AEL Nth American Summit 2018 – Part 2


Tuesday, July 24th 2018 was the first full day of the Nth American Adobe Education Leaders Summit in San Francisco.

It began with an official welcome from Clara Galan, Adobe’s Global Community Lead, K-12 and Higher Education.


Then Tacy Trowbridge, Adobe’s Global Education Programs Lead  presented the topic Education Programs: 2018 and beyond. She gave us a greater insight into what has been happening and what is planned globally for Adobe in Education. Tacy also shared some of Adobe’s recent research into how Creative Problem solving is being taught in schools.


Aubrey Cattell, Adobe’s Vice President and General Manager of Adobe Spark shared about his passion for the way Adobe Spark is making a positive difference for teachers and students across the globe. He also provided an opportunity for the AELs to ask questions about current and future directions for Adobe products in Education.


Moses Kelany is a multidisciplinary Design and Art Director at Pereira & O’Dell. He spoke to the AELs about some of his projects, including his recent campaign with Coco-Cola and gave us all a perspective on how Adobe tools are being used in the design industry.


Rosy Capron (Adobe’s Project Manager for the Adobe Certified Associate program) and Ty Kenworthy (from Certiport) shard about the ACA program and its impact.


Adobe’s Head of Institutional Business World Wide Education, Johann Zimmerman informed us all about the current and future Adobe software licensing arrangements for schools and universities.


AEL, Nancy Dick, Dean of Instruction at Lake Washington Institute Of Technology in Kirkland, Washington was the first of a series of 30 min Creative Catalyst Talks for the Summit. Hers was titled Equity in Education: Your Work Matters.


Mark Shufflebottom, Professor of Interaction Design at Sheridan College, Ontario, Canada presented his Creative Catalyst talk titled The Continual Process of UX: Developing UI with Adobe XD.


Matt Dombrowski, Assistant Professor UCF & Limbitless Solutions in Orlando, Florida gave an inspirational Creative Catalyst Talk about his work with Limbitless who make affordable prosthetic limbs for young people titled Creative Empowerment: Using Creativity to Empower Children.

We then broke into a series of AEL workshop/presentation breakout sessions including:
  • Art Boards to Animatic by Matthijs Clasener from Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Creativity is The Path: Developing Lessons by Rob Schwartz from West Palm Beach, Florida, USA
  • 3D Animation Set in Outer Space by Emmalee Pearson from Madison, Wisconsin, USA
  • Web and Mobile Design: Adobe XD by Tom Green from Ontario, Canada
  • Creating Animated GIFs by Cindy Schultz from Missoula, Montana, USA
  • Using Creativity to Spark Student Journalism Susan Mango-Curtis from Northwestern University in Illinois, USA
  • Creative Cloud: A Tool for Public Outreach and Education by Seth Chambers from the Center For Advanced Research & Technology, California, USA
  • Global Leadership and Citizenship in the 21st Century by Claudir Segura from Pontificia Universidade Católica De São Paulo, Brazil
  • Refreshing Integrated Projects with Design Thinking by Matt Cauthron from Digital Arts Technology Academy, Cathedral City, California, USA
  • 3D Modeling in Photoshop by Stephen Burns from Otis College Of Art & Design, San Diego, California, USA
  • Best Practices in Online Learning by Greg Hodgson from Edge Gain Ltd, Wilstone, England


After lunch, the AELs had an opportunity to do some round table discussion sessions with a range of Adobe product managers for existing and future offering from Adobe. Each AEL signs a non-disclosure agreement to keep Adobe secrets safe.


Then we all took a bus trip to visit the Minnesota Street Project Gallery and artist work-spaces, a unique part of San Francisco that aims to encourage & rejuvenate local artists.


Day 1 of the Summit concluded at the Mission Rock Resort near the San Francisco harbour.


Stay tuned for videos from the Summit on CreateEdu TV