2020 Achievements

As we bring 2020 to a close, I would like to thank the Adobe Education Team, the Adobe Education Leaders, members of the new Adobe Creative Educators program and all primary, secondary and post-secondary educators for the great work they have done this year.

This year, the importance of being creative in the way we learn, teach, work and play has been more evident than ever before as reflected in some of the impacts we have had within out 2020 Adobe in Education active use programs.

I was delighted to be involved with 190 events, 170 of them being based online via BlueJeans, Zoom, MS Teams, Blackboard Collaborate or Adobe Connect. We impacted about 17,000 teachers and students, and more teachers than in the past few years.

A highlight of 2020 for me, has been producing 35 episodes of Inject Creativity Live and having the Chat-show go live on the official Adobe for Education YouTube channel. I would like to say a very special thank you to Erin Raethke from TAFE QLD for Co-hosting with me. She has gone above and beyond what is expected from an Adobe Education Leader. And a special thank you to Jerry Wong who is an Adobe Customer Success Manager in the Education Team and has been instrumental is helping behind the scenes as we broadcasted each episode.

Another highlight this year was the APAC Adobe Education Summit. Being an online event, we were able to cater for about 500 participants over the three days and 50 presenters from all over the globe.

Globally, the Adobe Education Exchange welcome and it’s 900,000th member and in Australia and New Zealand, we welcomed 7,752 new members bringing the ANZ membership up to 43,353.

Half way through 2020, we launched the Adobe Creative Educator program. Globally over 13,000 teachers enrolled in this program with nearly half of them successfully passing level one. In ANZ we have had 481 teachers enroll and 221 past the first level.

The Adobe Education Leader (AEL) community is an exclusive leadership and high-touch program where teachers need to be nominated to be involved. Globally, we currently have 365 AELs with 58 coming from the ANZ region. I would like to thank all the AELs for their contributions this year in helping to promote the Adobe Education Exchange and most importantly encourage digital creativity within their schools and universities.

Two personal highlights for me this year were engaging with over 4000 Filipino teachers in one event (over 1000 live and 4000 viewing the recordings) to help them with their online teaching skills and also working with 800 at risk Vietnamese students during 6 online Adobe Spark workshops.

We have a number of great programs planned for 2021 and look forward to working with thousands more teachers and students, hopefully with a blended approach of both face-to-face and online. I’m looking forward to the Get to Know you Adobe Apps series of webinars starting in February and of course a new set of Inject Creativity Live show that we have planned.

Have a wonderful break over January get yourself prepared for a very creative 2021.

Dr Tim Kitchen (Senior Education Specialist, Adobe – APAC)

Australasian Adobe in Education Update – December, 2020

As we come to an end of a very strange year, I would like to pay tribute to all teachers and students who have managed the teaching and learning process throughout 2020 via an array of creative digital solutions.

So far this year, after running about 170 webinars across the Asia-Pacific region & impacting nearly 17,000 teachers and students, we have been so impressed with the adaptability, creativity and ingenuity of everyone we have worked with and their willingness to learn new communication skills.

In Australia, we are likely to be back to face-to-face teaching when we commence the 2021 academic year. Let’s make sure that we take the best of what we have learned this year and apply it to a continued blended approach to education.

See below for information about:

  • The new EduTech & Adobe Webinar
  • Get to know your Adobe apps series
  • Adobe Creative Educator program – guided webinars
  • Inject Creativity Live – 2021
  • Holiday Spark activities for students
  • ACCE Conference 2021
  • Craig Daalmeijer-Power’s Behance Live Sessions & more …

Professional Development Goals for 2021

As you plan your professional development goals for 2021, keep in mind the wide variety of opportunities that are provided by the Adobe for Education team. Note all the opportunities that are listed below and please share the most relevant events with your colleagues and wider education social networks.


Special Adobe & EduTech webinar

Keep 10th February 4PM (AEDT) free for a special Adobe in Education webinar in conjunction with EduTech. Guest will include Lauren Sayer (now from Melbourne Girls Grammar), Joe Cohen from the NSW Department of Education T4L team and Deb Hicks from the Victorian Department of Education. Find out how and why Adobe tools are making such a positive difference to a wide variety of curriculum areas and levels. Please share this event with colleagues, especially those who are new to the world of Adobe in Education.

More information & registration here.

Get to know your Adobe apps – webinar series

A new series of webinars is being planned for 2021 that cater for teachers at various levels of K12 and Higher Education all over the Australasian region. These will be run by the Adobe Education team as well as Adobe Education Leaders from February 23 to May 26.

Register in advance for the sessions that are most relevant for you and share these events with your colleagues and wider education network.

Adobe Creative Educator program – guided webinars

The Adobe Creative Educator (ACE) program is for any teacher, of any subject area in any level. You don’t have to be an Adobe expert to get an ACE badge. Start Level 1 over the January break. It involves a short course and the creation of a simple digital artifact.

If you are keen to be guided through this program, a new set of webinars is being planned for K12 & Higher Ed teachers in 2021. Click here for more information and registration. Note that we are offering these sessions as a customised event (face to face &/or online) for your school/facility. Email Tim Kitchen kitchen@adobe.com if interested.

Inject Creativity Live – 2021

We are currently planning a new set of Inject Creativity Live events for 2021. Click here to register in advance to get a reminder email prior to each event as well as a link to the recordings. Note these events are being streamed live on the Adobe for Education YouTube Channel. Click here to see past recordings.

Holiday Spark activities

The Global Adobe Education team have created a set of fun holiday activities for students to get involved with during the Christmas break. Click here to find out more information.

ACCE Conference 2021

The ACCE/Digicon Conference will be a virtual event from March 15th to March 19th  2021. The conference will be held each afternoon from 4pm to 6pm. Keep those dates & times free and check the DLTV site for more information. Click here if you are interested in presenting at this event.

DLTV Journal

The latest DLTV Journal is now available online. It features a range of articles from cross-curricular classroom initiatives incorporating Digital Technologies to AI and ethics. Check my tribute to Sir Ken Robinson on pages 18 & 19.

Adobe Education Exchange | Highlighted Course

Adobe Acrobat for Teaching and Learning

Understanding the power of the Adobe Acrobat family of tools is important for any educator who wants a fast and easy way to improve student learning outcomes and improve their classroom practice. Click here to find out more about this free self-paced course.

Click here to discover the latest on the Education Exchange.

Craig Daalmeijer-Power’s Behance Live Sessions

Adobe Education Leader Craig Daalmeijer-Power from TAFE NSW regularly streams live via Behance a range of Adobe tutorial. Click here for past recordings.

Adobe Education Blogs

Click here to keep up to date with the world of Adobe Education Blogs. The most recent post is by Sebastian Distefano from the Creative Campus Team with his article titled – The future of work: How colleges are preparing students for the jobs of tomorrow

Coming events

Click here to access the Adobe in Education Events and Resources site and book in for some free professional learning for you and your colleagues.

Contact the Adobe Education Team

Use the following QR code or link to get in contact with the Adobe in Education team for Australasia and share this link with any colleagues who you think would value getting these monthly updates.

http://bit.ly/adobe_contact

Australasian Adobe Education Community Facebook Group

Click here to join the Australasian Adobe Education Community Facebook Group and get first hand updates on the Adobe in Education program.

Dr Tim Kitchen – Senior Education Specialist, Adobe (APAC)

Celebrating school video creation in NSW & Victoria

It was a pleasure to highlight the fabulous work of Adobe Education Leaders Andrew On Yi Lai and Joel Aarons at the most recent Inject Creativity Live event.

Developing video literacy skills has become more important than ever for teachers and for students. These two teachers demonstrate what is possible in a primary & secondary context and have provided excellent examples of how to do video well.

Have a look at Andrew’s Year 12 student work via the Fresh Media YouTube Channel.

Make sure you keep the time aside to join us live at the final Inject Creativity Live event broadcast for 2020 on Wednesday, 16 December at 6:30 pm AEDT.

Check out some of the comments from this last episode …

Highlights:

  • The films from Freshwater
  • Andrew’s chat with Tim was fascinating, and I always enjoy Joel’s enthusiasm.
  • The videos created by those students were inspirational and the quality was unbelievable. Thank you for that session.
  • Being inspired by the videos shared
  • Andrew Lai’s use of Adobe Premiere Pro with Adobe After Effects – professional quality short films produced by his senior students; the other being Joel Aarons with his very useful tips on applying the Adobe Spark Video to the elementary classroom.

Other comments:

  • It is worth the effort in getting up at 2.30 am to view and participate in this Adobe Live Event – wouldn’t miss the opportunity to network with fellow AELs.

Adobe in Education Update – November, 2020

This update features information about:

  • New free webinars for K12 & HED in 2021
  • Adobe Creative Educator Program
  • Writing for Change program
  • Inject Creativity Live – 2021
  • ACCE/DigiCon 2021
  • New Education Exchange courses, and more …

Get to know your Adobe apps

A new series of webinars is being planned for 2021 catering for teachers at various levels of K12 and Higher Education all over the Australasian region. These will be run by the Adobe Education team as well as Adobe Education Leaders from February 23 to May 26.

Register in advance for the sessions that are most relevant for you and share these events with your colleagues and wider education network.

Adobe Creative Educator Program

We have had over 5000 teachers pass Level 1 of the Adobe Creative Educator program with many now completing Level 2. This a program for any teacher, of any subject area in any level. You don’t have to be an Adobe expert to get an ACE badge for your CV. Click here to see the most recent ACE news.

Adobe @ EduTech

Below is the amazing Adobe breakout session at the recent 2020 EduTech Conference that featured, Erin Raethke from TAFE QLD, Steven Kolber from Vic DET, Clare Dyson from Swinburne Uni, Andrew On Yi Lai & Brett Kent from NSW DoE.

Adobe Max Recap

Click here for a recap on the recent virtual 2020 Adobe Max event. Check out the new Adobe products, updates, time-savers and other improvements to the Creative Cloud.

Writing for Change program

The Writing for Change program is a collaboration between Adobe and Wakelet that encourages students to complete up to 10 different opinion based writing challenges on a range of topics. Go to the Writing for Change playlist on the Adobe for Education YouTube Channel to see some well known writers add the contributions via a live streamed interview.

Inject Creativity Live – 2021

We are currently planning a new set of Inject Creativity Live events for 2021. Click here to register in advance to get a reminder email prior to each event as well as a link to the recordings. Note that all future events are being streamed live on the Adobe for Education YouTube Channel.

ACCE Conference 2021

DLTV will run its postponed ACCE/Digicon Conference Virtually from March 15th to March 19th  2021. The conference will be held each afternoon from 4pm to 6pm. Maybe put it in your school’s professional learning calendar now. Keep those dates & times free and check the DLTV site for more information. Click here if you are interested in presenting at this event.

The latest on the Adobe Education Exchange

Self-paced courseCreate Digital Images with Your Class

We’ve recently added new lessons, projects, lesson plans, videos, and assignment options in this updated self-paced digital images course for educators.

Professional learning kitCreating Digital Images Professional Learning Kit | Presenter-led Training

Train educators on digital images in the classroom. Adobe has assembled everything you need to lead a one-hour Photoshop workshop for educators, which can be delivered either in-person or online. Click here to find out more.

K–12 lesson – Profiles in motion

In this lesson by Max Suechting at Stanford University, students use Spark Video to craft a profile of a literary character. Click here to access.

K–12 lesson – Publish your opinion

In this lesson by expert teacher Caitlin MacLeod-Bluver, students use Spark Page to read about a controversial subject and develop their own opinion on the issue. Click here to access

K–12 lesson – Make a video poem

In this lesson by expert teacher Lisa Gottfried, students use Premiere Rush to write a poem about a time they felt a strong emotion. Click here to access.

Higher Ed project – Social media campaign analysis

This project by Dr. Karen Freberg at the University of Louisville, has students use Premiere Rush to analyze a social media campaign and create a video explanation. Click here to access

K–12 lesson – Self mini-documentary: subject, storyline, and video

In this lesson from expert teacher Lisa Gottfried, students use Premiere Pro to create a compelling video story about an aspect of their life. Click here to access

Higher Ed project – Create a newscast

In this project by Brian Puente at the University of Arizona, students use Premiere Pro to create a professional-quality newscast. Click here to access.

Higher Ed project – Exhibition brochure

In this project by Dr. Kim Beil at Stanford University, students use InDesign to create a brochure for an imagined exhibition. Click here to access.

Higher Ed project – Science in translation

In this project by Rachel Bryson at Utah State University, students use InDesign to translate scientific discourse for non-specialist audiences. Click here to access.

Self-paced course – Design Fun Apps with Your Students

This course was updated in November 2020 with new learning content, examples, resources and lesson plans to help you and your students get started with mobile app design and Adobe XD. Click here to access

Professional learning kit – App and Experience Design Professional Learning Kit | Presenter-led Training

This free presenter-led training is designed to work in tandem with our Design Fun Apps with Your Students self-paced course, which aims to provide a starting point for educators who want to build their confidence with app/experience design and Adobe XD before diving into these learning kit resources. Click here to access.

For NSW DoE Teachers

A new video from the NSW DoE T4L team was created to help their schools get single sign on access to Adobe Creative Cloud on school owned computers.

Coming events

Click here to access the Adobe in Education Events and Resources site and book in for some free professional learning for you and your colleagues.

Contact the Adobe Education Team

Use the following QR code or link to get in contact with the Adobe in Education team for Australasia and share this link with any colleagues who you think would value getting these monthly updates.

http://bit.ly/adobe_contact

Australasian Adobe Education Community Facebook Group

Click here to join the Australasian Adobe Education Community Facebook Group and get first hand updates on the Adobe in Education program.

Inject Creativity Live – Spark & XD in K12

It was a real pleasure to host Adobe Education Leaders Juliette Bentley (QLD) and Lauren Sayer (Vic) last night at the Inject Creativity Live event as they shared how Adobe Spark and Adobe XD are used at their schools.

Note that the Chat-show was broadcast live on the official Adobe for Education YouTube Channel.

To access the Deeper-dive session (and Juliette & Lauren’s chapters), click here.

  • Chapter 1 – Introductions
  • Chapter 2 – Juliette Bentley Sparking Initiatives as Mt St Michael’s College
  • Chapter 3 – Adobe Max recap – https://spark.adobe.com/page/hIn4I4saDRfSA/
  • Chapter 4 – Lauren Sayer Teaching XD at Haileybury
  • Chapter 5 – Resources

There was some lovely feedback comments …

Highlights

  • Juliette showing spark in literacy 
  • Hearing from both wonderful and inspiring presenters.
  • I really enjoyed Juliette’s Spark share, but particularly found inspiration in Lauren’s XD showcase.
  • Enjoyed learning from Julia Bentley and Lauren Sayer, Particularly interested in teaching XD applications to students and starting to learn how to do this. This session has further encouraged my interests. 
  • Juliette Bentley’s use of Adobe Spark in her school’s religion education program.

Other comments

  • Thanks all for your continued commitment to digital literacy and creativity development in teachers and students. Without these sessions, we would all feel very lonely!
  • I also liked the way Lauren Lily uses an LMS to present her students’ use of Adobe Creative Cloud apps.

Our next Inject Creativity Live event will be Dec 2 starting at 6.30 PM (AEDT) with AEL Joel Aarons from Melbourne as well as some of the students films from Andrew Lai’s school in Sydney.

Join us live if you can – much more fun that way ☺

Writing for Change

Adobe and Wakelet are partnering for the Writing For Change Challenge! This international project involved students and teachers completing up to 10 writing challenges with Adobe Spark Page and sharing their work via Wakelet!

Great for English teachers – let them know!

A number of authors, bloggers & influences have taken up the challenge and are being interviewed by the Adobe team. Have a look at this interview with Brett Salakas from last week.

This one with author Chris Curtis

Join us live in the Australasian region each Thursday at 5 PM AEDT for a new live event via the Adobe for Education YouTube Channel.

Tomorrow is with well known Aussie author Jackie French.

Adobe @ EduTech 2020

Adobe is again sponsoring the EduTech Conference which, is a very large scale Education in Technology next week. Like most events this year, it is virtual therefore available to so many more teachers around the region. 

Below is one of a series of videos that we have produced for EduTech 2020. This video, plus many others are available at the Adobe EduTech Channel.

Make sure you book in for the Adobe breakout session at 12:10 PM (AEDT) on Tuesday, 10 November.

See you at Edutech 2020.

Inject Creativity Live

It was great to have Adobe Education Leader Erin Raethke back with us to help co-host the most recent Inject Creativity Live event that was broadcast on November 4.

Special guests for this episode included Dom Traynor, Adobe’s Education Evangelist for Europe as well as Adobe Education Leader & Microsoft Innovative Educator Jason Lane from Villanova College in Brisbane.

The Deeper-dive event for this episode can be found via: https://bluejeans.com/s/Sk53CC0ScEy/

  • Chapter 1 – Introductions
  • Chapter 2 – Dom Traynor – Cool Spark Programs
  • Chapter 3 – Message to NSW DoE Teachers
  • Chapter 4 – Jason Lane – Embedding Spark in One Note
  • Chapter 5 – News updates

Join us live on Nov 18 at 6.30 PM (AEDT) for the next episode with special guests Lauren Sayer (Adobe Education Leader and Director of Digital Learning at Haileybury College in Melbourne) and Juliette Bentley (Adobe Education Leader, Adobe Master Teacher & Technology Implementation Mentor at – MT ST MICHAEL’S COLLEGE, Brisbane).

Lauren will be focusing on Adobe XD in Action and Juliette will be sharing some insights into Adobe Spark in the classroom.