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Adobe Youth Voices

The Adobe Youth Voices Program provides resources for educators, including links to a wide range of instructional materials and tutorials on digital photography, digital video, and digital storytelling. This global philanthropic initiative to empower youth serves educators and afterschool practitioners who are integrating digital media into their classrooms and learning centers. Through media arts production, young people can give voice to issues that they care about—and share their movies, animation, Web sites or other works with a wide audience. Housed in the Adobe Digital Kids Club, the resources for educators feature lesson plans and curriculum ideas as well as expert advice. In addition, galleries in the Digital Kids Club and on the Youth Voices Web site exhibit a variety of works that model techniques for media making and inspire young artists.

Content Focus:
Media Arts Production, Multimedia/Digital Literacy, Language Arts,,

Linkages to:
Social Studies, Science, Art/Drama/Music,,

Grades/Ages: Grades K–12

Costs: Instructional materials are free; camera and software must be purchased separately if not already available.
The costs shown were accurate at the time of the review. Please check the publisher's web site for current prices.

Publication Date: 2003

Developer Contact Information
Adobe Systems Inc., in collaboration with Blue Pixel and Classroom Connects
Adobe Systems Incorporated
345 Park Avenue
San Jose, CA 95110
408-536-6000 e/philanthropy/youthvoices/

Design Overview

As a digital arts technology publisher, Adobe Systems Inc. is interested in supporting the knowledgeable and creative use of its products. The Adobe Youth Voices and Digital Kids portals offer multiple points of entry for educators, parents, and young people. Those just beginning to do photography can find a full introduction with tips, lessons and activities, a photo gallery, and a showcase of various ways digital photography is being used in classrooms, afterschool programs, and at home. These materials explain the elements of good photographs and the techniques for creating compelling digital stories in a clear and accessible way. The lesson plans, submitted by educators and project leaders for posting on the Digital Kids Club website, provide a context and gives examples of how to use Adobe products such as Photoshop and Premiere.
  • Activity Types: Various multimedia projects from beginner to advanced
  • Materials/technology required: Computer, digital still or video camera, software such as Adobe Photoshop Elements or Adobe Premiere
  • Program Length/Duration: Varies according to project from one activity to a standard 6- or 8-week project

Instructional Approach

Adobe Youth Voices provides resources for programs that cultivate project-based learning experiences by empowering young people to identify issues of personal concern and create media works about them. This collection of materials was intended to support and encourage digital art making in multiple contexts at any ability level. Within the Adobe Digital Kids Club, which houses the resources for educators, users can share best practices in teaching and learning about digital media making.

Consideration of Special Student Populations

A program that spans continents, Adobe Youth Voices reaches out to young people and educators from different countries, cultures, and ethnicities. The materials and approach promote multicultural understanding and support a diverse community of media makers.

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