In a pilot program with K-12 schools, Adobe has provided Creative Cloud licenses to offer a Design Thinking problem-solving approach to students and teachers of Roycemore School in Evanston.

Design Thinking is a strategy that has been employed by businesses and organizations around the country but is relatively new to education.

“The software capabilities of the Adobe Creative Cloud technology will equip our students with some of the most powerful tools available today to present and communicate ideas, express creativity, convey meaning, and collaborate— which are some of the most critical skills young people need in today’s complex world,” said Adrianne Finley Odell, Roycemore head of school.

To kick off the school’s Design Thinking initiative, a team from Adobe, including Jamie Myrold, vice president of design for Adobe and Roycemore parent, along with other Adobe staff, joined the school’s faculty for a two-day workshop.

“I am thrilled that the innovative educators at Roycemore now have this technology in their classrooms. It will be exciting to see how these tools impact the student learning experience and enhance creativity,” said Myrold.

Reading poster created by Roycemore students.

Using the new software, Roycemore high school students have designed a PSA campaign to encourage students to read more.  

In an initiative with Northwestern University’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), Roycemore School students will teach OLLI students a variety of digital skills that they have expressed a desire to learn, including the opportunity to learn how to use Adobe software.

“The philosophy at OLLI is that curiosity never retires. This is an exciting opportunity that will combine students from all walks of life. I am sure that OLLI students will learn new digital skills from Roycemore students and I hope that the students from Roycemore will learn something from their OLLI students, too,” said Kirsty Montgomery, director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

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