National Education Summit – Brisbane

The National Education Summit Brisbane event was held this week at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre with about 600 educators from across Australia. I was asked to present a session titled Low-lift & High-impact apps from Adobe for Education.

It was great to see other Adobe related topics being presented throughout the event. I sat in on Adobe Education Leader Adrian Bruch’s session.

Creative History Teachers

It was a delight to work with a room full of history teachers today at the History Teachers Association of Victoria conference in Melbourne.

For a number of them, it was their first introduction to the world of Adobe in Education.

The presentation was titled Research and Storytelling through Video: Adobe Makes it Easy and involved demonstrations with Adobe Character Animator, Adobe Express & Premiere Rush – all with a focus on creating short video stories to help encourage a passion for teaching and learning history.

Click here for a list of history resources on the Adobe Education Exchange that are mapped to the Australian Curriculum.

Adobe Express at Mentone Girls Secondary College

On Wednesday 27th July, I had the pleasure of running an Adobe Day at Mentone Girls Secondary College in Melbourne. I worked with groups of students from a range of classes and year levels with a focus on creating infographics with Adobe Express.

I provided the students with this Adobe Express infographic template based on skills to thrive for the future according to the World Economic Forum. The main skill missing from the template is creativity so the students task was to add that skill and be creative with the infograpohic.

After spending the morning with about 120 students, after lunch, I worked with a keen group of teachers who have been selected as IT support coaches for the school. These teachers had good overall IT skills and some were very competent with a range of Adobe tools.

After school, the coaches and I worked with the rest of the staff to show them how they can use Adobe Express in a range of curriculum areas.

I’d like to thank Jonathan Hall, Jennifer Connolly, Diana Gilbert and all the staff at Mentone Girls Secondary College for hosting me for the day. It was wonderful to engage with some many students and staff and share some outstanding digital creativity solutions.

July Newsletter

What is in this newsletter …


New approach to Edu Webinars

We have recently consolidated our planned 2022 Live Webinars and opened them up to all educators. See and share the new plan and register your interest via the Adobe in Education Events site for Australasian teachers. Note the new set of 30 min Live Adobe Demos with Dr Tim Kitchen.

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EduTECH 2022

Adobe is a Gold Sponsor of the 2022 EduTECH Conference which will be held as a face to face event in Melbourne on August 10 & 11. Sign up for the Adobe presentations and make sure you visit the Adobe stand and say ‘hi’ in person to the Adobe Education Team. We are planning about 20 demos over the two days.

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2022 APAC Adobe Education Summit – September holidays

Dr Tim Patston – Creative Actions

Dr Tim Patston (founder of Creative Actions) is the keynote presenter at The APAC Adobe Education Summit, the pinnacle event in APAC for any teacher interested in the use of Adobe applications and resources in the classroom, with a focus on K-12. Let your colleagues and wider education networks know about this hybrid event with an expected large online audience via Vimeo Livestream. Dr Patston is Australia’s leading researcher and consultant in the field of Creativity and Innovation in Education. 

Register your interest

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International Adobe Education Summit

Save the dates July 26-28, 2022 (USA dates) for the Adobe Education Summit 2022! Join leading educators for thoughtful sessions on how to take your classroom to the next level through creativity, inspired instruction, and time-saving lesson plans. Note that main sessions are recorded so register to access on-demand.

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New Adobe Express feature

Multiple page projects are now available through Adobe Express. You can add multiple pages – including pages of different sizes to the same project. 

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The importance of encouraging digital creativity across the curriculum

Have a look at Dr Tim Kitchen’s presentation at the virtual Australian Teacher Education Association Conference.

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New 30 min Lighting Learning Courses

Two new 30-minute, self-paced Lightning Learning courses have recently been added to the wealth of opportunities within the Adobe Education Exchange. Have a look at the Building Community with Adobe Express and the Writing Activities with Adobe Express courses.

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Inject Creativity Live

The Inject Creativity Live show can be found on the Adobe for Education YouTube Channel. Each episode features a passionate educator keen to share how Adobe tools are making a positive difference to their classroom.

Episode 70 features author and educator Associate Professor Max Schleser from Swinburne University sharing the topic Immersive Media with Adobe Creative Cloud

Episode 71 features author and social media expert Dr Karen Sutherland from the University of the Sunshine Coast sharing the topic Teaching Personal Branding Starts with You

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Adobe TeachMeets

The next set of Adobe TeachMeets are happening on July 28 and on August 18. Adobe TeachMeets are a unique online professional learning opportunity for teachers at any level, in any curriculum area and with lots or no experience with Adobe. Each session involves a range of workshop breakout opportunities led by Adobe Education Leaders with small groups so you can have quality and in-depth practical experience with either a low-lift or professional Adobe application.

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Inject Creativity Live – Episode 70 with Associate Professor Max Schleser

In this episode of Inject Creativity Live, Senior Adobe Education Specialist Dr Tim Kitchen and TAFE Queensland Online Learning & Media Developer Erin Raethke are joined by Adobe Education Leader Associate Professor Max Schleser from Swinburne University.

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For Victorian Teachers

Re-Generation Youth Festival

Adobe is supporting the the inaugural re-generation youth festival. This unique learning experience will provide students with an opportunity to learn a diverse range of entrepreneurial skills from building your own Social Enterprise to sustainability in fashion through a series of engaging activities.

Book here

Face to Face professional learning opportunities for Victorian teachers

  • Tue Aug 29, 3.45PM (AEST) Digital Skills event at Frankston High School
  • Thurs Oct 13, 3.45PM (AEST) Face to Face – Digital Skills PL event at Sommerville SC

Vic DET teachers – look up the Adobe section on Arc for more resources.

For NSW Teachers

Face to Face event in Sydney’s West

Free professional learning opportunity for teachers in any curriculum area at Hilltop Road Public School on Thursday 1st September, 4 PM to 5.30 PM.

Find out more

NSW DoE teachers – look up the Adobe section of the T4L site for more resources.

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New Zealand Youth Film Festival

Adobe is supporting the New Zealand Youth Film Festival.

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Mapping the Australian curriculum to the Adobe Education Exchange

Attention all Australian teachers – a new resource that links a wider range of Adobe Education Exchnage teaching resources to the Australian Curriculum is now available via – https://adobe.ly/ac-projects Please share this resources.

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Big Day In – Melbourne

Over 300 Year 10 & 11 students from a range of Victorian schools were involved in the 2022 Melbourne Big Day In which was held in the Design Faculty at The University of Melbourne.

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Arts Alive at Shelford Girls Grammar – Melbourne

Adobe Express was a big part of Shelford Girls Grammar Schools recent Arts Alive week.

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Produce a video pitching your skills

Adobe’s Lindsey Blass selected a lesson by expert educator Michael Cohen. She says, “I love how this lesson combines creativity and communication with flexible options for beginner and advanced students!”

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Supercharged storytelling

Adobe’s Claudio Zavala Jr. has chosen to highlight our Pixar storytelling curriculum: “These activities are an amazing way to inspire students and expand their skills across media.”

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Australasian Adobe Education Community on Facebook

If you haven’t already, please do join the Australasian Adobe Education Community Facebook group to keep regularly up to date with the world of Adobe in Education for the Australasian region.

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Big Day In – Melbourne

Over 300 Year 10 & 11 students from a range of Victorian schools were involved in the 2022 Melbourne Big Day In which was held in the Design Faculty at The University of Melbourne.

Big Day In events are for secondary students to explore careers in technology and help them make better informed decisions about their futureAdobe have been involved with Big Day In events across Australia since 2015.

It was a pleasure to be the opening keynote presenter for the Melbourne event with the topic Skills Required to Thrive. We looked at research from the World Economic Forum as well as Microsoft and Adobe that outlines the key skills that help people thrive with a focus on the importance of enhancing creativity skills. The research was topped and tailed by some inspiration from Billie Eilish.

It was great to meet most of the students as they passed by the Adobe stand and received postcards and stickers to help them learn more about how they can access Adobe tools at school and at home to enhance their digital creativity skills.

I’d like to congratulate Kerrie Bisaro and the team at the Australian Computer Society Foundation for the work they do to put these events together and I encourage more schools to get involved.

Introducing Adobe Express to Vietnamese students at risk

For the past three years, I have had the pleasure to be involved with a special event by the Pacific Links Foundation for Vietnamese students who are risk of trafficking.

Last Saturday, I ran four digital creativity workshops based on publishing posters with Adobe Express.

Each workshop involved logging the students into the free version of Adobe Express on a range of devices such as phones, android tablets and laptops. Then we used the chat feature on Zoom to brainstorm the things we love doing in our spare time.

We used those ideas to create a digital poster with Adobe Express titled This is me.

I was assisted at each session by some wonderful translators. Most of the students has very little English but they managed really well and seems to really enjoy learning some new digital creativity skills.

Adobe Express is a fabulous set of apps to enhance digital creativity and communication skills. The aim of these workshops was to encourage the student to introduce them to a new set of skills and resources that they can use at school and in their own time and motivate them to develop even more skills that they can use to enhance their future employment prospects.

I shared the Get to Know Adobe Express resource for the students to share with their teachers and friends to help them all get to know more about this amazing portal of creativity.

I’m looking forward to being involved again next year.

The importance of encouraging digital creativity across the curriculum

Yesterday, I presented the topic The importance of encouraging digital creativity across the curriculum at the Australian Teacher Education Association (ATEA) conference

Feel free to share with your schools and EDU networks.

Key references:

WEF Future of Jobs report 2016

WEF & LinkedIn study

WEF 2020 Future of Jobs Survey

Interviews with Sir Ken by Adobe

2021 study with Civitas Learning

Adobe Creative Educator program

Dr Roger Beaty’s The Conversation article

Dr Kaufman’s 4C’s model of Creativity

Adobe Gen Z study

Find out more about Professor Emeritus Seymour Papert from this MIT article

2019 Adobe Get Hired study

Adobe Express

Adobe Creative Cloud

Get to know Adobe Express

Join the Adobe in Edu newsletter

Adobe Education Exchange

Email Tim Kitchen – kitchen@adobe.com

Arts Alive at Shelford

To complete Term 2, Shelford Girls Grammar School in Melbourne hosted an ‘Arts Alive’ week of art related activities with their Year 9 students. At the start of the week, I was invited to introduce Adobe Express as a digital portfolio tool. At the end of the week, I joined them to see what they achieved.

Special thank you to Mrs Deb Pettigrew who organised this engagement. I look forward to seeing more work from these creative young ladies.

Adobe Education – Australasian Newsletter – June, 2022

What is in this newsletter …


New Australian curriculum & EdEx resources

Attention all Australian teachers – a new resource that links a wider range of Adobe Education Exchnage teaching resources to the Australian Curriculum is now available via – https://adobe.ly/ac-projects Please share this resources

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Next Adobe TeachMeets opportunity

The next set of Adobe TeachMeets are happening on July 26 & 28. Adobe TeachMeets are a unique online professional learning opportunity for teachers at any level, in any curriculum area and with lots or no experience with Adobe. Each session has up to 5 workshop breakout opportunities led by Adobe Education Leaders with small groups so you can have quality and in-depth practical experience with either a low-lift or professional Adobe application.

Learn more

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2022 APAC Adobe Education Summit

The APAC Adobe Education Summit is the pinnacle event in APAC for any teacher interested in the use of Adobe applications and resources in the classroom, with a focus on K-12. Let your colleagues and wider education networks know about this hybrid event with an expected large online audience via Vimeo Livestream. We are delighted to announce that Dr Tim Patston will be the keynote presenter. Dr Patston is Australia’s leading researcher and consultant in the field of Creativity and Innovation in Education. 

Register your interest

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International Adobe Education Summit

Save the dates July 26-28, 2022 (USA dates) for the Adobe Education Summit 2022! Join leading educators for thoughtful sessions on how to take your classroom to the next level through creativity, inspired instruction, and time-saving lesson plans. Note that main sessions are recorded so register to access on-demand.

Learn more

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Short film/animation competition

https://adobe.ly/re-gen-film22

Registrations for the 2022 re-generation short film competition have been extended until Friday 22nd July because the re-gen festival is now being held on Friday 12th August. So get in quick and organise your students groups. So far, we have about 36 schools from around the Australasian region and close to 1,700 students registered.

This film competition is a part of the larger re-generation youth festival 2022, a celebration and think-fest to empower young people with the inspiration, motivation and tools to be the change they want to see in the world. If you are from Victoria, discover the school excursion program as well as the Start-Up Pitch Competition and get your students involved.

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EduTECH 2022

Adobe is a Gold Sponsor of the 2022 EduTECH Conference which will be held as a face to face event in Melbourne on August 10 & 11. Sign up for the Adobe presentation and workshop and make sure you visit the Adobe stand and say ‘hi’ in person to the Adobe Education Team.

Find out more

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Inject Creativity Live – YouTube show

Have a look at the recent Episode 68 of Inject Creativity Live with special guest Chris Betcher from Google talking about the value of Photoshop on the Web for Chromebooks.

Watch past episodes and register for access to future episodes via https://adobe.ly/injectcreativitylive

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DigiSkills events for Victorian schools

The Adobe and Microsoft Education teams are running a series of professional learning events for Victorian teachers to help share the value of a range of their digital creativity and productivity tools and how they are being used to enhance teaching and learning in any subject area.

Dates & venues

  • Frankston High School – Tue Aug 23, 2022
  • Upper Yarra Secondary College – Mon Aug 22, 2022
  • more to come

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Character Animator – Starter mode

The very popular Adobe Character Animator app now features Starter Mode, a much simpler and cut-down version for very simple puppet animation recordings. Make sure you download the latest version (22.5) and have a play. The video below explains more, as does this site.

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Adobe Fresco – New features

Adobe Fresco´s 3.6 release is one of its most impactful releases to date featuring two highly anticipated features, Magic Wand and Liquify.

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Jumpstart classroom goal-setting with all-new ⚡ Lightning Learning

Looking for a quick, thirty-minute PD session? Join Adobe’s Lindsey Blass to learn how Adobe Express can support creative goal-setting and help students develop important 21st-century skills!

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Other Adobe Education Exchange Courses

Have a look at the other new Lightning Learning courses as well and the full range of on-demand professional learning opportunities available through the Adobe Education Exchnage.

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Save the date for Adobe MAX October 18-21

Mark your calendars now – registration opens in July.

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Australasian Adobe Education Community on Facebook

If you haven’t already, please do join the Australasian Adobe Education Community Facebook group to keep regularly up to date with the world of Adobe in Education for the Australasian region.


Inject Creativity Live – Episode 68

Erin Raethke returned and as the main host of Episode 68 while Tim Kitchen was out of action with COVID. She was well supported by the wonderful Juliette Bentley and special gust presenter Chris Betcher who shared the value of browser based tools highlighting Photoshop on the Web.

Enjoy the show …

Here is Erin’s summary via Adobe Express

Click here to find out more about the Adobe Creative Educator program.

Click here to keep up to date with coming Adobe in Education events.