There’s no doubt that Chromebooks are king of the classroom these days, but for as simple as they are for education, they are still lacking in some areas that traditional laptops offer. That is slowly changing as Google is bringing Android app support to Chromebooks. That Android app support is giving Adobe the opportunity to make some of its Creative Cloud apps compatible with select Chromebooks. Starting today, six Adobe apps will be available for download from the Google Play Store for supported Chromebooks.
“The popularity of Chromebooks in the classroom has exploded, and we’re thrilled to offer students access to Adobe tools on these devices, allowing them to learn the way they do best – by doing and creating,” said Mark Rupert, Senior Director of Education at Adobe. “As a company, our goal is to empower every student to be a lifelong creator and having our free mobile apps on Chromebooks helps us reach millions more students who can bring their ideas to life.”
The Creative Cloud apps that Adobe has updated include Photoshop Mix, Lightroom Mobile, Illustrator Draw, Photoshop Sketch, Adobe Comp CC, and Creative Cloud Mobile. In addition, all six apps will be free to download and Adobe is planning on releasing more apps later this year.
“Having access to free creative tools like Adobe’s on Chromebooks allows for much more creative freedom for students with different learning styles or talents to shine,” said Nicole Dalesio, Teacher and Teacher on Special Assignment (ToSA) for the Los Gatos-Saratoga Union High School District, CA. “It gives them an opportunity to demonstrate their learning in a much more powerful way. Now all students can get the skills they need to create and share in a digital world.”
Students and teachers alike recognize that technology provides more outlets for creativity, and the updated Creative Cloud apps will build upon Chromebooks speed, simplicity, and security to enable further creativity on Chromebooks — both in and out of the classroom. Current Chromebooks that support Android Apps include the Asus Chromebook Flip, Acer Chromebook R11/C738T, and Google Chromebook Pixel (2015), with many more models expected to get compatibility soon.
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