A quick trip to Singapore

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Today I spoke to a wonderful group of educators from ITE (Institute of Technical Education) in Singapore about using Adobe tools and programs to enhance creativity in their teaching.


These educators came from a wide variety of faculties with a strong focus on IT and Media.


I was given a tour of the fully functioning ITE restaurant and hotel which are used in the hospitality courses.

I was very impressed with the focus on creativity and innovation throughout the campus.



While in Singapore I stayed at the amazing Marina Bay Sands which has over 2000 rooms but is about 90% full all the time. It was so full that they had trouble finding the room that I booked so asked if I wouldn’t mind having a free upgrade to a bay side suite. I didn’t complain. Bit of a waste for just me for one night, it was about as big as the ground floor of my home and even had a theatre room.


While in Singapore, it was great to meet some of the local Adobe staff and visit the Singapore Adobe office.


Now, I’m off the Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) where we are hosting a major event for about 160 of Asia Pacific’s top education leaders. This will be my first time to KL and it happens to be the weekend of the KL Grand Prix so should be an exciting time to be there.

DLTV Launch

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Digital Learning and Teaching Victoria was officially launched tonight by the Victorian Minister of Education, the Honourable Martin Dixon,  at the Roof Top, Daniel Mannix Building, Australian Catholic University.



It has been a long time coming, but worth the wait to have VITTA & ICTEV join together to become DLTV. Special thank you to everyone involved with both VITTA and ICTEV who helped make the merger a possibility, especially Dr Donna Gronn (past president of ICTEV) & Phil Calill (past president of VITTA). DLTV is now all set up to help Victorian teachers enhance learning and teaching with effective ICT based solutions.

Here is an interview I did with Minister Dixon soon after his address at the launch.



The whole event was streamed live and can be seen via


You will need to create a free livestream account to view the recording

Flipping Your Classroom with Adobe – DLTV Workshop

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The first of a series of Flipping Your Classroom with Adobe sessions was a great success yesterday. This session was hosted by DLTV (Digital Learning & Teaching Victoria).


The Flipped Classroom approach is where the bulk of the instructional content is delivered outside of the classroom usually for homework and usually via streamed video. This allows for more engagement with curriculum content & concepts in class (such as skill development, and project work) with a collaborative approach facilitated by the classroom teacher.

After going through some theory and research behind the Flipped approach we did a workshop on Adobe Presenter which I consider the easiest tool to use to create a quality video sequence.


The rest of the day was spent developing video literacy skills in pre-production (planning), production (filming) and post production (editing). The main video editing tool used was Adobe Premier Pro CC which, even though is an industry standard, it can be used basic editing from about Grade 4 upwards.

Keep checking the events section of the DLTV website for the opportunity to be involved in future Flipping Your Classroom with Adobe workshops.

Queensland Schools of Creative Excellence Program

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A key aspect of the enterprise agreement between Queensland Education and Adobe is the Queensland Schools of Creative Excellence (SOCE) Program. This is a project involving several teachers from four QLD government schools being selected and trained as Adobe Education Leaders (AELs) and then sharing out to their school community and beyond the creative advantages of working with Adobe tools in the classroom. This video outlines what we did during the first two days of training in Brisbane.


The Schools of Creative Excellence project will provide up to 4 schools annually an opportunity to become Schools of Creative Excellence.  Adobe will support schools in the development of innovative and creative practices through the use of the Adobe suite of software to increase learning productivity and provide flexibility to meet the needs of their learners.

Through the program Adobe will provide the schools with sponsored software, training and professional sharing opportunities. It is expected that the schools will explore the potential of this software with in connection with the Australian Curriculum and then share their results with the wider Queensland school network.

Adobe Captivate – Empowering students across Victoria

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It was a pleasure to spend some time at Bendigo Secondary College in the production of this video about they way they use Adobe Captivate as a key part of their Victorian Virtual Learning Network.

The Victorian Virtual Learning Network (VVLN) develops and delivers online curriculum for VCE students with a focus on emerging areas of the national curriculum. Their courses are currently being delivered to 245 students in 44 schools across Victoria.


More information on the Victorian Virtual Learning Network can be found at http://www.vln.vic.edu.au/

Creativity Pledge


Adobe Education is about to launch “Creativity Pledge” at the SxSWedu conference in Texas.

Here is a message from Melissa Jones – Adobe’s World Wide Education Program Manager…

MelissaWith the economic, environmental, and social challenges the world faces, the need for creative ideas has never been greater. That’s why we believe creativity must be a priority in education. Our goal is to have 5,000 people sign the pledge this year to show their support.

How you can help:

Go to http://edex.adobe.com/pledge  and sign the pledge.

  • Share your commitment via social media using the hashtag #createedu.
  • Print the pledge and take a photo of yourself holding it (feel free to get creative!). Be sure to use the hashtag #createedu so we can find your picture and add it to our Pinterest board.
  • Add the pledge to your communications with Education stakeholders — add a slide to your presentations (attached), add a note to your email signature, add a mention to your talk track.
  • Spread the word, suggested social mentions below:

Facebook or Email
To bring creativity to the forefront of education, a transformation is needed. It will take more than one person, one school, or one organization to make this transformation—we need a global movement. We ask you today to pledge your for support creativity in education by visiting http://edex.adobe.com/pledge and with your support we hope to shape the future of education.

Join the movement to #createedu. Pledge your support today. http://edex.adobe.com/pledge

Special thanks to Erik Natzke for designing our “creativity” typography!

Melissa Jones

World Wide Education Program Manager – Adobe


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On Friday 28th February, DLTV (Digital Learning and Teaching Victoria) in conjunction with RMIT hosted the 2014 VCE IT, VET ICT & VET IDM Forum. VCE and VET IT and Media teachers from all over Victoria attended this great day of professional learning at Building 80, RMIT.


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Paula Christophersen and Alison Wall from VCAA were instrumental in the planning and programming of this event a along with the DLTV office staff and DLTV committee of management.

Adobe Solution Consultants Matt Davis, Brian Chau joined me to help run a 75 minutes session on the importance of linking education with industry. We demonstrated some recent Adobe initiatives  and were able to provide these educators with  a strong connection with the creative industry.

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Both DLTV and Adobe are strong supporters of senior secondary education. It was a pleasure to be able to help make this event so successful.

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Click here to access the slides I shared on this day.