: Study for your Masters Degree in your own home. With over 32,000 students studying globally, Charles Sturt University is Australia’s (and one of the world’s) largest suppliers of distance education.
Accredited: All of our Online Master Degrees are fully accredited under the Australian Government Qualifications Framework.
Affordable: Australian Citizens can use Australian government FEE-HELP study loans facility to pay tuition fees.

For further information please visit http://www.itmasters.edu.au

 

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