Inject Creativity Live – 25th August, 2021

The Inject Creativity Live episode recorded on August 25 featured Adobe Education Leader (AEL) Joel Aarons from Victoria who demonstrated how he and his students are creatively working with Photoshop Mix. In this episode, we share part of the recent Adobe Seminar at the EduTECH conference and lots more.

Click here to see Erin’s summary of the event

The next episode will be recorded on Wed 8th September at 6.30 PM AEST. Click here to register for the next episode and other planned Adobe Education events for the APAC region.

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.

Australasian Adobe in Education Update – August, 2021

Welcome to the August 2021 edition of the Australasia Adobe in Education Update Newsletter.

This edition will be covering:

  • the coming APAC Adobe Education Summit
  • Adobe MAX
  • the new look Adobe Education Exchange
  • Adobe’s involvement in EduTECH 2021
  • a recent Adobe Creativity Challenge for NSW Students
  • and lots of classroom resources and ideas

Video summary of this update

Have you registered for the APAC Adobe Education Summit?

The APAC Adobe Education Summit is happening on Wednesday 29th September and is open to all educators in all sectors. It is free and virtual, so please invite your colleagues to join in this amazing professional learning opportunity by sending them the link –

Have a look at who is coming …

Are you one of the nearly 30,000 teachers who have joined the Adobe Creative Educator Program?

The Adobe Creative Educator Program is all about creativity in education, you don’t need to be an Adobe export or even a regular Adobe user to get your level 1 badge. We encourage all who have enrolled to complete level 1 and have a go at level 2.

If you would like to be supported through level 1, you may like to do the Be a Creative Educator course. Next opportunities are 30th August and 15th September.

Here are some APAC Adobe Education Leaders sharing the importance of the Adobe Creative Educator program:

Adobe Max is back as a virtual event for 2021

A free virtual event 28–29 October (APAC dates). Find out more and register here

This year’s Adobe Max will be featuring a session from Tim Kitchen (Adobe Education) and Craig Daalmeijer-Power (TAFE NSW) on student voice with Character Animator so book into session S292 – Giving Students a Voice with Character Animator.

It will also be featuring Australia’s own Juliette Bentley Adobe Education Leader and Master Teacher, Mt St Michael’s College – session S291 – Fostering Digital Literacy in the K–12 Creative Classroom.

Swinburne University Deputy Vice-Chancellor Sarah Maddison will also be presenting – session S807 – Transforming Education with Creative and Digital Skills

Let your colleagues know and get involved.

Have a look at Adobe’s most recent partnership with Billie Eilish

Click here to see the official Adobe blog post about this new partnership with Billie.

Adobe Creativity Challenge with NSW Students

Earlier this month, the Adobe Education team had the pleasure of working with about 200 NSW students (all virtually) as they attempted an Adobe 1 minute Video Challenge based on promoting the United Nations Sustainability Development Goals. Part of the challenge required the students working with a team, even though they were stuck at their own homes. The results were spectacular. Click here to see Tim Kitchen’s post about this event and contact the Adobe Education team if you are keen to organise a similar event for your region.

Distance Learning Resources

With so many students and teachers in this region still in lock-down restrictions, it’s worth re-visiting the Free Distance Learning Resources & Project Ideas site on the Adobe Education Exchange

Speaking of the Adobe Education Exchange, have you noticed the new look and feel and (most importantly) a much easier way to search for courses and resources.

Adobe at EduTECH

Over 10,000 teachers registered for the EduTECH conference that was held this month as a virtual event. Here is Adobe’s pre-recorded seminar session.

Here is Dr Kitchen’s post about the seminar

QSITE Conference

Toowoomba State High School in QLD is hosting the 2021 Queensland Society for IT in Education (QSITE) State Conference in the September school holidays. Adobe will be running two workshops and Dr Kitchen will be one of the keynote speakers. If you are a QLD teacher, you should be there.

Inject Creativity Live

Join us live every second Wednesday at 6.30 PM AEST for the Inject Creativity Live show on the Adobe for Education YouTube Channel.

  • August 25 with special guest Joel Aarons, Adobe Education Leader from Victoria
  • Sept 8 with Mark Christie (Adobe Education Leader from NT) & Juliette Bentley (Adobe Master Teachers from QLD)
  • Sept 22 with Drew Mayhills (Adobe Education Leader from WA)
  • Oct 6 with Brett Kent (Adobe Education Leader from NSW) and Paul McClen (Adobe Education Leader from NZ

Have a look at the August 11 episode with Michelle Dennis (Adobe Education Leader from Victoria) and Chris Betcher (Adobe Education Leader Emeritus from NSW).

New Education Exchange course

Explore our new course: Digital Painting and Drawing in the Classroom

This free self-paced course outlines the basics of painting and drawing with Adobe Fresco, a digital painting app designed to provide an intuitive medium for creation and self-expression. You’ll also learn novel and exciting strategies for using Adobe Fresco in the classroom.

Writing classes on the Education Exchange

Inspire students to express themselves in new and exciting ways with these activities.

Click here to find out more.

Classroom ideas on the Education Exchange

Film a video to create an interactive museum kiosk

In this lesson from expert educator Claudio Zavala, students use Adobe Spark to create videos for interactive museum kiosks.

Design a poster relating speed, distance, and time

In this lesson from expert educator Michael Cohen, students use Adobe Spark to understand the relationship between speed, distance, and time.

STEM explained to anyone

In this lesson from Professor Stephen Moysey at Clemson University, students use Premiere Rush to explain a specific STEM concept in a short video.

Create a poster to identify a character archetype

In this lesson from Dr. Elizabeth Watts Bromery, students use Adobe Spark to consider a literary character in a novel or play as an archetype.

Design a magazine exploring the impact of significant inventions

In this lesson from expert educator Max Suechting, students use Adobe InDesign to create zines that trace the effects of a handful of technologies.

Create a poster identifying shapes all around you

In this lesson from expert educator Matt Niemitz, students use Adobe Spark to highlight geometric shapes in their surroundings.

Illustrate the relationship between biology, gender, and identity

In this lesson from expert educator Cristen Magaletti, students use Adobe Photoshop to consider how gender stereotypes shape identity.

Annotate an image to demonstrate a visual art concept

In this lesson from Dr. Kim Beil at Stanford University, students use Adobe Spark to analyze the composition of historical artworks.

Some Photoshop ideas

Express yourself with Photoshop.

See how artist Kate Moross uses Photoshop brushes to transform letters into bold artistic expressions.

Bring characters to life with Photoshop.

Follow artist Chibu Okere as he uses Photoshop to turn a crosswalk into an animated canvas of crazy characters.

Adobe Sign integration with Microsoft

Click here for more information

Adobe at EduTECH 2021

The EduTECH conference is the largest technology in education event in Australia with over 10,000 teachers registering this year. It was meant to be a face-to-face event hosted in Melbourne (for the first time) on 17th & 18th August however, due to Covid restrictions, it was again a virtual event – similar to last year.

Adobe was pleased to again be sponsoring this event and hosted a one hour seminar session on day two.

Here is the pre-recorded session that made up the bulk of that seminar. It features about 25 Adobe Education Leaders from around ANZ, members of the Global Adobe Education team as Rob the Robot (Character Animator puppet).

It was a delight to have Lauren Sayer Executive Director Research and Innovation at Melbourne Girls Grammar and Michelle Dennis, Head of Digital at Haileybury College. Also joining us was be Jerry Wong Customer success manager at Adobe, Jane Chen and Steven Nichols who are both Adobe Solution Consultants.

Video Challenge with NSW Students

About 200 NSW students from 18 schools registered for a special Adobe 1 Minute Video Challenge event that was run early in August, 2021 while they were in lock-down. This involved the students working with a team (even though they were not allowed to meet face to face) and following a set of criteria to produce a 1 minute video story that helped to promote one of the 17 United Nations Sustainability Development Goals.

They were briefed with the challenge on Tuesday 10th August and they had until 10AM on Monday 16th to submit their video story for a special online showcase event that happened later that same day.

Out of the 18 schools who registered, I’d like to congratulate the following 7 schools who ended up submitting stories:

  • Cathwest Innovation College
  • The King’s School
  • Parramatta Marist High
  • Patrician Brothers College
  • St Luke’s Catholics College
  • St Mark’s Catholics College
  • Newcastle Grammar

Overall, there were about 30 stories submitted and 20 of them were showcased. Out of the 20, below are the stories that I would like to highlight and share.

A special thank you goes to Luke Dela Cruz Technology Leader at CathWest Innovation College who help to initiate and promote this event within his network for schools in Sydney’s west. I would also like to thank all the teachers who helped motivate their students to be involved and (most importantly) all the students who took part.

During the briefing I stressed to the students that the end product is not as important at the process and the learning that takes place during the production phases. I shared with them the most in demand soft-skills according to research by the World Economic Forum and Microsoft LinkedIn such as creativity, persuasion, collaboration, adaptability and time management. All of these skills were important in the production of the video stories and I congratulate the students for the way they displayed each of them.

Climate Change by Kevin, Rian, Thanh, Zayne, Bill & Bailey – Patrician Brothers’ College Fairfield

I love the fast paced editing to help share an important message

Climate Action by Alex & Achyuth – The King’s School

I loved the link of Minecraft & Adobe Premiere Rush as a tool for telling a story

Change – by Aesha, Tanvi & Malka – St Luke’s Catholic College

This is a creative example of collaboration on a project while in lock-down.

Climate Change by Cameron and Aredith – The Kings School

Gender Equality by Kaitlan & Sophie – CathWest Innovation College

This is a great example of the use of Adobe Character Animator

Health and Well-being by Paolo, Yousif ,Owen, Ande & Emiliano – Patrician Brothers’ College Fairfield

Climate Change by Filip and Aaron – The Kings School

The Fight for Water by Andrew, Ryan & Geshua – Parramatta Marist High School

Climate Change by James, Vishal & Ken – The Kings School

We can make a difference by George and Sam – The Kings School

Green Power by Ellena & Jacob – St Mark’s Catholic College

Climate Change by Kush and Ethan – The Kings School

Poverty by John, Henry & James – Newcastle Grammar

Environment by Oliver, Cody and Colin – The Kings School

We Can Make a Change by Praas and Mihran – The Kings School

If you would like to host an Adobe Creativity Challenge event at your school. Click here to contact the Adobe Education team.

Inject Creativity Live – 11th August, 2021

The Inject Creativity Live episode recorded on August 11 featured Adobe Education Leader (AEL) Michelle Dennis from Victoria as well AEL-Emeritus Chris Betcher from NSW. Michelle demonstrated the desktop version of Aero and Chris inspired us to think positively about failure.

Click here to see Erin’s summary of the event

The next episode will be recorded on Wed 25th August at 6.30 PM AEST. Click here to register for the next episode and other planned Adobe Education events for the APAC region.

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.

Adobe’s new partnership with Billie Eilish

Adobe have recently launched a new partnership with the very talented singer song-writer and director Billie Eilish focused on encouraging us to – Create what’s true to you.

Click here to for the official Adobe blog post to find out more.

Click here for the website and share this with your colleagues and students.

Use this initiative to inspire your students to be digitally creative.

Inject Creativity Live – 28th July, 2021

The Inject Creativity Live episode recorded on July 28 featured Adobe Education Leader (AEL) Brett Salakas from NSW as well AEL Paul McClean from New Zealand. Brett built a creative poetry experience using Spark Video with the help of Erin, Tim and the audience. Paul shared thoughts on how the school timetable is hindering creativity in education.

Click here to see Erin’s summary of the event

Click here to see Brett’s poem

The next episode will be recorded on Wed 11th August at 6.30 PM AEST. Click here to register for the next episode and other planned Adobe Education events for the APAC region.

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.

Sparking Creativity among teens at risk in Vietnam – 2021

I was delighted to again be asked to run some virtual Adobe Spark workshops at the 2021 Pacific Links Foundation Summer Camp for teens at risk of trafficking in Vietnam.

As it says in the Pacific Links site – As part of Pacific Links Foundation’s comprehensive counter-trafficking efforts, Summer Camp is an annual activity of our Girls Empowerment Mekong Scholarships Program. Over four days, scholarship recipients come together from the remote and impoverished areas of the Mekong Delta bordering Cambodia to build confidence, compassion and vital connections that will safeguard them from the dangers of human trafficking. At its core, Summer Camp is a youth development endeavor. The camp’s goal is to provide a space for students to make new friends, learn about different career and training opportunities, and to work on personal growth through the guiding values of GRACES (Gratitude, Respect, Accountability, Courage, Engagement, and Safety).

Together we produced a set of Spark Posters about the things we love doing in our spare time.

I ran a total of 4 workshops over the weekend with about 30 students in each session. During each workshop I encouraged the participants to keep developing these digital creativity skills and apply them in future studies, leisure and work.

I’d like to thank the translators who helped me run these sessions and the organisers of the camp.

Click here to see my post on the 2020 camp.

Australasian Adobe in Education Update – July, 2021

Just in …

Adobe is thrilled to announce we just crossed the 1 million member milestone on the Education Exchange (EdEx)! Thank you to all of you who have helped to promote this amazing portal to your colleagues and wider education networks. We will have a special celebration at next week’s Inject Creativity Live show.

Since the last edition of this newsletter, over half of Australian classrooms have gone back to remote learning. This can be very stressful for teachers, students and parents. It’s worth noting that schools all over the globe are in the same predicament which is why Adobe continue to develop resources for remote, distance and blended learning through the Free Distance Learning Resources & Project Ideas site.

2021 APAC Adobe Education Summit – save the date

The 2021 APAC Adobe Education Summit will be held on Wednesday September 29. This will be a virtual all-day event open during the school holidays for any educator in any sector. It will feature presentations from the local and global Adobe in Education team, Adobe Education Leaders, Adobe Creative Educators and other guests – all aimed to inspire teachers to enhance their digital creatively skills.

The Summit will also include a day exclusively for Adobe Education Leaders (Sept 28) as well as a day for Adobe Creative Educators (Sept 30). If you don’t yet have at least your level 1 ACE badge, now is the time to earn it via the Creativity for All course on the Adobe Education Exchange.

Australia’s very own Michelle Dennis (Adobe Education Leader) and Head of Digital at Haileybury College features in the most recent edition of The Creative Educator Podcast with Tacy Trowbridge titled Educators on Hope and a Transformative Year. Click here to listen to this and past episodes

Adobe Education Exchange Courses worth noting

Spark in the Classroom

In this course, you will learn to help your students analyse, and create powerful stories, as well as present new information with clarity and ease. When students need to make science fair posters, social studies infographics, journals, language arts essays, lab reports, physics explainers or poetry analysis, Adobe Spark can help. With Adobe Spark, Post and Video, students are able to quickly and easily present information in professional, catchy and creative ways. Click here for more information.

Level-up your skills with Adobe Premiere Rush

In this more in-depth course, we’ll introduce you to the essentials of creating video with Premiere Rush and we’ll explore a variety of techniques you can use in your classroom. The course also includes step-by-step examples and instructions for mobile video production. Click here for more information.

Take center stage with Adobe Premiere Pro

This course is designed to help teachers edit and produce professional-quality video and create engaging classroom activities to inspire students in all content areas. Whether you teach in a media lab or a history classroom, this course has helpful tips for you. Click here for more information.

For Victorian government school teachers

Now that Adobe Spark is available to all Victorian primary and secondary schools, we are running two special Spark up your classroom with Adobe session in conjunction with the Vic DET Digital Learning Services team. Part 1 – Tuesday July 29 at 4 PM AEST and Part 2 Mon Aug 9 at 4 PM AEST.

Note that government Primary school teachers (up to three per school, with Principal approval) can now apply for access to the Adobe Creative Cloud apps. To apply, teachers should sign into Google using their EduPass account and complete this form. Applications close 5pm Friday 30 July. Find out more via the Adobe CC section of Arc.

Search Adobe on the Vic DET Arc site for more events and resources

Updates for NSW teachers

NSW DoE teachers – stay tuned to the T4L Adobe Resources site for a range of events that will help you access and work with Adobe Creative Cloud applications.

For all NSW teachers – Adobe and CathWest are running an Adobe 1 min Video Challenge for any stage 4 or 5 students at any school in Sydney’s west – Catholic, Independent or Department schools.

  • Date – Tuesday August 10, 2021
  • Time – 9 AM to 3 PM
  • Venue – CathWest Innovation College – Loyola Campus – 91 North Parade, Mount Druitt

Updates for QLD teachers

Education QLD teachers – note that Adobe Spark is now available to your schools without the need to request student access on the department’s network. Spark for Education is available through the Adobe Creative Cloud licence. Click here for more information. Also note that Adobe will be involved in i-Educate 2021 on August 26 & 27. Make sure you register for the Adobe Spark workshop and visit the Adobe booth.

Updates for SA teachers

SA DfE teachers, click here to access information about a series of Adobe in Education webinars we are doing exclusively for you.

Dan Haesler’s new book

Dan Haesler is a regular education thought leader on the Inject Creativity Live show and his new book The Act of Leadership is launching at the start of August. Click here to book in for the free launch event.

EduTech 2021

EduTech 2021 was to be held in Melbourne but because of COVID it is now a virtual event and therefor open to lots more teachers in our region. Adobe is sponsoring again this year so please book in for our presentation and encourage your colleagues to meet the team at Adobe virtual booth.

Inject Creativity Live

The Inject Creativity Live show continues to be a very popular way for teachers to get some mid-week inspiration either live or on-demand via the Adobe in Education YouTube channel. Here is the recent July 14 episode:

Project ideas with Adobe tools

Adobe Spark

Film a short video to reflect on how bias shapes texts. Click here

Premiere Rush

Click here

Adobe Spark

Research and develop an infographic. Click here


Design an informational infographic. Click here.

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.

Don’t hesitate to contact the Adobe Education team for any support.

Keep Being Creative!

Creativity in QLD schools

On Wednesday 14th July, I worked with a number of teachers from around the Brisbane region in Queensland for an all-day workshop seminar based around level 1 of the Adobe Creative Educator course.

One of the activities we did at the start involved the following word cloud activity.

In between working on various aspects of the Adobe Creative Educator level 1 course, the teachers wee guided through some practical workshops with Adobe Spark, Premier Rush and Character Animator.

Feedback comments


  • Learning how to use the Adobe Spark tools
  • Playing with Spark
  • Learning how to make a spark poster and video easily!
  • Everything was great

Other comments

  • Thanks! Fabulous to come to a free PD session
  • Great learning event
  • Loved the mix of listening, watching and doing!

I would like to thank Matthew Jorgensen from the Australian Computer Society for helping to organise this event.