Adobe Systems Inc. has been selected to provide software for the Technology Applications Certification Program (TACP), a K-12 teacher training initiative dedicated to advancing technology in Texas classrooms.
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According to the National School Board Foundation, teachers at 90 percent of the nation’s largest school districts lack technology training in the classroom. With this in mind, Texas has developed the TACP with a US$2.2 million grant, giving teachers in low-income communities software instruction to incorporate technology courses into their curriculum. As part of the two-year certification program, teachers will learn Adobe’s print and Web publishing and graphics products, allowing them to teach Web, desktop publishing, video, graphics, and animation courses. The program is being facilitated through the Texas Center for Educational Technology (TCET) and the University of North Texas.
In addition to TACP, a similar program in New Mexico, facilitated through New Mexico State University, is teaching K-12 teachers how to integrate Adobe Web and publishing software in their classrooms. The University of Oregon is implementing Adobe GoLive — Web design software — in their elementary teacher credential program. In Georgia, K-12 teachers are learning GoLive for instruction in their Web site design classes. In Washington the Bellevue School District offers all their schools use of Adobe Photoshop Elements, a product for graphics manipulation.
For details on these and other education initiatives, go to Adobe’s education Web site.