Adobe @ TAFE NSW, Enmore

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On November 23 Ben Forta and I worked with a number of teachers and students from TAFE NSW at their Enmore campus in Sydney.

We began by sharing about the impact Adobe (in particular the Adobe Spark) is having in education around the globe.

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Then we spit everyone into three workshop groups. Ben ran sessions on Adobe Spark, I ran a session on Photoshop and then a session on Adobe XD and Character Animator. Adobe Education Leader (and TAFE NSW educator) Craig Daalmeijer-Power) ran workshops on Adobe Dimension and Acrobat.

 

InteractED – Coffs Harbour

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The New South Wales Department of Education InteractED roadshow hit Coffs Harbour in northern NSW this week and it was a pleasure for Adobe to be involved again, this time with Ben Forta and myself.

The wonderful Joachim (Jo) Cohen (Schools Technology Innovation Lead) and Mark Greentree (Director, Technology for Learning) from NSW DoE kicked off the event. Jo did a great job with his usual enthusiastic hosting style.

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Google Australia’s Engineering Community and Outreach Manager Sally-Ann Williams, did a wonderful keynote presentation titled Preparing students for careers of the future.

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Among a range of interesting facts and figures, she told us that 80% of all new STEM jobs in the US are in computer science but only 8% of STEM graduates are from computer science courses.

She also said that according to code.org, computing jobs are the number 1 source of new wages in the US and that there are currently 500,000 computer science related jobs available in a wider range of industries.

Sally-Anne shared some research from LinkIn.com stating that soft skills that 57% of leaders are looking for include leadership, communication, collaboration & time management.

In between the keynote sessions were a range of hands-on workshops and presentations from the NSW DoE Info Tech Department (ITD) and four key ICT partners Apple, Google, Microsoft and of course Adobe.

Ben Forta and I ran a session on Acrobat & Spark Page for the School Leadership Stream, an overview of the Creative Cloud in education for Technical Coordination Stream and a session on Adobe Spark for the Using Technology Stream.

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We also had the privilege of doing the final keynote session for the day titled: Focusing on creative problem solving skills to enhance employability in the age of automation.

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Most of the resources we shared throughout the InteractED event can be found on the Adobe Education Exchange via – http://bit.ly/adobe-Coffs18

 

Ben Forta at Pymble Ladies College

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Tim Kitchen, Kim Maksimovic, Anthony England & Ben Forta. Anthony is holding Ben’s new book about how to use Adobe Spark in the classroom.

Adobe’s Senior Director of Education Initiatives, Ben Forta began his 2019 Aussie visit with a visit to Pymble Ladies College in Sydney on Tuesday November 20.

Ben lives in Michigan, USA but spends most of his time visiting teachers and students all over the globe with a focus on improving the Adobe experience for education. Ben has been part of the Adobe Spark product team in recent years and he loves sharing the value of the Spark tools.

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Pymble Ladies College is a large independent girls school with over 2000 students from K to 12. They have an extensive ICT program and were very keen to show Ben the way they integrate a wide range of Adobe’s creativity & productivity applications throughout the curriculum.

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Using Adobe Illustrator to design objects cut via a laser cutter

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Pymble are obviously big fans of the Adobe Spark tools

One of the highlights of his visit to Pymble was being interviewed about his work and experiences for one of their podcasts.

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Video masterclass at the Adobe Sydney office

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A group of young filmmakers from Glenwood High School and Ryde Public School visited the Adobe Sydney office to work with me on a video production Masterclass on November 15.

These students were selected as part of the 2019 NSW Adobe Have a Voice project which aims to provide NSW students (in Years 4 to 9) with an opportunity to collaborate, and have a voice (through video or animation) about something that is important to them and enhance their 21st century communication and creative problem solving skills.

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During this masterclass event the student shared the videos that they had made during the year with each other and we chatted about what was great about them and what could have been done to possibly make them even better.

We also looked at a range of video capture and editing techniques that will help enhance future video projects.

Then we introduced the students to Adobe’s amazing new video editing app Premiere Rush

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Here are some of the videos that were shared …

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Get into sport

 

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This video is rated PG – not recommended for primary age students.

 

A special congratulations to the 15 NSW Department of Education schools who were involved in the Adobe Have a Voice project this year. We are looking forward to having you involved again in the future.

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Big Day In Junior – Western Sydney

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It was my pleasure to be involved with the Big Day In Junior event in the west of Sydney hosted by Hilltop Road Public School. This video captures some of the excitement and learning that took place.

BiG Day In Junior events involve STEM based workshops for Year 5 & 6 students that are hosted in primary schools around Australia.

Students participate in up to five 50 x minute hands on workshops to encourage them to study STEM subjects in high school and in the future. These workshops are usually run by industry professionals. This event was supported by:

  • CSIRO
  • NSW DoE STEMShare Team
  • Adobe
  • Animal Logic
  • Australian Computer Academy
  • WiseTech Global
  • TechnologyOne
  • Apple
  • iTeacher
  • Code Club
  • UTS
  • F1 in Schools
  • Solar Buddy and more

All Big Day In events are coordinated by the Australian Computer Society Foundation.

More information can  be found via:

https://www.thebigdayin.com.au/big-day-in-jnr-1

 

Mitch Resnick – in Australia

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On Thursday November 8, I had the great pleasure to meet one of my education heroes, the great Professor Mitchel Resnick, Director of the Lifelong Kindergarten research group, part of the MIT Media Lab in Boston.

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The Australian Computer Society and LEGO Education brought Professor Resnick out to Australia to speak in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne as part of their ICT Educators’ Global Leaders’ Series. He first came to Australia in the early 1990s with his Mentor Professor Seymour Papert. These days, Resnick is continuing on and expanding the great work of Papert and the constructionist learning movement.

Professor Resnick began by saying that he believes there is nothing more important in today’s world then helping young people grow up as creative thinkers. He said that in such a rapidly changing world, today’s young people will face a never ending stream of unpredictable situations in their life and to thrive in this type of world, the ability to think and act creatively is more important than ever before. However, unfortunately most school systems around the world were not designed to support and foster a culture of creative thinking.

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The topic of his presentation was Cultivating Creativity through Project, Passion, Peers, and Play. This topic is based on four guiding principles that he and his team believes can support the development of creative thinking in young people:

Professor Resnick said the best way to develop students as creative thinkers is to provide them with opportunities to work on projects based on their passions, in collaboration with peers in a playful spirit.

Projects

Working on projects is one of the best ways to learn to code (and to learn anything really) but unfortunately that is not the way most students are being taught. Most of the time coding is being taught through a sequential problem by problem or technical syntax based approach rather than learning though projects. Professor Resnick and his team believe that students should start with an idea, create something, experiment, share with others and keep modifying and adapting the solution based on their experiences and feedback.

There are lots of similarities here to the design thinking approach which is well established in the design industry.

Passion

Students (and adults as well) are willing to work longer and harder when they work on things they are passionate about and interested in. When they are passionate about a project, they make deeper connections with the ideas they are working on and are willing to invest more time on them. Projects become more meaningful and memorable when they are based on concepts that students care about.

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Creative learning is a social process, the most creative things we do come in collaboration with other people.

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Play, in this context is more of an attitude than an activity. Having a playful approach means students are willing to take risks, try new things and test boundaries. This is when the most creative work happens. It is important to have a comfortable learning environment where students feel safe to experiment, take risks and try new things. When things go wrong and failure happens, this should be seen as a positive opportunity to learn rather something negative.

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Scratch

Professor Resnick and his team at MIT have developed the programming language Scratch which is designed for students to program interactive stories, games, and animations and share them through an active online community.

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Throughout the presentation, Professor Resnick provided us with a number of samples of how Scratch is being used by students all over the world to enhance creativity. He gave us an insight into some of the new developments with Scratch, soon to be released and shared the power of the Scratch creative learning community which now features over 40 million projects.

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Profesor Resnick has committed his life’s work to provide students all over the world with the opportunities to think and act creatively. Trying to bring about this type of change in education and open up these types of opportunities for students to work with projects, passion, peers and play is going to take a concerted effort and he calls all educators everywhere to help create a global movement where students are encouraged to design, create, experiment and explore with new technologies so they can be full and active contributors to tomorrow’s society.


I was delighted to be able to invite two members of the Adobe Education Leadership Community from Victoria (Joel Aarons and Michelle Dennis) to the Melbourne presentation with me and was delighted that there were able to meet the great man.

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Here is the full presentation recorded at the Sydney event …

Ben Forta in Australia this November

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Register for the following Adobe Education Exchange 30 min special free Live Event with Ben Forta at 7PM(AEST) on Nov 22:

https://benforta-22nov18.attendease.com/


Ben Forta (Adobe’s Senior Director of Education Initiatives) is a coder, author and educator with over 750,000 books in print in 16 different languages. He is part of the Adobe Spark product team, a set of digital literacy tools that are transforming the way students and teachers communicate globally.

Check out  his new Adobe Spark book …

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