Fort Lauderdale, Florida
“Do, or do not. There is no try.”
— Yoda, “Star Wars”
Rob Schwartz has been teaching since the mid-1990s, employing innovative strategies and a student-directed approach to learning that have garnered his programs and students much recognition. He currently teaches at Sheridan Technical High School, where he and his students use Adobe Creative Suite to produce print, design, and multimedia projects.
Schwartz shares his methods for a design-based approach to curriculum in presentations at many local, state, and national conferences, and in the award-winning website he created, Brainbuffet.
Brainbuffet earned the Program of Excellence designation in 2001 from the International Technology Education Association. Schwartz was also honored as an Epsilon Pi Tau Exemplary Teacher and Exemplary Scholar in 2004. His program won Florida Technology Education Association Program of the Year in 2000, and the Cyberfair Competition Grand Prize award in 1999.
Recently, his primary focus has been developing curriculum for Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) certification. In 2008–2009, Schwartz led the curriculum development and implementation of the program at Seminole Ridge High School, which was the 2009 Top Certifying Center for ACA certifications. Certiport recognized Schwartz in 2011 for Outstanding Achievement in Student ACA Certifications. His ACA Test Prep website was used by 80% of the top 15 certifying schools in 2012, and has successfully helped thousands of students and teachers obtain Adobe certification.
His most valued recognition was the Adobe Impact Award in 2011. Schwartz said recently in an interview, “To be recognized by Adobe and the Adobe Education Leader community is the highest honor. The AELs are the top creative educators in the world — the classiest and most intelligent community I’ve ever been a part of — and to be selected by that group of people for recognition is both humbling and empowering.”
Schwartz is currently teaching emerging technology at Sheridan Technical High School using the Gamified Curriculum Delivery system developed by fellow AEL Mike Skocko. Schwartz has been involved with the project since its inception and helps moderate the discussions on the Adobe Education Exchange. He also speaks at conferences and conducts training on how to implement a successful STEAM program and ACA programs for classrooms, schools, and districts.