Adobe Max – what not to miss this week …

Adobe’s biggest annual creativity event is online, live and free this week.

Education @ Max (Education stream)

Here is what not to miss in Australasian times …

Register here

Wed, October 21st

  • 11:00 AM to 12.30 PM (AEDT)
  • 8.00 AM to 9.30 AM (WA & South East Asia)
  • 10.30 AM to 12.00 PM (SA)
  • 10.00 AM to 11.30 AM (QLD)
  • 1.00 PM to 2.30 PM (NZ)

Adobe Max Keynote


  • Shantanu Narayen , Chairman, President & CEO, Adobe
  • Scott Belsky, Chief Product Officer and EVP, Creative Cloud, Adobe
  • Conan O’Brien, Writer, Producer, Comedian
  • Samantha Shoushtari, Content Operations Manager, Adobe
  • Stephanie Au-Chan, Group Product Manager, Creative Cloud, Adobe
  • Eric Snowden, Vice President of Design, Digital Media, Adobe
  • Terry White, Principal Worldwide Design and Photography Evangelist, Adobe
  • Khoi Vinh, Senior Director of Product Design, XD, Adobe
  • Kyle Webster, Senior Design Evangelist, Creative Cloud Product Marketing, Adobe
  • Jason Levine, Principal Worldwide Creative Cloud Evangelist, Adobe

Video in the Spotlight

12.30 PM to 1.00 PM (AEDT)

A session celebrating Asia Pacific video and film creators

  • Paul Trani, Principal Worldwide Evangelist, Adobe
  • Taika Waititi, Director
  • DPR Ian, Musician & Film Director
  • John Huang, Animator, Filmmaker and Content Creator, Counter656

The art of photography: Desktop & mobile

1.00 PM to 2.15 PM (AEDT)

An inspirational hour of luminary talks and an expanded Photoshop demo. Special guests include: 

  • Celebrated photographer Annie Leibovitz in a conversation with Adobe’s Principal Digital Imaging Evangelist Julieanne Kost* 
  • Photographer Charmaine Poh, who uses narrative portraiture to advocate for marginalised communities in Asia, including the LGBT community and single mothers. She discusses why and how she uses her art to shine a light on sensitive topics in society. 
  • Wildlife photographer Sudhir Shivaram, on how he combines technical and creative skills to capture the wildlife of India
  • Elaine Li, award winning art director and photographer from Hong Kong now living in Sydney, will share insights and tips for aspiring creative professionals and photographers

From blank screen to brilliant – session 1

2.15 PM to 3.00 PM (AEDT)

Special guests include: 

  • Wade Jeffree and Leta Sobierajski. This creative couple known as Wade and Leta, discuss how they combine purposeful eclecticism and performative design to create emotional visuals, utilising all disciplines. 
  • Internationally recognised Australian creative director Chris Doyle from Christopher Doyle & Co. in a conversation with Sarah Nguyen, Head of Product at Streamtime, and writer and editor at Re, Jane Duru, will explore the processes and structures required to create a workplace culture that allows people to do their most creative work. 

Infinite Possibilities with Photoshop

2.30 PM to 3.00 PM (AEDT)

Come join this Photoshop class with digital artist Rames Harikrishnasamy as he shows how you can master some of the coolest features in Photoshop.

You’ll learn:

  • Better ways to make quick selections fast
  • How to remove and change backgrounds
  • Image composition
  • How to apply color grading in minutes

Inject Creativity Live – Adobe Max session

  • 6.30 PM to 8.15 PM (AEDT)
  • 3.30 PM to 5.15 AM (WA & South East Asia)
  • 6.00 PM to 7.45 PM (SA)
  • 5.30 AM to 7.15 AM (QLD)
  • 8.30 PM to 10.15 PM (NZ)

Live via the following social channels – YouTube, Twitter/Periscope, LinkedIn & Facebook (closed group)

More information & reminder registration here

This live event will be hosted by Dr Tim Kitchen and Cara Galan from the Adobe Education Team. It will feature highlight from Max day 1 and much more.

Thurs, October 22nd

11:00 AM to 12.30 PM (AEDT)

From Blank Screen to Brilliant – Session 2

Special guests include: 

  • Josh Dykgraaf, an expert in photo manipulation. Josh will share a recent series of work featuring photo manipulations of Animalia, created from his landscape photography and images of Australian flora. He’ll discuss the importance of thinking like a photographer and shooting your own material to create compelling and effective photo manipulation.
  • Artist Divya Thakur, a powerhouse in design thinking, product, and practice. Hear about her creative journey and the paths she’s travelled to become a critical force in shaping taste and trend.

MAX Sneaks

Get a sneak peek into what’s brewing in Adobe Research! Adobe engineers give a first look at potential future technologies that may or may not make it into upcoming versions of Adobe products. This year’s Sneaks will be co-hosted by talk show host, best-selling author, and comedian Chelsea Handler, along with Adobe’s Paul Trani, Senior Creative Cloud Evangelist.

Friday, October 23rd

1.30 PM 2.00 PM (AEDT)

Adobe Max ancillary Edu Community Event

Building Student Voice in a Distance Learning Classroom

Live on the Adobe for Education YouTube Channel

Moderator: Dr Tim Kitchen


  • Dr Max Schleser
  • Juliette Bentley

Adobe in Education Update – October, 2020

This update features information on:

  • Adobe Max
  • Adobe at EduTech
  • Level 2 of the Adobe Creative Educators Program
  • New access to Adobe Creative Cloud for NSW DoE teachers
  • New Inject Creativity Live events, and more …

Adobe Max

Adobe Max is Oct 21 to 23 (APAC Dates). Usually a very expensive event in LA, this year Adobe Max is free and online from October 21 – 23 (APAC dates). Make plans to join us for a uniquely immersive and engaging digital experience, guaranteed to inspire. Three full days of luminary speakers, celebrity appearances, musical performances, global collaborative art projects, and 350+ sessions. All at no cost and all about digital creativity.

Click here to see what not to miss & when

Key education sessions at Adobe Max

Khan Academy and the Power of Video for Learning

Join Adam Green from Khan Academy’s content and curriculum team as he discusses the important role of video in teaching and learning, especially for flipped classrooms or distance learning.

Bringing Storytelling to the Classroom with Pixar in a Box

Join a discussion on the incredible, free Pixar in a Box and Imagineering in a Box curricula. Elyse Klaidman, X in a Box CEO, and Dennis Henderson, X in a Box Advisor and Manchester Charter School Deputy CEO, will walk you through how to use these resources in your classroom.

Adobe Max Live Ancillary events

The Adobe Education ancillary events will supplement the Adobe MAX pre-recorded conference programming.

These will be live via the Adobe for Education YouTube Channel throughout Max. Note the special live Student Voice session on Oct 22 at 1.30 PM (AEDT) with Juliette Bentley and Dr Max Schleser

  • 12.30 PM (AEST for QLD)
  • 10.30 PM for WA & South East Asia
  • 3.30 PM for NZ

Adobe at EduTech 2020

EduTech is virtual this year on November 9 & 10, coming to you live, wherever you are. Adobe is sponsoring again, so please visit our virtual booth, check out the Adobe video channel and book in for the special Inject Creativity Live breakout session starting at 12.10 PM (AEDT) on Nov 10.

Adobe Creative Educators Program – Level 2

We have recently launched level 2 of the Adobe Creative Educators Program. So far, about 500 teachers from the Australasian region have started or completed level 1 by doing the Creativity for All course on the Adobe Education Exchange. This course is all about understanding the power of creativity, why it matters, and how to leverage it in your teaching to help prepare students with 21st Century skills they need to succeed. 

Level 2, is about planning for creativity through instructional design. There is a separate free course for both K-12 and Higher Education teachers.

New access to Adobe Creative Cloud for NSW DoE teachers

As Term 4 commences for NSW, the Department of Education has introduced a new way to access the Adobe Creative Cloud applications. A single sign on (SSO) process now (for the first time) provides all NSW DoE Primary & Secondary students and teachers with access to the amazing Adobe Spark tools and other tools like Rush and XD. Previously, these tools were not accessible in schools. More information and instructions can be found on the NSW DoE T4L Adobe resources site.

Click here for a new set of Adobe Premiere Rush video editing tutorials for students and teachers. Ideal for NSW DoE students and teachers who now have access to Rush at their schools.

Stats & impacts

Key Adobe Education Exchange stats by October 12, 2020:

  • Global members – 888,432 (increase of 137,714 in 2020)
  • APAC members – 140,545 (increase of 35,238 in 2020)
  • ANZ members – 42,434 (increase of 6,821 in 2020)
  • Australia members – 37,409 (increase of 6,011 in 2020)

Key 2020 Adobe in Education event stats by October 12:

  • Total number of events = 168 (148 online & 20 face to face)
  • Total direct student impacts = 5,896
  • Total direct teacher impacts = 9,649
  • Total impact = 15,545

Find out more about some of the great Adobe in Education events that have happened in the Australasia region via Dr Tim Kitchen’s online journal

A highlight was the 2020 APAC Adobe Education Summit which involved about 500 teachers from across the region and about 50 presenters. Catch up on some of the recordings.

Inject Creativity Live

Inject Creativity Live is starting again on Wednesday October 21at 6.30 PM (AEDT) with a special Adobe Max edition. It will be running every second Wednesday until December 16.

  • Oct 21 – Theme: Adobe Max
  • Nov 4 – Theme: Spark your Career with Dom Traynor Adobe Evangelist from the UK
  • Nov 18 – Theme: Adobe in the Curriculum with Adobe Education Leader Juliette Bentley
  • Dec 2 – Theme: Great students films & Drawings with Adobe Education Leaders Andrew On Yi Lai & Joel Aarons
  • Dec 16 – Theme: Animated infographics & Adobe XD with Adobe Education Leader Jason Carthew

Register here for a reminder prior to each event and a copy of the recording after each event.

New Digital Literacy Course on EdEx

We are excited to announce that the Cultivating Digital Literacy course and badge is now live and accessible on Adobe’s Education Exchange!  This course provides professional development for educators in all curriculum areas, making it easy for them to assign projects and assignments that include the use of Creative Cloud applications.

Skill finder – Upskill yourself

Skill finder is an initiative Adobe have have led with government and other tech companies to help to up-skill Australia during the Covid recovery. Skill finder is a marketplace that connects people with a range of free learning opportunities.

Please share this resource with your colleagues, students and anyone you know who may be keen to add some micro-credentials and new skills to their repertoire.

New Creative Jam Opportunity for Higher Ed Students

We’re excited to share that there will be another education Creative Jam in November! This time, ANZ students will have the opportunity to compete against students in the United States and Canada!

Click here for more details & registration information.

Bastow Institute of Educational Leadership – Creativity event

On October 19, we are running a special online event with the Bastow Institute of Educational Leadership titled Creativity in Education with Adobe. This is fully subsidised for Victorian Department of Education Teachers and is focused on Enhance creativity in your school using modern communication tools. Click here for more information and registration.

Independent Schools Victoria

Note the following online workshops that Adobe is running with ISV in November & December:

Sparking creativity into the curriculum with Adobe

  • Session 1:  Thursday 12 November 2020, 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM (AEDT)
  • Session 2:  Thursday 3 December 2020, 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM 

Taking video production to the next level with Adobe

  • Session one:      Wednesday 11 November 2020, 10.00 AM to 12:30 PM
  • Session two:      Wednesday 2 December 2020, 10.00 AM to 12.30 PM

Digital learning and Teaching Victoria

Adobe is an industry partner with Digital learning and Teaching Victoria (DLTV). 

Note the following DLTV online Adobe workshop:

Click here to access the current DLTV Member’s Journal, due to COVID they are providing it to educators as a free resource focused on remote learning. Take special note of the article on pages 16-19. 

DLTV are also offering free membership and DigiTech Community Grants just visit their website. 

All DLTV’s webinars are free and available at their YouTube channel

Key K-12 Curriculum resource

Multimedia biography by Dr Monica Burns

Click here to access this lesson plan that empowers students to bring research about a historical figure to life by creating a presentation with Adobe Spark Page.

Key Higher Ed Curriculum resource

Video resume by Rachel Bryson

Click here to access this 2-hour project that challenges students to concisely and effectively communicate their experience, skills, and goals to prospective employers.

Australasian Adobe Education Community Facebook Group

Click here to join the Australasian Adobe Education Community Facebook Group and get first hand updates on the Adobe in Education program.

Keep being creative!

uLearn 2020

Like with most conferences in 2020, the New Zealand based uLearn event was held this week as an online event.

It was nice to be back involved in this conference with a session on Spark Video.

As well as a session on Premiere Rush.

Most of the teachers were new to both of these video editing applications and seemed to appreciate the opportunity to be introduced to these simple, yet powerful, digital story telling tools.

A range of Spark and Rush tutorials are available via the Adobe EduTips site.

Creative Challenge Day – APAC Adobe Education Summit

Day 3 of the 2020 APAC Adobe Education Summit was a Creative Challenge Day for Adobe Education Leaders as members of the new Adobe Creative Educators Program.

The challenge was to work online in a team to produce either one of the following solutions and showcase the product.

  • A Spark solution (Featuring a Spark Page with a Spark Video and at least one embedded Spark Post)
  • An App design solution (Made with XD and any other Adobe application)
  • A video solution (Made with any Adobe video solution other than Spark Video)

The problem to solve

In 2015, the United Nations established 17 interconnected Sustainable Development Goals that need to be achieved by 2030 to produce a better future for our globe. The problem is that, because of the COVID pandemic, the media have stopped talking about these goals and their importance is being lost in schools, universities and in the wider community.

The challenge was to promote one of these goals during a 2 minute online showcase presentation with the group via the chosen solution (Spark, App design or Video).

Web page solution samples – Adobe Spark

Click the image to see the site
Click the image to see the site

App solution sample – Adobe XD

Click the image to see the app

Video solution samples

APAC Adobe Education Summit – Day 2

Day 2 of the APAC Adobe Education Summit was open to any educator and we ending up with close to 450 teachers in and out during the day via various social media channels, Vimeo Live and Livestream.

Teachers registered for this event from every state and territory in Australia, from New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, India, Japan, El Salvador, USA, UK, Jordan and Oman. All with a common interest in enhancing digital creativity in their classrooms. 

The Global Adobe Education Team

My co-host on the Inject Creativity Live show, Erin Ratheke joined me for this day to help do the introductions and the first set of presentation were like an extended version of our weekly show.

Clara Galán

Clara stayed up very late (Barcelona time) to do her session outlining a range of Adobe in Education programs with a focus on the new Adobe Creative Educators Program.

Click here to see Clara’s presentation

Ben Forta

Ben Forta is Adobe’s Senior Director of Education Initiatives and spends a considerable amount of time teaching, talking, and writing about creativity and digital literacy and the future of education, and provides feedback to help shape the future direction of Adobe products. Ben manages the global Adobe Education evangelists.

Click here for Ben’s presentation.

Tanya Avrith

Tanya Avrith is Adobe’s Education Evangelist for Nth America. It was delightful to have her join us for this event and she shared a range of programs and opportunities that he helps to manage that teachers from around the globe can access.

Matt Neimitz

Matt Neimitz founded and leads the Adobe Education Exchange, the first community platform for teaching and learning Adobe applications. Matt has grown the Education Exchange to equip hundreds of thousands of educators with the skills and resources they need to help their students be more creative.

Tacy Trowbridge

Tacy Trowbridge is Adobe’s Global Education Programs Lead. She presented some new research findings from Adobe.

Click here to see Tacy’s presentation.

Garima Babbar

Garima Babbar is Head of Education Initiatives in India. She recently ran the Adobe Education Leaders Summit in India with over 3000 educators in India. It was great to hear about the education initiatives coming out of India.

Creative Catalyst Talks

Creative Catalyst Talks are short, inspiring and practical presentation by Adobe Education Leaders from all over the globe.

Chiho Nakagawa – from Tokyo Japan

Raise Independent Learners

Click here for Chiho’s presentation.

Monique Gaudin

Monique Gaudin is an Adobe Education Leader and the Project Facilitator at Career & Technical Education – Clark County School District in Las Vegas, Nevada She presented the topic – Learn how to use Spark to quickly create elements to enhance the branding, content and appeal of your online class.  

Click here for Monique’s presentation

Joel Aarons

Adobe Education Leader Joel Aarons is a primary teacher in Melbourne were most of this year has been about teaching remotely due to strict lock-down laws in Victoria. Joel’s presentation is titled Pushing the Boundaries of Creativity in Primary Years.

Click here for Joel’s presentation.

Adrian Bruch

Adrian Bruch is the Department Coordinator for Animation and Design at SAE Creative Media Institute, Melbourne. A leading-edge multimedia professional, with over thirty years experience in creating interactive content and digital publishing, Adrian has been an independent filmmaker and animator, working on independent films in Australia and Hollywood,  

His presentation for the 2020 Summit was titled Using Acrobat to do reflective journals as part of a creative practice. 

Click here for Adrian’s presentation

Diana Keeler

Diana Keeler is an Adobe Education Leader and the Manager of Digital Production at Occidental College in Los Angeles, California. An Experienced Digital Production Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. Diana is skilled in a wide range of Adobe applications. The topic of her Creative Catalyst talk was At Home or In the Classroom: Teaching Tips Learned from Quarantine.

Click here for Diana’s presentation

Dr Max Schleser

Adobe Education Leader Dr Max Schleser is a Senior Lecturer in Film and Television at Swinburne University of Technology, the first University in the APAC region to become an Adobe Creative Campus. This means that every staff member and every student throughout the University has free access to the Adobe Creative Cloud applications. Swinburne have employed staff and students to help drive active use of Adobe tools throughout the university to help enhance overall digital literacy and communication skills in all faculty areas. 

Max’s presentation is titled Exploring limitations as a creative opportunity.

Click here for Max’s presentation.

Abhimanyu Basu

An international educator for over twenty-four years, Abhimanyu Basu is an Adobe Education Leader and the Dean of Academics at DAIS Mumbai. His experience includes being a Teacher, Senior Examiner, Workshop Leader and Presenter at Conferences. Abhimanyu presentation was titled Our journey as a school during COVID 19

Click here for Abhimanyu’s presentatin

Chris Betcher

Chris Betcher is an AEL Emeritus, one of only two in the APAC region. This is a special title Adobe occasionally hand out to Adobe Education Leaders who have been very active in the leadership community but are no longer working in a specific school or education institution.  Chris currently works with the Google Education team. He originally taught visual art for a number of years before discovering his true passion for helping learners work with digital media, the social web and technology in general.  Over a 25+ year career as an educator, he has taught children and adults about computing, graphics, design, video, audio and multimedia creation, web tools and social media, all infused with a strong sense of appropriate use and digital ethics and he regularly present at conferences and workshops in Australia and overseas. Chris’ presentation was titled Always Learning

Click here for Chris’ presentation

David Dodds

From professional motion graphics to character animation, David Dodds holds a strong passion for bringing stories to life. He currently works as a motion graphics artist, and also teaches his craft at UCLA and through his own online learning platform. David’s topic was The new virtual classroom

Click here for David’s presentation


The afternoon involved the following workshop options. Some of them were recorded for access on-demand …



  • I loved the diverse and balanced range of speakers and topics.
  • Engaging with colleagues from across the globe
  • Loved all presenters today- such a variety from the APAC region.
  • Wow, so many. What a great summit.
  • All presenters were excellent.
  • Hearing all of the great things that everyone is doing with Adobe products. Particularly liked the tips for Animate in Brian Chau’s presentation.
  • Chiho’s creative catalyst talk was special – It was a treat to see Adobe tools being used via a different cultural lens.
  • Getting introduced to spark.
  • The diversity of the presenters
  • The Creative Catalyst presentations

Some of the other feedback comments

  • We need to have this happen more often 🙂
  • So good! Tim and other presenters did a great Job today and it was very engaging and informative. Thank you for your collaborative leadership.
  • Everyone is so positive and keen to share their knowledge – what a great team 🙂
  • Craig’s workshops were excellent. I attended his Premiere Pro workshop along with 2 colleagues from Woodleigh – they were very happy with his content, delivery / pace of instruction, and responsiveness to questions.
  • LOVED the way Tim Kitchen and Erin Raethke hosted!
  • Fantastic, energetic and organised. Well done
  • Informative and Exciting!
  • Great being online, would have like an extra hour start time in the morning for W.A., I like the community that is there and building through Adobe Education
  • Thank you so much for this wonderful event.
  • Thanks Tim and Erin. I really enjoyed hosting the workshop on Adobe Aero as well. Great work and well done on the organisation. For my first ever Adobe summit you have set a very high bar! Looking forward to 2021, hopefully F2F but equally as rewarding if still online.
  • I am glad that I attended the 2020 APAC Adobe Education Summit! My day has been fruitful and complete. I’ve learned a lot from the expert speakers. Thank You #AdobeEduCreative
  • The offerings for the afternoon workshops were outstanding and the two sessions I joined were brilliant. Jason Lane’s Aero presentation was exactly what I was hoping it would be and has further inspired me to push at my school to make this technology happen. Joel Aaron then reinforced (in my mind) just how user-friendly Premiere Rush really is and how it is the perfect stepping stone to Premiere Pro for my Junior students. I could not have joined better workshops although I am sure all the other sessions were equally rewarding. I would have like to have been part of each and every one of them so I look forward to watching all the recordings.
  • Fantastic day, really enjoyed attending and learning so much. The workshops were great!
  • Adobe For Education really helps Educators to be creative by giving different modules and trainings for them. Moreover, these modules and trainings and aligned to the needs of the every student and to the current situation of the world’s Education system.

APAC Adobe Education Summit – Day 1

Day one of the Adobe Education Summit for the Asia-Pacific region was exclusively for Adobe Education leaders (AELs). AELs are the highest level of Adobe’s education leadership community and we had about 45 teachers register for this event and join us throughout the day.

The event started with a video by many of the attendees …

Clara Galán (Adobe’s Globa Education Community Lead) and I welcomed everyone prior to a series of sessions by members of the global Adobe in Education team.

Clara Galán

Clara shared new information about the Global Adobe Education Community programs.

She highlighted the new Adobe Creative Educators programs, the various Adobe Education Exchange on-demand courses, Adobe Education social media channels, virtual events, Adobe Max and much more

Click here to see Clara’s presentation

Dr Brian Johnsrud

Dr Brian Johnsrud joined the Adobe Education Team about 1 year ago as the Education Curriculum Strategy Lead. Brian leads the worldwide education curriculum strategy for Adobe. Brian shared a presentation titled Adobe 2020 curriculum updates.

He shared some of the new and coming resources on the Adobe Distance Learning Resources section of the Adobe Education Exchange.

Click here to see Brian’s presentation

Tacy Trowbridge

Tacy Trowbridge is Adobe’s Global Education Programs Lead and she shared the latest in the thought leadership and research messaging from Adobe Education.

Click here to see Tacy’s presentation

Matt Niemitz

Matt Neimitz is well known to many of us as the manager of the Adobe Education Exchange which recently hit over 880,000 members of the Adobe Education Exchange and about 140,000 from the APAC region. He shared with us some of the Exchange highlights this year and what is planned in the near future.

Click here to see Matt’s presentation

Adobe Product Team members

One of the advantages of being an Adobe Education Leader is the NDA (Non Disclosure Agreement) access they get to Adobe product announcements. It was a great opportunity for the AELs to connect with Jessica Nunez from the Premiere Rush Product Team, Erica Schisler from the Character Animator Product Team, Mark Dahm from the Photoshop Product Team and Ajay Shukla from the Adobe Animate Product Team. We can’t publish what was shared during this session. All we can say is watch out for some exciting news at the coming Adobe Max conference.

Adobe Customer Success Managers

We had a great session with all of the Adobe Customer Success Managers connected with Education in the ANZ region.

Click here to see this session.

Adobe Product Demonstrations

Brian Chau and Chris Hansen from the Adobe Solution Consultant team joined us for some demonstrations on Character Animator, Animate and After Effects.

  • Click here to see Brian’s Animate demo
  • Click here to see Chris’ After Effects demo
  • Click here to see Brian’s Character Animator demo

Adobe Master of Teaching project

Dr Magda Gross and AEL Juliette Bentley introduced us to the new Adobe Master of Teaching project.

Click here to see this session

Peter Hutton

We were delighted to have Peter Hutton from the Future Schools Alliance as our keynote presenter for day 1 of the APAC Adobe Education Summit.

Peter is a former school principal in Victoria and the Director the Future Schools Alliance. He has extensive leadership experience in both the state and independent school systems where he has led significant successful innovation in both sectors.

His keynote was very informative and thought-provoking. He reminded the AELs that it is important that they don’t just do education the way we have always done it. He challenged all of us to question basic assumptions about education like all students learning at the same time, in the same age groups from 9 to 3.30 on weekdays. He suggested that the education system is not broken but just not built for modern society. And he challenged us to consider that maybe schooling should be focused on fulfillment rather than learning.

Peter inspired us to really challenge how we do school. More information on the Future Schools Alliance ca be found via:  

Click here to see Peter’s address and the following discussion.


Following the keynote, the AELs broke into a series of workshop on the following Adobe applications:

  • Dimension & Illustrator with Steve Nichols from Adobe
  • Animate with Brian Chau from Adobe
  • Photoshop with Craig Daalmeijer-Power from TAFE NSW
  • Substance & Mixamo with Alwyn Hunt from Adobe
  • Premiere Pro with Craig Daalmeijer-Power from TAFE NSW
  • XD with Mark Woszczalski from TAFE NSW


Here are some of the highlights reflected in the feedback process …

  • Loved hearing about what’s coming in a few of the products and also what resources are being developed/released.
  • Loved Peter’s highlights and hearing from the Adobe product teams. Clara, Matt and Tacy are always fantastic to hear from.
  • Peter Hutton’s talk was very engaging and though provoking.
  • I would love to spend more time with Brian and Alwyn, just to pick their brains for all of the amazing knowledge that they have stored away there!
  • Keynote address from Peter Hutton was very engaging and thought provoking. He posed challenges to educators to personalise change rather than rely on systemic changes out of our control. Good range of workshops and presentations throughout the day covering new and exciting Adobe applications. Exciting times ahead for all educators with improvement to EdEx and many pathways towards becoming Adobe education leaders and community contributors.
  • Peter Hutton was outstanding. His ideas resonate and despite being presented simply and eloquently, they have great potential for change and the ramifications of implementing his thoughts would be long-lasting and profound.
  • Brian’s session on Animate was also a highlight. He has such a friendly manner, a great presentation style and he’s easy to listen to. I look forward to re-watching his presentation and trying out his tricks and tips.
  • Very much enjoyed having more time to listen to Peter Hutton and his thoughts and philosophy concerning the current education model. Other highlights – well honestly, the entire Day 1 of the summit was a highlight.
  • Great presentation by fellow AEL Juliette & keynote speaker. Adobe Product Teams updates are always super exciting. Great to chat with colleagues online. Good workshops.

India – Adobe Education Leaders Summit and Awards

It was a pleasure to host a panel of distinguished educators including Marise McConaghy – Principal of Strathcona, Adobe Education Leader Michelle Dennis and Arti Chopra Principal of the Amity International School in Noida, India. This session was with over 1,800 K-12 teachers at the India Adobe Education Summit.

Special thanks to Garima Babbar from Adobe for organising this amazing professional learning event for Indian educators.

Adobe in Education Update – September, 2020

APAC Adobe in Education Summit

We are about 1 week away from the 2020 APAC Adobe in Education Summit and we would like to highlight Day 2 (Wednesday 30th September) a free and online event for all educators in K-12 and Higher. Click here for information on this day. Click here for information on the whole Summit event.

Inject Creativity Live

Join us live this Wednesday 23rd September for an Inject Creativity Live event that will feature Peter Hutton and Jen Buchanan from the Future Schools Alliance.

This will be the last Inject Creativity Live event until Oct 21 when we move to a fortnightly format.

Adobe Max

Usually a very expensive event in LA, this year Adobe Max is free and online from October 21 – 23 (APAC dates).  Make plans to join us for a uniquely immersive and engaging digital experience, guaranteed to inspire. Three full days of luminary speakers, celebrity appearances, musical performances, global collaborative art projects, and 350+ sessions — and all at no cost.

Adobe Creative Educators Program

In July, Adobe launched the Adobe Creative Educators program which is aimed to help teachers continue to develop their digital communication and creativity skills. 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 events with other like-minded educators and the Adobe team. Encourage your colleagues to join.

The new Creativity for All course on the Adobe Education Exchange is a prerequisite for the Adobe Creative Educators Program, especially if you were not already an active member of the AEL or ACL program. This free course is about understanding the power of creativity, why it matters, and how to leverage it in your teaching helps prepare students with 21st Century skills they need to succeed. 

Digital learning and Teaching Victoria

Adobe is an industry partner with Digital learning and Teaching Victoria (DLTV). 

Click here to access the current DLTV Member’s Journal, due to COVID they are providing it to educators as a free resource focused on remote learning. Take special note of the article on pages 16-19. 

DLTV are also offering free membership and DigiTech Community Grants just visit their website. 

All DLTV’s webinars are free and available at their YouTube channel

Australasian Adobe Education Community Facebook Group

Click here to join the Australasian Adobe Education Community Facebook Groupand get first hand updates on the Adobe in Education program.

Keep being creative!

Inject Creativity Live – 16 September 2020

We had a wonderful Inject Creativity Live event last night with Tanya Moran form Mentone Girls Grammar and Mark Christie form the Northern Territory Department of Education.

You can access the chat-show from the YouTube link above and watch the Deeper-dive event via:

Chapter 1 – Introduction
Chapter 2 – Spark at Mentone Girls Grammar with Tanya Moran
Chapter 3 – APAC Summit Ad
Chapter 4 – Adobe in Northern Territory with Mark Christie
Chapter 5 – Adobe Character Animator demo
Chapter 6 – Resources

Video literacy at Our Lady of Mercy

I had the pleasure of working with a class of Year 9 students from Our Lady of Mercy Catholic College in Cronulla, NSW to help improve their video editing skills with Adobe Premiere Pro.

I wasn’t able to visit the school due to COVID-19 restrictions but we we organised a video link and, over two sessions, we went through the following video editing techniques:

1 – File Management
2 – Importing & working with bins
3 – In & Out editing (7 second rule)
4 – Transitions
5 – Titles
6 – Adding & editing audio (voice over & music)
7 – Audio effects
8 – Video animation (key framing)
9 – Colour Grading
10 – Green Screen keying
11 – Exporting for online & High Def

Video editing is a modern literacy that all students should learn. Just about every industry that involves communication is looking for people with video production skills. Adobe Premiere Pro is the ultimate video editing solution. It is used at the highest level of multimedia, TV and film making. A more simple solution is Premiere Rush and the simplest video editing application is Adobe Spark Video.