On Wednesday 21st May, I had the pleasure of running an Animation workshop for 12 students and 4 teachers from Sydney Distance Education High School.
These students are all doing their HSC via distance education so they rarely get to spend time together and meet face to face with educators. They enjoyed the experience of visiting the Adobe office in Sydney’s Darling Harbour and spending time going through the basics of Adobe Flash and Adobe Premier.
Flash was used to produce some simple animation sequences.
The students were also taught how to film against a green screen so that they could use Adobe Premier to add live action to their animation.
Luca, one of the students, interviewed a number of other students about the day …
Adobe & days
On Tuesday 20th May, I had the pleasure of visiting Kingswood High in the west of Sydney to run an ‘Adobe &’ day.
‘Adobe & days’ are unique opportunities for students to work with Adobe experts on a multimedia project either at their school or (if practical) as part of an excursion to and Adobe office or other city venue.
The aim of this particular day was to enhance the Kingswood student’s film making skills by editing a chase scene with Adobe Premier Pro.
Mr Tim Creighton (English teacher at Kingwood) was recently invited to join the international AEL (Adobe Education Leader) community for the outstanding work he is doing at Kingswood with Adobe products like Premier Pro, After Effects and Photoshop.
We started the day by looking at what makes a good short film and we analyised some professional chase sequences before planning our own. Tim Creighton looked after one half of the students while I help the other half and several short films were made by the end of the day.
Here are two samples …
It was nice to visit Kingswood again after first visiting the school in 2013 for another Adobe & Day where this clip came from …
Telling a compelling story just got easier.
The new free story telling Adobe touch app ‘Adobe Voice’ was launched today. This is a new animated video app for the iPad that gives anyone the ability to create and share engaging stories. An ideal app for educators and students who value simple tools that make it easy to teach, to learn and to express creativity – and it’s free on the Apple App Store (search for Adobe Voice).
‘Adobe Voice empowers students and educators to create using a combination of their own recorded voice, imagery, music and cinema-quality motion graphics and effects without requiring any filming or editing. Adobe Voice is ideal for teachers who want to explain a concept or for students looking to create an engaging school assignment. These animated videos can also be shared by posting a single link through social media, email, personal blogs or websites.’
Tacy Trowbridge – Education Programs Lead (Adobe Education)
Here is my friend Jeff Larson (Adobe Education Leader) telling us more about the value of Adobe Voice in the classroom