Big Day In – Perth


About 750 Year 10 to 12 students took part in the Perth Big Day In event which was this year hosted by Murdoch University.

Two giant marquees were  organiused by the university to house this event. One for the presentations and the other for the expo area.


Professor Tony Watson, Chair, WA Chapter & Director, Australian Computer Society (ACS) Foundation opened the event along with Professor Kylie Readman, Pro Vice Chancellor Education, Murdoch University.


They both emphasised the importance of this type of event to help  students with their decision making as they complete their secondary schooling and plan the next stage of their lives.


The Hon Kate Doust MLC, President of the Legislative Council then addressed the audience about  how the WA government are working to help provide opportunities for young people to thrive in a technology rich world.


Michelle Sandford, Evangelist for Microsoft and Chairman of ACS WA is a former TedX speaker. She is a strong advocate for STEM, the Games Industry & Developers and shared how the IT industry is not just about coding and how many places there are for women. She also shared how important developing creativity skills is for anyone wanting to work in IT.



I was the second keynote presenter for this event and was very pleased to complement Michelle’s presentation with some of the research about the importance of creativity.

Other presenters at this event included:

  • Dennis Prior, Department of Human Services – Cyber Security & You
  • Bankwest Graduates – Technology, Pathways and You!
  • WiseTech Global – How To Be Your Best You
  • Ben Leane, Avanade – Finding Your Dream Job In IT
  • Stephane Bullier & Jake Chance, Technology One – How You Can Shape the Next Generation of Enterprise Software
  • Charlotte van der Meulen, Westpache Coolest Jobs in Technology Right Now & Where to Find Them
  • Captain Kaitlin Gilbert & Captain Chloe MacLachlan, Defence Force Recruiting – ADF ICT Career Opportunities


The expo marquee was very active with lots of offerings from Murdoch University as well as a range of vendors and other education groups.


I was particularly impressed with the Photoshop and Wacom demonstrations from the Murdoch University Graphic Design and Media representatives.


I also loved the large wall that students were encouraged to write on  based on the topic My tech dream is …


Here are some of my favourite responses …

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and especially …


Special thanks to John Ridge and Kerrie Bisaro from the Australian Computer Society Foundation for inviting me to present and all the hard work they put into these events.

Also, thank you to Oakley Hand from Upper Hand Designs for taking  many of the  great images above.

Here are all the sponsors that helped put this event together


Injecting digital creativity in Melbourne’s East.


The Inject Creativity into the Curriculum roadshow continued this week in Melbourne when about 40 teachers from 13 schools and universities registered for this special professional learning event hosted by Camberwell Girls Grammar School.

This session began with an overview of the how a range of Adobe applications are making a positive creative difference in education. This included some demonstrations and activities with Adobe Character Animator, Premiere Rush and Adobe Spark.

It was great to have Michelle Dennis (Adobe Education Leader from Strathcona), Justin de Lacy (Adobe Campus Leader from The Woodleigh School) and Paul Cifone (Adobe Campus Leader from Eltham College) running the following breakout workshop sessions …

  • Adobe Illustrator in the classroom for beginners and intermediate users
  • Adobe Photoshop tips & trips for educators
  • Adobe Premiere Pro, taking video to the next level

Highlights of this event, according to the feedback included …

  • Practical, easy to follow, good to see connection between tools and good overview of the various tools & their purpose
  • Seeing students demonstrate creative thinking during the day and then hearing about industry applications of Adobe software this evening.
  • Learning new shortcuts
  • Applying Rush features and Spark
  • Age-appropriate programs, catered to all educational levels. I’m looking forward to seeing what programs are free and can be used by my students straight away! Also looking forward to keeping and using the Education Exchange.
  • Workshop – Hands-on experience
  • Having a snapshot of some of the different apps including Character Animation.


It was lovely to catch up with a former mentor of mine at this event, Kim Perkins. Kim and I worked together at Strathcona for about 9 years before he moved to Camberwell Girls. I introduced Kim to the participants as Aussie EduTech Royalty because back in the year 1990s, when the Internet was was being introduced to the world, Kim set up one of Australia’s first school websites at the school he was teaching at in is home state of Tasmania. He was an educator ahead of his time and I learned a lot from him during our time together at Strathcona.


Prior to this after school teacher event, I had the pleasure of doing an Adobe Spark workshop with all the Camberwell Grammar Year 6 students as well as a class of Year 7s. I was very impressed with the creative digital posters and videos that these students made about their passions.

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Special thank you to Dr Charlotte Forwood, Felicity Carroll and Kim Perkins from Camberwell Girls Grammar who helped to make this day such a success.