Bringing APAC Education Leaders Together

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The Adobe Education Leadership Forum at the Grand Hyatt in Nusa Dua, Bali – Indonesia (March 25-27) was an amazing networking opportunity for education leaders throughout Asia Pacifc.

In total, 164 education leaders, thought leaders, education administrators and Adobe staff were involved in this event that aimed to improve education outcomes with advances in the latest digital media, digital marketing technologies and educational thought leadership.

Here is a 60 sec summary of the event on CreateEDU TV:


Here is a more detailed video, featuring interviews with presenters and delegates.


A live feed & recording of the main presentations was filmed by Wilkar Productions via:

During the first full day of the event, we attracted nearly 1.5 million impressions on social media. Over 2,000 educators have accessed the Adobe Education Exchange resource established for this event…

During the actual event, 100s accessed the live feed from all over the globe including over 100 from El Salvador.


Locations viewing the live stream/recording from March 26 to 31

Here is an image gallery of the main events …

The official Forum photos can be found here

It was a pleasure to work with Wayne Weisse, Prabhjeet Singh and the rest of the Adobe APAC Education team as well as Priscilla Goh and her team from Rhapsody Concept.


Feedback about the event

“In the next level of digital literary, Adobe cemented its leadership role in unlocking the art and science of digital creativity to promote idea diversity and flexibility while valuing in discussion.”
University of Santo Tomas

“Adobe is our creative Education Partner”
King Mongkut’s University of Technology North Bangkok

“A very informative & useful session. The opportunity to learn, share & connect with other professionals / Educators in the region is priceless.”
Institute of Technical Education

“Yet again, Adobe you’ve put on a highly engaging and motivating event. The speakers are of very high quality and cause me to change the way I view aspects of education and creativity.”
Independent Schools Queensland

“This conference provided thought leadership; relationship building that was all about opportunity for our learners in the 21st century! Outstanding event!”
NT Department of Education

Adobe Education Leadership Forum 2015 – Live Stream

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The Adobe Education Leadership Forum in Bali (March 26 & 27) will have some of Australia & Asia’s top education thought leaders, education leaders and Adobe experts looking deeply into the theme Sparking Creative Catalyst: Fueling the Future and it will be streamed live (and recorded) via:

Use Twitter to contribute to discussions and add your comments via #EduForum15

The program guide with local time conversion is available via the Adobe Education Exchange via:

More information on this event can be found via:

Highlights of watch out for include…

Trevor Bailey (Senior Director Adobe, Worldwide Education & Government) talking about Transforming Education for the future.

Dan Haesler (Educator, Writer & Consultant, Australia) talking about connected learning, the future of education

Paul Burnett (Adobe’s Creative Cloud Evangelist for APAC) showing the new mobile aspects of the Creative Cloud

A great K-12 & Higher Ed Panel discussing how education is empowering students for the future?

A focus on whether education is encouraging entrepreneurship?

Tacy Trowbriodge (Adobe’s worldwide Education Programs Lead) and Dr Tim Kitchen (Adobe’s Senior Education Advocate for APAC) talking about the Adobe education programs around the globe.

And much more …


ICTENSW Conference

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After many year’s of presenting and helping organise the various Victorian state ICT in Education conferences, it was a pleasure to be involved with the NSW conference run by ICTENSW.



There were many familiar faces there from various ACEC events over the years and a number of NSW Adobe Education Leaders. However most of the delegates were made up of educators who I had not been in contact with before and were new to resources such as the Adobe Education Exchange.

I particularly enjoyed hearing again from Dan Bowen, Microsoft Education Partner Development Manager. He is a very entertaining presenter and as usual git everyone thinking.


I also enjoyed meeting Matt Richards, one of Australia’s leaders in the Maker Movement in schools.


I’d like to congratulate Leanne Cameron (President of ICTENSW) and her team for putting on a great conference and I look forward to being involved again in the future.


Big Day In – Wagga

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It was a pleasure to share the stage with Jackson Henney (Student Rep from Charles Sturt University) today at the Big Day In event in Wagga Wagga. Jackson did a great job sharing how he started his production company while still studying at CSU. He inspired the students to think entrepreneurially about their futures.

About 300 students from regional NSW came to listen to presenters from a range of Information Technology sectors talks about the value of considering a career in IT.

The Adobe stand was inundated with students asking questions about how they can improve their digital media skills.


It was great working again with Heidi Fisher from IC Central who provided lots of advice to the students and teachers about Adobe certification options.

Adobe Education Queensland Roadshow – Brisbane

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The first of a series of Adobe in Queensland Classrooms roadshow events was held yesterday at Brisbane Girls Grammar School. Up to 80% of Queensland schools have now opted into purchasing and deploying the Adobe Creative Cloud suite of software as well as a range of other associated software, so these events are aimed at helping teachers understand what they and their students have and how this software can enhance the teaching and learning process.

State, independent, Catholic and Lutheran teachers from around Brisbane took part in a range of presentations and workshops all highlighting the education value of Adobe software. Yesterday we ran a day session from 8.30 AM to 3.00 PM and then a second group of teachers arrived for a twilight session from 4.00PM to 7.30 PM.


I shared some of Adobe’s research and the wider thought leadership around why creativity is essential across all areas of education. I also focused on how the Adobe Education Exchange is making a big impact is teacher professional learning.

Resources for this event can be found on the Education Exchange via –

Richard Turner-Jones (Adobe Solutions Consultant) wowed each audience with the way the new Adobe touch apps integrate with  standard Creative Cloud applications like Photoshop and Illustrator.


Richard Turner-Jones sharing one of many of the free Adobe touch apps.


Sally Mack (QLD Adobe Campus Leader) ran a workshop on Adobe Flash and inspired a number of the teachers how animation can enhance teaching and learning.

Heidi Fisher from IC Central shared the value of Adobe Certification and ran workshop sessions with teachers who were keen to take advantage of the fact that qualifying with the ACA certification provides Queensland students with credit towards their QCE senior secondary certificate.


Heidi Fisher from IC Central sharing the value of Adobe Certification.

Data#3 is Adobe’s partner in QLD that helps schools purchase and deploy the Adobe products. It was great to have Kim Sheppard from Data#3 provide the teachers with opt in, deployment and training options. Sarah Hiscock and Renee Fogg, also from Data#3, were really helpful throughout the day providing help with registration, food breaks and general information about what Data#3 offer to schools.


Kim Sheppard from Data#3 presenting purchasing and deployment options.

Workshop options included:

  • Flipped Learning with Adobe Voice, Presenter, Clip and Premier
  • Web Design with Adobe Muse and Edge Animate
  • Animation with Adobe Flash
  • Adobe certification options

Special thanks to the following organistion and companies for helping us promote and run this event:

Other planned events for 2015 at this stage include:

  • Sunshine Coast – Caloundra State High School on Thursday April 2
  • Cairns – Cairns School of Distance Education on Thursday August 6

And now announcing a second event  in Brisbane …

  • Brisbane – Forest Lake State High School – Thursday August 18

You can register via –

Big Day In – Sydney

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The Big Day In is an ICT careers conference run by the Australian Computer Society Foundation (ACS), in association with Digital Careers.  It is designed for both high school (Years 9-12) and University students interested in careers in technology.

This week was the first of a series of Big Day In events around Australia and Adobe is a major sponsor. About 1,500 students attended over two days at UTS (University of Technology Sydney).

BDI2It was great to have the opportunity to share with these young people the importance of developing ICT, media & creativity skills so that they can brand themselves and stand out form the crowd in their studies and in their future work prospects.


One of the UNSW Adobe reps, Priyanka Chitnis, shared the stage with me to give her story to the young people in the room. She has just about completed her degree and has been developing design, ICT & multimedia skills in a wide range of areas in the hope of starting her own business. She did a great job and was a inspiration to all the students, especially the girls in the audience.


The Adobe stand was looked after by Heidie Fisher from IC Central, Adobe’s certification partner. There was a lot of interests from school students, university students and teachers about Adobe Certification, how to best learn Adobe products and the Adobe Education Exchange.

Here are some more images of the Sydney event …

Next week, the Big Day In moves to Wagga Wagga.

Adobe visits Grimwade House

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It was great to be involved with the 2015  Grimwade House Year 5 ICT Seminar last week. Each Year 5 student at Grimwade (Melbourne Grammar’s Co-educational Junior School) has their own laptop with the Adobe Creative Cloud installed.

Each Year 5 student rotated through a range of ICT & cyber safety related workshops and presentations coordinated by Mr Matt Smith, Grimwade’s eLearning Coordinator.

The Adobe products & topics included video production with Adobe Premier Pro, web design with Adobe Muse and desktop publishing with Adobe InDesign.

Here are some comments about the event by Mr Matt Smith.

I cannot thank you all enough for your contributions to the MGS Grimwade House – Year 5 ICT Conference. The students were thoroughly engaged and excited with your workshops and many have come back to the new school week with their own websites, games, movies, posters, FakeBook accounts and an awareness of what it means to be a respectful and responsible digital citizen.