500k members on EdEx!

The Adobe Education Exchange has just welcomed its 500,000 member!

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Growth in membership since 2010

The Adobe in Education team would like to thank everyone who has shared the value of this amazing resource to their education colleagues and wider networks. Not a week goes by where I don’t hear a teacher reflect how this portal has made a positive impact to their professional growth and provided inspirational ideas to enhance creativity in their classrooms.

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Special thank you to Matt Niemitz @mattniemitz (Head of Adobe Education Exchange) and his team for the work they do to make the Adobe Education Exchange such a valuable resources.

Big Day In – Newcastle

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The University of Newcastle was the venue for over 300 students from the Hunter Valley and Central Coast of NSW who attended the Newcastle Big Day In on Tuesday 5th June.

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It was my pleasure to again be the opening keynote presenter at this event and share with these students some of the skills required to prepare for the future workforce.

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A highlight for me was to bring Adobe Intern Nick Stubbs onto stage and interview him about lessons he has learned as he finishes off his University studies. Being only a few years older then the students at this event, Nick was able to pass on very relevant key advice. Two key skills he highlighted, that the students should proiritse to thrive in the future, were resilience and creativity.

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Nick and I met hundreds of the students during the breaks and shared with them ways that Adobe tools can help them enhance their creativity and help them brand themselves. A key resources we shared with the students was the Adobe Help Center. This is a great one-stop-shop to get beginners guides and advanced tutorials on just about every one of Adobe’s products.

Special thank you to the Australian Computer Society Foundation for the great work they do putting together these Big Day In events around Australia.

Creativity in Carrum Downs, Victoria

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Rowellyn Park Primary School, in outer south-eastern Melbourne, has a very special Media Arts teacher named Carol Sieira who is passionate about enhancing her students’ digital literacy skills with Adobe tools.

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It was delightful to recently visit one of Carol’s classes and Assistant Principal Alistair Sproal. Her classroom was surrounded with many examples of Adobe tools in action.

While I was there, the students were asked by Carol to use Adobe Photoshop Sketch on their iPads to draw a none stereotypical images of a male or female at work. This will later become part of an Adobe Spark video that the students will be working on. The topic complemented what the students were doing with their normal class teacher. Carol tries to link the techniques and concepts she is teaching in Media Arts as much as possible with the other work the students are doing.

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Carol maintains a blog to help keep her students, colleagues and parents informed about the progress her students are making – http://rowellynparkps.global2.vic.edu.au/

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Within the blog, there are many examples of how Carol uses a range of Adobe applications to enhance the student’s digital literacy and creativity skills.

I would like to congratulate Carol on recently becoming an Adobe Campus Leader.

Big Day In – Melbourne

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About 450 secondary students from a wide range of Melbourne schools met at the Melbourne Convention Centre for a fabulous Big Day In event on Wednesday 30th June.

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The Big Day In is a series of events across Australia run by the Australian Computer Society Foundation with an aim to encourage students to consider a future in the IT industry.

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I had the pleasure of being the opening keynote presenter, challenging the teenagers to develop a range of skills that will help them prepare for a future workplace.

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I shared with them how the World Economic Forum rated the top 5 skills required for thrive in the future as:

  1. Complex Problem Solving
  2. Critical Thinking
  3. Creativity
  4. People Management
  5. Coordinating with others

www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_Future_of_Jobs.pdf

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We looked at some of the findings of the recent Australia 2030 – Prosperity through Innovation study by Innovation Science Australia stressing the importance of interpersonal, entrepreneurial & creative problem solving skills.

https://www.industry.gov.au/Innovation-and-Science-Australia/Australia-2030/Pages/default.aspx

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I shared some of the work of Marc Prensky who lists vital skills of the future into three categories Effective Thinking, Effective Action & Effective Relationships.

http://marcprensky.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Prensky-5-The-World_Needs_a_New_Curriculum.pdf

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I challenged the teachers in the audience to set assessment tasks that help enhance the above skills and incorporate skill development in these areas into their existing curriculum.

I encouraged the students to develop the skills to brand themselves in creative ways through video, image manipulation, special effects web publication, app development and audio production. All areas led by Adobe’s amazing software tools.

Many of the students were from Victorian Department of Education Secondary Schools who all have free access to Adobe’s amazing Creative Cloud software such as Photoshop, Premiere Pro, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat, Animate and more. A number of the students and teachers were not aware of the agreement between the Victorian Government and Adobe that allowed students access to this great industry standard software. I encouraged them to ask their IT Admin support to help provide access on their BYOD devices via EduSTAR. See http://diglearning.global2.vic.edu.au/2017/07/25/secondary-school-software-suite/ for more information.

Students and teachers from Independent & Catholic school can also take advantage of similar agreements, but each school does need to opt-in to take advantage.

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Other presenters for this event included:

  • Professor Caroline Chan, Head of School, Business IT & Logistics, RMIT
  • Amanda Caples, Victoria’s Lead Scientist
  • Dr Marthie Grobler, CSIRO’s Data61
  • Mark Angrish, ANZ
  • Richard White, WiseTech Global
  • Dayle Stevens, AGL Energy
  • Emma Simons, Microsoft
  • Pete Williams, Deloitte

 

Special thank you to John Ridge (AM) & Kerrie Bisaro from the Australian Computer Society Foundation for the work they put into organising the Big Day In events across Australia. I’m looking forward to speaking in Newcastle & Brisbane this coming week to round up a wonderful season of events for 2018.