Adobe in Education – 2020

There are so many opportunities to engage students in all curriculum areas in both K12 & Tertiary classrooms in 2020 with the help of Adobe.

No longer are Adobe tools just for the Media, IT and Arts subject areas. The Adobe Creative Cloud apps are now available in more schools and universities than ever before. There are a wide range of mobile and desktop applications like Spark, Rush, Aero, Fresco, Character Animator and more that are being used by educators who usually shy away from digital options. The main reason is that these apps are simple to use, accessible, practical, fun and engaging.


Find out how to use these apps and why either online via the Adobe Education Exchange courses & resources, the coming vodcast series or via the many face to face events around Australia.

Adobe Education Exchange courses

Vodcast series

Coming face to face events

Please share these links with your colleagues & wider education networks


Adobe Campus Leader Program

In 2020, there is more incentive to join the Adobe in Education Leadership program because not only do all Adobe Campus Leaders (ACL) and Adobe Education Leaders (AEL) get full and personal access to the Adobe Creative Cloud (valued at about $1000 retail per year), they also get the opportunity to potentially win a free trip to LA for this year’s amazing Adobe MAX conference (more info will be coming soon).

To be an ACL, you need to have at least 300 points earned on the Adobe Education Exchange. To be an AEL, you need to have been an ACL for a while and shown to have a network wider than just your school/faculty.

Find out more about the ACL program via –


Make 2020 a digitally creative year in your classrooms with the help of Adobe.

If you are interested in contacting the Adobe in Education team, please do so via –



Creativity – definitions, inhibitors and stimulants

The following videos were recorded as part of an exercise at the 2019 APAC Adobe Education Summit.


What the experts say

Let us look at some of literature from experts in this area. One of the educators in this activity was Dr Bronwen Wade-Leeuwen from Macquarie University who wrote the book Out of the Shadows in response to her PhD research based on fostering creativity in teacher education programs (Wade-Leeuwen, B. 2016).

In her book, she outlines a range of definitions of creativity from experts such as Professor Ellen Jane Langer (Harvard University), Ellis Paul Torrance (University of Georgia), Sir Ken Robinson (Author, Presenter) and Robert Sternberg (Cornell University) (Wade-Leeuwen, B. 2016)

Professor Langer says that creativity has dynamic qualities with the power to explore uncertainties that can reveal multiple perspectives during an activity (Dunoon and Langer, 2011).

Dr Torrance says that Aspects of creativity include uniqueness, fluidity, flexibility, elaboration, humour & avoidance of premature closure. He also defines creativity as the process of becoming sensitive to problems, deficiencies, gaps in knowledge, missing elements & disharmonies.  (Torrance & Wu, 1974)

Professor Sternberg defines creativity as the production of new ideas, approaches and actions (Sternberg, 1999)

In his book Out of Our Minds, and in many of his recordings and presentations, Sir Ken Robinson defines creativity as the process of developing original ideas that have value (Robinson, 2011).

Stay tuned for a more comprehensive article to be published that will explore how some of the above definitions link with the interviews and other sources.


Dunoon, D. & Langer, E. (2011). Mindfulness and leadership: Opening up to possibilities. Integral leadership Review
Robinson, K. (2011). Out of our minds: Learning to be creative, London: Capstone Publishers
Sternberg, R. J. (1999) Handbook of Creativity. New York: Cambridge University Press
Torrance, E. P. & Wu, Y.  (1974) Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking. Personnel Press, Ginn. Xerox Education
Wade-Leeuwen, B. (2016) Out of the Shadows: Illinois: Common Ground Publishing