Northern Beaches Christian School

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Where architecture and pedagogy come together.

I had the great pleasure of spending a day at Northern Beaches Christian School in NSW this week. It is a school that I have heard lots about and have been wanting to visit for a number of years.


Chris Woldhuis (Adobe Education Leader) invited me to run the first day of a three day media camp. This was one of over 20 camps that the school was running during the week.


When I arrived, I was confronted with a hive of activity with students of various years levels all madly coming up with ideas and thoughts about what they were planning to achieve during the camp. It initially looked chaotic, but then I soon realised just how much collaboration, problem solving, team work and creativity was happening in front of me. All vital 21st Century skills that we should be teaching young people to do well – and they were having lots & lots of fun.

The students I had for the day played with the video gear I supplied as well as a wide range of gear that the school owned to build the start of a 3 day video project.


The school’s GoPro were a popular choice of image capture, with some very creative results.


Stay tuned for a video story on CreateEDU TV about this very creative day at Northern Beaches Christian School featuring not only what my group came up with, but laser cutting, 3D printing, soldering, model making, drilling, sawing, painting – you name it.

The Maker Movement is alive and well at NBCC.

Seymour Papert would be very proud.

Corowa’s ANZAC Tribute

Every so often you get an email that really lifts your spirits.

Yesterday, I received this email from a teacher at Corowa High School.

Tim, I thought you might be interested in the following link containing a video that Corowa High School students created using the skills you taught them on your visit in 2014. Our local RSL requested students create a presentation for the ANZAC Day dawn service commemorations on the 25th April this year.

Despite heavy rain, over 1000 people attended to watch this film projected on the town’s cenotaph. Students taught themselves how to use Adobe Audition and combined it with the skills you taught us with Premiere CC.

Thank you again for your time, not only has it enhanced the skills of my students, but it has also started a digital media culture in our school that we are now extending into our community. A lot of students are now talking about what they can do with Adobe.


Phillip Le Lievre

Head Teacher Technology Corowa High School



Fireworks & Photoshop in the classroom


I love seeing examples of Adobe products being used to enhance creativity and IT skills in the classroom. Here are a couple of grabs from a March edition of the Northam Senior High School (Western Australia) newsletter where Angela Bartels (Adobe Education Leader) is working with Year 7 & 8 students using Adobe Fireworks and Photoshop.




Angela Bartels Adobe Education Leader (Western Australia) Level 3 Classroom Teacher Northam Senior High School

Email me ( if you have other examples of student work involving Adobe products that you are happy (and able) to share.

Adobe Education in Australasia Update – April 2015

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Below are four short video updates (as seen on CreateEDU TV) outlining some of the highlights of the Adobe in Education active use program so far in 2015 throughout Australasia.


Part 1 is the introduction


Part 2 features  an update on the following events:
– Swinburne University Staff Workshop in Melbourne
– CreateWorld Conference in Brisbane
– The Adobe Design Achievement Awards
– Ashdale SC workshop in Perth, and
– The Adobe in WA Classrooms events in Perth


Part 3 features  an update on :

– Student workshops at Grimwade House in Melbourne
– Big Day In events in Sydney, Wagga & Ballarat
– Adobe in QLD Classrooms events
– Workshop at Caloundra State High in QLD


Part 4 features an update on:

– ICTENSW Conference in Sydney
– ECAWA Conference in Perth
– The AEL/ACL Boot Camps in Sydney & Melbourne
– The Adobe Education Leadership Forum in Bali

as well as
– A promotion for the new APAC focused Live Events, and
– A promotion for the Adobe Campus Leader program


ECAWA Conference in Perth

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I had the pleasure of presenting a range of workshops and a keynote session at the 2015 ECAWA (Education Computing Association of Western Australia) conference this week at Scotch College in Perth.

IMG_0915It was great working with Dr Michael Henderson from Monash University (and fellow committee member of DLTV) and Tom March, an international legend in the ICT in Education world and a mentor of mine who encouraged me as a young teacher to enhance my ICT skills.


Throughout the two days, there were about 100 teachers from a wide range of WA schools and universities who attended and shared their passion for ICT use in the classroom.


There was a strong focus on the use of Adobe tools to enhance creativity in classroom. I ran the following workshops:

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My keynote session was based on the topic Bridging the Disconnects where we looked at a range of ICT in Education issues, discussed some of the long term thinking about why the effective use of ICT and Creativity in teaching & learning is so important and looked at some of the popular Adobe solutions.


All of my slides and resources are available as a resource of the Adobe Education Exchange via –

On online poll on ICT issues is education was conducted as part of the keynote session where the teachers were asked to rate their top 3 ICT in education issues (disconnects) from their experience.

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It’s interesting that the concern with the most hits is the perceived conflict between curriculum demands and creativity. Closely followed by teacher ICT skills compared to students ICT skills. Both of these finding led to some very interesting discussion.

Here are some images of the conference …

Another highlight was seeing my first ever WA sunset over the Indian Ocean


A teacher going the extra mile for his students

Brendan Hogan is the Principal and science teachers of Wahgunyah Primary School, a small school in north-east country Victoria. Despite being isolated in country Victoria, Brendan recently guided a group of students through a series of shows titled Scaredy-Cat at the 2015 Melbourne International Comedy Festival.


This is an outstanding achievement from a teacher who balances the demands of being a school principal along side his passion for giving students a voice and self-confidence through the art of drama.


In his spare time, Brendon runs a drama school called the Yackandandah Young Players. While I was queuing with my daughter outside the famous Spiegeltent (which is now an established Comedy Festival venue outside the Melbourne Arts Centre) I listened to some of the parents of these students talk about how much this experience had boosted their child’s confidence, resilience, team work, problem solving and collaboration skills.  All 21st Century skills that as educators we should be focusing on for our students.


Having students this young involved in the Comedy Festival generated considerable interest from local media.

Herald Sun

ABC Melbourne Radio with John Faine

ABC Goulburn Murray

I first met Brendan a few years ago when he was collaborating with my sister Lisa Mason on a series of comical videos that I filmed about a farmer and his wife called The Beef.


The Beef Episode 1, Episode 2, Episode 3.

Brendan and Lisa also stared in the 2013 Yakandandah Theatre Company production of ‘Secret Bridesmaids’ Business’ by Elizabeth Coleman.


Congratulations to Brendan Hogan and all the students for putting on such an entertaining production and becoming quite a feature at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. This is an experience that the students will remember and may well be the kick start for some promising stage careers.

This is another example of how a teacher can make a positive difference in students lives by going outside the traditional boundaries of education, focusing on creativity and going the extra mile.

The Victorian AEL/ACL Boot Camp

St Kevin’s College in Melbourne was the venue for the historic first ever Victorian Adobe Education Community workshop on Friday April 10, 2015.


Introducing Victoria’s first group of AELs (Adobe Education Leaders) & ACLs (Adobe Campus Leaders) other than Leigh Howser on my right who is a QLD ACL who flew in for this event.

The AELs & ACLs shared their expertise and passion for creativity. Each of them with a unique story to tell and much to share.

Here are some samples of what was achieved…


Stuart Murdoch (ACL) working with Phil Feain (AEL) on their first Adobe Clip which promotes the Adobe Education Exchange.


Margaret Young (AEL) working with Leigh Howser (ACL) on their first Adobe Clip production promoting the Adobe Education Exchange.


Leigh Howser’s slate about the boot camp


Philip Feain’s Slate about the day


Kev Lavery’s Slate about the day


Stuart Murdoch’s first Adobe Slate


Stuart Murdoch’s first Adobe Voice.


Joel Aaron’s Voice of choice


Margaret & Leigh’s amazing Voice about Angel Gowns


Phil’s Voice about the event

Here are some of the feedback comments about the day …

Very worthwhile and a great opportunity to meet other ACLs and AELs. Tim is always a great presenter and has you walking away with a lot of new information and resources. Very worthwhile.

I really liked hearing what other Educators were doing with Adobe tools in the classroom.

There were many highlights. The opportunity to network with other like-minded educators was very valuable.

Spending quality time with some quality products

Having an opportunity to learn from Tim and the other AELs and ACLs was really valuable. It was nice to find some common problems and new solutions. Slate looks pretty awesome too. I might have to buy an iPad.

AEL/ACL Boot Camp – NSW


A group of AELs and ACLs hard at work during their boot camp in Sydney.

It was great getting together with the NSW Adobe Education Leaders and (for the first time) some of the NSW Adobe Campus Leaders for the NSW AEL/ACL Boot Camp at the Adobe office in Sydney.

This was a gathering of talented, passionate & inspirational educators, all willing and keen to share their expertise and experience.

It was great to have Lisa McIntosh (Graphic Designer) and Konrad Skirlis (Audio Engineer) sharing their expertise in Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Audition. Having these links with industry was appreciated by the AELs & ACLs.


Lisa McIntosh – design expert, teaching about Adobe Illustrator


Konrad Skirlis, sharing his skills with Adobe Audition

One of the activities was to spend about 45 minutes building a reflection presentation on the day using one of Adobe’s new touch apps. Below are some links to Adobe Voice & Slate resources shared by some of the AELs/ACLs.


A Voice about the boot camp event by Grant & Konrad


A voice about why teachers should join the Adobe Campus Leader program by Pip Cleaves


A Slate about the day by Megan Townes


A Slate about the day by Gary & Henrietta


A Slate about Adobe Slate by Henrietta


A Slate about why teachers should apply to be an Adobe Campus Leader


Great dinner together in Darling Harbour

Adobe in the Sunshine Coast

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The Adobe in Queensland Classrooms roadshow moved to the Sunshine Coast on April 1 & 2, 2015 with student and teacher events held at Caloundra State High School.

On April 1, Richard Turner-Jones & I put a group of Year 9 to 11 students through workshops on Adobe Muse, Edge Animate, InDesign and Photoshop.


On April 2, about 35 teachers from the Sunshine Coast area were show how a wide range of Adobe solutions can be used to enhance creativity in education.


Here is an Adobe Slate site relating to these events

The feedback from the event was very pleasing:

Great Apps …just wish our school had more ipads!

A well run event and I can only hope that my school can find it in their budget to obtain the latest Adobe software.

You don’t always know what’s out there, I was surprised to find that some of the apps and features we were shown have been around for at least two years or so. Life could have been so much easier if I’d known earlier!