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Unleashing Creativity: Adobe Express AI Tools Empower Students

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Teaching & Inclusive Practices
Key Stage 2
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Case Study
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Ronan Mc Nicholl

Head of Digital Learning

At our primary school we integrated Adobe Express AI tools like text-to-image, image-to-text, and generative fill, enabling students to unleash their creativity through document, poster and display design. Teachers guided safe and responsible AI usage, fostering digital literacy alongside imaginative self-expression.

Introducing AI

Teachers first discussed using AI responsibly, explaining safeguards in place from the school, web filters, and Adobe itself to protect students. They then modelled the AI tools, having students create posters with AI-generated images, titles, borders and backgrounds across various topics. Students explored the nuances of content types, styles, and prompts, recording observations to discuss the tools' efficacies.

Text-Image AI

The text-to-image AI let students enter text prompts to generate corresponding images in photo, graphic or artistic styles. Various style groups were also available, including movements, themes, techniques, and effects. Students were encouraged to explore these and record the differences. This formed the basis of a follow-up discussion on the efficacy of the various tools.

Image-Text AI

The image-to-text tool visually rendered text based on images, like creating titles from pasta shapes on food collages. The simplicity and speed of this process was impressive.

Generative Fill

Using this tool students could mark an area by drawing on the screen and then type into a box what they would like to appear in that place. Previously, this would have required the use of the magic tool in Photoshop, a substantially more daunting task for a Year 5 student.

Throughout, teachers emphasized safe, responsible AI usage while witnessing students' excitement at accessing these cutting-edge creative tools.

The scenario in this case study is genuine and based upon real events and data, however its narration has been crafted by AI to uphold a standardised and clear format for readers.

Key Learning

Introducing AI responsibly with guidance on safety and ethics builds digital literacy alongside creative skills.  Adobe Express is free for schools and offers a range of fantastic and safe tools which teachers can use to promote digital creativity.

Exploring AI's nuances and capabilities promotes a deeper understanding of the technology.


Monitoring safe AI usage requires prudent classroom management from teachers - AI outputs may reflect societal biases, necessitating discussions around responsible AI development.

Excessive student reliance on AI tools could hinder development of core creative abilities.