Inject Creativity Live – 28th July, 2021

The Inject Creativity Live episode recorded on July 28 featured Adobe Education Leader (AEL) Brett Salakas from NSW as well AEL Paul McClean from New Zealand. Brett built a creative poetry experience using Spark Video with the help of Erin, Tim and the audience. Paul shared thoughts on how the school timetable is hindering creativity in education.

Click here to see Erin’s summary of the event

Click here to see Brett’s poem

The next episode will be recorded on Wed 11th August at 6.30 PM AEST. Click here to register for the next episode and other planned Adobe Education events for the APAC region.

Click here to find out more about the Adobe Creative Educator program.

Click here to keep up to date with coming Adobe in Education events.

Sparking Creativity among teens at risk in Vietnam – 2021

I was delighted to again be asked to run some virtual Adobe Spark workshops at the 2021 Pacific Links Foundation Summer Camp for teens at risk of trafficking in Vietnam.

As it says in the Pacific Links site – As part of Pacific Links Foundation’s comprehensive counter-trafficking efforts, Summer Camp is an annual activity of our Girls Empowerment Mekong Scholarships Program. Over four days, scholarship recipients come together from the remote and impoverished areas of the Mekong Delta bordering Cambodia to build confidence, compassion and vital connections that will safeguard them from the dangers of human trafficking. At its core, Summer Camp is a youth development endeavor. The camp’s goal is to provide a space for students to make new friends, learn about different career and training opportunities, and to work on personal growth through the guiding values of GRACES (Gratitude, Respect, Accountability, Courage, Engagement, and Safety).

Together we produced a set of Spark Posters about the things we love doing in our spare time.

I ran a total of 4 workshops over the weekend with about 30 students in each session. During each workshop I encouraged the participants to keep developing these digital creativity skills and apply them in future studies, leisure and work.

I’d like to thank the translators who helped me run these sessions and the organisers of the camp.

Click here to see my post on the 2020 camp.

Australasian Adobe in Education Update – July, 2021

Just in …

Adobe is thrilled to announce we just crossed the 1 million member milestone on the Education Exchange (EdEx)! Thank you to all of you who have helped to promote this amazing portal to your colleagues and wider education networks. We will have a special celebration at next week’s Inject Creativity Live show.

Since the last edition of this newsletter, over half of Australian classrooms have gone back to remote learning. This can be very stressful for teachers, students and parents. It’s worth noting that schools all over the globe are in the same predicament which is why Adobe continue to develop resources for remote, distance and blended learning through the Free Distance Learning Resources & Project Ideas site.

2021 APAC Adobe Education Summit – save the date

The 2021 APAC Adobe Education Summit will be held on Wednesday September 29. This will be a virtual all-day event open during the school holidays for any educator in any sector. It will feature presentations from the local and global Adobe in Education team, Adobe Education Leaders, Adobe Creative Educators and other guests – all aimed to inspire teachers to enhance their digital creatively skills.

The Summit will also include a day exclusively for Adobe Education Leaders (Sept 28) as well as a day for Adobe Creative Educators (Sept 30). If you don’t yet have at least your level 1 ACE badge, now is the time to earn it via the Creativity for All course on the Adobe Education Exchange.

Australia’s very own Michelle Dennis (Adobe Education Leader) and Head of Digital at Haileybury College features in the most recent edition of The Creative Educator Podcast with Tacy Trowbridge titled Educators on Hope and a Transformative Year. Click here to listen to this and past episodes

Adobe Education Exchange Courses worth noting

Spark in the Classroom

In this course, you will learn to help your students analyse, and create powerful stories, as well as present new information with clarity and ease. When students need to make science fair posters, social studies infographics, journals, language arts essays, lab reports, physics explainers or poetry analysis, Adobe Spark can help. With Adobe Spark, Post and Video, students are able to quickly and easily present information in professional, catchy and creative ways. Click here for more information.

Level-up your skills with Adobe Premiere Rush

In this more in-depth course, we’ll introduce you to the essentials of creating video with Premiere Rush and we’ll explore a variety of techniques you can use in your classroom. The course also includes step-by-step examples and instructions for mobile video production. Click here for more information.

Take center stage with Adobe Premiere Pro

This course is designed to help teachers edit and produce professional-quality video and create engaging classroom activities to inspire students in all content areas. Whether you teach in a media lab or a history classroom, this course has helpful tips for you. Click here for more information.

For Victorian government school teachers

Now that Adobe Spark is available to all Victorian primary and secondary schools, we are running two special Spark up your classroom with Adobe session in conjunction with the Vic DET Digital Learning Services team. Part 1 – Tuesday July 29 at 4 PM AEST and Part 2 Mon Aug 9 at 4 PM AEST.

Note that government Primary school teachers (up to three per school, with Principal approval) can now apply for access to the Adobe Creative Cloud apps. To apply, teachers should sign into Google using their EduPass account and complete this form. Applications close 5pm Friday 30 July. Find out more via the Adobe CC section of Arc.

Search Adobe on the Vic DET Arc site for more events and resources

Updates for NSW teachers

NSW DoE teachers – stay tuned to the T4L Adobe Resources site for a range of events that will help you access and work with Adobe Creative Cloud applications.

For all NSW teachers – Adobe and CathWest are running an Adobe 1 min Video Challenge for any stage 4 or 5 students at any school in Sydney’s west – Catholic, Independent or Department schools.

  • Date – Tuesday August 10, 2021
  • Time – 9 AM to 3 PM
  • Venue – CathWest Innovation College – Loyola Campus – 91 North Parade, Mount Druitt

Updates for QLD teachers

Education QLD teachers – note that Adobe Spark is now available to your schools without the need to request student access on the department’s network. Spark for Education is available through the Adobe Creative Cloud licence. Click here for more information. Also note that Adobe will be involved in i-Educate 2021 on August 26 & 27. Make sure you register for the Adobe Spark workshop and visit the Adobe booth.

Updates for SA teachers

SA DfE teachers, click here to access information about a series of Adobe in Education webinars we are doing exclusively for you.

Dan Haesler’s new book

Dan Haesler is a regular education thought leader on the Inject Creativity Live show and his new book The Act of Leadership is launching at the start of August. Click here to book in for the free launch event.

EduTech 2021

EduTech 2021 was to be held in Melbourne but because of COVID it is now a virtual event and therefor open to lots more teachers in our region. Adobe is sponsoring again this year so please book in for our presentation and encourage your colleagues to meet the team at Adobe virtual booth.

Inject Creativity Live

The Inject Creativity Live show continues to be a very popular way for teachers to get some mid-week inspiration either live or on-demand via the Adobe in Education YouTube channel. Here is the recent July 14 episode:

Project ideas with Adobe tools

Adobe Spark

Film a short video to reflect on how bias shapes texts. Click here

Premiere Rush

Click here

Adobe Spark

Research and develop an infographic. Click here


Design an informational infographic. Click here.

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.

Don’t hesitate to contact the Adobe Education team for any support.

Keep Being Creative!

Creativity in QLD schools

On Wednesday 14th July, I worked with a number of teachers from around the Brisbane region in Queensland for an all-day workshop seminar based around level 1 of the Adobe Creative Educator course.

One of the activities we did at the start involved the following word cloud activity.

In between working on various aspects of the Adobe Creative Educator level 1 course, the teachers wee guided through some practical workshops with Adobe Spark, Premier Rush and Character Animator.

Feedback comments


  • Learning how to use the Adobe Spark tools
  • Playing with Spark
  • Learning how to make a spark poster and video easily!
  • Everything was great

Other comments

  • Thanks! Fabulous to come to a free PD session
  • Great learning event
  • Loved the mix of listening, watching and doing!

I would like to thank Matthew Jorgensen from the Australian Computer Society for helping to organise this event.

Inject Creativity Live – 14th July, 2021

The Inject Creativity Live episode recorded on July 14 featured Adobe Education Leader (AEL) Dr Karen Sutherland from The University of the Sunshine Coast as well Dan Haesler from Cut Through Coaching and Consulting. Karen shared her university’s use of Adobe Stock and Dan shared another one of his inspiring sessions about student engagement. We also had a special appearance from AEL Michelle Dennis, Head of Digital at Haileybury College.

Click here to see Erin’s summary of the event

The next episode will be recorded live on Wednesday 28th July and will feature AEL Brett Salakis from NSW and our thought leader will be AEL Paul McClean from New Zealand

Click here to find out more about the Adobe Creative Educator program.

Click here to keep up to date with coming Adobe in Education events.

The 2021 AUF Convention

On Tuesday 6th July, I was invited to keynote and run two creativity workshops at The Australian Universal Federation (AUF) of Education & Culture Convention.

The AUF involves the following schools from around Australia:

My keynote topic was Creativity for All – Preparing for Student Success and to start the session, I asked the participants to do a Word-cloud activity based on typing words that they associate with creativity.

It was lovely to see so many thoughtful responses with a focus on the theme of imagination, originality and innovation.

I then asked the teachers to rate their thoughts on creativity, how it relates to curriculum and if creativity can be taught. Note the results below and especially the spread of opinions about whether creativity can be taught or not.

It was a privilege to present this topic to such a wide range of educators. I would like thank Alper Ciftici who is the professional learning coordinator at Amity College in NSW for all the work he put into the convention and for inviting me to be involved.

If you are interested in seeing most of the content that I presented, I did a similar session for the 2021 ACCE Conference that was recorded and is opening available …