DigiCon 2017

The following video features interviews with participants and leaders of the 2017 DigiCon Conference which was held at ACU in Melbourne last week (July 27 & 28).

DigiCon is the pinnacle event for DLTV (Digital Learning & Teaching Victoria).

Special thanks to Brian Chau from Adobe for his filming and everyone who contributed to this video story.

DigiCon Day 1

It was great to have Adobe help sponsor the 2017 DLTV DigiCon Conference at the Australian Catholic University Melbourne campus.


About 350 teachers from around Victoria have registered for this two day event which was highlighted on the first day by keynote presentations by Tony Brandenburg and Bec Spink.

There were a wide selection of workshops throughout the day, including one ran by Brian Chau and myself titled Turning STEM into STEAM.

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I also had the pleasure of speaking at the networking event at the end of day 1.

It was a personal great plrasure to catch up with old friends from my time at DLTV & VITTA as the Vice President.


With Roland Gesthuizen & Donna Gron


Tony Brandenburg, Tony Jones, Ian Woodside, Paula Christophersen & Me – some Victorian ICT in Education history in this picture


Donna, Tony & Me

Special announcement for Victorian Government Secondary Schools


The Victorian Department of Education and Training have announced today that they are currently updating its eduSTAR Secondary School Software Suite to provide their secondary schools with access to a wide range of Adobe Creative Cloud software.

This also includes BYOD access for students to a wide range of Adobe’s design & web Creative Cloud applications.

This is a similar arrangement to what the NSW Department of Education have been providing their students and teachers and a wonderful opportunity for Vic Gov Schools.

More information on this and planned PL opportunities can be found via: http://bit.ly/cc-edustar

Please share this news with your Vic Gov Secondary Colleagues.






Adobe Education Leadership Community Nth American Summit 2017 – Summary

It has been just over a week now since the 2017 Adobe Education Leadership Community Nth American Summit commenced. I’m back in Australia, everyone else is back in their home states and countries but I suggest that we are all still living off the wonderful experience we enjoyed at the Adobe Head Office in San Jose, California.

This video, hosted by Remy Mansfield, summarises what we experienced. Please enjoy …


Adobe Education Leadership Community Nth American Summit 2017 – Day 2


Day 2 of the 2017 Adobe Education Leadership Community Nth American Summit was packed with many great opportunities to learn and network.

The day began with an address my Mark Rupert, Senior Director – Adobe Education. Mark outlined some of Adobe’s current and future directions in the Education space. Both Mark, Remy Mansfield and Matt Niemitz confirmed Adobe’s commitment to the AEL program and thanked everyone for their commitment to help inspire and empower the next generation to be lifelong creators.



This was followed by a series of 5- minute presentations by AELs beginning with Andy Phelps’ session titled – Learn Production by Doing Production.


Judy Durkin did an Adobe Spark  session titled – Students Grade Students.


Penny Ann Dolin’s session was titled Learning to See Photographically.


Mark Martin’s session was titled Preparing Learners for Life Long Creativity


Ann Bown-Crawford did a presentation titled Student Voice + Digital Arts = Leadership/Social Change


Dan Armstrong’s session was titled Engaging with people to create positive change


Mark Shufflebottom did a session titled Quick tips to boost creativity in the classroom


Then we moved into the following Creative Classroom Workshops run by the AELs such as …

  • Virtual Interviews: Comparing and Contrasting Communities through video (Meredith Blache and Kathryn Riley)

  • Start Smart – Tips for a Successful InDesign Book Project (Kathy St. Amant)

  • Focus on the Process (Kevin Brandon)

  • The Energy Bus (Dan Armstrong)

  • Cinematic Interactives with Animate CC (Joseph Labrecque)

  • The Paradox of Purpose and Perfection (Rob Schwartz)

  • Make it on Mobile: Concept idea using Mobile apps. Seamless collaboration (Chana Messer)

  • Integrating VR / AR and next generation storytelling into your classroom

  • 3D The New Future Of Digital Creativity (Stephen Burns)

  • Personalized Learning in the Digital BioLab (Robert Simpson)

  • Adobe XD: UI and UX Simplified (Matthijs Clasener)

  • Curation, Collaboration, and Design (an SFMOMA/CAST Young Curators Project) – Jeff Larson

  • Instructional Design and Creativity in Online Classrooms (Deila Bumgardner)

  • Mobile Photography and Creativity on the Go (Nicole Dalesio)



Here are some images from the Summit dinner held at the The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose …

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Adobe Education Leadership Community Nth American Summit – Day 1

The 2017 Adobe EDU Leadership Community Summit started today at the Adobe Headquarters in San Jose, California.


About 40 AELs from the US, Canada, the UK and Europe as well as a large representation of  Adobe employees linked to education have registered to be part of this year’s Summit which has returned to San Jose.

Day 1 was about reuniting with the new look Adobe Mother Ship each other as well as meeting new members of the community through an optional maker-space event we called the Creative Recess. As you can see from this image below, we have a packed program ahead of us.


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One of the highlights was seeing vector images from Adobe Illustrator or Adobe Capture being converted into wooden carvings using a 3D Printer style drill box called a Carvey.

Another highlight was a seeing the sun go down during a BBQ outside the main Adobe Cafeteria area.


Here are some images of Day 1 …

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We are all looking forward to the rest of the Summit.