In advance of Bett, Europe’s largest exhibition for technology in education, Adobe today announced the forthcoming release of updated Android applications optimized for select Chromebooks to help students harness their creativity. Starting this month, Adobe Creative Cloud apps will be available for free download as part of the beta that Google announced today, giving students using Chromebooks the tools they need to be more creative. Using the classroom environment to learn how to problem solve and develop creative skills by using technology is more important than ever for the future workforce, per results of a global study by Adobe on student and teacher learning perspectives.

Over the past year, the use of Chromebooks has steadily grown in education – sales are flourishing in Europe, and they are now a market leader in North America. Chromebook users can download the creativity apps from the Google Play Store on Chromebooks that support Play Store apps and can expect the next wave of apps to be launched later this year.

To support the importance of creativity and technology in the classroom, Adobe is releasing the updated Creative Cloud apps that capitalize on Chromebook’s strengths – speed, simplicity and security – making these devices ideal for students to use in and out of the classroom. The family of applications launching this month are:

Adobe has been trying to make its apps available to many different types of users across platforms, and this launch to Chromebooks is another example of that.  According to the Adobe study “Gen Z in the Classroom: Creating the Future.” The research found that 78 percent of students between the ages of 11 and 17 from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and Germany and 88 percent of their teachers see creativity as essential to students’ future careers. A staggering 90 percent of students and 76 percent of teachers view technology as key to their career preparedness. In addition, 90 percent of Gen Z students say they are better prepared for the future given how well they understand technology. Given all that data, it was only natural for Adobe to continue down this route.