Over 1000 teachers at the 2021 APAC Adobe Education Summit

Over 700 teachers from 30+ countries registered, but close to 1500 watched the 2021 APAC Adobe Education Summit either live or soon after. This is a tribute to the 30+ presenters from the Adobe Education Leaders community and from the Adobe Education team.

Recordings can be found via this Vimeo Livestream link.

Click here to see Erin Raethke’s Spark Page summary of this event

The 2021 Summit began on Tuesday Sept 28 with a pre-conference event exclusively for Adobe Education Leaders (AELs). Then, on Wednesday 29th the open day commenced with a set of presentations from the Global Adobe Education Team in the USA.

Dr Brian Johnsrun (Adobe’s Director of Education Learning & Advocacy) provided an Adobe in Education Global Overview update with a focus on resources on the Adobe Education Exchange.

Click here to see Brian’s session.

Matt Niemitz (Principal Product Manager & GM, Adobe Education Exchange) shared recent updates to the Adobe Education Exchnage.

Click here to see Matt’s session.

Tacy Trowbridge (Adobe’s Global Education Programs Lead) presented information about the Adobe for Education thought leadership program.

Click here for Tacy’s session

Adobe’s Low-lift & High-impact tools

Click here to see Tim Kitchen and Erin Raethke’s session focused on Adobe’s Low-lift & High-impact tools. This features a short demo on Spark Post by Erin.

Click here to see Kev Lavery’s wonderful demonstration on Adobe Premiere Rush. Kev is from TAFE QLD.

Tim Kitchen then finished the Low-lift & High-Impact session with a demo on Adobe Character Animator. Click here to see.

Michelle Dennis, Head of Digital at Haileybury College, presented a very insightful session on the use of a range of Adobe (and other) tools in the design thinking process. Click here to access.

Classroom Success Stories

One of the highlights for many watching live was the series of Classroom Success Stories that commenced with Brett Kent from the NSW DoE, Juliette Bentley from Mt St Michael’s College in Brisbane and Erin Raethke from TAFE QLD focusing on their use of Adobe Spark. Click here to access their sessions.

Next up was Ali Blackwell from Melville Senior High School, Perth and Craig Daalmeijer-Power from TAFE NSW with theor Classroom Success Story on the use of Adobe InDesign. Click here to access.

To complete the first set of Classroom Success Stories, Dr Max Schleser from Swinburne University, Mel Muller from Mountain Creek State High School, QLD and Brett Kent fro NSW DoE shared success stories about the use of AR & AR in their classrooms. Click here to access.

The second set of Classroom Success Stories started with Joel Aarons from Camberwell South Primary School in Melbourne and Adrian Bruch from SAE Creative Media Institute in Melbourne who focused on the use of Photoshop. Click here to see their stories.

The next Classroom Success Story, with Mark Woszczalski from TAFE NSW and Emma Wise from Kerikeri High School in New Zealand, feature amazing student work with Adobe After Effects. Click here to see their sessions.

The final of the Classroom Success Stories was with Michelle Dennis from Haileybury College and Craig Daalmeijer-Power from TAFE NSW who shared their students very creative use of Adobe XD. Click here to access.

To help conclude the open day of the 2021 Adobe Education Summit, JB Tinker from Certiport joined us to discuss Adobe certification options and Clara Galán (Adobe Global Education Community Lead) gave some closing comments. Click here to see them in action.

Creative Catalyst Talks

One of the highlights of pre-conference for Adobe Education Leaders were the following a set of Creative Catalyst Talks aimed at inspiring creativity in K12 or Higher Ed classrooms.

  • Dr Max Schleser from Swinburne University – Today is Tomorrow—Art generates Art
  • Juliette Bentley from Mt St Michael’s College, Brisbane – Making Global Connections
  • Jason Lane from Villanova College, Brisbane – Using AR to Visualise Design Thinking

Click here to see this set of Creative Catalyst Talks

Dr Max Schleser
Juliette Bentley
Jason Lane

The second set of Creative Catalyst Talks involved:

  • Craig Daalmeijer-Power from TAFE NSW – Innovation and Creative Education
  • Lauren Sayer from Melbourne Girls Grammar School – Increasing student creativity and agency using video
  • Mark Christie from NT Department of Education – Ideation and Creation

Click here to see these Creative Catalyst Talks.

Craig Daalmeijer-Power
Lauren Sayer
Mark Christie

A special thank you goes to all the amazing presenters (especially Erin Raethke for not only co-hosting but also creating the summary Spark pages) for their contributions and the Adobe Education Leaders who joined the various online committee meeting sessions to help plan this event. Special credit goes to Joel Aarons who came up with the Classroom Success Story concept, it was a great addition.


Feedback from the Summit was outstanding. 98% of participants agreed or strongly agreed that the overall quality of the event was excellent and that they would recommend the event. Here are some of the comments about highlights …

  • The classroom success stories gave me awesome ideas!
  • Adobe Spark…and hearing what other educators are using successfully in their classrooms to enhance learning
  • Being able to work from home and see so much information.
  • Seeing the use of VR and AR in schools as well as the use of after effects tool!
  • Seeing how students are benefitting professionally from certifications
  • I learned a lot from this session especially the hands on experience in using adobe apps like spark post. So grateful to be part of this community.
  • I loved seeing the practical examples of how some of the Adobe suite programs can be used in the classroom
  • I really appreciate the success stories. Amazing efforts and outputs from the students.
  • The use of Adobe in real world situations and the work that students have achieved. Seeing the potential in the classroom, very exciting.
  • Learning more about Adobe Spark really helped me to develop ideas that can improve my teaching and can develop the creativity of my students as well.
  • I like the Adobe Low-lift & High impact app product demos session
  • Thank you so much for sharing lots of valuable information! No regret to spent about 6 hours in this event!
  • I’m so happy that I attended this I will really explore the tools presented and apply it on my classes especially the Adobe Spark.
  • Creative thinking and design using Adobe Spark and Rush as well as mainstream apps like Photoshop and InDesign
  • First of all thank you and congratulations to the organizers and the host and speakers, I am so happy learning more about the powerful Adobe apps that I can use in my teaching and administrative functions especially the Adobe Spark.
  • I enjoyed every session of the PL activity. The experiences shared by the presenters was truly inspiring. Encouraging creative learning is so important.
  • enjoyed seeing real world examples by educators utilizing Adobe products in their classes – particularly impressed by the teacher from NZ and her use of After effects with the students
  • I have honestly drifted away from many apps that I don’t actively teach, and it was so good to get re-inspired to dive back in and up-skill myself in these and really look at refreshing my own curriculum and teaching practise. Can’t say enough brilliant things about this summit. If it were face to face, it would be my favourite of the six I’ve been to. Really well streamlined, thoughout and relevant.
  • This was my first APAC Adobe Ed Summit. It was a fantastic day. I now have an exciting opportunity to share my experiences today with my students.
  • Great experience! Would highly recommend to any educator who would like to see opportunities to explore how creativity can be developed together in a safe and supportive environment.