Big Day In Junior in Sydney’s West

On Thursday 1st September, The Australian Computer Society Foundation along with Hilltop Road Public School hosted a special Big Day In Junior event for all of their Year 5 & 6 students and teachers.

Dr Tim Kitchen rotated students through a set of lessons based on using Adobe Express to create a poster based on how to improve the planet, converting the poster into a short video and then turning the video into an animated gif.

The students produced some wonderful results and learned lots about digital creativity at the use of Adobe Express as a tool for communicating in many subject areas and for fun.

Adobe Education Leader Brett Kent who, teaches at Hilltop Road Public School, ran a series of sessions on how to use Photoshop to turn your face into The Hulk. Photoshop is one of Adobe’s professional tools, yet the students had no problem picking up a number of techniques that that can apply to all sorts of digital design work they will do in the future.

After school, Dr Kitchen was joined by Brett Kent and Adobe Education Leader Michael Turner from Mitchell High School for a professional learning event for Hilltop Road teachers as well as visiting teachers from the region.

This teacher session involved workshops and demonstrations on how the following applications can be used in a range of curriculum areas:

  • Character Animator (for real-time animation)
  • Adobe Express (for making informatics)
  • Adobe Express (for making short video stories)
  • InDesign (for desktop publishing)
  • Premiere Rush (for video editing)

The NSW Department of Education (one of the world’s largest K-12 education systems) provide Adobe software to all their schools so that their students and teachers have a toolkit of applications to help them enhance their communication skills.

Adobe Express is a great way to get started with the world of digital creativity. It is a browser and app based set of applications to help build posters, graphics, infographics, flyers, booklets, video stories, webpages and so much more. K-12 school are able to access Adobe Express at no cost all over the planet.

Photoshop is tool that is used in many industries for image manipulation, digital art and design. Both Adobe Express and Photoshop are part of the Adobe Creative Cloud, which is a suite of about 50 apps, resources and services used by students and industry professionals all over the globe.

Find out more about Adobe Express in Education

Find out more about Photoshop

Register for any of the free Adobe in Education webinars and events that are coming up so that you can increase your knowledge of how to make the most of these amazing digital creativity tools in the classroom.

Join the free APAC Adobe Education Summit on 28th September

Amazing student films from NSW Students

On Wednesday 31st August, Northern Beaches Secondary College Freshwater Senior Campus hosted their 2022 HSC Multimedia Showcase featuring many great examples of the use of Adobe’s professional products like Premiere Pro, After Effects, Photoshop, Audition and Animate by some very talented Year 12 HSC students.

Go to the Fresh Media YouTube Channel to see the amazing films produced by these talented students.

For many years, Dr Tim Kitchen has been invited by media teacher and Adobe Education Leader Andrew On Yi Lai to judge his students’ work and every year, the work has been outstanding. Andrew’s students regularly demonstrate wonderful examples of how Adobe tools can enhance creativity, collaboration and problem solving skills.

Samples of the student work can be found on their YouTube Channel – Fresh Media.

Check out the Freshwater HSC Industrial Technology Multimedia Showreel 2022 …

Congratulations to this year’s winning students

  • Finley York
  • Aiden Di Palma
  • Emily Weeks

And special mention to

  • Callum Burke
  • Mala Longhurst
Doing a Be Real with Adobe Education Leader Andrew On Yi Lai

Adobe Day at Frankston High – Victoria

On Monday 29th August 2022, Frankston High School, on Victoria’s beautiful Mornington Peninsula, hosted an Adobe Day.

Adobe Days are typically all-day digital creativity activities hosted by a school and run by the Adobe Education team.

During this Adobe Day, a mixture of Year 7 to 10 English, Media and Art classes rotated through a series of lessons and activities with Dr Tim Kitchen from Adobe based on a range of apps and topics such as:

  • Infographics with Adobe Express
  • Introduction to vector art with Adobe Illustrator
  • Tips and tricks with Photoshop
  • Making social posters with Adobe Express
  • Real-time animation with Adobe Character Animator
  • Video editing on the go with Premiere Rush

During each session the importance of developing creativity skills was emphasised and the everyone had an opportunity to access and create with the Adobe tools that the Victorian Government have provided to all of their Secondary school students and teachers.

At lunchtime, a number of students from a rage of levels took part in a special competition where they had 10 minutes to build an infographic poster based on a particular topic and set of criteria. The winners won Adobe merchandise and chocolate.

After school, a number of teachers, as well as visiting teachers, attended a special Adobe in Education professional learning event that covered a range of Adobe applications and how they can be used to enhance digital literacy, creativity, collaboration and engagement within a wide range of curriculum areas and levels. During this session, Dr Kitchen promoted the value of the Adobe Education Exchange which currently involves about 1,145,000 teachers as well as the Adobe Creative Educator program and the coming APAC Adobe Education Summit.

Special thank you to Jack Barbour (Director of STEM Learning Specialist), Dr Elise Roper and the executive at Frankston High for planning, hosting and enabling this Adobe Day to take place.

Click here to contact the Adobe Education Team.

Re-Generation Student Film Festival Finalists

Out the over 1,700 students from about 40 schools who registered for the 2022 re-generation international short film competition with Adobe, the following two clips were the overall winning entries.

Themebuilding ‘Resilience and Empowerment’ for creating the world we all wish to live in.

Click here to see all the films that made the final that were featured at the 2022 re-gen festival at the Melbourne Immigration Museum on August 12.

Change is Now

by A Kamo High School (NZ)

A Kamo High School (NZ) short film for the re-generation international short film competition with Adobe –

The Power of 5

by Spensley Street Primary (Vic)

A Spensley St Primary short film for the re-generation international short film competition with Adobe –

It was delightful to have a number of Spensley Street Primary School students, parents and teachers at the festival on Aug 12 for the announcement of the winning schools.

To thank Spensley Street Primary School for their efforts, I visited the school on 28th August for an Adobe Day where I worked with all the Year 4, 5 & 6 students introducing them to Adobe Express as a way of being digitally creative

Both of the above films were edited with Adobe Premiere Pro. Click here to learn how to use Premiere Pro.

Adobe Premiere Rush is an easier version of Premiere Pro, designed with students and teachers in mind. Click here to learn how to use Premiere Rush.

Find lots of teaching resources and on-demand professional learning on the Adobe Education Exchange.

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August Newsletter

What is in this newsletter …

EduTECH Australia

EduTECH was back face to face and, for the first time, hosted at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. About 10,000 attendees registered for the two days and Adobe was a Gold sponsor. This clip explains more …

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APAC Adobe Education Summit

The APAC Adobe Education Summit is being held as a free, online and all-day event on Wednesday 28th September from 9 AM (AEST) which is a school holiday period for Australian K-12 teachers. The Global Adobe Education Team will be presenting, Dr Tim Patston from Monash University will be the keynote, there will be lots of workshop options and much more.

Share this event with your colleagues and wider education networks.

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Register for the coming live webinar series

We have a number of great live webinars planned for the rest of 2022 such as:

  • Tue Aug 30, 4 PM (AEST) 30 min Demo on Adobe Character Animator
  • Mon Sept 5, 4 PM (AEST) 30 min Demo of Adobe Express (Video)
  • Thurs Sept 8, 4 PM (AEST) 1.5 hr workshop on Adobe XD
  • Mon Sept 12, 4 PM (AEST) 30 min Infographics with Adobe Express

See and share the above and register your interest via the Adobe in Education Events site for Australasian teachers. Note the new set of 30 min Live Adobe Demos with Dr Tim Kitchen.

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Catch up on the recent global Adobe for Education Summit

Register to watch key Global Summit sessions on-demand to discover innovative instruction strategies to motivate you and your students.

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Adobe Max 2022

Unleash your creative superpowers at the free & virtual Adobe MAX 2022. There are so many ways to expand your creative potential. Learn new skills in more than 100 virtual sessions, discover the latest features and innovations in Adobe Creative Cloud, and be inspired by world-class speakers. Join us to achieve all your creative goals.

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STEM 2022 – On Demand

STEM 2022 On demand is an initiative from the NSW Department of Education and open to all educators globally. It is focused on education for a rapidly changing world and brings together some of Australia’s and the world’s experts on creativity, innovation, education, and STEM. Adobe’s very own Dr Tim Kitchen was asked to contribute with a workshop titled Making simple infographics with the new Adobe Express

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Inject Creativity Live – Episode 74

Episode 74 of Inject Creativity live features special guest Clara Galán (Adobe’s Global Education Community Lead) as qell as Adobe Education Leader Joel Aarons with a great demo on Adobe Fresco.

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⚡ Lightning Learning Coures ⚡

Adobe’s free, self-paced courses are designed to help you inject creativity into key areas of your teaching — from creating portfolios to designing graphic organisers to building community.

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Guided Adobe Tutorials

Adobe is happy to support Guided Computer Tutorials – easy to use, activity-based teaching materials for software packages from Adobe (and Microsoft), which can be used in IT classes or specific subject areas. 

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New Zealand Youth Film Festival

Adobe is supporting the New Zealand Youth Film Festival (NZYFF) is a new movement designed to energise Aotearoa’s youth through film. It is an annual competition in which any and all students aged between 15-24 can participate in free of charge, with nominated films winning tickets to an Awards Ceremony.

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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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EduTECH in Melbourne

EduTECH Australia was held in Melbourne for the first time on August 10 & 11 and Adobe was a Gold Sponsor. We engaged with 100s of teachers and education leaders from all over Australia and beyond over the two days.

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I’d like to thank the Adobe Education Leaders who ran Adobe demos and help us with the various presentations throughout both days including Michelle Dennis, Steven Kolber, Mark Woszczalski, Andy Hair, Craig Nicholls & Adrain Bruch. Also thank you to the wonderful Adobe team Lauren Rice, Marilou Rodi, Kim Flowers, Phil Edgecumbe, Steve Nichols, Brian Chau, Audrey Yeo, Matt Daniels and our Partners from Crisp ideas John and Zara for helping to make this conference such a success.

Contact the Adobe Education team via –

Make sure you register for APAC Adobe Education Summit on Wed Sept 28.

Register for some of the coming Adobe for Education events in Australasia.

Congratulations and farewell to Blandina Macfarlane who has been helping to run EduTECH events since forever. All the best on the next stage of your career.

National Education Summit – Brisbane

The National Education Summit Brisbane event was held this week at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre with about 600 educators from across Australia. I was asked to present a session titled Low-lift & High-impact apps from Adobe for Education.

It was great to see other Adobe related topics being presented throughout the event. I sat in on Adobe Education Leader Adrian Bruch’s session.

Creative History Teachers

It was a delight to work with a room full of history teachers today at the History Teachers Association of Victoria conference in Melbourne.

For a number of them, it was their first introduction to the world of Adobe in Education.

The presentation was titled Research and Storytelling through Video: Adobe Makes it Easy and involved demonstrations with Adobe Character Animator, Adobe Express & Premiere Rush – all with a focus on creating short video stories to help encourage a passion for teaching and learning history.

Click here for a list of history resources on the Adobe Education Exchange that are mapped to the Australian Curriculum.

Adobe Express at Mentone Girls Secondary College

On Wednesday 27th July, I had the pleasure of running an Adobe Day at Mentone Girls Secondary College in Melbourne. I worked with groups of students from a range of classes and year levels with a focus on creating infographics with Adobe Express.

I provided the students with this Adobe Express infographic template based on skills to thrive for the future according to the World Economic Forum. The main skill missing from the template is creativity so the students task was to add that skill and be creative with the infograpohic.

After spending the morning with about 120 students, after lunch, I worked with a keen group of teachers who have been selected as IT support coaches for the school. These teachers had good overall IT skills and some were very competent with a range of Adobe tools.

After school, the coaches and I worked with the rest of the staff to show them how they can use Adobe Express in a range of curriculum areas.

I’d like to thank Jonathan Hall, Jennifer Connolly, Diana Gilbert and all the staff at Mentone Girls Secondary College for hosting me for the day. It was wonderful to engage with some many students and staff and share some outstanding digital creativity solutions.

July Newsletter

What is in this newsletter …

New approach to Edu Webinars

We have recently consolidated our planned 2022 Live Webinars and opened them up to all educators. See and share the new plan and register your interest via the Adobe in Education Events site for Australasian teachers. Note the new set of 30 min Live Adobe Demos with Dr Tim Kitchen.

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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 presentations and make sure you visit the Adobe stand and say ‘hi’ in person to the Adobe Education Team. We are planning about 20 demos over the two days.

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2022 APAC Adobe Education Summit – September holidays

Dr Tim Patston – Creative Actions

Dr Tim Patston (founder of Creative Actions) is the keynote presenter at The APAC Adobe Education Summit, 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. Dr Patston is Australia’s leading researcher and consultant in the field of Creativity and Innovation in Education. 

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International Adobe Education Summit

Save the dates July 26-28, 2022 (USA dates) for the Adobe Education Summit 2022! Join leading educators for thoughtful sessions on how to take your classroom to the next level through creativity, inspired instruction, and time-saving lesson plans. Note that main sessions are recorded so register to access on-demand.

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New Adobe Express feature

Multiple page projects are now available through Adobe Express. You can add multiple pages – including pages of different sizes to the same project. 

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The importance of encouraging digital creativity across the curriculum

Have a look at Dr Tim Kitchen’s presentation at the virtual Australian Teacher Education Association Conference.

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New 30 min Lighting Learning Courses

Two new 30-minute, self-paced Lightning Learning courses have recently been added to the wealth of opportunities within the Adobe Education Exchange. Have a look at the Building Community with Adobe Express and the Writing Activities with Adobe Express courses.

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Inject Creativity Live

The Inject Creativity Live show can be found on the Adobe for Education YouTube Channel. Each episode features a passionate educator keen to share how Adobe tools are making a positive difference to their classroom.

Episode 70 features author and educator Associate Professor Max Schleser from Swinburne University sharing the topic Immersive Media with Adobe Creative Cloud

Episode 71 features author and social media expert Dr Karen Sutherland from the University of the Sunshine Coast sharing the topic Teaching Personal Branding Starts with You

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Adobe TeachMeets

The next set of Adobe TeachMeets are happening on July 28 and on August 18. 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 involves a range of 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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Inject Creativity Live – Episode 70 with Associate Professor Max Schleser

In this episode of Inject Creativity Live, Senior Adobe Education Specialist Dr Tim Kitchen and TAFE Queensland Online Learning & Media Developer Erin Raethke are joined by Adobe Education Leader Associate Professor Max Schleser from Swinburne University.

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For Victorian Teachers

Re-Generation Youth Festival

Adobe is supporting the the inaugural re-generation youth festival. This unique learning experience will provide students with an opportunity to learn a diverse range of entrepreneurial skills from building your own Social Enterprise to sustainability in fashion through a series of engaging activities.

Book here

Face to Face professional learning opportunities for Victorian teachers

  • Tue Aug 29, 3.45PM (AEST) Digital Skills event at Frankston High School
  • Thurs Oct 13, 3.45PM (AEST) Face to Face – Digital Skills PL event at Sommerville SC

Vic DET teachers – look up the Adobe section on Arc for more resources.

For NSW Teachers

Face to Face event in Sydney’s West

Free professional learning opportunity for teachers in any curriculum area at Hilltop Road Public School on Thursday 1st September, 4 PM to 5.30 PM.

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NSW DoE teachers – look up the Adobe section of the T4L site for more resources.

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New Zealand Youth Film Festival

Adobe is supporting the New Zealand Youth Film Festival.

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Mapping the Australian curriculum to the Adobe Education Exchange

Attention all Australian teachers – a new resource that links a wider range of Adobe Education Exchnage teaching resources to the Australian Curriculum is now available via – Please share this resources.

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Big Day In – Melbourne

Over 300 Year 10 & 11 students from a range of Victorian schools were involved in the 2022 Melbourne Big Day In which was held in the Design Faculty at The University of Melbourne.

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Arts Alive at Shelford Girls Grammar – Melbourne

Adobe Express was a big part of Shelford Girls Grammar Schools recent Arts Alive week.

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Produce a video pitching your skills

Adobe’s Lindsey Blass selected a lesson by expert educator Michael Cohen. She says, “I love how this lesson combines creativity and communication with flexible options for beginner and advanced students!”

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Supercharged storytelling

Adobe’s Claudio Zavala Jr. has chosen to highlight our Pixar storytelling curriculum: “These activities are an amazing way to inspire students and expand their skills across media.”

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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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