The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

School Columnists

March 28, 2013

Tech course is an exploration in creativity

ASHTABULA TOWNSHIP — At the forefront of Edgewood’s technology classes is the Adobe Applications Course, a class that familiarizes advanced computer technology students with the uses of the Adobe Master Collection program. Students utilize the various programs to create special effects, animations, picture editing, movie editing and even sound editing to create professional quality work using tools that professional editors use.

One lesson had each student in the class learn two unique special effects to animations, master the use of them, then instruct the whole class on how to incorporate the special effects into their work. Another large class-wide project called, “Snow Place Like Home,” had the whole class split up into several groups which each made a video segment on what to do on a snow day. After completing their respective videos, the groups used Adobe Sound Booth and Adobe Premier Pro to edit their segments, combine their videos, and add special effects to create a professional grade short film on which all were graded.

Outside of school, some of the students are incorporating their knowledge and ability into their everyday activities. Student Shane McTrusty is conducting an independent study where he utilizes the Adobe programs into his disc jockeying. McTrusty brings his laptop and iPhone into class and works on optimizing his equipment using new software and Adobe Sound Booth for his musical sound editing. Other students collaborated to record and edit their own “Harlem Shake” video in class using Adobe, and student Derek Dreslinski has been using several cameras and computers to record concerts and musicals at Edgewood. He has been editing the picture and sound quality using the same programs he learns about in class.

“He’s really doing some great stuff with this,” said Paul Simon, the Adobe Applications teacher.

Simon notes that the course is mostly based upon student discovery and application. “We’re just putting together the pieces and exploring the program,” he said.

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