Developing Creative Learners in K-12 Classrooms

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The following YouTube video is a webinar recently produced by a group of Australian Adobe Education Leaders displaying some of the creative work happening in their classrooms with their Adobe tools.

The webinar was hosted by the wonderful Pip Cleaves, a very highly regarded Australian educational consultant, from Design Learn Empower. It was part of the regular series of free live professional learning events offered via the Adobe Education Exchange.


Special thank you to the following Adobe Education Leaders for their contribution to this production:

Brett Kent and Shaloni Naik for presenting, and…

Beth O’Malley, PJ Bryans, Henrietta Miller, Grant Ward, Tim Creighton, Gary Poulton, and Megan Townes for their work samples and inspiration.

The first step these days to becoming an Adobe Education Leader is to apply to become an Adobe Campus Leader.

Feel free to contact me via for more information.

New series of free self-paced Adobe workshops

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Adobe Education have published a new series of self-paced workshops on the Adobe Education Exchange, designed to get students and teachers up and running quickly with our most popular products.

I have had a quick look at some of these courses and highly recommend them as a great way to get to know some of Adobe’s great creativity software.

edexpl1Click on the images below to see the courses …


Photoshop course


Premier Pro course


Illustrator course

And lots more self paced courses.

How they do it at Forest Lake State High School

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Adobe Education Leader Beth O’Malley and a team of teachers and students from a range of Arts classes at Forest Lake State High School in Queensland put this video clip together using Adobe Audition, Premiere Pro and Speed Grade.

The entire production was written, recorded, filmed and edited in just two days.


What a powerful example of digital media skills and Adobe products being taught and used to help young people to share their voice and tell their story.

Adobe – Design Achievement Award Winners 2014

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Congratulations to the 2014 winners of the Adobe Design Achievement Awards.

ADAA1‘The Adobe Design Achievement Awards celebrate student achievement reflecting the powerful convergence of technology and the creative arts. The competition – which showcases individual and group projects created with industry-leading Adobe creative software – honors the most talented and promising student graphic designers, photographers, illustrators, animators, digital filmmakers, game developers and computer artists from the world’s top institutions of higher education.’

Click the image below to see the 2014 winners.


Ulearn 14 – what a conference!

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Nearly 2000 of New Zealand’s finest educators have this week dedicated a big chunk of their school holidays at the Ulearn 2014 Conference in Rotorua.


Ulearn3I had heard about the Ulearn conference for a number of years but only this year  had the pleasure of attending. I ran two 75 min sessions, one was a workshop on Adobe Voice and the other a presentation on the importance of creativity.

Ulearn2One thing I really respect about New Zealand is the way that the indigenous culture is strongly interwoven into modern Kiwi life. The start of each conference day features aspects of indigenous history and life and many of the sessions were in part bilingual out of respect for the Maori people.

The highlight was the dinner conference dinner with a 1920s theme. Ulearn’s reputation as having one of the best education conference dinners in the world lived up to expectations.

Ulearn4Ulearn5 A big congratulations to everyone involved in the running of the Ulearn conference, I’m looking forward to Ulearn 15 in Auckland next year.

My week began in Auckland visiting Auckland University of Technology (AUT) and The University of Auckland with an aim to enhance the already great work they are doing with a wide range of Adobe software to enhance teaching and learning.

AUT have a traditional meeting house on campus where Maori students gather, share and support each other. This video highlights an interesting connection between the Maori people and technology.


Creativity in Education on the agenda at ACEL & ACEC this week

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I had the pleasure of presenting at two national education conferences this week, the ACEL (Australian Council for Education Leaders) event in Melbourne and the ACEC (Australian Council for Computers in Education) event in Adelaide.

The above video was filmed just before my session at the ACEC event by Education Technology Solution magazine who were one of the sponsors.

One of the highlights of the ACEL event was hearing from Dr John Medina, Professor of Bioengineering at the University of Washington School of Medicine and the author of the book Brain Rules.His insights into how to improve and develop the brains executive functioning was fascinating, especially the links to creativity, learning and the research into the importance of exercise.


Dr John Medina on stage at the ACEL Conference

The highlight for me at the ACEC event was catching up with so many passionate educators from around Australia and supporting the work of the state based ACCE affiliated teacher professional associations.


With some of my DLTV colleagues from Victoria.