Eighth graders here at Marshall Simonds Middle School learned how to use Photoshop while creating posters of inspirational figures. We mind-mapped famous people who have made a difference in this world. Students brainstormed important issues for which they are impassioned. It was an excellent assignment to get students on the new Macbook Pros and teach Photoshop to middle school students. I was a bit nervous as it was my first time getting middle grade students using the Adobe programs. I have found that many students have trouble moving from an iOS device to a Mac OS, but it worked very well. I set my expectations low and these students far exceeded them! I see students 2 out of a 6 day rotation schedule and I would estimate that this assignment took about 8 classes to complete.
To adapt this assignment for those students who do not have Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop Mix is a great app to use although the options are a bit more limited.
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I teach art at Burlington High School in Burlington, Massachusetts. My goals include teaching my students to live and thrive with 21st century learning skills while helping them to learn valuable creative artistic thinking and technical skill.