CreateWorld Conference, 2017


It was a pleasure to be one of the keynote presenters at the recent 2017 CreateWorld Conference at Griffith University.


CreateWorld features a wide range of academic and technical presenters from the education and industry sectors. It features keynotes, panel sessions, hypotheticals, hands-on technical workshops, and regular presentation sessions. It is aimed specifically at teachers, practitioners, academics, research teams, technical staff and students who use Apple technology in education and across the digital arts.

Besides the keynote, Adobe Solution Consultant Jane Chen and I ran a series of workshops based predominately in the use of Adobe’s mobile apps and how they link with the Adobe Creative Cloud.

The following gallery on self portraits came from Jane’s workshop on Adobe Draw.

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Journalists for the Day – Adobe Day


On the 29th November, a group of Year 4 students from Cromer Public School and a group of Year 9s from Northern Beaches Secondary College, Cromer Campus visited the Adobe Sydney office for an Adobe Day to became journalists for the day.

The Year 4 students worked well with the Year 9 students in small groups with an aim to produce digital stories related to Adobe as a company.

They worked with a range of Adobe’s video and online production tools to produce their stories and had a taste of what it is like to be a journalist. They worked with Adobe Premiere Pro, Premiere Elements, Spark Post and Spark Page.

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Big Day In Junior – NSW


On Thursday 23rd November, Hilltop Road Public School in Sydney’s west hosted another very successful Big Day In Junior event for NSW.

Hundreds of Year 5 & 6 students from Sydney’s western suburbs gathered together to learn from IT industry experts about a wide range of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Mathematics) concepts.

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Special thank you to the Australian Computer Society Foundation, Hilltop Road Public School and all the IT reps, teachers and students who helped to make this event such a success.

A video about this event is on the way.

Have a Voice – Showcase


The Adobe Have a Voice Showcase was held on Wednesday 22nd November at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI) in Melbourne.


This Showcase was a celebration of students achievements throughout the 2017 Adobe Have a Voice Project (HAV). The aim of this program was to provide Victorian students in Years 4 to 9 with an opportunity to have a voice about something important to them and enhance their 21st century communication and creativity skills.

16 schools registered for the project early in 2017 with 8 schools and about 115 students successfully contributing 33 projects to the showcase.


Here are some of the projects that were shown on the big screen …



The True History of Technology by – Tim, Luca, RJ & Charlie


Graffiti and its Impact by Simran, Lyla, Luis



Life Below Water by Bella, Abby, Lily, Alexi, Abi, Ollie, Kiara, Lily, Hannah, Leo, Leo, Tom, Tily & Ginger


Make the Difference by Lachlan & Jesse

War and Peace by Esther & Daniel

We’re all different, yet the same by Ryan & Jayden

The following two posters by Ryan & Jayden used Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop to produce a message about tolerance titled We’re all different, yet the same




This digital art work by Mary & Tamara is a mock documentary film poster that explores the hardship suffered by young women and body image. Click here for a higher res version.

The following Blackburn High videos are rated PG


CLOSED DOORS by Anthony & Tess


Our Generation of Anxiety by Tess & Katie


Witness by Michael, Sebastian, Anthony, Jay, Francesca & Stefanie



The Environment Problem by Cloud, Bonnie & Casey


Reuse by Nae Koe, December & Roqya


Save our Planet’s Water by Gay Nay & Lwe Wah’K Paw


Mangroves by Hayley & Jackson


Our Waste by Deeanna, Akaila & Maddy

More to come …


Big Day In Junior – QLD


The first ever Big Day In Junior for Queensland was held at Grand Avenue State School on Tuesday 21st November.


This event was organised by the Australian Computer Society Foundation and involved 100s of Year 4 to 6 Queensland students progressing through a range of STEM & STEAM related activities.

It is always a pleasure to be involved in a Big Day In event. I spent the day rotating students through an introduction to Adobe Spark Post with a number of the classes. They were encouraged to create a digital poster about there favourite STEAM component (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts or Mathematics).

The following images share some of the outcomes …

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Adobe Education in South Australia


St Mary’s College in Adelaide was the venue for a series of Adobe in Education events on the 16th & 17th November.

Adobe Character Animator, Premiere Pro, Premiere Clip and Adobe Spark were the most popular workshops during a 3 hour professional learning session that was registered by over 30 educators from around Adelaide.

The next morning, I had the pleasure of addressing all the St Mary’s Year 8 students at the start of a special day of IT related activities run by a number of local IT professionals.

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Special thank you to Adobe Campus Leader and St Mary’s teacher Giovanna Iannicelli for organising this special program. Also thanks to Adobe Campus Leader Lorraine Nitschke for her assistance with the Premiere Pro workshops.