Meeting Peggy Grande – Personal Assistant to President Ronald Reagan

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On my recent flight from LA to Melbourne I had the pleasure of sitting next to the amazing Peggy Grande who was traveling to Australia to keynote a series of conference events for Executive Assistance. I naturally asked her about her experience as an EA and she started to tell me about her life as the personal assistant to USA President Ronald Reagan during his time as past President from 1989 to 1999.

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Peggy has written a book about her time with President Reagan titled The President Will See You Now and she is regularly asked to speak at conferences, seminars and a range of media networks across the globe about her experiences and reflections of the Reagan years.

She was delighted to hear about the Adobe Education Leaders network and was keen to meet some of the members so I organised a very last minute event with the support of YGAP at the Fest of Merit restaurant in Richmond.

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This was a wonderful opportunity for these educators and leaders to meet with Peggy and discuss US politics, world politics and the education system in the US and Australia and how we are preparing young people for the future.

Peggy was gracious enough to do a video interview with me prior to the dinner about the importance of encouraging creativity.

Creativity @ Marymede

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I enjoyed working with a group of talented educators at Marymede Catholic College this week, sharing with them some of the recent developments in the world of Adobe in Education.

Most of these teachers were experienced Adobe users so we were able to achieve a lot in a short space of time. I was impressed with their Photoshop & Spark skills and was delighted to introduce them to Character Animator.

This was the first of a series of events I am running this year for Victorian Catholic school with the help of Winthrop Australia.

AEL Nth American Summit 2018 – Part 3

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Day 2 of the 2018 Nth American AEL Summit began with a number of participants successfully completing ACA (Adobe Certified Associate) exam qualifications that were offered by Certiport.

Then, after a welcome from Clara Galan, Tricia Lawrence (Adobe’s Senior Community Manager, Customer Care) shared information about the ACP (Adobe Community Professionals) Program and the Tech Wednesday sessions that she manages.

More info about what Trish manages can be found via https://forums.adobe.com/welcome

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We then heard from PR firm Edelman as well as the team from Adobe Social Media. Edelman help manage Adobe’s annual creativity research projects. The Social Media team encouraged us to keep sharing the value of Adobe to our wider social networks.

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Ben Slutter shared the strategy around the Adobe Creative Jams program and how it is being implemented in a number of universities.

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We then had the opportunity for a sneak peak into some new initiatives that may end up as Adobe apps in the future. Some we can’t communicate yet but one that we can is Project Lincoln which featured at Adobe Max 2017. It is a cool way of making info-graphics and visualising data.

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The wonderful Kelly Komode from Michigan finished off the Creative Catalyst Talks with her presentation titled Less Can Be More: Student-Driven Creative Problem Solving.

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A series of short Creative Catalyst Ignite Talks was a clear highlight of this year’s summit. These were led in a TeachMeet style event by Clara Galan and Greg Hodgson.

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Chana Messer from the University Of Southern California was first up with a great presentation titled Telling Your Story with Adobe Spark.

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Phil Badham presented some very interesting insights from the UK with the topic Building Creative Problem Solving in an Educational Age of Assessment and Anxiety.

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Rebecca Hare, Art/Design teacher from Missouri is a new AEL this year and she presented a very engaging Creative Catalyst Ignite Talk titled Re-Thinking Student Work: Creation and Presentation.

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Meredith Blanche, Multimedia & Technology teacher from Seattle, Washington presented the topic Letting Students Learn from Exploration.

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Dan Armstrong, teacher at Ridgevue High School, Nampa, Idaho presented the topic Shaping CTE Pathway with Creative Cloud.

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The amazing Joseph Labrecque from the University Of Denver presented the topic Rethinking Creative Collaborations

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Andrew McAllister from Ocad University in Toronto, Canada presented the topic Revelations Big and Small: Astro and Macro Photography.

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The rest of the day involved a range of focus group, allowing AELs to chat in more depth with Adobe about a range of topics. Then we all split into groups to visit the following neighbouring companies …

  • Pinterest
  • Uber
  • Pereira O’Dell
  • SocioFabrica
  • Google San Francisco
  • Airbnb
  • Remind
  • Clever, &
  • XYZ

The Goldern Gate Tap Room near downtown San Francisco was the venue for our closing dinner.

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Special thank you to Clara Galan (right) and Tacy Trowbridge (left) for leading this amazing international education community and putting together a great AEL Summit.

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I’m already looking forward to next year.

 

AEL Nth American Summit 2018 – Part 2

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Tuesday, July 24th 2018 was the first full day of the Nth American Adobe Education Leaders Summit in San Francisco.

It began with an official welcome from Clara Galan, Adobe’s Global Community Lead, K-12 and Higher Education.

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Then Tacy Trowbridge, Adobe’s Global Education Programs Lead  presented the topic Education Programs: 2018 and beyond. She gave us a greater insight into what has been happening and what is planned globally for Adobe in Education. Tacy also shared some of Adobe’s recent research into how Creative Problem solving is being taught in schools.

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Aubrey Cattell, Adobe’s Vice President and General Manager of Adobe Spark shared about his passion for the way Adobe Spark is making a positive difference for teachers and students across the globe. He also provided an opportunity for the AELs to ask questions about current and future directions for Adobe products in Education.

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Moses Kelany is a multidisciplinary Design and Art Director at Pereira & O’Dell. He spoke to the AELs about some of his projects, including his recent campaign with Coco-Cola and gave us all a perspective on how Adobe tools are being used in the design industry.

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Rosy Capron (Adobe’s Project Manager for the Adobe Certified Associate program) and Ty Kenworthy (from Certiport) shard about the ACA program and its impact.

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Adobe’s Head of Institutional Business World Wide Education, Johann Zimmerman informed us all about the current and future Adobe software licensing arrangements for schools and universities.

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AEL, Nancy Dick, Dean of Instruction at Lake Washington Institute Of Technology in Kirkland, Washington was the first of a series of 30 min Creative Catalyst Talks for the Summit. Hers was titled Equity in Education: Your Work Matters.

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Mark Shufflebottom, Professor of Interaction Design at Sheridan College, Ontario, Canada presented his Creative Catalyst talk titled The Continual Process of UX: Developing UI with Adobe XD.

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Matt Dombrowski, Assistant Professor UCF & Limbitless Solutions in Orlando, Florida gave an inspirational Creative Catalyst Talk about his work with Limbitless who make affordable prosthetic limbs for young people titled Creative Empowerment: Using Creativity to Empower Children.

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We then broke into a series of AEL workshop/presentation breakout sessions including:
  • Art Boards to Animatic by Matthijs Clasener from Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Creativity is The Path: Developing Lessons by Rob Schwartz from West Palm Beach, Florida, USA
  • 3D Animation Set in Outer Space by Emmalee Pearson from Madison, Wisconsin, USA
  • Web and Mobile Design: Adobe XD by Tom Green from Ontario, Canada
  • Creating Animated GIFs by Cindy Schultz from Missoula, Montana, USA
  • Using Creativity to Spark Student Journalism Susan Mango-Curtis from Northwestern University in Illinois, USA
  • Creative Cloud: A Tool for Public Outreach and Education by Seth Chambers from the Center For Advanced Research & Technology, California, USA
  • Global Leadership and Citizenship in the 21st Century by Claudir Segura from Pontificia Universidade Católica De São Paulo, Brazil
  • Refreshing Integrated Projects with Design Thinking by Matt Cauthron from Digital Arts Technology Academy, Cathedral City, California, USA
  • 3D Modeling in Photoshop by Stephen Burns from Otis College Of Art & Design, San Diego, California, USA
  • Best Practices in Online Learning by Greg Hodgson from Edge Gain Ltd, Wilstone, England

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After lunch, the AELs had an opportunity to do some round table discussion sessions with a range of Adobe product managers for existing and future offering from Adobe. Each AEL signs a non-disclosure agreement to keep Adobe secrets safe.

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Then we all took a bus trip to visit the Minnesota Street Project Gallery and artist work-spaces, a unique part of San Francisco that aims to encourage & rejuvenate local artists.

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Day 1 of the Summit concluded at the Mission Rock Resort near the San Francisco harbour.

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Stay tuned for videos from the Summit on CreateEdu TV

AEL Nth American Summit 2018 – Part 1

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The San Francisco city skyline was the backdrop for the opening reception dinner of the 2018 Adobe Education Leaders Summit.

About 80 AELs from around the world have met up in San Francisco to begin this annual pilgrimage.

One of the unique things about this year’s Summit is that it involves three Aussies. Eden Carey from Perth, Chris Betcher from Sydney and yours truly from Melbourne.

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We are looking forward to a week of learning, sharing and lots of fun with some very talented and creative educators.

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Sparking creativity at Woodleigh School – Victoria

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Part of the opening mission statement on the Woodleigh School website states that …

Great education is creative. It is collaborative. It is hard work for just reward.

Last week, I had the pleasure to visit the Penbank campus to work with the Year 5 students as well as a range of Woodleigh teachers on some Adobe Spark & Photoshop activities.

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This was the first time I has seen under 13 year old students successfully access Adobe Spark via their normal school login process. Each Woodleigh student manages their own access to Adobe Creative Cloud software, including the Spark tools, via the Creative Cloud admin app through the Adobe Admin Console (part of the Named User Deployment (NUD) process). This means student under 13 do not need to log into accounts created by their teachers or parents, all authentication is managed in-house. I’m looking forward to when this process is available to all schools.

More info on Spark access via the Adobe Admin Console can be found via – https://spark.adobe.com/edu/

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Adobe Campus Leader Justin de Lacy, is a teacher at Woodleigh and he invited me to spend the day with his Year 5s and colleagues to help share the value of Spark & Photoshop and digital creativity tools.

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I was very impressed with what the students achieved and delighted with the ideas they came up with about how they can use this software.

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The teachers at the after-school professional learning  session were just as delightful as the students. Some of theme had been using a number of Adobe applications over the years, and others were new to what Adobe had to offer.

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Keynoting at St Aloysius College

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St Aloysius College in Nth Melbourne asked me to be the closing keynote presenter for their staff day at the start of Semester 2.

The Principal Mary Farah asked me to talk about getting students ready for the future workplace which is currently a pet topic of mine and links nicely to Adobe’s research in the fostering of creative problem solving in education.

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We spent a bit of time breaking down the skills globally identified as most important to creative solving problem and what emphasis they are playing in today’s curricula.

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It is somewhat staggering to see the contrast between what is considered important life long skills and the lack of time spent on them in the education process.

More info on this research can be found via – http://cps.adobeeducate.com/

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The resources I shared with these teachers can be found on the Adobe Education Exchange via – http://bit.ly/adobe-StAloysius18