Ed Tech Central West NSW Conference


Over 800 teachers from the Central West region of NSW gathered in the beautiful town of Orange for a day of learning about ICT in Education with a focus on creativity.

I had the privilege of being the main keynote presenter and with so many teachers in one place, the keynote was run twice with over 400 in each session.

For most of the teachers, it was the first time they had heard of the work of Seymour Papert, Sir Ken Robinson, Dr Alan Kay and Professor Mitch Resnick – the gurus of ICT & creativity in Education. The topic was Creativity in Education is no longer an option, it is an absolute necessity and all my slides are available on the Adobe Education Exchange via http://bit.ly/adobe24April17

Jerry Wong (Adobe Customer Success Manager), Jane Chen (Adobe Solutions Consultant) and Bill Gillespie (Adobe Education Leader) joined me for this event. Jane ran four sessions on ePortfolios with Adobe Acrobat, it was her first Adobe workshop with educators. Bill ran sessions on Adobe Spark.

I’d like to congratulate Geoff Childs and Andrew Hetherington (both leading the Teaching and eLearning – Central West Principals Network) for organising such a successful event.

Sparking creativity at SCSC


On Wednesday 19th April, I had the pleasure of working with all the Year 7s as well as  senior Media students at Surf Coast Secondary College (SCSC) in Torquay, Victoria.


Every Year 7 students at SCSC has their own iPad and together we explored the power the Adobe Spark apps.

I was very impressed with what the students were able achieve and, most importantly, with the potential educational ideas the students and teachers came up now that they had been exposed to the apps.

With the senior media students, I ran an intensive video editing session with Premiere Pro. For many it was their first exposure to this professional application but they picked up the basics and I’m looking forward to hearing about what they achieve.

Special thank you to Assistant Principal Erin Weightman for organising this event.