Inspired Digital Creativity in Rockhampton

On Thursday 17th June, I (virtually) joined Rashan Senanayake and his team at Inspired Education for a session on Adobe in Education with a group of educators from the Rockhampton & Yeppoon region in Queensland.

The aim of these sessions is to focus on design thinking with the help of a range of Adobe’s design tools.

I had the pleasure of facilitating an Adobe Spark and Adobe XD workshop. For many of the educators, it was their first experience with these communication and design tools.

I’d like to thank Rashan and his team for these sessions he is running for QLD teachers. It’s worth noting that Adobe Spark is now available to Education QLD schools without having to get special permission to use it. Click here for more information.

Also note that Adobe will be involved in i-Educate 2021 on August 26 & 27. Make sure you register for the Adobe Spark workshop and visit the Adobe booth.

All QLD K12 teachers – On Wednesday July 14, The Australian Computer Society and Adobe are running a free all day PL event based on level 1 of the Adobe Creative Educator badge. Click here for more information.

Have a look at some of the responses from teachers on the day …

Here is clip that provides more information about theses session by Inspired Education

Creativity at Kew High in Melbourne

It was a delight to be back in front of a group of secondary school students again face-to-face, or should I say face to mask.

The media teacher at Kew High School in Melbourne invited me to kick-start the Media Studies Unit Two program with a conversation about the importance of creativity and how Adobe tools can you help prepare students for a brighter future.

The students had experience with some of Adobe professional tools but we’re not aware of the full range of applications that were available to them as provided by the Victorian Government.

I’m looking forward to staying in touch with this class and seeing what creative work they are able to produce in this subject with Adobe tools.

This was my first face-to-face event with secondary students since March 2020. I’m looking forward to many more.

Click here if you would like to organise either a face or face or online Adobe adoption related event for your student or colleagues.

Australasian Adobe in Education Update – June, 2021

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In this June edition of the Australasian Adobe in Education Update you will find lots of new updates to the Adobe Education Exchange (which currently boasts just under 990,000 members) as well as links to a number of exciting professional learning opportunities for you and your colleagues. When you are promoting the use of Adobe tools at your school/university, divide the Creative Cloud set of apps into:

Low-lift & high impact apps for everyone in all curriculum areas, and

Powerful & high impact apps

There is still a misconception that Adobe tools are only for high-end users studying or teaching media, arts and design subjects. The following image demonstrates that there are in fact more low-lift apps available within the Creative Cloud. Share this image with yrou colleagues and encourage them to learn more about the apps via:


2021 APAC Adobe Education Summit – save the date

The 2021 APAC Adobe Education Summit will be held on Wednesday September 29. This will be a virtual all-day event open during the school holidays for any educators in any sector. It will feature presentations from the local and global Adobe in Education team, Adobe Education Leaders, Adobe Creative Educators and other guests – all aimed to inspire teachers to enhance their digital creatively skills.

The Summit will also include a day exclusively for Adobe Education Leaders (Sept 28) as well as a day for Adobe Creative Educators (Sept 30). If you don’t yet have at least your level 1 ACE badge, now is the time to earn it via the Creativity for All course on the Adobe Education Exchange.


Global Adobe Education Summit

Registration is now officially open for the global Adobe for Education Summit, where we’ll celebrate creativity across the curriculum for educators in every subject area and grade level. We’ll discuss how to build skills for digital literacy, empower student learning experiences, and nurture the next generation of lifelong creators.

Note that this event is live within northern hemisphere time zones but there will be some convenient cross over and session will be recorded. Click here to register and discover more.


Updates for Victorian teachers

Victorian DET teachers can access the Adobe sections within the Vic DET Arc site to find out more about the following opportunities:

All Victorian teachers – stay tuned to the DLTV workshop & webinar site for some coming PL opportunities for later in the year.

Updates for NSW teachers

NSW DoE teachers – stay tuned to the T4L Adobe Resources site for a range of events that will help you to connect with access to Adobe Creative Cloud applications

For all NSW teachers – Adobe and CathWest are running a face to face Adobe 1 min Video Challenge for any stage 4 or 5 students at any school in Sydney’s west – Catholic, Independent or Department schools.

  • Date – Tuesday August 10, 2021
  • Time – 9 AM to 3 PM
  • Venue – CathWest Innovation College – Loyola Campus – 91 North Parade, Mount Druitt

This challenge is all about working with a team of students and teachers to create a 1 minute video in a day with the use of Adobe Premiere Rush to help promote the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Register here

Have a look at this Adobe 1 min Video Challenge with students from Mercy Catholic College

Updates for QLD teachers

Education QLD teachers – note that Adobe Spark is now available to your schools without the need to request student access on the department’s network. Spark for Education is available through the Adobe Creative Cloud licence. Click here for more information. Also note that Adobe will be involved in i-Educate 2021 on August 26 & 27. Make sure you register for the Adobe Spark workshop and visit the Adobe booth.

All QLD K12 teachers – On Wednesday July 14, The Australian Computer Society and Adobe are running a free all day PL event based on level 1 of the Adobe Creative Educator badge. Click here for more information.

Updates for SA teachers

SA DfE teachers, click here to access information about a series of Adobe in Education webinars we are doing exclusively for you.

Updates for all teachers

Click here to see the range of professional learning opportunities that available to all educators.

If you are keen to host an event for your colleagues and/or students, use this contact form to get in touch with the Adobe Education Team.

New Adobe Spark and Creative Cloud integrations for a range of EdTech platforms

Adobe is excited to announce new integrations with popular educational apps like Canvas, Blackboard, Flipgrid, Wakelet, and more — all designed to make self-expression seamless for both teachers and students. Click here to discover how to use these tools in your classroom.


New Storytelling with Audio course from Adobe and National Geographic

In our newest self-paced online course for educators, you’ll learn how to integrate audio storytelling in your classroom and empower your students to tell compelling stories. Click here to find out more and enroll.

View all six storytelling courses for teachers and young creators

Offered for both educators and youth ages 16–25, these short, free, self-paced online courses are designed to guide learners to visualize and communicate powerful stories that inspire action. Click here to find out more.

Check out this video


Australian Curriculum Review

The Australian Curriculum is currently under review and feedback is welcome. The new name for ICT Capability in the General Capability section of the Australian Curriculum, is Digital Literacy. This should eventually be reflected in all state based curriculum. As a general capability it is designed to be addressed through the content of all learning areas. It is pleasing to see a continued focus on communication, collaboration and creativity throughout the digital literacy general capability. Click here to find out more and have your say.


Inject Creativity Live

The Inject Creativity Live show continues to be a very popular way for teachers to get some mid-week inspiration either live or on-demand via the Adobe in Education YouTube channel. Here is the recent June 16 episode:

Past episodes can be found here.

Minecraft and Adobe Spark Challenge: Mission Earth!

This global challenge combines STEM with creativity and storytelling to give students the opportunity to design and build worlds in Minecraft and create videos with Adobe Spark. Click here to discover more.


Dive into our free “Teach Creativity with Adobe and Khan Academy” course

Since we launched our partnership with Khan Academy last month, over 10,000 educators have used our partner teaching resources and PD. Join a community of like-minded creative educators and explore our free course and lesson plans for all subjects and grade levels.


Project ideas with Adobe’s Low-lift & High impact tools

K-12 – Critical Thinking – Adobe Spark

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Higher Ed – Design – Adobe Spark

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K-12 – Mathematics – Premier Rush

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Higher Ed – Project – Premiere Rush

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K-12 – Science – Premiere Rush

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K12 – History – Acrobat

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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.


Don’t hesitate to contact the Adobe Education team for any support.

Keep Being Creative!

Inject Creativity Live – June 16

The Inject Creativity Live episode recorded on June 16 featured Adobe Education Leader Craig Daalmeijer-Power from TAFE NSW as well Adobe Education Leader Steven Kolber from Bruswick Secondary College in Melbourne. Craig shared some very creative ways he and his students use Adobe XD and Steven shared his reflection from the recent International Labour Organisation where he represented Australia.

Click here to see Erin’s summary of the event

We are having a break from Inject Creartivity Live for a few weeks and will return on July 14 where Erin, Tim & Jerry will all be broadcasting from Brisbane, Australia (assuming boarders are open). Guest presenters will be Dr Karen Sutherland from the University of Sunshine Coast and Dan Haesler from Cut Through Coaching & Consultancy.

Topics will be – Adobe Stock in Education and Student Engagement

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.

Low-lift & High-impact Adobe apps – webinar recording

On Tuesday, 8 June we converted what was to be a face-to-face professional learning event at John Paul College in Melbourne to an online event focused on Adobe’s low lift and high impact applications. It was a pleasure to have Adobe Education Leaders Michelle Dennis from Haileybury College and Justin de Lacy from Woodleigh School join me for this event.

Click here to access the recording of the main sessions.

  • Chapter 1 – Introductions,
  • Chapter 2 – Adobe in Education overview, the video didn’t record well so click here for access, Hillary’s story, app catergories
  • Chapter 3 – N/A
  • Chapter 4 – Key resources, resources video didn’t record so click here for access.

Workshop recording:

  • Adobe Aero with AEL Michelle Dennis – click here
  • Unfortunately Justin’s Spark workshop recording had a technical issue. Click here to see some Adobe Spark EduTips

Key resources shared

The Adobe Creative Educator Program

Inject Creativity Live – YouTube show

Feedback comments

Here are some of the comments about the highlights:

  • Breakout zooms with the opportunity to play with the programs
  • Creating our own websites
  • Having a practice with the tools
  • Opportunity to play with the product during the session
  • Excellent appropriate content
  • Learning about Adobe Aero – I have tinkered with it but it was good to have Michelle’s expert guidance.
  • Aero – just amazing
  • Getting to do it as we were learning it
  • It was fantastic to actually have a walk through session on how to use the spark applications! Felt very personalised. Tim was a great presenter/host!
  • Seeing apps that are new to me
  • Exploring the updates to Premiere Rush

Other comments

  • Well organised and engaging
  • Well worth attending
  • Thank you for being awesome Tim, Justin and Michelle-for the knowledge you kindly share with us

Click here to find out more and get involved with other similar events

Inject Creativity Live – June 2

The Inject Creativity Live episode recorded on June 2 featured Clara Galan from Adobe as well Adobe Education Leader Dr Max Schleser from Swinburne University sharing some very creative use of Aero, Photoshop & Premiere Pro.

Dr Max’s resources

Have a look at this AR experience created by some of Dr Max’s students at Swinburne University

Click here to see Erin’s summary of the event

The next episode will be recorded live on Wednesday June 16 and feature AEL Craig Daalmeijer-Power from TAFE NSW and thought leader Steven Kolber from Melbourne. Join us live if you can.

Topics will be – Innovation and creativity in the classroom using Adobe XD & Creating front line education reform

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.

Staying healthy at Mercy Catholic College in Sydney

All the Year 8 students from Sydney’s Mercy Catholic College took part in an a recent Adobe 1 minute Video Challenge. This challenge was about encouraging students to work with a group to create a 1 minute video with an Adobe video tool to help promote the United Nations Sustainability Development Goal No. 3.

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

The Adobe video application the students needed to use was Premiere Rush.

Following an introduction and a Premiere Rush boot-camp tutorial, the students formed their production groups and had four days to complete their stories. All the video stories had a theme based on good hand hygiene. There were 26 creative entries and here are the top three finalists …

1st Place – Kill the Germs

2nd Place – Washing Hands The Difference It Makes

3rd place – Stay healthy

Other great entries included …

Germbusters- Adventures of Soaper Woman

Dora the Explorer

Germalcious

Hand Wash

Congratulations to all the students and teachers involved in this challenge. Keep developing your video literacy skills and use them to help you communicate in all sorts of curriculum and non-school areas in the future.

Higher Ed – Get to know your Adobe Apps – Session 3 recording

On Tuesday May 25 we recorded session 3 of the Get to know your Adobe apps webinar series for Higher Education. Based on the survey during session 1, the apps we focused on for closer attention were Adobe XD, Premiere Rush and InDesign.

Click here for the recordings

Chapter 1 – Introduction & Adobe in Edi video
Chapter 2 – Adobe XD workshop/demo by Steve Nichols
Chapter 3 – Premiere Rush workshop/demo by Tim Kitchen
Chapter 4 – InDesign workshop/demo by Adrian Bruch
Chapter 5 – Key resources

Adobe Creative Educator program

If you haven’t already, please join the new Adobe Creative Educator program

Inject Creativity Live – May 19

The Inject Creativity Live episode recorded on May 19 featured Adobe Education Leader Steve Nichols from Perth sharing about the use of Adobe Audition in his multimedia classes. The thought leader for this episode was Dan Haesler, Director of Cut Through Coaching and Consulting talking about authentic student engagement.

Click here to see Erin’s summary of the event

The next episode will be recorded live on Wednesday June 2 and feature AEL Dr Max Schleser from Swinburne University and thought leader Paul McClean from New Zealand. Join us live if you can.

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.

Australasian Adobe in Education Update – May, 2021

It has been lovely to meet face to face with various teachers and students around Australia this month as we gradually expand our adoption programs wider than just online. This update features some recent announcements from the global Adobe Education team, a range of face to face and online professional learning opportunities and more.

If you would like a member of the Adobe in Education Team to virtually beam in to, or potentially visit, your students or colleagues to help enhance their use of your Adobe applications, click here to contact the team.

Have you completed at least level 1 of the Adobe Creative Educator program yet? You can do it on demand and on your own via the Creativity for All course or you can be supported through most of level by doing one of my monthly Be a Creative Educator courses. The next opportunity is May 24, June 15 or July 7.

Dr Tim Kitchen (Senior Education Specialist, Adobe – APAC)


Adobe is partnering with the Khan Academy

We are excited to announce the launch of a major partnership between Adobe and Khan Academy that increases access to creative and digital skills for teachers and students across the globe. Our goal with this partnership is to support the development of new, free online learning resources that foster creative and critical thinking skills, helping all students reach their potential and ultimately, be better prepared for the future.

Click here to see a blog post by Mala Sharma, Adobe’s Vice President & General Manager Creative Cloud Product, Marketing and Community at Adobe.

New Adobe Education Exchange Course to help teach Creativity with Adobe and Khan Academy

Watch your students’ creativity soar with these FREE Adobe, Khan Academy, and Pixar in a Box lessons, activities, and projects.

In this self-paced course, educators and school leaders learn strategies to support their students’ creativity, communication, critical thinking, and collaboration skills. You’ll learn from expert teachers and access over 100 FREE lesson plans, activities, and projects that combine Khan Academy content and engaging Adobe tools. 


2021 APAC Adobe Education Summit – save the date

The 2021 APAC Adobe Education Summit will be held on Wednesday September 29. This will be a virtual all-day event open during the school holidays for any educators in any sector. It will feature presentations from the local and global Adobe in Education team, Adobe Education Leaders, Adobe Creative Educators and other guests – all aimed to inspire teachers to enhance their digital creatively skills.

The Summit will also include a day exclusively for Adobe Education Leaders (Sept 28) as well as a day for Adobe Creative Educators (Sept 30). If you don’t yet have at least your level 1 ACE badge, now is the time to earn it via the Creativity for All course on the Adobe Education Exchange.


Another great new EdEx Course – Preparing Students for the Future with Essential Creative Skills

In this self-paced course, you’ll learn about essential creative skills like problem solving, communication, critical thinking, and collaboration — and how you can use Adobe apps to cultivate these skills in your students and prepare them for the future.

You’ll hear from expert educators who teach creative skills, dive into how to assess these skills, and access hundreds of FREE lesson plans and projects that combine educational content (in any subject area) with powerful and engaging Adobe tools.

Click here to see more recent additions to the Adobe Education Exchange


Another Adobe Creative Jam opportunity for Uni students

On Friday June 11, encourage university students to Join Ring, Adobe, and hundreds of other uni/college students from the US, Canada, Australia & New Zealand to showcase their talent in front of the global creative community. Students will be encouraged to solve a challenge as issued by Ring, expand their skill-set, and win prizes and opportunities like a coaching session with a Ring design team member. No prior Adobe experience is required. Click here for more information.


Tacy Trowbridge – Podcast series

Join your curator Tacy Trowbridge and expert guests to discuss the power of creativity in education — from the practical to the abstract, inside and outside the classroom. The most recent episode features Mala Sharma, Adobe’s Vice President & General Manager Creative Cloud Product, Marketing and Community at Adobe. Other episodes feature


For Victorian educators – a Melbourne based face to face PL opportunity

John Paul College in Frankston will be hosting the first official Adobe in Education face to face event in Australia for over 12 months. It will be on Tuesday June 8 from 4.15 PM to 6.30 PM and will feature hands on workshops from Adobe Education Leaders. Click here to find out more and register your interest.

Minecraft and Aero event

The Victorian Department of Education and Training is organising a special webinar on May 27 at 4 PM AEST titled Turn Minecraft into an immersive AR experience in your classroom with Adobe Aero. This will be presented by Jason Lane who is an Adobe Education Leader and a Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert.

Adobe & DATTA Vic

DATTA Victoria members are welcome to join a special webinar series titled Adobe Digital Tools for Teaching D&T on June 10 (focusing on Adobe Dimension), June 17 (focusing on Premiere Rush) and June 23 focusing on (Adobe XD)


For K12 Educators in Sydney’s West

Adobe and CathWest are running a face to face Adobe 1 min Video Challenge for any stage 4 or 5 students at any school in Sydney’s west – Catholic, Independent or Department schools.

  • Date – Tuesday August 10, 2021
  • Time – 9 AM to 3 PM
  • Venue – CathWest Innovation College – Loyola Campus – 91 North Parade, Mount Druitt

This challenge is all about working with a team of students and teachers to create a 1 minute video in a day with the use of Adobe Premiere Rush to help promote the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.


 STEM 2021

Adobe is pleased to be involved in the on-demand STEM 2021 conference. This is being run by the NSW Department of Education but open to all educators and available throughout 2021.

Click here to see the list of presenters and click here to register for free. Take particular note of Dr Tim Kitchen’s EdTalk and his two workshops.


Get to know your Adobe apps – webinar series

The Get to know your Adobe apps webinar series live sessions are almost over with just Session 3 of the Higher Ed version to be recorded on May 25. Make sure to check the great set of recordings that have come from this program featuring short demos of a wide range of Adobe applications in education from Adobe Education Leaders and other Adobe experts.


Inject Creativity Live

The Inject Creativity Live show continues to be a very popular way for teachers to get some mid-week inspiration either live or on-demand via the Adobe in Education YouTube channel. Here is the recent May 19 episode:


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.


Don’t hesitate to contact the Adobe Education team for any support.

Keep Being Creative!