Australasian Adobe in Education Update – February, 2021

As I type this introduction, Victorian schools are back in a temporary lock-down. Snap circuit-breaker lock-down periods may well be the norm for many regions until COVID vaccines are fully in place. More so than ever before, during this time, teachers and students need to be patient, flexible and digitally creative in the way they manage the learning & teaching process. Keep an eye on the Free Distance Learning Resources & Project Ideas site on the Adobe Education Exchange for help and inspiration.

Get to know your Adobe apps – webinar series

The new Get to know your Adobe apps webinar series starts on February 23 for Year 4 to Year 9 teachers with other sessions specifically for senior secondary as well as Higher Ed teachers planned up until the end of May.

We have had over 650 registrations so far for these webinars that will be run by the Adobe Education team as well as Adobe Education Leaders.

Register in advance for the sessions that are most relevant for you and share these events with your colleagues and wider education networks.

Get your Adobe Creative Educator Badge

Over 15K teachers have enrolled in Level 1 of the Adobe Creative Educator Program with about 7K graduates. These are great numbers considering the program has only been running for just over 6 months. To achieve Level 1you need to do the On Demand Creativity for All course on the Adobe Education Exchange. If you would like help, we are running another Be a Creative Educator course on March 11 and again on April 13 (school holidays). Click here for more information and registration.

See the recent EduTech & Adobe webinar

Over 650 teachers from around the Australasian Region registered for the recent EduTech & Adobe webinar titled Creativity for All – Together for Student Success. Click here to watch the recording. Activate the Watch on Demand button, register and note that you may need to log into a Zoom account.

Inject Creativity Live

The 2021 season of Inject Creativity Live shows kicked off on Wed Feb 3 with over 400 teachers watching either live or soon after on demand. Inject Creativity Live is recorded live every second Wednesday at 6.30 PM (Aussie Eastern Time) to the Adobe for Education YouTube Channel. Click here to see the program of presenters for 2021 and here to see past recordings.

Here is a video that explains more.

Adobe Creative Educator Livestream Show

Join Clara Galán and Tanya Avrith on Facebook with expert educators to discuss best practices in distance learning. These events are live at 5.30 AM AEDT on a Friday so click here for recordings and more information via the Adobe Education Exchange.

Note the great episode with US rapper and actor Ludacris.

Adobe Creative Jam for Higher Ed Students

Join Adobe, Twitch and hundreds of university students in a beginner-friendly creative challenge starting March 18. Click here to find our more.

Kick-starter Resources

Explore these kickstarters to engage your students while improving their learning outcomes within a range of curroulum areas.

ACCE Conference 2021

Dr Tim Kitchen from Adobe will be a keynote presenter at the 2021 ACCE/Digicon Conference along with Pauline Maas, from the Netherlands and Dr Kate Ringland. This will be a virtual event from March 15th to March 19th and will be held each afternoon from 4pm to 6pm. Keep those dates & times free and click here for more information. Click here if you are interested in presenting at this event.

Earth Day Mural Project

Use Adobe Fresco to get involved with the world’s largest digital mural in collaboration with Macquarie University, Venture Café Sydney & Adobe. See this video.

Australasian Adobe Education Community on Facebook

If you haven’t already, please do join the Australasian Adobe Education Community Facebook group to keep regularly up to date with the world of Adobe in Education for the Australasian region.

New – Spark in the Classroom – Adobe EdEx Course

Teaching students to communicate using visuals, web pages, and videos. Motivate students to convey ideas with impact using digital projects in any content area or grade level. Click here for more info.

Adobe Edu Blog – Socially Conscious Consumption in the Classroom with Adobe Spark Video

Read this blog post by Dominic Traynor

K–12 lesson – Communicating about social issues – Adobe Spark

In this project by APAC’s very own expert educator Juliette Bentley, students research an important social issue and then write and produce a short presentation.

K–12 lesson – Shakespeare characters in “the hot seat” – Adobe Character Animator

In this lesson by digital media educator Greg Hodgson, students animate a “hot seat” interview with a Shakespeare character.

Higher Ed project – Illustrated reading journal – Adobe Spark

In this lesson by Dr. Amaris Ketcham at the University of New Mexico, students illustrate their reflections on a topic by creating a beautiful web page.

Higher Ed project – Archetypes in STEM – Adobe Illustrator

In this project by Dr. Stephen Moysey at Clemson University, students present research about archetypes in STEM.

AdobeEduCreative

If you would like to discuss any of the above information, please contact Dr Tim Kitchen via kitchen@adobe.com

EduTech & Adobe Webinar

On Wednesday 10th February, EduTech and Adobe collaborated on a special webinar titled Creativity for All – Together for Student Success. Over 650 teachers registered for this webinar from around the Australasian Region.

Wayne Weisse, Adobe’s Director of Digital Media for ANZ welcomed all the live attendees and set to scene prior to a thought leadership session that I presented for about 10 minutes.

The highlight for me were three amazing panelists, Debra Hicks from the Victorian Department of Education & Training, Joe Cohen from the NSW Department of Education and Adobe Education Leader Lauren Sayer from Melbourne Girls Grammar School.  The content and insights they shared about creativity in education was outstanding. The panelists responded to the following key questions:

  • What does creativity in education mean to you?
  • How is Adobe making a creative positive difference to learning & teaching with the students and teachers in your context?
  • What do you recommend teachers do to enhance their awareness and experience with Adobe applications?
  • What more can Adobe do to help schools become a more creative and engaging learning community for everyone?

Click here to watch the recording. Activate the Watch on demand button, register and note that you may need to log into a Zoom account.

Inject Creativity Live – Feb 3

Make sure you check out the first Inject Creativity Live show for 2021.

This show features:

  • A global Adobe for Education update from Clara Galan
  • New features of Adobe Spark with Erin Raethke
  • Creative assessment thought piece from Tim Kitchen

Congratulations prize winnersMatthijis Clasener and Mark Christie

The next episode of Inject Creativity Live will be on Wednesday Feb 17 at 6.30 PM (AEDT) with Jason Lane and the Dan Haesler.

Have a look at the Adobe Creative Educator program to earn your ACE badge and enhance your skills as a creative educators in any subject area.