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DepEd procures 108k Adobe licenses for public schools nationwide

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The Department of Education (DepEd) has procured around 108,000 Adobe Creative Cloud licenses and distributed them to public schools to enhance the digital literacy skills of students and teachers.

In a statement, DepEd said the Office of the Undersecretary for Administration, through the Information and Communications Technology Service (ICTS), has partnered with Adobe to procure the licenses and Creative Nation Academy to share knowledge and expertise on the use of these tools.

The licenses of the Adobe Creative Cloud, a comprehensive collection of Adobe desktop software and mobile applications under one umbrella, then underwent activation after distribution, DepEd said.

It can be accessed through an Adobe Federated ID linked with the respective school email address which was made available on January 15.

“DepEd must provide these licenses to our public schools because we are now in the 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,” DepEd Undersecretary Alain Del Pascua said.

Pascua added that the DepEd is preparing students to be globally inclined and encouraging them to use industry-standard software to give them greater opportunities of landing a job.

ICTS-Educational Technology Unit head Mark Sy also stressed that it is vital to open gateways to the teachers since they are the ones molding learners’ transferable skills.

“If we do not provide them with these tools, we cannot have competitive graduates who will help the Philippines in [raising] global digital skills standards that contribute to nation-building,” he said.

Sy said that one of their projects is the provision of Adobe CC licenses to teachers who have qualified and passed the Adobe Creative Educator Level 1 course offered by the Adobe Education Exchange program.

“In this way, we can say that our DepEd teachers have proven their skills which are at an international standard,” he said.

Face-to-face classes amid the COVID-19 pandemic will be expanded to other schools next month, DepEd said on Tuesday. — VBL, GMA News

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