Introducing Adobe apps to teachers of Japanese


On Friday March 29, I had the privilege of introducing the world of Adobe in Education when I keynoted the topic Creativity in Education to the Japanese Language Teachers Association of Victoria conference at the Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre.

This was the main professional learning event for about 400 teachers of Japanese in Victoria and this year, a large number of educators from other states also attended.


I found it interesting that when I asked how many had heard of Adobe Spark, less than a handful put up their hands. It confirmed to me that most the events where I speak or run workshops involve either fans of Adobe or teachers who are already aware of what Adobe has to offer. So, it was a pleasure to introduce the world of Adobe apps to a whole new set of educators.


During the keynote, I asked for a volunteer to help animate a digital puppet in Adobe Character Animator.


I also asked a volunteer to work with Adobe Sketch, Spark Post and Spark Video to make a short video that helps teach number scripting and speaking in Japanese.


I talked about some of the technological advances that have happened during my 98 year old Grandmother’s life. Such as …

  • Global literacy – 25% to >80%
  • For the first time, the majority of the world’s population will not be impoverished
  • Average human lifespan increased 2x
  • Average per capita income increased 3x
  • Child mortality decreased 10x
  • Cost of food decreased 10x
  • Cost of electricity decreased 20x
  • Cost of transport decreased 100x
  • Cost of communication decreased 1000x


And I posed the following question …

Will future technologies replace the need to learn a foreign language?

Then I helped answered the question with the idea that teaching a foreign language has a number of advantages for students such as ..

  • Better job prospects
  • Brain health
  • Travel opportunities
  • Improves first language
  • Improves understanding of the world


I’d like to thank Nathan Lane, the President of JLTAV for inviting me to speak.


All the slides I shared during this keynote are available via –

Big Day In – Sunshine Coast


Venue 114 on the Sunshine Coast was the venue for this year first Big day In event in Queensland for 2019. It was held on Wed March 27 and involved about 350 students.


Following an inspiring welcome to country by Lyndon Davis (Kabi Kabi Traditional Owner), the students listened to a range of speakers from various IT related industry areas.

One of the highlights was listening to Greg Booker from RACQ who provided a great summary of the influence of technology in the past 100 years and its expected dramatic exponential growth in the future.


It was my pleasure to share some of the research into skills required to thrive in the future.

At the Adobe stand I enjoyed sharing the value of products such as Adobe Character Animator to help enhance digital creativity skills.

It was lovely to have a group of enthusiastic Year 6 students from a nearby primary school join the event.




Inject Creativity event – Brisbane


On the afternoon/evening of Tuesday 26th March, a group of educators from the Brisbane area came together for the first Queensland based Inject Creativity into the Curriculum with Adobe roadshow event for 2019.

It was great to have the support of Adobe expert Richard Turner-Jones who ran one of the workshop options.


Some of the feedback from this event included:

Highlights included:

  • Working with Dr Kitchen with the Premiere Rush/Pro programs to do a quick edit of footage.
  • It was great to see Premiere Rush, I can see uses for this for videos.
  • Love catching up with people at these events.
  • Seeing the programs in action
A special thank you goes to MJ Raatz and the staff at Forest Lake State High School for hosting  this event.

STEAM Workshop at Macquarie Uni


On Friday March 22, Macquarie University in Sydney hosted a STEAM workshop focusing on the use of the Adobe Spark applications for their teaching staff.


STEAM - bringing the Arts into the teaching of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Digital posters, videos and web pages were created by these educators. For a number of them, it was the first time they had delved into the world of digital production.

Special thank you to Dr Bronwen Wade from Macquarie who helped me put this event together. It was great to see a range of faculties represented at this event.

Big Day In – Sydney (Part 2)


About 900 students took part in day 2 of the Big Day In at UTS on March 21.

One of the highlights was the welcome address by Zali Steggall . Zali is a former Olympic skier, lawyer and now independent candidate for the federal NSW seat of Warringah, which is currently being held by Tony Abbott.

Zali shared her inspiring story of determination and resilience. It was a wonderful start to this careers event and gave the students a clear understanding of what is possible with the right to motivation.

I gave the second keynote for this event. It was the first time that I have been asked to speak at both of the Sydney Big Day In events.

Here are some of the companies and organisations who helped support the Big Day In events in Sydney this year.

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Big Day In – Sydney (Part 1)


About 850 NSW secondary students, and a number of higher education students, attended day one of the Sydney Big Day In at University Technology Sydney (UTS) on Wednesday March 20.

The event was opened by Prof. Attila Brungs, Vice Chancellor & President, UTS.


Then the students heard from Anntonette (Anny) Dailey, Executive Director, Operations & Communications at the new Australian Space Agency.

She said that one of her KPIs is to create 20,000 future jobs in Australia’s new space industry. That was very exciting for the students to hear.

Then it was my turn to present my new Big Day In presentation for 2019, Skills to Thrive in the Future.


It really is a privilege to share some of the research around  what skills are considered the most important to thrive in the future and challenge the students and teachers present to focus on those skills due assessment tasks at school and when ever possible.


Other presenters for this event included:

  • Richard White, CEO, WiseTech Global Ltd
  • Matthew Rockell, STEM & Scholarships Manager, Group Technology, Westpac
  • Dan Bowen, Microsoft
  • Matt Deshon & Genevieve Ash, TechnologyOne
  • Andy Kempson – Digital Transformation Agency, Australian Government
  • Alex Giangrasso, founder of Lace Space, Downunder Box & Advisori
  • Cesar Saez, Animal Logic
  • Corp. Alan Rowell, Defence Force Recruiting
  • Steve Doyle, Veeam

In between speakers, the students visited a range of industry reps at their stands to ask them questions.

 At the Adobe stand, the students had the opportunity to play with Character animator and chat with Adobe staff.


Special thank you to the Australian Computer Society Foundation for all the work they do to put together this and all the other Big Day In events throughout the year around Australia.