Adobe hopes to empower students with Chromebook release of Creative Cloud applications


posted Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 11:00 AM EDT


Chromebook users who have felt left behind relative to software updates and releases, Adobe has you covered with the release of six updated Android applications optimized for Chromebooks. The six applications are Photoshop Mix, Lightroom Mobile, Illustrator Draw, Photoshop Sketch, Adobe Comp CC and Creative Cloud Mobile.

Adobe hopes that the updated applications make an impact in classrooms. The company has also released findings of a global study on creativity in schools and its implications for the workforce of tomorrow. The study shows that over three-quarters of students aged 11 through 17 and 88 percent of their teachers view creativity as essential to the students’ future careers. Further, 90 percent of students and 76 percent of teachers consider technology as key to being prepared to become productive workers.

As part of this goal to empower the creativity of students and provide them with better access to technology, Adobe will be launching free downloads of Creative Cloud beta applications as part of Google’s new beta, which they announced today at Bett, Europe’s largest exhibition of technology in education. Senior Director of Education at Adobe, Mark Rupert, says of the release, “The popularity of Chromebooks in the classroom has exploded and we’re thrilled to offer students access to Adobe tools on these devices, allowing them to learn the way they do best – by doing and creating. As a company, our goal is to empower every student to be a lifelong creator and having our free mobile apps on Chromebooks helps us reach millions more students who can bring their ideas to life.”

Teacher on Special Assignment Nicole Dalesio, of Los Gatos-Saratoga Union High School District in California says that “Having access to free creative tools like Adobe's on Chromebooks allows for much more creative freedom for students with different learning styles or talents to shine. It gives them an opportunity to demonstrate their learning in a much more powerful way. Now all students can get the skills they need to create and share in a digital world.” Anytime you can provide students additional ways to enhance their technology skills and flex their creative muscles, society benefits. It’s important that companies like Adobe help support these educational goals by providing tools and software for students.

To learn more about Adobe’s education survey, “Gen Z in the Classroom: Creating the Future,” see here.