Adobe Certified Associate Champion – Australian Edition

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Following my previous post on the ACA World Championship, here are two videos that have just been made public …



Click here to find more information on the ACA World Championship.

Click here to find out more about Adobe Certification.

Here is the video on last year’s Australian ACA Champion, Liz Watkins.


Adobe & Sydney Boys High Day

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Last Friday 20th June I had the pleasure of spending the day with the passionate staff and students at Sydney Boys High School.

SydBoys1The day started with a 1 hour staff professional learning session with about 30 staff members. It was great to be able to share some of research Adobe and others have been doing on the importance of creativity in education. I was also able to share how some of the Adobe tools the staff have can make a difference in engaging students and enhancing creativity in the teaching and learning process.

The rest of the day was dedicated to a group of about 20 Year 9, 10 & 11 boys from a mix of Art, Media & ICT subject areas. The aim of the day was to get the boys to work in small groups to come up with a music video clip based on an original kids song.

Here is a video story about the day …

As you can tell from the video, we had a great day.

I would like to thank Mrs Paris Munro and Mr James Kay from Sydney Boys High who organised the day as part of the ‘Adobe &’ program.

Dr Allen Partridge @ RMIT – recording

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Dr Partridge was in Australia as a keynote for the EduTECH conference in Brisbane and flew to Melbourne especially for this engagement at RMIT on 5th June with eLearning educators from K-12, Higher Education and corporate training sectors.

Click the images to see the recordings

Allen’s presentation

allen1Panel session

allen2Allen Partridge, PhD, is Adobe’s world wide Senior Technology Evangelist for eLearning. He has a 20-year background in education, game and multimedia development.  He has researched and reported on authentic educational solutions to audiences around the world over the past decade.  Allen is well recognized for his many online video tutorials and eSeminars that are a mainstay of eLearning developers & trainers, working to learn how to create effective online educational materials.

Special thanks to Wilkar Productions for filming this event.

ACA World Championship – Australia

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aca_wcIt was a delight to spend yesterday at the Adobe office in Sydney helping IC Central host  eight young designers who were competing to represent Australia in the Adobe Certified Associate World Championship.


ACA1These students, from Western Australia, Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales, were competing for the opportunity to represent Australia in the ACA World Championship event to be held in Disneyland, California on 27th July.

The focus for this year’s Australian event was to produce branding and advertising for a new campaign by Melbourne based charity group YGAP, which stands for Y-Generation Against Poverty. Scott Duncan from YGAP spoke to the group of students at the start of the day about the work of YGAP and provided a brief for them to work through.

ACA2The students were provided with a computer loaded with Photoshop CC, InDesign CC & Illustrator CC, a Wacom tablet, the YGAP brief and lots of food. Five hours later their poster designs were sent to a local printer and judged by IC Central, last year’s winner Liz Watkins, YGAP and myself.

We all took a water taxi to the Banjo Paterson restaurant where the final judging took place and the winners announced.Each student came away with a new Wacom tablet, but here are the three finalists.

Third place – Olivia Shotton from Victoria

ACA3Second place – Sam Coverley from WA


First place – and Australian representative for the ACA World Championship in Disneyland next month – Amy Robinson from Latrobe University, Victoria


Congratulation Amy!


The Adobe Certified Associate program  covers a range of Adobe products and is internationally recognised by industry. The Queensland Studies Authority (QSA) recently approved the recognition of Adobe Certified Associate (ACA) exams as credit for the Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE). If your students are using Adobe software and keen to be certified, they can also qualify to enter the National competition in 2015 when they pass an exam, please contact IC Central.

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Allen Partridge Downunder

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Dr Allen Partridge, Adobe’s worldwide Senior Technology Evangelist eLearning, has been in Australia this week as a keynote speaker at EduTECH as well as a number of other engagements.

Allen1EduTECH is the largest ICT in Education conference in Australasia and possibly the biggest in the southern hemisphere. Over 5000 delegates attended EduTECH at the Brisbane Conference and Convention Centre this year.

EduTECHAudienceDr Partridge talked about the research he has done while travelling around the world asking educators what they want from eLearning solutions. He demonstrated some of the great features of Adobe Presenter and Adobe Captivate that have come out of this research.

The day he arrived in Brisbane, he took a shuttle to Australia Zoo and used the GPS onsite location functionality within the new Adobe Captive 8 to build an interactive application full of short learning activities that relate to the various animal enclosures within the zoo. Allen demonstrated this app as part of his presentation.


This app can be found via

I had the privilege of sharing the stage with Dr Partridge as part of the keynote session and was able to promote the wonderful Adobe Education Exchange and the new Adobe Campus Leader Program.

TimEduTECH1LROutside of the keynote session, Dr Partridge spent time meeting important Adobe education customers and supporting the team at the EduTECH Adobe booth.

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On Thursday 5th June, Allen addressed about 100 educators at RMIT. Most of the audience were involved with eLearning at their university or school.


AllenRMIT2Following his Melbourne engagements, Dr Partidge flew to Sydney for an AEL Breakfast along with a range of other customer engagements at the Adobe office.

It was a great experience for me to spend the week with Allen. I enjoyed learning from his wealth of experience as an Adobe Evangelist and educator.

Tim&Allen2014 Dr Partridge can be contacted via

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Meeting Sir Ken

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One of my hopes when I began working for Adobe was that one day I may get the opportunity to actually meet the guru of creativity in education, Sir Ken Robinson. Today it happened.

SirKen&TimLRIt was just by chance that I was heading out of the Rydges Hotel in Southbank Brisbane as Sir Ken was arriving. I recognised him immediately as his car pulled up and took the opportunity to welcome him to Australia and introduce myself. He introduced me to his son James who took the photo and asked me about my work. I was a bit (a lot) star struck and a bit (a lot) in awe.

I was on my way to run an all day workshop with a group of Queensland independent school teachers, so you can imagine what my opening story was about.

I have read (and re-read) two of Sir Ken’s books (‘Out of our Minds’ I often refer to as the teacher’s bible) and I often regularly reference his TED talks and the video series he did with Adobe on Creativity in Education. So to actually meet him face to face was a real thrill.

I’m looking forward to listening to Sir Ken do the Day 1 closing keynote address at the EduTECH conference tomorrow. On Day 2, I will be sharing the keynote stage with Dr Allen Partridge where we have been told we will potentially be addressing over 2000 delegates.

What a great start to what will be an amazing week!