Adobe in Education update – May 2020

Podcast version

This update features news about:

  • the 2020 APAC Adobe Education Summit
  • the new Adobe Creative Educators Program
  • new look weekly Inject Creativity Live webinars and more

Hi folks

Digital literacy skills among the general teaching population have improved dramatically due to most teachers being forced to teach online during COVID-19. I like this quote from Steven Kolber in his recent EducationHQ article Don’t rush teachers back to the ‘old normal’ – they’ve propped up the flawed system for years:

…‘remote learning’ is causing a dramatic improvement in the familiarity of most teachers to the range of digital pedagogies that exist. For the majority of teachers this is a titanic shift in what is possible. The metaphor of a teaching toolbox is being extended with new ‘power tools’ being added to teacher’s repertoires.

Adobe Creative Educators Program

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To help teachers continue to develop their digital communication and creativity skills, at the end of June, Adobe will be launching the Adobe Creative Educators program. Designed for educators in every subject area and sector, members will receive free lessons and resources to spark creativity with students, in addition to special in-person and online events with other like-minded educators and the Adobe team.

Note that this program will be replacing the Adobe Campus Leaders program.

Adobe Education Summit

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The 2020 APAC Adobe Education Summit is going online on September 29 to October 1. Being a holiday period for most educators in ANZ, this event is about digital creativity all areas and levels of education. The theme will be Improving Education Following COVID-19

  • Tue Sept 29 – Adobe Education Leaders (AELs) only
  • Wed Sept 30 – all educators
  • Thursday Oct 1 – Adobe Creative Educators & AELs only

Find out more and register via – http://bit.ly/adobe-edu-summit20

Inject Creativity Live

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As of the first week of June, the weekly Adobe Inject Creativity Live events will be going live every Wednesday at 6.30 PM (AEST) on YouTube, Twitter and Facebook. They will also be shorter and in two different formats. Click here to find out more and encourage your colleagues and wider education networks to tune in each week and register if they would like a reminder email and a copy of the recordings.

Note that these events are NESA endorsed for NSW teachers.

Adobe Max 2020

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The Adobe Max conference is Adobe largest Digital Media event and this year it will be going online from Oct. 19–21. Usually you need to travel to LA to be part of this event but this year it will be available for everyone across the globe to enjoy. Find out more Find out more and join the email list to keep posted via https://max.adobe.com/

Adobe Distance Learning Resources

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The Adobe Distance Learning Resources site is being updated each week with a range of new courses, articles and blogs. Take note of the collaboration Adobe now has with the Khan Academy and with Time Magazine.

Adobe for Education YouTube Channel

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The Adobe for Education YouTube Channel is also being regularly updated with video resources, talks and webinars.

Keep Being Creative site

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The Keep Being Creative site is a resource for parents, teachers and students working & studying from home.

EduTips

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Have a look at the great Adobe in Education tutorials that are found on the Adobe EduTips Vimeo channel which is part of CreateEdu TV.

EduChats

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Open the new EduChats site to see and hear in-depth vodcast & podcasts with teachers and parents who have opened up about what has been working and not working for them, their students and their children during the COVID-19 isolation period.

Book an Adobe Expert

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Adobe are offering their enterprise education customers the opportunity for some time online with one of their experts. This could be for an online session with a group of students and their teacher/s or it could be an online professional development event for teachers. Click here to find out more and book in your class and/or colleagues.

Free access to Adobe Creative Cloud at home during COVID -19

Many school systems and universities have taken advantage of the extended complementary access to Adobe CC for BYOD. This offer has now been extended to the end of July.

Adobe Captivate – free for 90 days

Take advantage of the current free access to Adobe Captivate for teachers

Adobe Connect – free for 90 days

Take advantage of the current free access to Adobe Connect for 90 days

As schools around Australasia are now gradually moving back to some form of normality, let’s keep driving the benefits of the new digital communication skills that all teachers and students have been developing during COVID-19. Let’s not rush back to the ‘old normal’.

Keep safe and keep being creative.

Regards

Tim Kitchen (Adobe Education)

Over 1,000 teachers live from the Philippines

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About a week ago, the Philippines eLearing Society invited me to run a webinar for them about effective online teaching for their members. They asked if I could run the event on Friday 8th May at 10AM their time. After a little bit of re-organising of my schedule for that day, I agreed and was planning to run it via my BlueJeans online conference tool which handles up to 200 participants at a time.

They suggested that they may be an issue because there could be up to 2000 teachers interested in joining this session. After I picked myself up from the floor, I agreed to use their Microsoft Teams Events system whoch would handle those sort of numbers.

With so many potential connections, anything could go wrong technically so I decided to create a series of short videos for the participants to stream on their devices and then do Q&A in between each video. This would be a practical example of both synchronous and asynchronous teaching and learning that I could model for them. Adding the wonderful How do you do online teaching clip made by Adobe Education Leader and TAFE QLD educators Kev Lavery into the mix, I had a good 1hr webinar in place.

During the dry run, I was told that 4000 teachers had registered to get access to the recording but because it was a teaching day there would be a considerable drop off.

We ended up with 1,059 teachers live, it was the largest online audience I have ever worked with.

Below are the videos I prepared for this event.

Chapter 1

Key concepts:

  • COVID-19 disruptions forcing a needed change
  • Synchronous online teaching
  • Students as moderators
  • Features of a good synchronous tool
  • Asynchronous online teaching
  • Using an LMS

Chapter 2

Key concepts:

  • Open webcams at the start of a synchronous session
  • Mute mics
  • Record short segment
  • Some unit & school avoid synchronous sessions
  • Q&A & polls
  • Flipped Learning
  • Blooms Taxonomy
  • Seymour Papert
  • Plug into network
  • Use headset
  • Look at your webcam
  • Light behind or to the side of camera
  • Second device for monitoring

Chapter 3

Key concepts

  • Blended learning
  • Open mind set vs closed mind set
  • Video as a literacy
  • Spark Video
  • Premiere Rush
  • Premiere Pro
  • Teacher making their own content

Chapter 4

Kev Lavery’s video  – How do you do online learning?

  • Work smarter not harder
  • Look at the camera
  • Pre-record your own session (10 min max)
  • Divide long presentations into shorter chapters
  • Stream video content from YouTube or Vimeo
  • Use your LMS
  • Use a Spark Page within your LMS
  • Follow an online news format
  • Avoid lots of text
  • Follow copyright
  • Use royalty free images

Chapter 5

Resources

 

I hope you find these helpful.

EduChat with Joel Aarons

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EduChats is a series of interviews with teachers and parents about how they are managing/thriving during the COVID-19 period of isolation and online schooling.

This interview with Joel Aarons.

Joel is from Camberwell South Primary School in Melbourne, Australia. He is a STEM & Media Arts Specialist as well an an Adobe Education Leader.

Podcast link

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Adobe in Edu update for Victorian Teachers

A message for all Victorian friends of Adobe in Education

Podcast link – in case you prefer not to read all the info below

Hi folks

On behalf of the Adobe Education team, I would like to congratulate all Victorian educators for managing this part of the academic year predominantly on-line. I have been so impressed with all the stories I am hearing from Victorian teachers, parents and students about how everyone is managing and (it appears) thriving.

Being Adobe users, there is a good chance that you are taking on the extra responsibility of supporting your colleagues during this time. I was so pleased hear a Victorian primary teacher, who is a member of the Adobe Education Leadership community, say how privileged he is to be in a position to help so many of his colleagues and students at this time.

The Adobe in Education team would like to support you and we have a number of resources that you and your colleagues may find helpful during this time of change. Especially with all Vic DET secondary schools and most ISV and Vic Catholics school as well as many university faculties having access to Adobe tools from home …

Free access to Adobe Creative Cloud at home during COVID -19

Many school systems and universities have taken advantage of the extended complementary access to Adobe CC for BYOD. Click here for a video that explains more and make sure your IT support people are aware of this offer, especially if you don’t already have home access.

Note: To be eligible for this access, your school or university must be a current customer with an active Device, Shared Device License, or Serial Number plan.

Weekly webinars

Join the weekly webinars that I am hosting during the COVID-19 period to help encourage creative and engaging synchronous and asynchronous online teaching and learning experiences.

  • – Wed April 29, 7 PM to 9 PM – Theme: Online & Mobile App Design & development
  • – Thurs May 7, 7 PM to 9.00 PM – Theme: Minecraft & Aero
  • – Thurs May 13, 7 PM to 9.00 PM – Theme: Illustrator, Fuse, Mixamo & Aero
  • – Wed May 20, 7 PM to 9.00 PM – Theme: Video with Rush & Premiere Pro
  • – Tue May 26, 4 PM to 6.30 PM – Theme: Adobe in Education

More to come …

Those who register will receive a reminder email as well as a copy of the recordings that are made during the sessions.

DLTV repeat event

This week, I ran a webinar for DLTV titled – What makes for good online teaching? Because it was book up so quickly, we are having a repeat session on 30 April from 3.45 PM to 5 PM – https://dltv.vic.edu.au/event-3808145

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Vic DET teachers – Digital Learning Services newsletter

Last week, the Digital Learning Services team from The Victorian Department of Education and Training sent out their newsletter which featured a link to this Adobe Spark  Page with lots of resources for all teachers.

Adobe Captivate – free for 90 days

Adobe have recently announced that they are offering Adobe Captivate for free to teachers for 90 days. Click here to find out more. (https://bit.ly/free-captivate-2020)

Adobe Connect – free for 90 days

Adobe Connect is a preferred online synchronous tool for many educators because is it a learning & teaching platform rather than a conferencing system. It is also free for 90 days during the COVID-19 isolation period. Click here for a teacher user guide on Adobe Connect. (https://bit.ly/adobe-connect-userguide20)

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EduTips

A new set of Adobe EduTips have been posted on CreateEdu TV recently to help teachers and students learn how to use a range of Adobe applications such as Adobe Spark, Character Animator and Photoshop.

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STEM 2020 On Demand Conference

Sir Ken Robinson is keynoting at the STEM 2020 On Demand Conference which is starting next week and being organised by the NSW Department of Education but open to all educators. I also will have a presentation at this free event which starts next Monday and will be available for about 30 days. You do need to register to see the content. (https://stem2020.com.au/)

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EduChats

Two Victorian teachers are the first to feature in a new podcast/vodcast series I am hosting called EduChats. You can listen/view and download these chats via https://bit.ly/adobe-educhats

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Keep Being Creative site

The Keep Being Creative site is a new initiative for parents, teachers and students working & studying from home. It aims to provide new digital creativity activities each week. (https://bit.ly/adobe-KBC)

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Book an Adobe Expert

Adobe are offering their enterprise education customers the opportunity for some time online with one of their experts. This could be for an online session with a group of students and their teacher/s or it could be an online professional development event for teachers (minimum of 5). Click here to find out more and book in your class and/or colleagues.

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Adobe Distance Learning Resources

The Adobe Distance Learning Resources site is being updated each week with a range of new courses, articles and blogs including great activities from the Khan Academy  and a new initiative in collaboration with Time Magazine called TIME for kids.

Adobe for Education YouTube Channel

The Adobe for Education YouTube Channel is also being regularly updated with video resources, talks and webinars.

ACL program

How are you going with your Adobe Education Exchange points? If you have 300 or more, you qualify to apply to become an Adobe Campus Leader which is a stepping stone to becoming  an Adobe Education Leader. Note that both of these programs provide you with your one personal full version of the Adobe Creative Cloud and many more benefits.

Please share all of the above resources with your colleagues and wider education networks.

Contact the Adobe in Education team

STEM2020 – On Demand

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I just downloaded the STEM 2020 On Demand Conference  (Strategies for a Rapidly Changing World) app and scanned through the speaker list. I am very honoured to be listed with such an amazing presenters like Sir Ken Robinson, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki AO, Dr Jordan Nguyen, Adam Spencer and many more.

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It is going to be an amazing event and it is open to all educators everywhere.

On Demand Content Available: 27 April 2020 to 27 May 2020

Registration: Click to register

EduChat with Michelle Dennis

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EduChats is a series of interviews with teachers and parents about how they are managing/thriving during the COVID-19 period of isolation and online schooling.

This interview with Michelle Dennis is the first in the series.

Michelle is from Strathcona Baptist Girls Grammar School in Melbourne, Australia. She is Strathcona’s  Head of Digital Learning and Innovation and also an Adobe Education Leader.

One of the key resources Michelle talks about is the Co-Video Festivalhttp://www.co-videofestival.com/ an initiative for Girls’ Schools during COVID-19

Podcast link

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