Adobe & Surf Cost Secondary College


It was a sensational sunrise over the surf coast of Torquay in Victoria that greeted me before enjoying a day with students and teacher at Surf Coast Secondary College.


The day was based around three 90min sessions with all the Year 7, 8 & 9 students. Being an iPad school, the main focus of each session was to introduce them to a range of Adobe’s touch apps with a focus on Adobe Voice, Slate, Post and Clip.



I was impressed with what many of the students were able to produce in such a short time frame.

After school, I ran a professional learning session for Surf Coast teachers and range of other teachers from the region based on the new Digital Technologies Curriculum and Flipped Learning.

Surf Coast Secondary College was one of the fist Victorian Government schools to purchase the Adobe Creative Cloud for their students. Last year, I enjoyed working with some of their senior students, introducing them to their new creativity tools.

2015 visit to Surf Coast SC


Special thank you Assistant Principal Erin Weightman for organising this Adobe Day for the students and staff.

I’m looking forward to hearing about the continued creative achievements from these talented Surf Coast Secondary College students.

Anti Bully Focus with Sydney Boys High


It was a delight to work with a group of talented film makers from Sydney Boys High School today at the Sydney Adobe Office along with their teacher Paris Kotik and Katie Barry from The Bully Project.

We started the day with clips from the movie Bully to inspire the boys and set them the task  to have a short anti-bullying film made by 2.30 in the afternoon.


The boys divided into small production crews and lots of initial planning went into the pre-production stage.


Once the films were planned, the groups collected the footage, audio files and still images for their stories.

The editing was completed with a mix of Adobe Premiere Pro and Adobe Premiere Elements.

Stay tuned to The Bully Project Mural to see some of the work produced by these talented students.

The Bully Project @ Hume Central


The Bully Project came to Hume Central Secondary College in Melbourne’s north in the form of an Adobe Day on Friday 11th March, 2016.


Katie Barry and I were introduced to a great group of Year 7 to 9 students who recently watch the movie Bully.

The aim of this day was to encourage the students to work in a team (production crew) to produce a short video with an anti-bullying theme using Adobe Premiere Pro.


Katie set the scene with a chat about what the students remembered from their viewing of the Bully documentary. I was very impresses with what they recalled. The film seemed to really make an impact on them.


Planning is a crucial before filming can take place. It was great to see the development of  a number of interesting and creative ideas, each with their own slant on the anti-bullying theme.


After the planning (pre-production) stage, the students used a range of recording equipment to capture their footage, still images and audio files.

The final stage of the day involved uploading all the files onto a number of laptops and working with Adobe Premiere Pro to do the editing.

I gave them some basic editing techniques to work on and we added to them throughout the editing session.


The process of working with a small group to do a video project in a short period of time, involves the execution of a range of key life skills such as project management, collaboration, communication, problem solving, computational thinking, listening and creative thinking.

Katie and I were very impressed with what the students were able to achieve. We are hoping that some of their work will end up on The Bully Project Mural for the world to see.

Special thank you to the great staff at Hume Central Secondary College, especially Mrs Mary Mesquita (Teacher Librarian, Resources Manager & Coach eLearning Leader) for organising this special day for the students.


Stay tuned to CreateEDU TV to see a story about this day.

ICT Educator of the Year – NSW


Special congratulations to Chris Woldhuis who was today announced as the NSW ICT Educator of the Year.

Chris is the Assistant Principal (Staff PD & Student Opportunities) at Northern Beaches Christian School (NBCS) and he is also an Adobe Education Leader.

This announcement was made today at the ICTENSW Conference where Chris was activly involved with a group of NBCS students capturing various keynotes and presentations.


I’ve had the pleasure of seeing Chris in action at at NBCS and work with him at a range of Adobe events over the past two years. He is a very worth winner of this award.

A Big Day In – Sydney


The 2016 Big Day In events started today at University of Technology Sydney (UTS).


About 800 student from a wide range of schools in and around Sydney listened to a series of presenters from the IT industry encourage them to consider a future career in IT.

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