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Express Yourself: Five Creative Advocacy Projects With Adobe Express

Pennsylvania Convention Center, 115C

Explore and create: Exploratory Creation lab
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Technology Integration Specialist
Smithtown School District
Tim Needles is an artist, educator and author of STEAM Power. He’s a TEDx Talk speaker, technology integration specialist, and teaches art and emerging media at Smithtown Schools and Five Towns College. His work has been featured in the New York Times, NPR, Columbus Museum of Art, and the Norman Rockwell Museum. He’s the recipient of ISTE’s Technology in Action and Creativity Award, NAEA’s Eastern Region Art Educator Award & ArtEdTech Outstanding Teaching Award, and The Rauschenberg Power of Art Award. He’s also a board member of NYSCATE, a NASA Solar System Ambassador, an ISTE Community leader and NAEA ArtMediaTech chair.

Session description

Learn five creative projects that integrate creativity, advocacy and student voice with the free tool Adobe Express. We'll explore fun methods for creating social media graphics, film and web design that offer educators and students an opportunity to promote causes from mental health and social-emotional learning to STEAM, edtech and innovation in education.

Purpose & objective

Participants will learn 5 new advocacy projects as well as a number of new skills such as making social media graphics, photo editing, creating templates, editing video, designing a website portfolio using Adobe Express. All of the projects will be showcased in a web portfolio which we build together during the workshop which will become a resource for educators to use when using it in their own schools. They will also create and share the projects using social media at the end of the workshop.

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This is a hands-on workshop so attendees will be participating and sharing their work throughout using online tools there will also be peer to peer interaction in the creative brainstorming and creation process.

5min- Intro to Adobe Express and Advocacy projects with students
10min- Project 1: Poster Design
10min- Project 2: Social Media Graphics
10min- Project 3: Infographics
10min- Project 4: Film
10min- Project 5: Website/Portfolio
5min- Closing Reflection and sharing

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Supporting research

Edutopia: Getting Students on the Road to Self-Advocacy-

New York State Education Department: Empowering Learning Through Leadership: Program Advocacy-

Education World: Be a Student Advocate-

Edutopia: Teaching Advocacy in Your Classroom-

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Session specifications

Creativity & curation tools
Grade level:
Skill level:
Coaches, Library media specialists, Teachers
Attendee devices:
Devices required
Attendee device specification:
Smartphone: Android, iOS, Windows
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials:
This workshop uses Adobe Express which is a free tool which can be used as a website: or as an app on smartphones and tablets: Adobe Express and Spark Video
Subject area:
Performing/visual arts, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards:
For Coaches:
  • Personalize support for educators by planning and modeling the effective use of technology to improve student learning.
For Educators:
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.
For Students:
Creative Communicator
  • Students create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.
The submitter of this session has been supported by a company whose product is being included in the session