In a move designed for "nurturing creativity and creative problem-solving skills," Adobe has announced that they will offer yearly Creative Cloud licenses at significant discounts for K-12 schools and school districts.
Adobe will also offer professional development and lesson plans to complement the Creative Cloud licenses, which are being priced at $4.99 per year each, with a minimum purchase of 500 licenses per school ($2,495 per year) or 2,500 per district ($12,475 per year). The plan gives students access to the entire suite of Creative Cloud applications, including Photoshop, Illustrator, and Premiere Pro, as well as many Creative Cloud services and 2 GB of storage. The program also allows students to log into their personal accounts and work from any location with any device, which Adobe says will allow teachers more freedom in what they teach and assign as students will no longer have to use school computers during class time to work on projects. The new offering will be available starting on May 15 in the United States, Europe, Japan, New Zealand, and India. As technology continues to evolve and become more and more integrated into the classroom environment, it should be interesting to see how educational practices shift, particularly with programs like this.