Edith Cowan University (ECU) in Perth was the venue for three Adobe in WA Classrooms Events on February 18 & 19.
The aim of these events, which were held at both the ECU Mt Lawley & Joondalup campuses, was to raise awareness of the importance of creativity in education and how Adobe creativity software is making a difference to education globally and provide WA teachers with ideas and inspiration for their classrooms.
During each session, I shared some of Adobe’s recent research into the significance of creativity in education and industry. My slides can be found on the Adobe Education Exchange via: http://bit.ly/adobe-wa15/
One of the highlights of each session was when Richard Turner-Jones (Adobe Solution Consultant) shared a number of new Adobe Touch Apps that are freely available on the App Store for IOS devices like iPhones & iPads.
Darren Smith (Adobe Education Leader from Atwell College in Perth) did a great job sharing the recent journey that his school has gone through to enhance the use of ICT in the classroom and how Adobe has played a part in their progress. It was great for the Perth educators, many of whom were ICT advocates at their schools, to hear the Atwell College story of success and how ICT is making a difference to teaching and learning.
Following Darren’s session, the participants broke into smaller workshop groups based on the following topics:
- Digital Portfolios made easy with Adobe Acrobat
- Build eLearning content with Adobe Captivate
- Flipping the classroom with Adobe Voice & Adobe Presenter
- Webdesign without coding using Adobe Muse & Edge Animate
Cari Jansen, Adobe Certified Instructor, was a great asset to have on board for the Acrobat workshops. Cari is professional Adobe trainer based in Perth. She is an expert in Adobe Acrobat Pro, Captivate, DPS, Edge Animate, InDesign, Illustrator, Muse and Photoshop. If you would like her services, she can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org
It was also great to have Petra Trinke (Adobe Education Leader from Belridge Secondary College) running the flipped learning workshops. Both Darren, Petra and Cari very generously gave up their time to be involved in these events and it was very much appreciated by all involved.
Gareth Cowan from IC Central involved to share how Adobe Certification can be gained by students and teachers.
I would also like to thank Dr Jenny Lane from Edith Cowan University for booking the rooms and supporting these events.
The feedback highlights included:
- Learning about the new apps that are available.
- Learning about using Adobe Acrobat to create portfolios
- Seeing some of the apps demonstrated. The possibilities were incredible and its great to see how they are all linked.
- Hearing real life use of Adobe programs
- Learning Applications, such as Adobe muse and Edge animate. It was extremely beneficial having the time to experiment with the applications and ask questions face to face.
- Being shown the apps by Richard – Very useful and a snapshot of each of them. I was online and trying each of them as they were being shown
- The practical workshop was very interesting.