May 21, 2018

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Adobe Offers $5 Student Access to Creative Cloud

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Photoshop and Adobe Premiere for $5? Students will get that and more come May 15, when Adobe will offer its full suite of Creative Cloud applications to K–12 schools at $4.99 per license, per year.

In addition to Photoshop and Premiere, professional-level software for photo and video editing, respectively, the package offers access to Illustrator (vector graphics), InDesign (publishing), and Dreamweaver (web design), among other tools. Students can use the cloud-based apps at school or at home and from any device, and each license comes with 2GB of storage.

A reduction from the current $25 per student, the $4.99 pricing requires a minimum purchase of 500 user licenses for a single school, or 2,500 licenses for a school district.

“Strengthening the ‘A’ in STEAM and making art and creativity core to the student learning experience is Adobe’s responsibility. Digital storytelling is a critical skill for all students and enabling them to start creating videos, editing photos, and publishing websites by grade 6 and earlier is key,” said Mala Sharma, Adobe’s VP & GM of Creative Cloud Product, Marketing and Community, in a company statement.

Adobe is offering educators related support in free professional development courses and lesson plans on its Education Exchange. Additional lessons are available for Adobe Spark, a storytelling app set, which became free for K–12 and academic institutions in January.

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  1. This does not make Adobe more affordable for smaller schools. I work in a District where our entire enrollment K-12 is 550 students. There is no way we could get use out of 500 liscences purchased annually. There used to be educational cooperatives that were able to help school Districts purchase Adobe products at a more reasonable cost for the students they needed software from but Adobe is no longer offering these options so instead of making the software more affordable, this prices smaller districts out of the products completely.

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