Besides promoting the UN SDGs, this type of event also aims to enhance students video literacy, communication, collaboration, critical thinking, problem solving and creativity skills. All recognised internationally as vital to thrive in the future.
Usually I would be running this event face-to-face with the teachers and students for the day as an incursion. Due to COVID, I’ve been connecting online, but for this event there were connection issues so I pre-recorded my introductions and aims and let the teachers run the event without my direct support.
After being reminded about each of the UN SDGs, the students broke into small production teams and decided which goal they would be promoting in their 1 minute video. Then they were given time to plan their story, film their content as well as gather extra assets (such as royalty free still & moving images as well as audio files) and then put the story together with Adobe Premier Rush.
Premier Rush is part of the Adobe Creative Cloud set of applications that are now widely available throughout Queensland Government, Independent, Catholic and Lutheran schools.
Premier rush is a cut down version of the more professional Adobe Premiere Pro video editing solution. It is very popular with students and teachers because of its simplicity, its accessibility on mobile and desktop devices and its power to produce amazing video stories. It’s not as simple as Adobe Spark Video but it doesn’t require anywhere near the learning curve of Premiere Pro.
Most of the students were new to video production and film-making so they recruited the help of one of the school’s media teachers. The students worked very well in their teams and collectively produced 18 different video stories.
Here are the top three winning films that were produced by these talented students based on my judgement and a peer assessment process …
3rd Place – Team 12 (Climate Change by James, Rowan, Ayran, Jack & Aaron)
2nd Place – Team 13 (Plastic’s Journey by Jess, Evie, Maisie, Sarah & Charlize)
1st – Team 3 (The Weight of the World by Biance, Eva, Khushbu, Sarah & Elena)
I would like to congratulate all the students involved in this 1 Min Video Challenge and thank Mr Graeme Breen, Head Of Digital Innovation at Mountain Creek State High School for organising this event and providing this opportunity for his students.
Note that parent release forms were signed by all identifiable students.
Sneaks is one of the most popular features of Adobe Max each year. It’s all about showcasing new technologies that may (or may not) end up in a current Adobe application or potentially as an entirely new Adobe application in the future.
Adobe’s Principal Creative Cloud EvangelistPaul Tranihosted this years Sneaks with Talk Show Host, Author, Executive Producer and Comedian Chelsea Handler.
All the Max Sneaks this year were amazing. But these are the ones I thought were most impressive and likely to be beneficial for students and teachers in the future.
Convert script into Comic book speech bubbles and re-work hand b&w sketches into a colour comic style image.
Auto de-blurring of video.
Using Adobe Capture to scan an object and ctreate a 3D model for Dimension and Aero
Using Fresco to convert a brush stroke into an editable text/
Comedian Conan O’Brien along with Adobe’s CEO Shantanu Narayen and Adobe Executive Vice President Scott Belsky were the main hosts for the 2020 Adobe Max Keynote sessions for 2020, the largest ever Adobe Max event.
In Shantanu’s welcome address he reminded us that creativity has never been more important and Adobe mission is to change the world through digital experiences.
He reminded us that Adobe is about unleashing creativity for all, accelerating document productivity and powering digital businesses.
Shantanu said that content fuels the digital economy and he shared that Adobe aims to:
empower every voice
accelerate productivity and collaboration
push category and technology boundaries
put Adobe magic to work
inspire and be inspired
Scott Belsky began his presentation by reminding us that Adobe is more than just high-end professional creativity products by sharing a great video featuring the following three Adobe mobile apps:
Scott shared that Adobe aims to help people learn new skills (Level Up), Collaborate and unleash new forms of creation.
Illustrator for the iPad
Adobe Illustrator for the iPad was officially launched during this keynote with a demo from the amazing Terry White, Principle Worldwide Photography Evangelist.
I was particularly impressed with the Neuro filter that automatically changed the age of a person from older to younger.
Check out this clip
The Content Authenticity Initiative
Scott also highlight a new initiative from Adobe and other partners called the Content Authenticity Initiative. This is aimed at building a system to provide provenance and history for digital media, giving creators a tool to claim authorship and empowering consumers to assess whether what they are seeing is trustworthy.
New updates for Lightroom include:
Local Hue via Apple Pencil
Import images direct to Lightroom
Batch processing (time saver)
Raw editing via the smart phone
A range of new features in Fesco were featured including the new charcoal brush, multi-coloured Sampling, vector trimming and the fact that Fresco is now available on the iPhone.
The new 3D transforms feature in XD was a highlight shared by Khoi Vinh, Senior Director of Product Design, XD, Adobe. Other cool features include stacks and smart padding.
Adobe’s video tools
New video updates that were shared include Pan & Zoom on Rush, Speech to Text on Premiere Pro and the new 3d Design Space.
Jason Levine, Principal Worldwide Creative Cloud Evangelist, Adobe
Video in the Spotlight
12.30 PM to 1.00 PM (AEDT)
A session celebrating Asia Pacific video and film creators
Paul Trani, Principal Worldwide Evangelist, Adobe
Taika Waititi, Director
DPR Ian, Musician & Film Director
John Huang, Animator, Filmmaker and Content Creator, Counter656
The art of photography: Desktop & mobile
1.00 PM to 2.15 PM (AEDT)
An inspirational hour of luminary talks and an expanded Photoshop demo. Special guests include:
Celebrated photographer Annie Leibovitz in a conversation with Adobe’s Principal Digital Imaging Evangelist Julieanne Kost*
Photographer Charmaine Poh, who uses narrative portraiture to advocate for marginalised communities in Asia, including the LGBT community and single mothers. She discusses why and how she uses her art to shine a light on sensitive topics in society.
Wildlife photographer Sudhir Shivaram, on how he combines technical and creative skills to capture the wildlife of India
Elaine Li, award winning art director and photographer from Hong Kong now living in Sydney, will share insights and tips for aspiring creative professionals and photographers
From blank screen to brilliant – session 1
2.15 PM to 3.00 PM (AEDT)
Special guests include:
Wade Jeffree and Leta Sobierajski. This creative couple known as Wade and Leta, discuss how they combine purposeful eclecticism and performative design to create emotional visuals, utilising all disciplines.
Internationally recognised Australian creative director Chris Doyle from Christopher Doyle & Co. in a conversation with Sarah Nguyen, Head of Product at Streamtime, and writer and editor at Re, Jane Duru, will explore the processes and structures required to create a workplace culture that allows people to do their most creative work.
Infinite Possibilities with Photoshop
2.30 PM to 3.00 PM (AEDT)
Come join this Photoshop class with digital artist Rames Harikrishnasamy as he shows how you can master some of the coolest features in Photoshop.
This live event will be hosted by Dr Tim Kitchen and Cara Galan from the Adobe Education Team. It will feature highlight from Max day 1 and much more.
Thurs, October 22nd
11:00 AM to 12.30 PM (AEDT)
From Blank Screen to Brilliant – Session 2
Special guests include:
Josh Dykgraaf, an expert in photo manipulation. Josh will share a recent series of work featuring photo manipulations of Animalia, created from his landscape photography and images of Australian flora. He’ll discuss the importance of thinking like a photographer and shooting your own material to create compelling and effective photo manipulation.
Artist Divya Thakur, a powerhouse in design thinking, product, and practice. Hear about her creative journey and the paths she’s travelled to become a critical force in shaping taste and trend.
Get a sneak peek into what’s brewing in Adobe Research! Adobe engineers give a first look at potential future technologies that may or may not make it into upcoming versions of Adobe products. This year’s Sneaks will be co-hosted by talk show host, best-selling author, and comedian Chelsea Handler, along with Adobe’s Paul Trani, Senior Creative Cloud Evangelist.
Friday, October 23rd
1.30 PM 2.00 PM (AEDT)
Adobe Max ancillary Edu Community Event
Building Student Voice in a Distance Learning Classroom
New access to Adobe Creative Cloud for NSW DoE teachers
New Inject Creativity Live events, and more …
Adobe Max is Oct 21 to 23 (APAC Dates). Usually a very expensive event in LA, this year Adobe Max is free and online from October 21 – 23 (APAC dates). Make plans to join us for a uniquely immersive and engaging digital experience, guaranteed to inspire. Three full days of luminary speakers, celebrity appearances, musical performances, global collaborative art projects, and 350+ sessions. All at no cost and all about digital creativity.
Join a discussion on the incredible, free Pixar in a Box and Imagineering in a Box curricula. Elyse Klaidman, X in a Box CEO, and Dennis Henderson, X in a Box Advisor and Manchester Charter School Deputy CEO, will walk you through how to use these resources in your classroom.
Adobe Max Live Ancillary events
The Adobe Education ancillary events will supplement the Adobe MAX pre-recorded conference programming.
These will be live via the Adobe for Education YouTube Channelthroughout Max. Note the special live Student Voice session on Oct 22 at 1.30 PM (AEDT) with Juliette Bentley and Dr Max Schleser
12.30 PM (AEST for QLD)
10.30 PM for WA & South East Asia
3.30 PM for NZ
Adobe at EduTech 2020
EduTech is virtual this year on November 9 & 10, coming to you live, wherever you are. Adobe is sponsoring again, so please visit our virtual booth, check out the Adobe video channel and book in for the special Inject Creativity Live breakout session starting at 12.10 PM (AEDT) on Nov 10.
Adobe Creative Educators Program – Level 2
We have recently launched level 2 of the Adobe Creative Educators Program. So far, about 500 teachers from the Australasian region have started or completed level 1 by doing the Creativity for All course on the Adobe Education Exchange. This course is all about understanding the power of creativity, why it matters, and how to leverage it in your teaching to help prepare students with 21st Century skills they need to succeed.
Level 2, is about planning for creativity through instructional design. There is a separate free course for both K-12 and Higher Education teachers.
New access to Adobe Creative Cloud for NSW DoE teachers
As Term 4 commences for NSW, the Department of Education has introduced a new way to access the Adobe Creative Cloud applications. A single sign on (SSO) process now (for the first time) provides all NSW DoE Primary & Secondary students and teachers with access to the amazing Adobe Spark tools and other tools like Rush and XD. Previously, these tools were not accessible in schools. More information and instructions can be found on the NSW DoE T4L Adobe resources site.
Click here for a new set of Adobe Premiere Rush video editing tutorials for students and teachers. Ideal for NSW DoE students and teachers who now have access to Rush at their schools.
Inject Creativity Live is starting again on Wednesday October 21at 6.30 PM (AEDT) with a special Adobe Max edition. It will be running every second Wednesday until December 16.
Oct 21 – Theme: Adobe Max
Nov 4 – Theme: Spark your Career with Dom Traynor Adobe Evangelist from the UK
Nov 18 – Theme: Adobe in the Curriculum with Adobe Education Leader Juliette Bentley
Dec 2 – Theme: Great students films & Drawings with Adobe Education Leaders Andrew On Yi Lai & Joel Aarons
Dec 16 – Theme: Animated infographics & Adobe XD with Adobe Education Leader Jason Carthew
Register here for a reminder prior to each event and a copy of the recording after each event.
New Digital Literacy Course on EdEx
We are excited to announce that the Cultivating Digital Literacy course and badge is now live and accessible on Adobe’s Education Exchange! This course provides professional development for educators in all curriculum areas, making it easy for them to assign projects and assignments that include the use of Creative Cloud applications.
Skill finder – Upskill yourself
Skill finder is an initiative Adobe have have led with government and other tech companies to help to up-skill Australia during the Covid recovery. Skill finder is a marketplace that connects people with a range of free learning opportunities.
Please share this resource with your colleagues, students and anyone you know who may be keen to add some micro-credentials and new skills to their repertoire.
New Creative Jam Opportunity for Higher Ed Students
We’re excited to share that there will be another education Creative Jam in November! This time, ANZ students will have the opportunity to compete against students in the United States and Canada!
Click here for more details & registration information.
Bastow Institute of Educational Leadership – Creativity event
On October 19, we are running a special online event with the Bastow Institute of Educational Leadership titled Creativity in Education with Adobe. This is fully subsidised for Victorian Department of Education Teachers and is focused on Enhance creativity in your school using modern communication tools. Click here for more information and registration.
Independent Schools Victoria
Note the following online workshops that Adobe is running with ISV in November & December:
The challenge was to work online in a team to produce either one of the following solutions and showcase the product.
A Spark solution (Featuring a Spark Page with a Spark Video and at least one embedded Spark Post)
An App design solution (Made with XD and any other Adobe application)
A video solution (Made with any Adobe video solution other than Spark Video)
The problem to solve
In 2015, the United Nations established 17 interconnected Sustainable Development Goals that need to be achieved by 2030 to produce a better future for our globe. The problem is that, because of the COVID pandemic, the media have stopped talking about these goals and their importance is being lost in schools, universities and in the wider community.
The challenge was to promote one of these goals during a 2 minute online showcase presentation with the group via the chosen solution (Spark, App design or Video).
Day 2 of the APAC Adobe Education Summit was open to any educator and we ending up with close to 450 teachers in and out during the day via various social media channels, Vimeo Live and Livestream.
Teachers registered for this event from every state and territory in Australia, from New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, India, Japan, El Salvador, USA, UK, Jordan and Oman. All with a common interest in enhancing digital creativity in their classrooms.
The Global Adobe Education Team
My co-host on the Inject Creativity Live show, Erin Ratheke joined me for this day to help do the introductions and the first set of presentation were like an extended version of our weekly show.
Clara stayed up very late (Barcelona time) to do her session outlining a range of Adobe in Education programs with a focus on the new Adobe Creative Educators Program.
Ben Forta is Adobe’s Senior Director of Education Initiatives and spends a considerable amount of time teaching, talking, and writing about creativity and digital literacy and the future of education, and provides feedback to help shape the future direction of Adobe products. Ben manages the global Adobe Education evangelists.
Tanya Avrith is Adobe’s Education Evangelist for Nth America. It was delightful to have her join us for this event and she shared a range of programs and opportunities that he helps to manage that teachers from around the globe can access.
Matt Neimitz founded and leads the Adobe Education Exchange, the first community platform for teaching and learning Adobe applications. Matt has grown the Education Exchange to equip hundreds of thousands of educators with the skills and resources they need to help their students be more creative.
Tacy Trowbridge is Adobe’s Global Education Programs Lead. She presented some new research findings from Adobe.
Garima Babbar is Head of Education Initiatives in India. She recently ran the Adobe Education Leaders Summit in India with over 3000 educators in India. It was great to hear about the education initiatives coming out of India.
Creative Catalyst Talks
Creative Catalyst Talks are short, inspiring and practical presentation by Adobe Education Leaders from all over the globe.
Monique Gaudin is an Adobe Education Leader and the Project Facilitator at Career & Technical Education – Clark County School District in Las Vegas, Nevada She presented the topic – Learn how to use Spark to quickly create elements to enhance the branding, content and appeal of your online class.
Adobe Education Leader Joel Aarons is a primary teacher in Melbourne were most of this year has been about teaching remotely due to strict lock-down laws in Victoria. Joel’s presentation is titled Pushing the Boundaries of Creativity in Primary Years.
Adrian Bruch is the Department Coordinator for Animation and Design at SAE Creative Media Institute, Melbourne. A leading-edge multimedia professional, with over thirty years experience in creating interactive content and digital publishing, Adrian has been an independent filmmaker and animator, working on independent films in Australia and Hollywood,
His presentation for the 2020 Summit was titled Using Acrobat to do reflective journals as part of a creative practice.
Diana Keeler is an Adobe Education Leader and the Manager of Digital Production at Occidental College in Los Angeles, California. An Experienced Digital Production Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. Diana is skilled in a wide range of Adobe applications. The topic of her Creative Catalyst talk was At Home or In the Classroom: Teaching Tips Learned from Quarantine.
Adobe Education Leader Dr Max Schleser is a Senior Lecturer in Film and Television at Swinburne University of Technology, the first University in the APAC region to become an Adobe Creative Campus. This means that every staff member and every student throughout the University has free access to the Adobe Creative Cloud applications. Swinburne have employed staff and students to help drive active use of Adobe tools throughout the university to help enhance overall digital literacy and communication skills in all faculty areas.
Max’s presentation is titled Exploring limitations as a creative opportunity.
An international educator for over twenty-four years, AbhimanyuBasu is an Adobe Education Leader and the Dean of Academics at DAIS Mumbai. His experience includes being a Teacher, Senior Examiner, Workshop Leader and Presenter at Conferences. Abhimanyu presentation was titled Our journey as a school during COVID 19
Chris Betcher is an AEL Emeritus, one of only two in the APAC region. This is a special title Adobe occasionally hand out to Adobe Education Leaders who have been very active in the leadership community but are no longer working in a specific school or education institution. Chris currently works with the Google Education team. He originally taught visual art for a number of years before discovering his true passion for helping learners work with digital media, the social web and technology in general. Over a 25+ year career as an educator, he has taught children and adults about computing, graphics, design, video, audio and multimedia creation, web tools and social media, all infused with a strong sense of appropriate use and digital ethics and he regularly present at conferences and workshops in Australia and overseas. Chris’ presentation was titled Always Learning
From professional motion graphics to character animation, David Dodds holds a strong passion for bringing stories to life. He currently works as a motion graphics artist, and also teaches his craft at UCLA and through his own online learning platform. David’s topic was The new virtual classroom
I loved the diverse and balanced range of speakers and topics.
Engaging with colleagues from across the globe
Loved all presenters today- such a variety from the APAC region.
Wow, so many. What a great summit.
All presenters were excellent.
Hearing all of the great things that everyone is doing with Adobe products. Particularly liked the tips for Animate in Brian Chau’s presentation.
Chiho’s creative catalyst talk was special – It was a treat to see Adobe tools being used via a different cultural lens.
Getting introduced to spark.
The diversity of the presenters
The Creative Catalyst presentations
Some of the other feedback comments
We need to have this happen more often 🙂
So good! Tim and other presenters did a great Job today and it was very engaging and informative. Thank you for your collaborative leadership.
Everyone is so positive and keen to share their knowledge – what a great team 🙂
Craig’s workshops were excellent. I attended his Premiere Pro workshop along with 2 colleagues from Woodleigh – they were very happy with his content, delivery / pace of instruction, and responsiveness to questions.
LOVED the way Tim Kitchen and Erin Raethke hosted!
Fantastic, energetic and organised. Well done
Informative and Exciting!
Great being online, would have like an extra hour start time in the morning for W.A., I like the community that is there and building through Adobe Education
Thank you so much for this wonderful event.
Thanks Tim and Erin. I really enjoyed hosting the workshop on Adobe Aero as well. Great work and well done on the organisation. For my first ever Adobe summit you have set a very high bar! Looking forward to 2021, hopefully F2F but equally as rewarding if still online.
I am glad that I attended the 2020 APAC Adobe Education Summit! My day has been fruitful and complete. I’ve learned a lot from the expert speakers. Thank You #AdobeEduCreative
THANK YOU VERY MUCH. I APPRECIATE THE PEACE FILM! GOD BLESS YOU ORGANIZERS
The offerings for the afternoon workshops were outstanding and the two sessions I joined were brilliant. Jason Lane’s Aero presentation was exactly what I was hoping it would be and has further inspired me to push at my school to make this technology happen. Joel Aaron then reinforced (in my mind) just how user-friendly Premiere Rush really is and how it is the perfect stepping stone to Premiere Pro for my Junior students. I could not have joined better workshops although I am sure all the other sessions were equally rewarding. I would have like to have been part of each and every one of them so I look forward to watching all the recordings.
Fantastic day, really enjoyed attending and learning so much. The workshops were great!
Adobe For Education really helps Educators to be creative by giving different modules and trainings for them. Moreover, these modules and trainings and aligned to the needs of the every student and to the current situation of the world’s Education system.