A Big Day In Junior in Melbourne’s East


Malvern Valley Primary School in Melbourne’s East hosted a great Big Day In Junior on Wednesday August  28.


Big Day In Junior events are hands-on STEM focused events for Year 5 and 6 students organised by the Australian Computer Society Foundation. A number of representatives from companies such as Apple, Google, Origin Energy and of course Adobe dedicated the day to provide opportunities for students from a range of primary schools.

The schools that I worked with included:

  • Glen Huntley Primary School
  • Lloyd Street Primary School
  • Caulfield Junior College
  • Coatesville Primary School
  • East Bentleigh Primary School
  • Malvern Valley Primary School &
  • Korowa Anglican Girls School


The aim of the Adobe session was to develop digital video literacy skills with Adobe Spark Video. Following a demo of how simple Spark Video is as a tool to make a quality  video production, the students were encouraged to partner up and work  with an iPad to produce a video about  their passions.

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It was a great pleasure to work with these students and see the creative video work they achieved.

Click here to find out more about Adobe Spark in Education.

Here is a video I made about a Big Day In Junior event last year

Real-time animation at the ATOM Conference


The Australian Teachers of Media (ATOM) Victorian State Conference was held on Friday August 23 at Graduate House, The University of Melbourne.

I was asked to run a workshop/presentation on Adobe Character Animator that was attended by about 40 Victorian media teachers.

Most of the teachers were experienced with Adobe Premiere Pro and Photoshop but this was the first time they had experienced Character Animator.

It was pleasing to get such positive feedback about how this application can be used in classrooms to enhance curriculum content, provide students with a voice and an opportunity to be creative and develop their 21st century communication skills.

A Creativity Challenge at TAFE QLD – Sunshine Coast with Special Guest John Penn II


John Penn II was the special guest at a Creativity Challenge I facilitated with TAFE QLD students and teachers at their Mooloolaba Campus on Thursday August 22.


John is back in Australia again to help Police agencies solve crimes and find missing people with the aid of Adobe’s technologies. Formally on the Photoshop product team as a computer engineer, John is now Adobe’s Senior Solutions Architect for Law Enforcement Technologies.

Find out more about John’s work …

Following an inspiring presentation from John as well as some product demos of Spark Video, Premier Rush, Character Animator and Photoshop, the students and teachers were equipped  for their Creativity Challenge.

They had just over 3 hours to work in a team to produce a web page with Spark Page that featured some Spark posts and a video based on the theme of making the world a better place.

It’s always great to work with the talented teachers and students from TAFE QLD. In most cases their productions were informative, creative and well produced.

Adobe CC at The University of Queensland


Recently rated in the top 50 universities in the world, last Wednesday August 21, it was delightful to be invited to facilitate a three hour workshop session with key representatives from The University of Queensland.


Many of the participants were experience Adobe users, keen to find our more about what is available in the Adobe Creative Cloud set of applications. One of the apps of great interest was Adobe Experience Design (XD).


Adobe Character Animator and Premiere Rush were also very popular and a pleasure to share.


Special thank you to Brisbane based Adobe guru Richard Turner-Jones for sharing his expertise and helping me with this session.

Adobe Creativity at CQU in Rockhampton


The Rockhampton campus of Central Queensland University (CQU) was the venue for a three-part Adobe Day run by Brian Chau and myself on Monday August 19.


The first part was with a group of CQU teachers and students and the focus was predominately on learning Adobe Experience Design (XD) a great tool for designing and prototyping apps & websites.

The second part of the day was an intensive session with Adobe’s video tools. We started simple with Spark Video, moved to Premiere Rush, Character Animator then to Premiere Pro.

Part 3 was an Inject Creativity into the Curriculum event that was registered by over 70 teachers from the region. With those numbers expected, we called in local Adobe Campus Leader Heath Henwood to help run a workshop.

Here is a list of the schools that registered teachers for this event …


My resources for this event can be found on the Adobe Education Exchange via  – http://bit.ly/adobe19Aug19

A special thank you to Michelle Roberts (Associate Lecturer – Digital Media, School of Education and the Arts at CQU) for all the work she put into organising this Adobe Day.

Video literacy with ISV


On Friday August 16, I had the pleasure to run an introduction to video literacy professional learning event at the Independent Schools Victoria (ISV) headquarters in Melbourne for teachers from 6 different schools.


I began by showing them how to use Adobe Spark Video as a very simple way of making a quick video production. Spark Video is part of the free set of Adobe Spark apps. The teachers were very impressed with the simplicity of the Spark tools but most of them were wanting a more comprehensive solution, so I introduced the Adobe Premiere Rush.

I set them a design challenge to work with a partner and create a 1minutes video about themselves and their passions. Some chose to work with Spark, other worked with Rush. Two of the teachers wanted to go to the next level with Premiere Pro, so while the teams were creating their clips, I worked with them to developed their Premiere Pro skills.

The resources I shared for this event can be found on the Adobe Education Exchange via – http://bit.ly/adobe-ISV19a


Creativity at Eltham College


Surrounded by stunning bush scenery and vineyards, Eltham College is a beautiful school of about 800 students in Melbourne’s North-East. I had the pleasure to spend Friday Aug 15 with a number of the students and the staff to encourage their use of a range of Adobe applications.


I began the day with a room full of creative Year 8&9 students who all have access to the full Adobe Creative Cloud suite of software on their laptops. Most of them were not  aware of the power of what they had and when I showed them Character Animator, the energy and excitement in the room was palatable. When I showed them the power and simplicity of Premiere Rush, the energy lifted even more with great anticipation about future assessment tasks and simple fun with video.


The next session was with all the Year 7 students and the focus was Adobe Spark. Some of the students had experience working with Spark before in primary school so it was great to get their testimonials prior to jumping into some Spark activities.


I gave them the challenge to work with a partner and create a video about their passions. The results were funny, informative and creative.

The final student session was with all the Year 5 & 6 students and the focus was again Adobe Spark.


From 4PM to 6.30PM, Eltham College kindly hosted an Inject Creativity into the Curriculum event which  involved about 30 staff from the school and a group of teachers from around the region. I was most impressed that the first staff member to arrive and the last  to leave was the school Principal Simon Le Plastrier.

Special thank you to Adobe Campus Leader Paul Cifone for organising this Adobe Day at his amazing school.