Enhancing creativity at Camberwell South Primary School

It was delightful to be invited by Adobe Education Leader Joel Aarons to visit his school Camberwell South Primary in Melbourne for a special Adobe Day focused on enhancing creativity with Adobe Express.

Joel organised a rotation of workshops and presentations for all students from Years 3 to 6 followed by a special professional learning event after school.

Student workshop topics included creating meams with Adobe Express, web pages with Spark Page on the iPad and video stories with Spark Video on the iPad.

The teacher session involved looking at the importance of encouraging creativity as a skill to thrive in the future and we went hands-on with Adobe Express to build an info-graphic and short video highlighting important skills to teach students.

I’d like to thank Joel for organising this special Adobe Day. The Victorian Department of Education and Training provide Adobe applications for all of their secondary schools and a number of selected primary schools. It is always a pleasure to share the value of these amazing digital creativity tools with Victorian teachers and students.


Join a coming online Adobe TeachMeets session to learn more about how to use your Adobe tools in a wide range of curriculum areas. Workshop breakouts are available for those new to Adobe and those who are regular users.

Inject Creativity Live – Episode 63

Episode 63 of the Inject Creativity Live show features Adobe Education Leader and recent Global Teacher prize finalist Steven Kolber who shared the role of challenge and competition within teaching.

This episode also features an Adobe Express demo of one of the PDF quick actions and a promotion for the coming APAC Adobe Education Summit.

Enjoy the show …

Have a look at Erin’s summary of this episode.

Stay tuned for Episode 65 with special guest Scott Millar (CEO of BOP Industries) sharing how learning Adobe tools at school helped him. This will be available on the Adobe for Education YouTube Channel next week.

Click here to find out more about the Adobe Creative Educator program.

Join the next set of Adobe TeachMeets on May 25 & 26

Click here to keep up to date with coming Adobe in Education events.



Inject Creativity Live – Episode 62

Episode 62 of the Inject Creativity Live show was recently recorded with special guest presenter Craig Nicholls who is an Adobe Creative Educator and the Director of Digital Learning at Melbourne Girls Grammar. Craig shared the importance of the place of micro-learning in skill acquisition.

This episode also features an Adobe Express demo with the PDF creation quick action and a promotion for the coming APAC Adobe Education Summit.

Enjoy the show

Have a look at Erin’s summary of this episode

Stay tuned for Episode 63 with special guest Steven Kolber from Vic DET sharing about the role of challenge and competition within teaching. This will be available on the Adobe for Education YouTube Channel next week.

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.



Meeting with the Global Adobe Education Team

I was known as OG (Old Gangster – more realistically Old Guy) when the global Adobe Education Team met in San Francisco last week. With a group of outstanding new education experts representing all regions of Nth America, it was a great opportunity to connect with wider global team members for four days of intensive training, fun and lots of avocado.

The first two days involved training with just the Adobe K-12 Education Evangelist and Community team getting to know each other, sharing resources and planning. We were joined in the final two days by the wider Adobe Education Higher Ed, Sales, Marketing, Support and Product teams.

It has been great to see the growth and focus that Adobe has had on Education since I joined the team back in 2013. What was a small team back then has developed into a major force within this international software juggernaut.

The highlight for me was catching up friends and colleagues who I have known for years as well as meeting new team members who have recently joined.

It is a real privilege to be working with these guys and helping to share the value of Adobe’s amazing digital creativity tools with students and teachers around the globe and striving for our mission to inspire and empower the next generation to be lifelong creators.


Register for the APAC Adobe Education Summit where you will hear from the global Adobe Edu team and local teachers who are making a very positive difference with Adobe tools in the classroom.

https://adobe.ly/apac-edu-summit22


Big Day In is Back – Brisbane

About 400 students from schools all around Brisbane, visited the University of Queensland earlier today for the first face to face Big Day In events for a long time.

It was a delight to share the importance of creativity as a vital skill to thrive in the future based on research from the World Economic Forum and provide the students with examples of how they can enhance their digital creativity skills with the help from the many Adobe apps available in most schools.

Adobe & ACS event in Brisbane

The very innovative River City Labs Precinct (home of the Australian Computer Society in Brisbane) was the venue for a special face to face and online (hybrid) professional learning event for about 12 teachers face to face and about 20 online.

The focus was on the way creativity can be enhanced and developed with Adobe’s low-lift and high impact applications such as the new Adobe Creative Cloud Express for Education (formally known as Adobe Spark) Premiere Rush and Adobe XD.

I would like to thank Brisbane based Adobe Education Leader Nalin Naidoo for helping assist the teachers in the room and online throughout this all day event.

I would also like to thank Matthew Jorgensen and Jason Cooper from the Australian Computer Society for helping to organisite and manage this event.

Feedback results were very pleasing with 94% agreeing that the content was relevant and useful and that they would recommend a similar session to their peers.

Key comments

  • Really well organised and great central location. Thanks so much Tim and the crew!
  • Excellent opportunity
  • Loved my first face to face PD in 3 years! Yah!
  • Easy step by step instruction and friendly facilitator

Adobe Education – Australasian Newsletter – April, 2022

Keep Wednesday 28th September free in your calendar for the …

The APAC Adobe Education Summit is the pinnacle event in APAC for any teacher interested in the use of Adobe applications and resources in the classroom, with a focus on K-12. Let your colleagues and wider education networks know about this hybrid event with an expected large online audience via Vimeo Livestream. We are delighted to announce that Dr Tim Patston will be the keynote presenter. Dr Patston is Australia’s leading researcher and consultant in the field of Creativity and Innovation in Education. 

Register your interest



Short film/animation competition

Registrations for the 2022 re-generation short film competition closed on April 15 however we are accepting registrations of interest up until all films need to be in on May 13 so get in quick and organise your students groups. So far, we have about 30 schools and close to 1,600 students registered.

Find out more

This film competition is a part of the larger re-generation youth festival 2022, is a celebration and think-fest to empower young Victorians with the inspiration, motivation and tools to be the change they want to see in the world. Discover the school excursion program and as well as the Start-Up Pitch Competition and get your Victorian students involved.

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Adobe TeachMeets – May 25 & 26

Adobe TeachMeets are a unique online professional learning opportunity for teachers at any level, in any curriculum area and with lots or no experience with Adobe. Each session has up to 5 workshop breakout opportunities led by Adobe Education Leaders with small groups so you can have quality and in-depth practical experience with either a low-lift or professional Adobe application.

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National Education Summit – Melbourne & Brisbane

Adobe is proud to be involved in the 2022 National Education Summits planned for Brisbane & Melbourne.

Find out more about the Melbourne event on June 17 & 18 and the Brisbane event on August 5 & 6.

Have a read of Dr Kitchen’s article about Creativity in Education that was published in advance of these conference events.

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Innovation in Education Festival

Adobe is proud to recommend you get involved with the Innovation in Education Festival online or in person in Brisbane or Perth. These events bring together educators, entrepreneurs and industry to explore the future of education.

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EduTECH 2022

Adobe is a Gold Sponsor of the 2022 EduTECH Conference which will be held as a face to face event in Melbourne on August 10 & 11. Sign up for the Adobe presentation and workshop and make sure you visit the Adobe stand and say ‘hi’ in person to the Adobe Education Team.

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Inject Creativity Live – YouTube show

Make sure you view Episode 60 of the Inject Creativity Live Show featuring Adobe Education Leaders Juliette Bentley sharing how CC Express can be used to help document and provide evidence of supporting students with disabilities. Episode 61 is with Mark Woszczalski from TAFE NSW who shared a simple look at Adobe After Effects.

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DigiSkills events for Victorian schools

The Adobe and Microsoft Education teams are running a series of professional learning events for Victorian teachers to help share the value of a range of their digital creativity and productivity tools and how they are being used to enhance teaching and learning in any subject area.

Dates & venues

  • Vermont Secondary College – Thurs May 12, 2022
  • Parkdale Secondary College – Tue May 17, 2022
  • Somerville Secondary College – Tue June 14, 2022
  • Frankston High School – Tue Aug 23, 2022
  • Upper Yarra Secondary College – Mon Aug 22, 2022

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Adobe Creative Cloud Express resource

Explore the various short video & PDF tutorials based on the new Adobe Creative Cloud Express collection of low-lift and high-impact tools.

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Design unforgettable climate change posters with Adobe Creative Cloud Express.

Whether you’re a leading environmentalist hosting a lecture on climate change or you’re a science teacher looking to showcase some infographics in your classroom, Creative Cloud Express is here to help you spread awareness of climate change. Explore professionally designed templates and customize them to perfection based on your needs. Print out your poster at home, with a printer, or send it digitally to your audience. It’s as easy as choosing a template, customizing, and sharing.

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Are you ready to join the Adobe Creative Educator community?

We’ve updated our popular self-paced course with remixable templates and activities to help you master creativity in the classroom. Enroll now to earn PD credit and join our global community.

Enrol here

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Supercharge your lesson planning with our Khan + Adobe curriculum

Our library of 100+ teaching resources brings Khan Academy content together with Adobe creative tools — and each resource can easily be adapted to fit any classroom or lesson plan.

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Explore remixable templates to help students make a difference in their communities

Inspire students to raise their voices about the environmental and social issues that matter most with our collection of beautiful, easy-to-use remixable templates.

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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.

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Inject Creativity Live – Episode 60

Episode 60 of the Inject Creativity Live show was recorded last night with special guest presenter Juliette Bentley who is the current Adobe Master Teacher for APAC. Juliette shared how Adobe Creative Cloud Express can be used to help archive and present evidence for the NCCD (Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability) to help ensure students with disabilities are able to access and participate in education on the same basis as their peers.

This episode also featured a demo on on the new shapes tools within CC Express, a promo for the current Re-gen international short film competition, info on the April 20 Adobe & ACS hybrid PL event and the new set of DigiSkills days for Victorian teachers with Adobe & Microsoft.

Enjoy the show …

Have a look at Erin’s summary of this episode which features links shared by Juliette.

Stay tuned for Episode 61 with special guest Mark Woszczalski from TAFE NSW sharing some fun with After Effects. This will be available on the Adobe for Education YouTube Channel next Wednesday 13th April.

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.

Creativity with Albert Park College

I was delighted to be invited to present a keynote and two workshops at the 2022 Albert Park College (APC) staff conference that was focused on Creativity in Education.

APC is an inner-Melbourne government school that opened in 2010 with only a handful of staff and students and has grown into one of Victoria’s most well regarded and highest performing schools with close to 1,500 students and three campuses.

Foundation Principal Steven Cook leads a passion team of educators and support staff that really drive the school’s values of Lead, Create, Inspire.

Each year, Steven and his team run special conference event for all teaching and non-teaching staff that involves arriving at the venue (in this case the beautiful RACV County Club & Resort in Healesville) on a Sunday, staying overnight and making the most of a student free day on the Monday.

Some of the teachers who have only worked at APC thought all schools did this for their staff.

Keynote presenters this year included Alex Wadelton(Creativity Evangelist, Co-founder The Right-brain Workout, Co-founder/Creative Director at Silver Lining Agency), Associate Professor Neryl Jeanneret Artistic and Creative Education expert from The University of Melbourne and myself.

I’m looking forward to continuing to work with the staff and students at APC in the near future.

Inject Creativity Live – March 23, 2022

(If you are looking for the March edition of the Australasian Adobe in Edu newsletter, click here)

The Inject Creativity Live show recorded on 23rd March, 2022 is available to watch in two parts.

Part 1 features Adobe Education Leader Adrian Bruch sharing ways Photoshop can be used to colour illustrations and transform graphics with the new Neural filters.

Part 2 features the amazing Peter Hutton from Future Schools who spoke about educational professionals setting themselves as part of a progression rather than employees out a particular school. He also shared about his new book – Turning Around A Troubled School : A journey of school renewal.

Both parts also feature information about a number of key Adobe in Education resources and active use programs including this new short film comp for K-12 schools in ANZ & SEA.

Part 1

Part 2

Here is Erin’s summary Spark Page which features links to Peter Hutton’s new book – Turning Around A Troubled School : A journey of school renewal

The next episode is planned to be recorded on Thursday 7th April 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.

Note the special hybrid Adobe in Education event on April 20 in partnership with the Australian Computer Society.

Join the next Adobe TeachMeet event and encourage your colleagues to get involved via – https://adobe.ly/teachmeets