I love visiting Perth, Western Australia, not only for the great weather but to see the many examples of how Adobe software is being used to enhance creative teaching and learning experiences.
This week began with a visit to Hamilton Senior High where I had a meeting with the Principal Donna McDonald, DP Phil Casis and Adobe Campus Leader Paul Johnston. They shared with me some of the great things they are currently doing with Adobe software and where they see their school heading in the future.
I interviewed Phil, Paul and one of their star students Ivan who I can having a bright future in any direction he chooses due to is passion and enthusiasm for digital creativity.
On Tuesday 9th September I had the delight of working with about 80 Year 6 & 7 students from Scotch College and PLC. The whole day was dedicated to enancing the student’s video production and film making skills.
They worked really well together in mixed groups with the technology to produced some outstanding work. The main software for the day was Adobe Premier Pro CC, but some of the groups incorporated Photoshop and even After Effects to produce the outcomes they were looking for.
Jared Faint (ICT Teacher at Scotch and Adobe Campus Leader) organised this exciting day of team work, fun and learning. Stay tuned for a video story about this amazing day.
After a great day with the staff and students of Scotch and PLC, I hosted a dinner for 10 of the WA Adobe Education Leaders in Fremantle.
My week in Perth continued on Wednesday 10th September when I had the pleasure of working with Year 8 students from Ashdale Senior Secondary College. This school has a strong focus on innovation, particularly in science and technology and many of the students has a strong background in digital literacy.
Shaloni Naik (Adobe Education Leader) organised the day for the students who produced some very creative video outcomes.
The third video workshop for the week was at Lockridge Senior High School with a class of Year 11 & 12 students. This school is unique in that features a real life farm which is incorporated into the curriculum. They are very proud of a number of awards won at the Royal Perth Show over the years.
Angela Bartles (Adobe Education Leader) organised this day of video production and I was very impressed with the way these students were able to use 21st Century digital communication tools to express opinions and raise awareness of issues that are relevant to them.
One of the other highlights of this week in Perth was two visits to the Central Institute of Technology. Chris Schnell, lecturer and soon to be Adobe Campus Leader, introduced me to a number of the staff and students and showed be samples of of some of the outstanding designs being made by the students using Adobe products. One of the outstanding samples was an image of Steve Jobs made with Adobe Illustrator.
My last day in Perth included a preparation meeting with executive members of the very impressive Atwell College where I have been asked to keynote a conference in November. More on that in November.