DepEd distributes Adobe CC licenses to all public schools in the Philippines

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The Department of Education (DepEd) has distributed Adobe Creative Cloud licenses to every public school in the Philippines to further develop the digital literacy skills of teachers and students.

All 108,000 licenses were procured by the Office of the Undersecretary for Administration (OUA) through the Information and Communications Technology Service (ICTS), DepEd said in a press release. The licenses have undergone speedy activation after distribution.

Adobe CC is a collection of Adobe programs and apps used for graphic design, photo and video editing, and web development. These include Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Premiere Pro, among others.

Undersecretary of Administration Alain Pascua noted that providing learners with industry-standard software such as these will equip them with the expertise essential in this “creative development era.”

“Anyone can be a content creator due to the simplification and adaptability of existing mobile devices where learning and design can blend as one,” Pascua said.

Prior to training students to master the programs, DepEd will first ensure that educators are well familiarized with them.

“If we do not provide them (teachers) with these tools, we cannot have competitive graduates who will help the Philippines in [raising] global digital skills standards that contribute to nation-building,” said ICTS-Educational Technology Unit Head Mark Sy.

DepEd has then partnered with Creative Nation Academy for its Digital Rise Program, which holds webinars that give teachers the technical know-how and creativity they can impart to their students.

In other related news, Adobe has released web versions of its Photoshop and Illustrator desktop programs.

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