The Inject Creativity Live episode recorded on August 25 featured Adobe Education Leader (AEL) Joel Aarons from Victoria who demonstrated how he and his students are creatively working with Photoshop Mix. In this episode, we share part of the recent Adobe Seminar at the EduTECH conference and lots more.
Welcome to the August 2021 edition of the Australasia Adobe in Education Update Newsletter.
This edition will be covering:
the coming APAC Adobe Education Summit
the new look Adobe Education Exchange
Adobe’s involvement in EduTECH 2021
a recent Adobe Creativity Challenge for NSW Students
and lots of classroom resources and ideas
Have you registered for the APAC Adobe Education Summit?
The APAC Adobe Education Summit is happening on Wednesday 29th September and is open to all educators in all sectors. It is free and virtual, so please invite your colleagues to join in this amazing professional learning opportunity by sending them the link – https://adobe.ly/edu-summit21
Have a look at who is coming …
Are you one of the nearly 30,000 teachers who have joined the Adobe Creative Educator Program?
The Adobe Creative Educator Program is all about creativity in education, you don’t need to be an Adobe export or even a regular Adobe user to get your level 1 badge. We encourage all who have enrolled to complete level 1 and have a go at level 2.
If you would like to be supported through level 1, you may like to do the Be a Creative Educator course. Next opportunities are 30th August and 15th September.
Here are some APAC Adobe Education Leaders sharing the importance of the Adobe Creative Educator program:
Adobe Max is back as a virtual event for 2021
A free virtual event 28–29 October (APAC dates). Find out more and register here
This year’s Adobe Max will be featuring a session from Tim Kitchen (Adobe Education) and Craig Daalmeijer-Power (TAFE NSW) on student voice with Character Animator so book into session S292 – Giving Students a Voice with Character Animator.
It will also be featuring Australia’s own Juliette Bentley Adobe Education Leader and Master Teacher, Mt St Michael’s College – session S291 – Fostering Digital Literacy in the K–12 Creative Classroom.
Swinburne University Deputy Vice-Chancellor Sarah Maddison will also be presenting – session S807 – Transforming Education with Creative and Digital Skills
Let your colleagues know and get involved.
Have a look at Adobe’s most recent partnership with Billie Eilish
Click here to see the official Adobe blog post about this new partnership with Billie.
Adobe Creativity Challenge with NSW Students
Earlier this month, the Adobe Education team had the pleasure of working with about 200 NSW students (all virtually) as they attempted an Adobe 1 minute Video Challenge based on promoting the United Nations Sustainability Development Goals. Part of the challenge required the students working with a team, even though they were stuck at their own homes. The results were spectacular. Click here to see Tim Kitchen’s post about this event and contact the Adobe Education team if you are keen to organise a similar event for your region.
This free self-paced course outlines the basics of painting and drawing with Adobe Fresco, a digital painting app designed to provide an intuitive medium for creation and self-expression. You’ll also learn novel and exciting strategies for using Adobe Fresco in the classroom.
Writing classes on the Education Exchange
Inspire students to express themselves in new and exciting ways with these activities.
The EduTECH conference is the largest technology in education event in Australia with over 10,000 teachers registering this year. It was meant to be a face-to-face event hosted in Melbourne (for the first time) on 17th & 18th August however, due to Covid restrictions, it was again a virtual event – similar to last year.
Adobe was pleased to again be sponsoring this event and hosted a one hour seminar session on day two.
Here is the pre-recorded session that made up the bulk of that seminar. It features about 25 Adobe Education Leaders from around ANZ, members of the Global Adobe Education team as Rob the Robot (Character Animator puppet).
It was a delight to have Lauren Sayer Executive Director Research and Innovation at Melbourne Girls Grammar and Michelle Dennis, Head of Digital at Haileybury College. Also joining us was be Jerry Wong Customer success manager at Adobe, Jane Chen and Steven Nichols who are both Adobe Solution Consultants.
About 200 NSW students from 18 schools registered for a special Adobe 1 Minute Video Challenge event that was run early in August, 2021 while they were in lock-down. This involved the students working with a team (even though they were not allowed to meet face to face) and following a set of criteria to produce a 1 minute video story that helped to promote one of the 17 United Nations Sustainability Development Goals.
They were briefed with the challenge on Tuesday 10th August and they had until 10AM on Monday 16th to submit their video story for a special online showcase event that happened later that same day.
Out of the 18 schools who registered, I’d like to congratulate the following 7 schools who ended up submitting stories:
Cathwest Innovation College
The King’s School
Parramatta Marist High
Patrician Brothers College
St Luke’s Catholics College
St Mark’s Catholics College
Overall, there were about 30 stories submitted and 20 of them were showcased. Out of the 20, below are the stories that I would like to highlight and share.
A special thank you goes to Luke Dela Cruz Technology Leader at CathWest Innovation College who help to initiate and promote this event within his network for schools in Sydney’s west. I would also like to thank all the teachers who helped motivate their students to be involved and (most importantly) all the students who took part.
During the briefing I stressed to the students that the end product is not as important at the process and the learning that takes place during the production phases. I shared with them the most in demand soft-skills according to research by the World Economic Forum and Microsoft LinkedIn such as creativity, persuasion, collaboration, adaptability and time management. All of these skills were important in the production of the video stories and I congratulate the students for the way they displayed each of them.
Climate Change by Kevin, Rian, Thanh, Zayne, Bill & Bailey – Patrician Brothers’ College Fairfield
I love the fast paced editing to help share an important message
Climate Action by Alex & Achyuth – The King’s School
I loved the link of Minecraft & Adobe Premiere Rush as a tool for telling a story
Change – by Aesha, Tanvi & Malka – St Luke’s Catholic College
This is a creative example of collaboration on a project while in lock-down.
Climate Change by Cameron and Aredith – The Kings School
Gender Equality by Kaitlan & Sophie – CathWest Innovation College
The Inject Creativity Live episode recorded on August 11 featured Adobe Education Leader (AEL) Michelle Dennis from Victoria as well AEL-Emeritus Chris Betcher from NSW. Michelle demonstrated the desktop version of Aero and Chris inspired us to think positively about failure.
The Inject Creativity Live episode recorded on July 28 featured Adobe Education Leader (AEL) Brett Salakas from NSW as well AEL Paul McClean from New Zealand. Brett built a creative poetry experience using Spark Video with the help of Erin, Tim and the audience. Paul shared thoughts on how the school timetable is hindering creativity in education.
As it says in the Pacific Links site – As part of Pacific Links Foundation’s comprehensive counter-trafficking efforts, Summer Camp is an annual activity of our Girls Empowerment Mekong Scholarships Program. Over four days, scholarship recipients come together from the remote and impoverished areas of the Mekong Delta bordering Cambodia to build confidence, compassion and vital connections that will safeguard them from the dangers of human trafficking. At its core, Summer Camp is a youth development endeavor. The camp’s goal is to provide a space for students to make new friends, learn about different career and training opportunities, and to work on personal growth through the guiding values of GRACES (Gratitude, Respect, Accountability, Courage, Engagement, and Safety).
Together we produced a set of Spark Posters about the things we love doing in our spare time.
I ran a total of 4 workshops over the weekend with about 30 students in each session. During each workshop I encouraged the participants to keep developing these digital creativity skills and apply them in future studies, leisure and work.
I’d like to thank the translators who helped me run these sessions and the organisers of the camp.
Adobe is thrilled to announce we just crossed the 1 million member milestone on the Education Exchange (EdEx)! Thank you to all of you who have helped to promote this amazing portal to your colleagues and wider education networks. We will have a special celebration at next week’s Inject Creativity Live show.
Since the last edition of this newsletter, over half of Australian classrooms have gone back to remote learning. This can be very stressful for teachers, students and parents. It’s worth noting that schools all over the globe are in the same predicament which is why Adobe continue to develop resources for remote, distance and blended learning through the Free Distance Learning Resources & Project Ideas site.
2021 APAC Adobe Education Summit – save the date
The 2021 APAC Adobe Education Summit will be held on Wednesday September 29. This will be a virtual all-day event open during the school holidays for any educator in any sector. It will feature presentations from the local and global Adobe in Education team, Adobe Education Leaders, Adobe Creative Educators and other guests – all aimed to inspire teachers to enhance their digital creatively skills.
The Summit will also include a day exclusively for Adobe Education Leaders (Sept 28) as well as a day for Adobe Creative Educators (Sept 30). If you don’t yet have at least your level 1 ACE badge, now is the time to earn it via the Creativity for All course on the Adobe Education Exchange.
Australia’s very own Michelle Dennis (Adobe Education Leader) and Head of Digital at Haileybury College features in the most recent edition of The Creative Educator Podcast with Tacy Trowbridge titled Educators on Hope and a Transformative Year. Click here to listen to this and past episodes
Adobe Education Exchange Courses worth noting
Spark in the Classroom
In this course, you will learn to help your students analyse, and create powerful stories, as well as present new information with clarity and ease. When students need to make science fair posters, social studies infographics, journals, language arts essays, lab reports, physics explainers or poetry analysis, Adobe Spark can help. With Adobe Spark, Post and Video, students are able to quickly and easily present information in professional, catchy and creative ways. Click here for more information.
Level-up your skills with Adobe Premiere Rush
In this more in-depth course, we’ll introduce you to the essentials of creating video with Premiere Rush and we’ll explore a variety of techniques you can use in your classroom. The course also includes step-by-step examples and instructions for mobile video production. Click here for more information.
Take center stage with Adobe Premiere Pro
This course is designed to help teachers edit and produce professional-quality video and create engaging classroom activities to inspire students in all content areas. Whether you teach in a media lab or a history classroom, this course has helpful tips for you. Click here for more information.
For Victorian government school teachers
Now that Adobe Spark is available to all Victorian primary and secondary schools, we are running two special Spark up your classroom with Adobe session in conjunction with the Vic DET Digital Learning Services team. Part 1 – Tuesday July 29 at 4 PM AEST and Part 2 Mon Aug 9 at 4 PM AEST.
Note that government Primary school teachers (up to three per school, with Principal approval) can now apply for access to the Adobe Creative Cloud apps. To apply, teachers should sign into Google using their EduPass account and complete this form. Applications close 5pm Friday 30 July. Find out more via the Adobe CC section of Arc.
NSW DoE teachers – stay tuned to the T4L Adobe Resources site for a range of events that will help you access and work with Adobe Creative Cloud applications.
For all NSW teachers – Adobe and CathWest are running an Adobe 1 min Video Challenge for any stage 4 or 5 students at any school in Sydney’s west – Catholic, Independent or Department schools.
Date – Tuesday August 10, 2021
Time – 9 AM to 3 PM
Venue – CathWest Innovation College – Loyola Campus – 91 North Parade, Mount Druitt
Updates for QLD teachers
Education QLD teachers – note that Adobe Spark is now available to your schools without the need to request student access on the department’s network. Spark for Education is available through the Adobe Creative Cloud licence. Click here for more information. Also note that Adobe will be involved in i-Educate 2021 on August 26 & 27. Make sure you register for the Adobe Spark workshop and visit the Adobe booth.
Updates for SA teachers
SA DfE teachers, click here to access information about a series of Adobe in Education webinars we are doing exclusively for you.
EduTech 2021 was to be held in Melbourne but because of COVID it is now a virtual event and therefor open to lots more teachers in our region. Adobe is sponsoring again this year so please book in for our presentation and encourage your colleagues to meet the team at Adobe virtual booth.