Queensland – Schools of Creative Excellence Project

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This week I was involved in the launch of the Queensland Schools of Creative Excellence (SOCE) Project. This coincided with the launch of the Adobe Education Leaders (AEL) program for Queensland.

The SOCE project is a three-year collaboration between the Queensland Department of Education and Training and Adobe. It commenced this week with an intensive 2 day workshop with sixteen passionate teachers from four Queensland schools. These new AELs will be instrumental in the SOCE project moving forward.


Pip Cleaves, Lead Consultant with Design, Learn, Empower , Richard Turner-Jones (Brisbane based Adobe Solutions Consultant) and I led the 2 days of training which involved a great balance of practical software development, some theoretical development, some leadership training and time to plan next steps.

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CreateWorld Conference 2014

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On Thursday 12th February I had the privilege of keynoting at the CreateWorld conference at Griffith University in Brisbane.


CreateWorld is a … 2 day performance, presentation, and professional development event, specifically for academic and technical staff who work in the digital arts disciplines.


It was a great experience meeting and working with a wide range of digital arts experts, many of whom use a range of Adobe tools in their work, play, productions and research.



The day 1 keynote, Dr Jon McCormack from Monash University in Melbourne, gave an insightful presentation titled Creative Ecosystems for the 21st Century. Jon has a strong background in art, mathematics and computer science. He is currently an ARC ARF/QEII fellow in the Faculty of Information Technology at Monash University in Melbourne, a researcher in computing and an internationally acclaimed electronic media artist.

IMG_6228Jon has a background in art, mathematics and computer science and his research seeks to discover new kinds of creativity using digital technology for visualisation and virtual environments, evolutionary systems, machine intelligence, human-computer interaction, music composition and sound arts. He is the recipient of more than 15 international awards for both art and computing research, most recently the 2012 Eureka Prize for Innovation in Computer Science.

Key quote from Jon’s presentation – “Real creativity makes you think more”


The delegates came from universities and Tafe colleges from all over Australia and New Zealand and represented a large cross section of digital arts experiences. Many of them were active users of Adobe tools in their compositions and their research and it was a pleasure to be able to share with them some of the research Adobe has been doing on the importance of creativity in education and to get Richard Turner-Jones (Adobe’s QLD Solutions Consultant) to wow them with some of the new features of the Adobe Creative Cloud.

I’d like to congratulate Professor Andrew Brown from Griffith University for organising and hosting this event and I look forward to hopefully being involved again in the future.

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Epping Mini Conference

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Epping Views Primary School, in Melbourne’s vastly developing northern suburbs, is a great example of a Victorian state school that is leading the way in encouraging its teachers to make the most of using ICT in the classroom to enhance creative and engaging teaching and learning. On Thursday 30th January, in conjunction with DLTV (Digital Learning and Teaching Victoria),  it hosted an ICT in Education mini conference.

All the Epping Views staff were involved in the conference along with about 30 other teachers from surrounding regions, including one teacher who flew all the way from Mildura in far north Victoria to be at the event. I had the privileged of opening and closing this conference with keynote addresses based on bridging some of the disconnects we experience as educators and enhancing creativity in our profession.


Tim keynoting at the Epping Views Education Conference

Cameron Black (the Epping Views ICT Leader and conference coordinator) with the help of DLTV, organised 15 presenters to run workshops throughout the day that featured topics such as:

  • iPads in the Early Years Maths Classroom
  • Twitter for Teachers
  • Edmodo
  • Getting the most from your Interactive Whiteboard
  • Flipping your Classroom
  • Augmented Reality in Education
  • Incorporating ICT into Writing
  • Play Animation
  • Developing Multimodal texts

During my keynote addresses, along with showing some of the solutions and research that Adobe have on offer for educators,  I asked the delegates to complete an online form that posed a number of questions that aimed at fining out more about them as educators and stimulating thinking about their use of ICT. Here are some of the results:

  • Most of these teachers (58%) have been teaching for less than 10 years with only 14% teaching for over 25 years.
  • These teachers generally feel quite competent in the use of ICT with 78% of them rating themselves as either in the application or integration developmental stage of ICT use.
  • 90% agreed that teaching and learning has changed dramatically since the implementation of personal computers in the 1990s. This is quite a different result to when I pose the same question to secondary teachers.
  • When asked what are the major disconnects evident in their experiences as educators 67% indicated the difference between technology use in class & technology use at home, 58% indicated a strong disconnect with the time to teach & time for professional learning. Only 11% said there was a disconnection between technology advocates & so called luddites (again a very different result to what I get when talking with some secondary teachers).

I gave the Adobe Education Exchange a big push during this day and demonstrated what a powerful networking and professional learning tool it is for educators.  A number of teachers joined the exchange and there was a lot of interest in how to access and use Adobe tools in the classroom.

It was a pleasure to be part of this learning community of passionate educators, share some of my experiences and thoughts and learn lots in the process. I would like to say a big congratulations to Cameron Black for all the hard work he put into the event. It was a great way to kick off the school year for many educators in Melbourne’s north.


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