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

Right-click and save the above link to download the podcast

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

Right-click and save the above link to download the podcast

​Adobe in Education update – April 2020

Audio Podcast of this post

Some of you are starting Term 2 this week and others are preparing for what will be a very unusual teaching experience combining a mix of face to face with online synchronous and asynchronous teaching and learning. As a member of the Adobe Education Exchange, there is a good chance that you are also seen as digital leaders among your peers. Many of whom are likely to be struggling with all the changes and the sudden reliance on technology that may have been avoided in the past.

Some can’t wait till this is disruption is over. Others are saying that this is the change that we have been calling for and that education will never be the same again – in a good way. One leading educator recently said in a podcast – “we have finally got education to move not only into the 20th century but into the 21st century.”

The Adobe in Education team have a number of resources that you and your colleagues may find helpful during this time of change …

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 & face to face teaching and learning experiences. Tomorrow’s theme is sound & video and our guest host will be Mark Woszczalski from TAFE NSW.

  • April 15, 7PM to 9PM (AEST) – Theme: Video & Audio online
  • April 22, 7PM to 9PM (AEST) – Theme: AR, VR & 3D online
  • April 29, 7PM to 9PM (AEST) – Theme: Online & Mobile App Design & development
  • May 7, 7PM to 9.00PM (AEST) – Theme: Minecraft & Aero
  • May 13, 7PM to 9.00PM (AEST) – 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 session.

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 weekly digital creativity activities.

EduTips

A new set of Adobe EduTips have been posted recently to help teachers and students learn how to use a range of Adobe applications.

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.

Adobe Distance Learning Resources

The Adobe Distance Learning Resources site is being updated each week with a rage of new courses, articles and blogs.

Adobe for Education YouTube Channel

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

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.

ACL program

If you do find you have extra time on your hands at the moment, why not use this opportunity to earn enough Adobe Education Exchange points to apply for the Adobe Campus Leader program. The ACL program is a stepping stone to becoming an Adobe Education Leader.

Congratulations Craig Daalmeijer-Power

I would like to congratulate Adobe Education Leader Craig Daalmeijer-Power from TAFE NSW who has been internationally recognised as AEL Contributing Educator for the month of April!