Arts Alive at Shelford

To complete Term 2, Shelford Girls Grammar School in Melbourne hosted an ‘Arts Alive’ week of art related activities with their Year 9 students. At the start of the week, I was invited to introduce Adobe Express as a digital portfolio tool. At the end of the week, I joined them to see what they achieved.

Special thank you to Mrs Deb Pettigrew who organised this engagement. I look forward to seeing more work from these creative young ladies.

Adobe Education – Australasian Newsletter – June, 2022

What is in this newsletter …


New Australian curriculum & EdEx resources

Attention all Australian teachers – a new resource that links a wider range of Adobe Education Exchnage teaching resources to the Australian Curriculum is now available via – https://adobe.ly/ac-projects Please share this resources

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Next Adobe TeachMeets opportunity

The next set of Adobe TeachMeets are happening on July 26 & 28. Adobe TeachMeets are a unique online professional learning opportunity for teachers at any level, in any curriculum area and with lots or no experience with Adobe. Each session has up to 5 workshop breakout opportunities led by Adobe Education Leaders with small groups so you can have quality and in-depth practical experience with either a low-lift or professional Adobe application.

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2022 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. 

Register your interest

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International Adobe Education Summit

Save the dates July 26-28, 2022 (USA dates) 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. Note that main sessions are recorded so register to access on-demand.

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Short film/animation competition

https://adobe.ly/re-gen-film22

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.

This film competition is a part of the larger re-generation youth festival 2022, a celebration and think-fest to empower young people with the inspiration, motivation and tools to be the change they want to see in the world. If you are from Victoria, discover the school excursion program as well as the Start-Up Pitch Competition and get your students involved.

Find out more

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EduTECH 2022

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.

Find out more

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Inject Creativity Live – YouTube show

Have a look at the recent Episode 68 of Inject Creativity Live with special guest Chris Betcher from Google talking about the value of Photoshop on the Web for Chromebooks.

Watch past episodes and register for access to future episodes via https://adobe.ly/injectcreativitylive

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DigiSkills events for Victorian schools

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.

Dates & venues

  • Frankston High School – Tue Aug 23, 2022
  • Upper Yarra Secondary College – Mon Aug 22, 2022
  • more to come

Find out more

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Character Animator – Starter mode

The very popular Adobe Character Animator app now features Starter Mode, a much simpler and cut-down version for very simple puppet animation recordings. Make sure you download the latest version (22.5) and have a play. The video below explains more, as does this site.

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Adobe Fresco – New features

Adobe Fresco´s 3.6 release is one of its most impactful releases to date featuring two highly anticipated features, Magic Wand and Liquify.

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Jumpstart classroom goal-setting with all-new ⚡ Lightning Learning

Looking for a quick, thirty-minute PD session? Join Adobe’s Lindsey Blass to learn how Adobe Express can support creative goal-setting and help students develop important 21st-century skills!

Get started now

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Other Adobe Education Exchange Courses

Have a look at the other new Lightning Learning courses as well and the full range of on-demand professional learning opportunities available through the Adobe Education Exchnage.

Discover more

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Save the date for Adobe MAX October 18-21

Mark your calendars now – registration opens in July.

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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.


Inject Creativity Live – Episode 68

Erin Raethke returned and as the main host of Episode 68 while Tim Kitchen was out of action with COVID. She was well supported by the wonderful Juliette Bentley and special gust presenter Chris Betcher who shared the value of browser based tools highlighting Photoshop on the Web.

Enjoy the show …

Here is Erin’s summary via Adobe Express

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.

KingsTech 2022

It’s not every day that a school gets the education teams from Apple, Google, Microsoft, Adobe and a range of other digitech providers all together on the same day to work with their staff. Well this did happen yesterday (Fri June 10, 2022) at The King’s School in Sydney at a special event called KingsTech 2022.

The whole King’s staff enjoyed a rotation of workshop and demonstration opportunities including:

  • Premiere Rush
  • Adobe Express
  • Acrobat & InDesign
  • Microsoft OneNote
  • Minecraft Education
  • Apple Education
  • Google Integrated Education
  • ClickView Masterclass

Adobe Solution Consultant Steve Nichols ran the Acrobat & InDesign sessions and I ran the Express & Rush sessions. It was delightful to see the staff so excited about integrating these technologies into their curriculum areas.

I’d like to congratulate Roshan De Silva, Dean of Digital Learning and Innovation at The King’s School and his team for putting on this event and look forward to seeing how it can potentially be expanded in the future.


Back in April 2019, I ran a video challenge at The Kings School with students from a range of other schools. Here is what we happened …

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Inject Creativity Live – Episode 66

Episode 66 of the Inject Creativity Live show features an interview with Blake Wilton (content creator) where he shared the value of learning Adobe tools when he was at school (NSW DoE) and how this has benefited him in his current career. Adobe Master Teacher (APAC) Juliette was my co-host for this episode and Jerry Wong was back behind the scene.

This episode also features an Adobe Express demo where we look at the learn feature and a promotion for the coming APAC Adobe Education Summit.

Enjoy the show …

Stay tuned for Episode 67 with special guest AEL Juliette Bentley

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-Educate Conference 2022

i-Educate is the main technology in education event for teachers who work in Queensland Government schools. It was held this week as a face to face event in Brisbane on May 30 & 31 and then a virtual event for the rest of the week.

About 700 teachers, IT experts and support staff were involved in a very successful celebration of what is possible in the world of ICT in Education.

The highlight of the conference was (naturally) the Adobe workshop on Character Animator of Premiere Rush titled – Giving students a voice that I ran with Education QLD teacher and Adobe Education Leader MJ Raatz.

It was wonderful to see and hear about all the great ideas the teachers came up with to use Character Animator and Rush to enhance the teaching & learning process, especially with students who are not physically or mentally able to present in front of an audience.

A personal highlight for me was catch up with Dr Jordan Nguyen who I have share a stage with on a few occasions at various education events. He is always so inspiring.

After the face to face conference in Brisbane, I traveled north to the Sunshine Coast an ran a series of virtual events at the amazing Digital Futures Hub at The Sunshine Coast University.

Creativity at Newtown Primary, Victoria

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.

BlueShift at QUT

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.

Inject Creativity Live – Episode 64

Scroll down one story to see the May newsletter

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.

Enjoy the show …

Have a look at Erin’s summary of this episode.

Stay tuned for Episode 66 with special guest AEL Steve O’Neil sharing the value of Adobe Dreamweaver

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

Join the next set of Adobe TeachMeets on May 25 & 26

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

Adobe Education – Australasian Newsletter – May, 2022

Adobe TeachMeets are back on May 25 & 26

Join us at 4 PM on Wed May 25 & Thurs May 26 for a unique opportunity to spend quality time learning an Adobe app from an expert.

Find out more


What is in this newsletter


2022 APAC Adobe Education Summit

https://adobe.ly/apac-edu-summit22

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. 

Register your interest

Back to top


International Adobe Education Summit

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.

Learn more

Back to top


Short film/animation competition

https://adobe.ly/re-gen-film22

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.

This film competition is a part of the larger re-generation youth festival 2022, a celebration and think-fest to empower young people with the inspiration, motivation and tools to be the change they want to see in the world. If you are from Victoria, discover the school excursion program as well as the Start-Up Pitch Competition and get your students involved.

Find out more

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“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! 

Explore now

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Inject Creativity Live – YouTube show

Inject Creativity Live is a 30 min YouTube show for educators interested in enhancing creativity is any curriculum area and level with the help of Adobe.

Make sure you watch these recent episodes:

  • Episode 62 with Craig Nicholls (Melbourne Girls Grammar) – The Place of Micro-learning in Skill acquisition.
  • Episode 63 with Steven Kolber (Vic DET) – The role of challenge and competition within teaching.
  • Episode 64 with Scott Miller (BOP Industries) – How Adobe helped him become a CEO
  • Episode 65 (to be published on Friday May 27) with Steve O’Neil

Find out more

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#CreateWaves

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. 

Find out more

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DigiSkills events for Victorian schools

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.

Dates & venues

  • Somerville Secondary College – Tue June 14, 2022
  • Frankston High School – Tue Aug 23, 2022
  • Upper Yarra Secondary College – Mon Aug 22, 2022
  • more to come

Find out more

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National Education Summit – Melbourne & Brisbane

Adobe is proud to be involved in the 2022 National Education Summits planned for Brisbane & Melbourne. Find out more about the Melbourne event on June 17 & 18 and the Brisbane event on August 5 & 6.

Have a read of Dr Kitchen’s article about Creativity in Education that was published in advance of these conference events.

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EduTECH 2022

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.

Find out more

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Adobe Express resource

Explore the various short video & PDF tutorials based on the new Adobe Express collection of low-lift and high-impact tools.

Explore now

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Innovation in Education Festival

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.

Find out more

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New Adobe Express course on Microsoft Learn

Adobe have joined forces with Microsoft EDU to launch this PD course. Enroll now and learn to design show-stopping graphics, personalized web pages, and engaging videos with your students.

Enroll here

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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.

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New premium graphic tablets

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.

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Creative picture story books by Andy Hair

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.

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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.