Injecting digital creativity in Brisbane


Over 80 educators from about 20 schools and universities around Brisbane came to the TAFE QLD Southbank campus for an Inject Creativity into the Curriculum with Adobe event on Tuesday June 4. About 50 were from TAFE QLD teachers.


The educators enjoyed a busy program of professional learning activities including some outstanding hands-on activities from a number of experts.



Kev Lavery, Adobe Education Leader from TAFE QLD ran two sessions on Character Animator, Illustrator and After Effects


Adobe Guru, Richard Turner-Jones ran workshop on Photoshop and then one of Adobe XD


Linda Pitt from Apple ran two sessions on Adobe apps on the iPad, with a focus on Adobe Spark


Tony McLachlan, Adobe Campus Leader from the University of Southern Queensland, ran a session on data merging with Adobe InDesign


Adobe Campus Leader Jason Lane from Villanova College ran a workshop on animation with Adobe Animate.


I ran a workshop on Premiere Rush


Adobe Education Leader, Juliette Bentley worked her magic with a workshop on Adobe Spark

Based on the feedback, highlights of this event included:

  • Learning how there are many more Adobe programs than previously thought
  • Premiere Rush
  • Being able to find out about new Adobe programs that I can apply in my learning
  • Photoshop and XD Presenter was great
  • Highlighting some extra functionality of InDesign
  • Learning about Adobe Spark
  • I learnt about different Adobe apps and how to fully utilise them in the classrooms with the students.
  • very organised and the presenters are very engaging and informative.
  • Juliette’s breakout session was fantastically informative and interesting- with many tips and items that can be used throughout my teaching
  • Loved learning about Adobe Spark
  • Discovering Adobe products I didn’t know existed
  • It was a fun experience and I enjoyed it a lot.
  • Really fantastic to see such an active education community. I met some interesting people and hearing their backgrounds, how they are implementing creativity, and what they are working on provided some great inspiration. Thanks Adobe!
  • Very enjoyable workshop with fun tools and good presenters.
  • Good opportunity to network and Learn
  • Fab presenters loved Linda and Juliette
  • Collaboration with peers and sharing skills with others

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Special thank you to Kev Lavery and the team from TAFE QLD for hosting. My resources for the event can be found on the Adobe Education Exchange via –


 Click here if you are interested in attending a similar event.

Inject Creativity on the Gold Coast


Twenty-five teachers from nine school around the Gold Coast region registered for the Inject Creativity into the Curriculum with Adobe event that was held on Monday June 2 at Merrimac State High School.


During this event, the teachers had a choice of the following four hands-on workshop options:

  • Making PDFs come alive with InDesign & Acrobat by Abobe guru Richard Turner-Jones
  • Video in the classroom with Premiere-Pro by Adobe Education Leader Rose Duggan
  • Dynamic visual effects with After Effects by Adobe Campus Leader Stephen Henderson
  • Real-time animation with Character Animator and Photoshop by me

Feedback comments on highlights of this event included:

  • Character Animator and being able to ask other teachers/presenters questions that will support my students.
  • Practical tips for programs.
  • Hands-on activities – Being able to produce something at the end and thinking how to apply them in the classroom
  • The practicability of  character animator
  • Great insight into what can be included to enhance curriculum
  • the event was really helpful
  • Learning about forms in Acrobat
  • Learning about new softwares in the Adobe Suite and how they can be used
  • Tutorials for Adobe After Effects
  • Learning about InDesign could be practical for online exam design.
  • Using interactive forms
  • Learning new skills
  • Learning about how easy character animate is and Stephen Henderson’s tutorials.


Specal thank you to Rose Duggan and the team at Merrimac State High School for hosting. All my resources for this event can be found on the Adobe Education Exchange via –

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Adobe Day – Merrimac State High School – Gold Coast


It was a great pleasure to be on the the Gold Coast in Queensland to spend Monday June 3 at Merrimac State High School with Adobe Education Leader Rose Duggan and group of her talented media students.


The focus of this Adobe Day was animating with Adobe Character Animator and creating a short video story with Adobe Premiere Pro.

The great thing about Character Animator is that it allows for real-time animation because facial features can be tracked by any web-cam.


The students were challenged to work with a small team to create a short story that featured at least one digital puppet and, if possible, the incorporation of human talent via a green screen.


I was very impressed with what the students achieved in a relatively short amount of time. Even though some of the groups didn’t have a finished product at the end of the day, what they achieved in the process of design, collaboration and creativity was very impressive.


Big Day In – Canberra


It has been a couple of years since I have been able to take part in the Big Day In at our nation’s capital, Canberra, This year, it was hosted by the Australian National University on May 30 and well worth attending.


Professor Genevieve Bell, opened the event with a wonderful message to the students about how she was just like them in her youth and how there is no limit to what they can achieve. Professor Bell is the Australian National University’s Director of the 3A Institute (3Ai), Florence Violet McKenzie Chair & Vice President & Senior Fellow, Intel Corporation. After a number of years living and working in the Silicon Valley in California, she still works for Intel while continuing her academic work at ANU.


Another highlight was hearing from Anntonette Dailey, Executive Director for the Australian Space Agency. Anntonette manages the operations & communications for the Agency.

It was so inspiring to hear about the work of these two amazing Australian women who have both made such a great contribution to STEM.

It was my pleasure to share a message about the skills required to thrive in the future and provide some guidance about how students can help brand themselves and give themselves a chance to get ahead of the game.

Other presenters included:

  • Dennis Prior, Department of Human Services;
  • WiseTech Global;
  • Adam Smith – Digital Transformation Agency, Australian Government;
  • Anant Vima, KPMG Technology Advisory;
  • Lieutenant Paul Coughlan, Aerospace Engineer, Royal Australian Navy; and
  • Mike Gardiner, Buzzygames

The final Big Day In events for 2019 will be in Melbourne on June 19 and Adelaide on June 20.

Adobe @ Canberra Institute of Technology


About 20 educators from Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT) took part in a special Adobe Day event on Friday May 31.

We began the day with an overview of a range of Adobe applications that are used by educators and students to enhance digital creativity around the globe. Then we broke into two video workshop sessions focusing on Adobe Spark video then Premiere Rush.

The main resources shared during this event can be found on the Adobe Education Exchange via –

Injecting Creativity in Ryde, Sydney


About 70 teachers from 13 schools registered for the Inject Creativity into the Curriculum with Adobe professional learning event hosted  by Ryde Public school on May 29.

One of  the highlights of this event were the following hands-on workshops run by Adobe Education Leaders (AELs), Adobe Campus Leaders (ACLs) and Adobe software experts …

  • InDesign, desktop publishing made simple by  Michael Turner (ACL)
  • Adobe apps in STEM – Brett Kent (AEL)
  • Photoshop tips & tricks – Bec Smith
  • Adobe Drawing tools on the iPad – Jane Chen (Adobe Solution Consultant)
  • Spark Video & Premiere Rush, video production made easy – Tim Kitchen

Comments about highlights (from the feedback) of this event included …

  • Learning how to use the programs better and how to implement in a Stage one setting
  • Getting to practise using the character animation program
  • The STEM tools and tips.
  • The capabilities of the programs that Adobe has to offer
  • The overview of all the programs. Looking forward to experimenting with them all!
  • Seeing all the products – I didn’t know there were so many!
  • Adobe mobile/iPad apps are great for infants – e.g adobe draw, spark post and spark video
  • Learning about the new painting app that hasn’t come out yet
  • Seeing the elements of the apps in action
  • Learning about the ADOBE CC applications and how they could be used and implemented in a primary school setting.
  • Choosing a workshop that you were interested in. The small group enabled more attention and ability to ask questions
  • Loved Adobe Spark, simple tool, easy to use but maximum return for time invested. A new story telling tool!!
  • Watching a selection of video grow into a great presentation
  • Learn about use of Photoshop and Premiere Pro with VR
  • Practical tips in InDesign.
  • seeing how to create VR with Photoshop
  • Discovering how I can engage students with presentations without them needing to stand in front of the class- animator.
  • Learning about 3D virtual reality cameras
  • Learning about the applications in Adobe
  • Learning about new programs that can be implemented into the classroom to improve student engagement
  • Knowing more about photoshop
  • Creativity!
  • Tim’s presentation style was excellent.
  • Learning to make a video on Adobe Spark
  • Great Presenter, very personable.
  • Seeing staff have light bulb moments and not being scared of the technology on offer.
  • I thoroughly enjoyed the drawing tool session with Jane.

Click here to access the main resources shared during this event via the Adobe Education Exchange


Adobe Day – Ryde Public School


On Wednesday May 29, I had the pleasure of working with all the Year 5 & 6 students and teachers from Ryde Public School in Sydney to help enhancing their digital creativity skills with Adobe Spark Video.


Each student was challenged to work with a partner to create a short video story about their passions.


The students shared their stories with each of their classes and the teachers were very exciting by the way the students were so engaged with the software and the activity.

Special thank you to Assistant Principal Mrs Ellen Payne for organising this Adobe Day.