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Teaching with Adobe Illustrator

An important part of teaching Information and Communications Technology is allowing students the opportunity express their creative side by through technology. Adobe Illustrator is an excellent way for students to express their creativity. Because the software is so widely used there are a seemingly endless array of online resources for both student and teachers to learn how to use the software. Additionally, you find countless project ideas, shared by educators, with a simple Google search.
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Teaching with Adobe Illustrator
  • John Cork says:
    If you’re serious about learning Adobe Illustrator, or any Adobe product for that matter, be sure and check out Lynda.com. Here you’ll find 161 Illustrator courses containing a total of 8812 video tutorials! Be sure and start with the 8-hour course titled “Illustrator CC Training” and then move on to a wide range of Illustrator tutorials that may interest you. Lynda.com costs $30 a month but for the serious learner it is well worth it! You may also try out the site for 10-days free.
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    Back-to-School With 40 Excellent Adobe Illustrator Tutorials

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    John Cork says:
    Smashingmagazine.com lest 40 simple to advanced Adobe Illustrator tutorials on this visually stimulating post. The tutorials were selected so one can, “polish their skill sets on a variety of topics which will strengthen their own artwork.” You’ll learn how to create stunning vector graphics that include fonts, cartoons, characters, 3D objects and more. If you're responsible for teaching Adobe Illustrator this website is chock-full of great class projects to challenge your students.
  • John Cork says:
    The official Adobe learning site includes a library of tutorials, projects and articles and is a must visit for anyone using the software. For educators and students new to Illustrator make sure and try the “Get Started” project that teaches how to create an eye-popping logo. In the “Learn Essentials” section you’ll find everything you need to become a master! In the “Key Techniques” section you learn tips and techniques for creating logos, characters and artwork.
  • John Cork says:
    Where does an educator or student purchase Adobe products? How much does Adobe charge for its software? I’ve included the link to Adobe’s “How to Buy” website to help you research these questions. Although Adobe software can be expensive Adobe offers their software for classroom and school use at a discount. Also, Adobe offers over 27 software titles that can be purchased individually or bundled together in the Creative Cloud.
  • John Cork says:
    This “workshop” is offered free by Adobe Education and teachers how to make a personalized logo. The step-by-step instructions teach the learner how to “create and combine shapes, choose your colors, and add text for a professional-looking result.” After completing the course your students will be proficient with the basic functions and tools of Illustrator. The well-organized course is divided into 3-sections: Inspire & Explore, Explain & Apply and Reflect & Connect.
  • John Cork says:
    Don’t forget a simple YouTube search to find an endless selection of Adobe Illustrator videos. One of my favorites is from TastyTuts and titled, “The Complete Beginners Guide To Adobe Illustrator | Tutorial Overview & Breakdown”. This video introduces the learner to Illustrator before moving on to the other 19 videos contained in this free training series. The course is very well-organized and documented and includes a 25-page course guide, a downloadable project folder and community links!
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BloomBoard Asks:How have you used Adobe Illustrator in your own teaching practice? What online resources to you recommend?