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.


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


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


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


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


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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


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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