Digital Creativity at Strathcona

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Last Friday 22nd February, Adobe Solution Consultant Brian Chau and I had the pleasure of being involved in a special Adobe Day at Tay Creggan, the Year 9 campus of Strathcona Baptist Girls Grammar School in Melbourne.

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Tay Creggan is a beautiful historic school campus on the Yarra River in Hawthorn.  As mentioned in the school’s website … Built in 1893 as a family home, it quickly became the social hub for fashionable Hawthorn. Strathcona bought Tay Creggan in 1969. The following year it opened as Australia’s first designated campus for Year 9 girls.

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This Adobe Day was part of a special program called TC Envision which teaches important entrepreneurial and life ready skills such as critical thinking, problem-solving, design capability, intellect, collaboration, communication and resilience.

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For this day, three Strathcona teachers as well as Brian and myself ran a series of workshop sessions introducing the the students to arrange of Adobe applications that they can use throughout the year as part of the program and in the future. The applications that the girls were introduced to include Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Spark and Premier Rush.

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The Envision program is coordinated by Head of Tay Creggan, Karyn Murray and this particular day was organised by Strathcona’s Head of Digital Learning & Innovation – Strathcona Michelle Dennis who is also an Adobe Education Leader.

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It was a particular pleasure for me to be involved in this day because Strathcona was where I taught for 13 years prior to starting my job at Adobe. It’s also where my daughter Talana is currently in Year 12 and one of the Deputy School Captains. I wish I had a dollar for every time I was asked if I really was Talana’s father.

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During the day, we conducted some video interviews and are currently putting together a case study video about the day and the way Strathcona uses Adobe products. Stay tuned  for this video coming soon to CreateEdu TV.

Special thanks to Karyn, Michelle, Brian and the Year 9 teachers who helped make the day such a success.