The Kitchen’s on The Block


It was my Great, Great, Great Grandfather John Kitchen and his sons Philip, Joseph and Theo who established the J. Kitchen & Sons candle & soap making factory in Ingles St, Port Melbourne during the mid 1800’s which was recently purchased by Channel 9 for the 2016 series 12 of The Block.

The producers of The Block very kindly invited the Kitchen family to a private viewing of the new apartments and also to officially cut the ribbon on the open for inspection day on Sunday 30th October which attracted 1000s of people, some who had camped out over night to meet the contestants and cast.


A selfie with Scot Cam, the host of The Block with my daughter Talana & my niece Maddie.

It was delightful meeting the cast and crew of the show who were all so proud to show us what they had achieved to restore the factory into its latest incarnation. It was also great to meet members of the Kitchen family who I had never met before. I even met another Tim Kitchen.

Our private tour of the new apartments was a couple of days earlier when more members of the Kitchen family were available. It was amazing to see what has been developed in a relatively short space of time.


The original J. Kitchen & Son’s mosaic, beautifully restored and featured in the front entrance of the apartment block.

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On behalf of the Kitchen family, I would like to say a special thank you to the Channel 9 producers of The Block for providing this opportunity for us to engage with each other and be a small part of legacy left by our forefathers.


If you are interested in finding out more about the history of the Kitchen family, here are some links to three documents that may be helpful.

Origins of the kitchen family (656 KB)

John Kitchen (758 KB)

History of J Kitchen & sons (5.7 MB)

Adobe Edu PL in Sydney


On Wednesday 26th October, it was delightful to spend a few hours at the Adobe office in Sydney with a number of passionate NSW teachers from a wide range of schools.


One of the highlights for me at this event was having Adobe Education Leaders Henrietta Miller, Bill Gillespie and Chris Betcher present various Adobe related solutions to enhance creativity in classrooms.


We covered the educational value of a range of Creative Cloud and other Adobe applications.

The resources shared for this session can be found in the Adobe Education Exchange via:

This was the final of this type of session in Sydney for 2016 and we are looking forward to running more like this throughout 2017.



Adobe Creative Cloud for NSW DoE Students


The current enterprise agreement between the NSW Department of Education and Adobe now allows students to download and install Adobe Creative Cloud software (excluding storage & services) for free on one personally owned device via the student BYOD Webstore.


An Adobe Creative Cloud membership gives students access to the latest and greatest industry standard Adobe creative software and other new applications as they are released.


As well as Adobe Presenter, Captivate, Photoshop Elements & Premier Elements.

Students now get the freedom to create virtually anything they can imagine and are encouraged to think and act creatively with these amazing tools. With the Adobe Creative Cloud, students have the power to:

  • Design posters, logos and edit photos and videos like a professional
  • Build websites without writing code and create web, mobile, and tablet apps with HTML5
  • Create a polished portfolio and make sensational presentations and reports
  • Become more interested in discovering things for themselves and be better equipped to work well with others
  • Be more open to new ideas and challenges and have a stronger ability to solve problems
  • Become more efficient learners and show greater ownership of their learning


Previously, Adobe Creative Suite 6 was provided for the student BYOD program. This is now replaced with the complete Adobe Creative Cloud (no storage or services included). All copies of Adobe Creative Suite 6 will expire on Dec 1st 2016. The old software will need to be uninstalled and upgraded to Adobe Creative Cloud.

More information about the program and the Adobe agreement is available on the NSW DoE, Technology for Schools intranet portal (you will need your NSW DoE login details) :

How will the students access it?
Visit the Student BYOD Webstore . Student will have to claim a redemption code and apply it to their Adobe ID. If the student is under 13 years of age, a parent or guardian will have to create an Adobe ID.

Adobe Education Exchange
Resources on how to teach with and learn the wide range of Adobe applications are found via the Adobe Education Exchange ( which currently has over 325,000 members and over 12,000 resources.


Adobe Support

A wide range of tutorials for beginners and masters are available via the Adobe Support Site


IIATE Conference


Part of the NSW IIATE (Institute of Industrial Arts Technology Education) Conference was held at the Adobe Sydney office on Thursday 20th October. This involved a set of all-day multimedia workshops  run by Adobe Education Leader Jason Carthew and myself.

The IIATE is the key NSW teacher professional association that provides leadership in the Technology and Engineering Education area with specific focus on the Industrial Arts, Engineering, Technology and Design learning for New South Wales schools.

Jason ran an animation workshop with a focus on using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Animate (formally known as Flash Professional).


I ran a workshop on video production with Adobe Premiere Clip & Adobe Premiere Pro.

The resources for Jason’s animation workshop can be found via –

The resources for my workshop can be found via –

One of the big take aways for the teachers at this event was to discover the value of the Adobe Education Exchange. With currently over 325,000 teachers involved and over 12,000 resources, it is an amazing resource for inspiration, classroom resources, making international connections and professional learning of Adobe tools in education.


The other big take away from this day was finding out more about the Adobe Support site, where students, teachers and anyone can access quality tutorials on all Adobe products.


Stay informed about future Adobe in Education professional learning opportunities for teachers in Australasia via:


Check past Adobe in Education active use activities via this journal and our vimeo channel CreateEdu TV


If you are interested in joining a global network of like minded teachers who are passionate about enhancing creativity in classroom, consider joining the Adobe Campus Leader program.

Technology in the Tropics Conference


The beautiful town on Cairns in Queensland’s far north was the venue for an outstanding education conference run by QSITE (Queensland Society for Information Technology in Education).

It was my pleasure to be the keynote presenter for this event which included over 200 teachers and IT technicians from the Nth QLD region.


Click here to access my resources for this event.

There were a number of workshops spread throughout the stunning Cairns Colonial Club Conference Centre from a wide range presenters with a focus on the Digital Technologies curriculum.

It was a pleasure to run sessions on Adobe Clip and also provide a range of Flipped Learning solutions including Adobe Presenter Video Express, Adobe Clip, Spark Post, Spark Video and Spark Page.

I enjoyed meeting Michelle Hall, Education Queensland’s C2C Manager Technologies


As well as catching up with Adobe Education Leader Leigh Howser who helped coordinate the event.


It was also great catching up with QSITE Executive Officer Lyn Allsop


Overall it was a very successful event and a pleasure to have Adobe Education involved.


Adobe Education Community Leadership Summit – APAC 2016


About 30 representatives of the Adobe Education Community in APAC met together from October 3 to 5 at the Sydney Adobe office for their annual Leadership Summit.


Adobe Education Leaders, Adobe Campus Leaders and Adobe Education Trainers from all over Australia contributed to this wonderful event.

Click here to access the recordings for the main presentations.


Sketchnote about the event by Adobe Campus Leader and NSW secondary teacher Andrew On Yi Lai

It was a pleasure for all of us to have Tacy Trowbridge and Matt Niemitz from the US with us for this event. Tacy is Adobe’s Global Education Programs Lead and Matt manages the Adobe Education Exchange.

Tacy gave an overview of the wordwide Adobe Education initiatives and Matt provides an update on the Adobe Education Exchange.

Click here to see their presentations

Mark Henley, Adobe’s Industry Specialist – Media Entertainment, presented the topic Technology Megatrends and Future Visioning.


Click here to see Mark’s presentation

Chris Betcher, Director of Professional Development ANZ EdTechTeam, presented  365 Lessons in the Creative Process.


Click here to see Chris’ presentation

Joel Aarons, Adobe Education Leader and Media Arts Teacher in Victoria, presented the topic Stop Dumbing It Down to the Kids.


Click here to see Joel’s presentation

Ross Johnson,  Adobe Education Leader and Secondary Teacher in NSW, presented The Creativity Check list  


Click here to see Ross’ presentation

Brett Kent, Adobe Education Leader and NSW Primary Teacher, spoke about Changing attitudes in the modern school environment.


Click here to see Brett’s presentation

Towards the end of the first full day of the summit, we made our way to a Darling Harbour wharf for a wonderful Sydney Harbour Cruise. The following slide show features photos by William Spry from Wilkar Productions.

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Day 2 of the Summit

Day 2 commenced with a presentation by Darcy Moore, Winner of the 2015 NSW Adobe
Premiere’s ICT Scholarship and NSW Deputy Principal.



Click here to see Darcy’s presentation

Andrew On Yi Lai, Adobe Campus Leader and NSW Secondary Teacher, spoke about Learning Experience Design – UX in Education


Click here to see Andrew’s presentation

Mark Christie,  Adobe Education Trainer and Director eLearning Systems for the Department of Education Northern Territory Government, presented about working with students in museums, libraries and iconic locations to create shareable resources.


Click here to see Mark’s presentation

Abi Woldhuis and Ross Johnson coordinated a series of working group sessions with an aim to map a range of new and current Adobe Education Exchange resources to the Australian Curriculum. This ended up being a wonderful time of networking and learning from each others experiences, expertise and impromptu presentation sessions.

The afternoon of Day 2 was focused on a choice of the following workshop options:

  • Character Animator with Adobe Solution Consultant Brian Chau
  • Adobe Fuse with Adobe Solution Consultant Richard Turner-Jones
  • Video capture tips & tricks with video producer William Spry from Wilkar Productions
  • Making the most of the Adobe Education Exchange with Matt Niemitz
  • The Adobe Spark/Photoshop Challenge with Tim Kitchen
  • Experience Design with Adobe Solution Consultant Richard Turner-Jones
  • Adobe Capture with Adobe Solution Consultant Brian Chau

Feedback comments …
The quality of the conversations was enormously beneficial to my professional growth. I’m heading home really inspired to drive and lead innovation in WA schools.

My highlight was engaging with many educators and seeing their passion for their teaching and projects. I felt like a kid with new toys seeing how apps are used by schools.

I feel further inspired by interacting with this group of people.

I was so impressed with the manner with which people speak through their passion. I’m always amazed at how people use the tools in amazing ways. It is inspiring to be among educators who share their resources and ideas. It is exciting to see the new products that are coming through each year which allow us to change education and the way kids learn.

Another really powerful conference which really helped connect and ideas and people. Thank you for the amazing opportunity to meet and share together.

Quality time spent in conversation with like-minded educators who are passionate about learning, teaching and empowering.

The Wednesday afternoon workshops were awesome. 


Special thank you to everyone involved the 2016 APAC Adobe Education Community Leadership Summit.

If you are interested in applying to become an Adobe Campus Leader and join the Adobe Education Leadership Community please email me via