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Two Months Free Creative Cloud For Teachers And Students With Prepayment
Adobe Creative Cloud is available at a discount for students and teachers. In addition to education discounts of up to 66%, for a limited time you can also get two months free when you prepay.
(Mon, 31 Aug 2015 10:51:00 -0400)
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ColdFusion Security Hotfix Released
A security hotfix has been released for ColdFusion versions 10 and 11 on all platforms. The fix patches a potential vulnerability which could be used to disclose server information.
(Thu, 27 Aug 2015 20:56:00 -0400)
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Half-Off Sams Teach Yourself SQL In 10 Minutes
Want to learn SQL? InformIT is running a special on the best reviewed titles on My Sams Teach Yourself SQL In 10 Minutes is on that list, and so you can use this link to grab a copy of the best-selling SQL book of all time for 40% off (or buy multiple copies at 50% off). This offer ends September 1, 2015.
(Mon, 24 Aug 2015 20:03:00 -0400)
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New PhoneGap Documentation Online
The PhoneGap documentation has just undergone a pretty dramatic facelift, including really good getting started docs for new PhoneGap developers.
(Fri, 21 Aug 2015 13:23:00 -0400)
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Back-To-School With Adobe Voice And Slate
It's Back-To-School time, and teachers all over are prepping for another year spent in the company of fresh eager (yeah, I know, but I'm trying to sound upbeat) faces. Back in prehistoric times, when I was in school, that meant sharpening lots of pencils, trying to get last year's chalk mark remnants off the board, obtaining a stack of clean projector transparencies and duplicator carbon sheets ... ouch! Teachers these days do much the same, although we've (thankfully) traded much of that ancient technology for shiny devices like iPads. Over the past year I've had the good fortune and privilege of meeting lots of passionate teachers the world over, and many have shared the innovative ways that they are using Adobe Voice and Adobe Slate on their classroom iPads. Some of the ideas are so good that I just have to share them.So, in the Back To School spirit, here goes:
  • Speech and language play: Create a Voice story with a single picture per page, use big bold clear pictures (ideally isolated on a white or clear background to avoid distractions). Have the child go through page by page recording themselves naming the pictured object. (Note: Many teachers have asked how to create copies of blank or starter stories. In both Voice and Slate you can do this by going to the Projects tab, tapping the ... to the right of the project, and then selecting Duplicate).
  • Sight words proficiency: Create a Voice story with one sight word per page and with no recorded voice. Have the child go through page by page recording themselves reading the words. This can be repeated at intervals so that the children see the progress and improvement for themselves.
  • Narrative prompts: Similar to the prior ideas, but pick images with an action occurring, and have the student record a single sentence describing what is happening.
  • Rhyming game: Show a series of pictures, and have the children use Voice to record a word that rhymes with it (as opposed to naming the picture).
  • Playing with shapes and colors: I've seen lots of variants of this one, all of which thoroughly engaged the students. Assign a color and/or a shape, and have the students walk around the classroom or yard or school building finding matches and describing them in a Voice story.
  • Second language acquisition: A variant of the above (this one shared with me by teachers teaching Chinese Mandarin and Spanish to English-speaking kids, as well as by an ESL teacher working with immigrant children) is to show pictures or words that need to be translated, having children record the translations. The same picture can be used on multiple pages so that the child records the same word multiple times, building proficiency while being able to hear the improved fluency.
  • Story starters: Instead of assigning a topic for children to write about, assign a series of images that they must use. Allow them to create their own captions, add images, perhaps even edit the images, and build a story around them. Specify a minimum and maximum duration if using Voice, or a maximum length if using Slate, and then have the students share their work with the rest of the class.
  • Creative storytelling: With so many children (and their families) taking pictures on smartphones and devices, the odds are high that children will have access to lots of digital pictures capturing their summer break. Both Voice and Slate are great for "What I did this summer" type storytelling. Having the pictures stored on the iPad camera roll will make this project easy and fun. Have the child take a selfie for the title page with a "Hi, my name is X, and this is what I did this summer" message, and then have them use their pictures to share their summer activities.
  • Book reports: New school year means new books to read and new book reports to write. It's no secret that some children love reading while others don't, and even those that do often don't care for assigned titles and selections. Voice (for younger readers) and Slate (for higher grades) can make book reports fun, engaging, and a highly personal exercise in creativity.
  • Essays and written assignments: I used to write essays and written assignments in pen in a ruled notebook. My eldest kids got to use Word and then Google Docs. But that's not adequate for kids these days, they want a more polished and professional look and expect tools that let them complement their written creativity with equally creative visuals and presentation. Adobe Slate is superb for this (here's an example created by my youngest son). Just be sure to specify word counts or document lengths or some other guide, otherwise the kids will spend forever looking for images at the expense of actually writing their assignment.
  • Class reports and blogs: If your class publishes reports for fellow students or parents, Adobe Slate can be a fun way to share classroom news and updates.
  • Science fair presentations: It's not quite science fair season yet, but I'd be remiss to not share this one. Science fairs usually require a presentation of sorts to the judges, and these presentations are usually lost over time. Students can record their presentations, both to help prep for judging, as well as to record their work for posterity.
These are just a few of the ideas I've come across these past few months. If you have others, please share.
(Wed, 19 Aug 2015 11:12:00 -0400)
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Beta Versions of Flash And AIR 19 Released
Beta versions of both Flash Player 19 and AIR 19 (code named "Quint") have been posted to Adobe Labs.
(Mon, 17 Aug 2015 12:45:00 -0400)
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Adobe Voice Updated
We just made Adobe Voice a little better (yep, hard to believe that's possible, I know). You can now tap a page thumbnail at the bottom of the screen to initiate review playback from the selected slide. You're welcome.
(Mon, 17 Aug 2015 11:08:00 -0400)
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SQL Video Tutorials Released
I recently mentioned that I was working on a SQL tutorial video series based on my best-selling Sams Teach Yourself SQL books (and their spin-offs). Well, the videos are now online, close to 3 hours of yours truly walking you through getting started with SQL. The lessons are based on the flow and format of the SQL books, even using the same examples and sample data, and are designed to be used in conjunction with the books if so desired. The videos are on Safari Books Online and InformIT and other streaming sites.
(Thu, 30 Jul 2015 22:26:00 -0400)
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Just Wrapped Next SQL Book
It's been sixteen years since the publication of my first book on SQL, Sams Teach Yourself SQL in 10 Minutes. That book was met with such positive feedback that it has been updated three times, has spawned several DBMS-specific spin-off titles, has been translated more than a dozen times, and is part of the curriculum in numerous schools and colleges the world over. In all of its various flavors and iterations, this little book has helped hundreds of thousands learn the basics of SQL. And along the way it has become the best-selling SQL book of all time, a fact that is both incredibly humbling and a source of great pride. I mentioned the DBMS-specific spin-off titles, thus far for Microsoft SQL Server T-SQL, MySQL, and MariaDB. Well, the (much delayed) 4th is on the way. Earlier today I finished reviewing the manuscript for an edition focused on Oracle PL/SQL (covering Oracle 10, 11, 12, and XE). The book page says it's out of print, but that's just because it's not yet shipping. It is available for pre-order, and I'll post a note when I have a final publication date. Oh and I'm not done yet. I'm also wrapping a SQL video series, and I'll post more on that when I have a link to share.
(Tue, 14 Jul 2015 16:34:12 -0400)
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Blog Going Dark(er) For A Few Weeks
One of Adobe's employee benefits is the sabbatical, four to six (depending on years of employment) paid weeks off every five years to "to relax, recharge and reenergize" (as per the program description). So, if this blog goes dark (or just darker) for the next six weeks, know that I've not abandoned you, I'm just really busy relaxing, recharging, and reenergizing.
(Sun, 05 Jul 2015 08:42:00 -0400)
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Creative Cloud Enterprise Enhancements
Last week's major Creative Cloud update also included important enhancements to Creative Cloud for Enterprise, as explained in this post.
(Mon, 22 Jun 2015 11:11:00 -0400)
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25 Students Selected For Adobe Creativity Scholars Program
Today's young creatives have unprecedented influence on the world around them. They are igniting discussions on social and environmental issues with creativity that can transcend global boundaries. Using digital story making, they can translate personal experiences and perspectives into media that has the power to create real change in communities around the world.As part of Adobe's commitment to this next generation of creatives, we have selected 25 students for this year's class of Adobe Creativity Scholars.
(Sat, 20 Jun 2015 23:17:00 -0400)
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Zeke Koch Introduces Adobe Stock
Adobe Stock is the new Creative Cloud integrated image sourcing service with 40 million royalty-free, high-quality photos, illustrations, and graphics. Zeke Koch explains all in this introductory video:
(Tue, 16 Jun 2015 17:07:00 -0400)
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Creative Cloud 2015 Released
We've just released the 2015 version of Creative Cloud - major app updates, the introduction of Adobe Stock, new and updated mobile apps, and more. Scott Morris gives the rundown in this blog post.
(Tue, 16 Jun 2015 07:29:00 -0400)
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Creative Cloud Apps For Android
We said that we were working on Android versions of the Creative Cloud mobile apps, and here is the first batch: Adobe Photoshop Mix, Adobe Color CC, Adobe Brush CC, and Adobe Shape CC. And stay tuned, we're not done yet.
(Mon, 15 Jun 2015 13:46:00 -0400)
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