On Thursday May 26, Newtown Primary School in Geelong, Victoria was the location for a day of digital creativity with Adobe Express apps on the iPad.
The Digital Learning team at the Victorian Department of Education recently helped the school access these Adobe apps and I was invited to spend some time with the all the Year 2, 3 & 4 students. We started our session together with some singing to get them all in a creative mood.
Then, after doing a brainstorming activity based on words that are linked to being creative, the students logged into the Adobe Express app and made an info-graphic about creativity.
The afternoon was spent with the Year 5 & 6 students and teachers. We were able to do a similar activity with them but also converted their infographic into a video story with the iPad version of Spark Video based on the following plan.
The students were encouraged to work with a partner and to add their own creativity to the video. They came up with some amazing results.
At the end of the day, the school played host to a special hybrid version of an Adobe TeachMeets session featuring Newtown teachers as well as teachers from all over the APAC region with a range of online presenters.
I’d like to thank Patrick O’Meara (Year 5/6 teacher & ICT Coordinator) as well as Newtown PS Principal Corrie Barclay for making this day possible.
Adobe was pleased to support the QUT (Queensland University of Technology) Business School BlueShift business case competition for secondary school students. Compare the Market was the subject of the case study for all the student groups as they were challenged to adapted the marketing and use of their Simples app to attract new users, encourage more frequent interactions and provide more commercial value.
I had the pleasure of being one of the judges for the final and enjoyed seeing the students present their pitches including the use of a range of Adobe applications.
I’d like to thank Adobe Senior Customer Success Manager Jerry Wong for organising Adobe’s involvement in this event as well as a series of events with TAFE QLD and The University of Queensland.
Episode 64 of the Inject Creativity Live show features an interview with Scott Miller (CEO of BOP Industries) where he shared the value of learning Adobe tools when he was at school. Adobe Creative Educator Andy Hair also helped us host this episode and shared some of his new Health related resources for primary school students & parents.
This episode also features an Adobe Express demo of one of the PDF quick actions and a promotion for the coming APAC Adobe Education Summit.
The APAC Adobe Education Summit is the pinnacle event in APAC for any teacher interested in the use of Adobe applications and resources in the classroom, with a focus on K-12. Let your colleagues and wider education networks know about this hybrid event with an expected large online audience via Vimeo Livestream. We are delighted to announce that Dr Tim Patston will be the keynote presenter. Dr Patston is Australia’s leading researcher and consultant in the field of Creativity and Innovation in Education.
Save the dates July 26-28, 2022 for the Adobe Education Summit 2022! Join leading educators for thoughtful sessions on how to take your classroom to the next level through creativity, inspired instruction, and time-saving lesson plans.
Registrations for the 2022 re-generation short film competition have been extended until Friday 22nd July because the re-gen festival is now being held on Friday 12th August. So get in quick and organise your students groups. So far, we have about 36 schools from around the Australasian region and close to 1,700 students registered.
“Lightning Learning” courses on the Adobe Education Exchange
Are you looking to teach complex information quickly to all your students? Have a look at this FREE, totally BRAND NEW 30 min Lightning Learning course, with engaging templates examples and tutorials taught the wonderful Claudio Zavala Jr! In no time, you’ll learn how to adapt your own infographic for any subject and have access to 10+ custom infographic templates to use in your classroom. We will have 9 of these Lightning Learning courses coming out in the next few months- you’ll learn how to make infographics, set goals, create rubrics and so much more! Enroll now and stay tuned for more!
We only have one ocean and one chance to take care of it. The UN’s Ocean Literacy Principles are a great starting point for students to learn about ocean conservation.
The Ocean tool kit on the Adobe Education Exchange is a teaching resource that helps students understand the importance of the ocean through creative imagery and gives them the chance to create their artwork to support ocean conservation.
The Adobe and Microsoft Education teams are running a series of professional learning events for Victorian teachers to help share the value of a range of their digital creativity and productivity tools and how they are being used to enhance teaching and learning in any subject area.
Adobe is a Gold Sponsor of the 2022 EduTECH Conference which will be held as a face to face event in Melbourne on August 10 & 11. Sign up for the Adobe presentation and workshop and make sure you visit the Adobe stand and say ‘hi’ in person to the Adobe Education Team.
Adobe is proud to recommend you get involved with the Innovation in Education Festival online or in person in Brisbane or Perth. These events bring together educators, entrepreneurs and industry to explore the future of education.
The need to personalize fonts for each individual reader
Have you ever received an email, a slide deck, or a document and seriously questioned the formatting choices of the sender? Maybe the font was too ornate, too small, or just plain hard to read. In this case, you felt the strong impact that typographical choices have on readability. After three years of research and studies, what we now understand is how incredibly individualized reading is, how nuanced comprehension is for each person, and how many more questions we have left to answer.
A new global brand of Graphic & Pen Tablets has entered the market called Xencelabs (pronounced sense labs). The perfect partner for Photoshop & Illustrator, Xencelabs have introduced an education 10 Pack with academic pricing to provide an affordable solution. Great for schools wishing to simulate an industry- standard combination workflow of Adobe & Pen Tablet.
Adobe Creative Educator Andy Hair, a primary physical education educator from Victoria, used a range of Adobe tools to published a series of over 20 picture story books to help encourage children to stay fit and healthy. Andy recently share some of these books in episodes 64 & 65 of the Inject Creativity Live show.
Joel organised a rotation of workshops and presentations for all students from Years 3 to 6 followed by a special professional learning event after school.
Student workshop topics included creating meams with Adobe Express, web pages with Spark Page on the iPad and video stories with Spark Video on the iPad.
The teacher session involved looking at the importance of encouraging creativity as a skill to thrive in the future and we went hands-on with Adobe Express to build an info-graphic and short video highlighting important skills to teach students.
I’d like to thank Joel for organising this special Adobe Day. The Victorian Department of Education and Training provide Adobe applications for all of their secondary schools and a number of selected primary schools. It is always a pleasure to share the value of these amazing digital creativity tools with Victorian teachers and students.
Join a coming online Adobe TeachMeets session to learn more about how to use your Adobe tools in a wide range of curriculum areas. Workshop breakouts are available for those new to Adobe and those who are regular users.
Stay tuned for Episode 65 with special guest Scott Millar (CEO of BOP Industries) sharing how learning Adobe tools at school helped him. This will be available on the Adobe for Education YouTube Channel next week.
Click here to find out more about the Adobe Creative Educator program.
Episode 62 of the Inject Creativity Live show was recently recorded with special guest presenter Craig Nicholls who is an Adobe Creative Educator and the Director of Digital Learning at Melbourne Girls Grammar. Craig shared the importance of the place of micro-learning in skill acquisition.
This episode also features an Adobe Express demo with the PDF creation quick action and a promotion for the coming APAC Adobe Education Summit.
Stay tuned for Episode 63 with special guest Steven Kolber from Vic DET sharing about the role of challenge and competition within teaching. This will be available on the Adobe for Education YouTube Channel next week.
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.
I was known as OG (Old Gangster – more realistically Old Guy) when the global Adobe Education Team met in San Francisco last week. With a group of outstanding new education experts representing all regions of Nth America, it was a great opportunity to connect with wider global team members for four days of intensive training, fun and lots of avocado.
The first two days involved training with just the Adobe K-12 Education Evangelist and Community team getting to know each other, sharing resources and planning. We were joined in the final two days by the wider Adobe Education Higher Ed, Sales, Marketing, Support and Product teams.
It has been great to see the growth and focus that Adobe has had on Education since I joined the team back in 2013. What was a small team back then has developed into a major force within this international software juggernaut.
The highlight for me was catching up friends and colleagues who I have known for years as well as meeting new team members who have recently joined.
It is a real privilege to be working with these guys and helping to share the value of Adobe’s amazing digital creativity tools with students and teachers around the globe and striving for our mission to inspire and empower the next generation to be lifelong creators.
Register for the APAC Adobe Education Summit where you will hear from the global Adobe Edu team and local teachers who are making a very positive difference with Adobe tools in the classroom.