VR Editing @ Redlands


I was invited to run an Adobe Day on May 28 at Redlands focusing on editing 360 degree video for virtual reality with Premiere Pro. Redlands is located on Sydney’s Lower North Shore, in Cremorne and for this event hey organised 90 Year 10 & 11 media students to work with me for the day.


For many of the students, it was their first time working with Premiere Pro to edit video so we began the day with some simple editing techniques. The students picked up the basic skills really quickly, so we move into some more complected techniques such as how to key out a green screen background.


In the afternoon, I provided the students with some 360 degree footage and showed them how to apply their newly found techniques in to creating a virtual reality (VR) story.


They were all given a challenge to create a entertaining 30sec clip to share with everyone. I was very impressed with what they achieved and how much they learned in a day.

Click here if you would like to learn how to edit 360 footage in Premiere Pro





Video workshop with ISV

On Friday May 24, I ran a video workshop with a some independent school educators at ISV (Independent Schools of Victoria) in Melbourne.

We began with the use of Adobe Spark Video to show how quickly a video story can be made with this very popular software.


Then we progressed to Adobe Premiere Rush to allow more editing options.


We spent some time going through a range of capture techniques, including filming with a green screen.

Then we spent the rest of the day learning how to do use the industry standard Adobe Premiere Pro to put together a video story.




Big Day In Junior – Hobart


The Big Day In Junior hit Tasmania for the first time with a great day of digital creativity at The Hutchins School in Hobart on Thursday 23rd May.

About 400 Year 5 & 6 students from eight Tasmanian schools visited The Hutchins School for a wide range of hands on activities provided by companies and organisation such as Google, Microsoft, Smart, Technology One, Wise Tech Global, The University of Tasmania and of course Adobe.


I’m quoted in the Big Day In Junior website stating the following …

Digital creativity, digital literacy, ICT skill development, design thinking and computation thinking are all  fundamental aspects of the Australian Curriculum (AC) and are the essence of what is being fostered during each Big Day In Junior (BDIJ) program around Australia.

Within the AC, Critical and Creative Thinking as well as ICT Capability sit alongside Literacy  and Numeracy as core F-10 general capabilities that are expected to be taught and assessed throughout Australia. Central to these general capabilities, is the statement derived from The (2008) Melbourne Declaration on Education Goals for Young Australians, that all young Australians become successful learners – confident and creative individuals – active and informed citizens.

The term multimodal text is found throughout the Australian English Curriculum as well as in other subjects. In the AC, it’s defined as combination of two or more communication modes such as print, image and spoken text, as in film or computer presentations. Examples of multimodal text include slide presentations, animation, book trailers, digital storytelling, live action film making, music videos and various web texts and social media (http://creatingmultimodaltexts.com). The focus of multimodal text in the AC encourages teachers to allow students to use the modern 21st century tools available to them to construct their learning in a multitude of creative ways.

The Digital Technologies Curriculum is based on encouraging students to develop computational thinking skills, a fundamental part of great software development. The BDIJ program provides a number of hands on workshops run by industry and university experts to help students develop their computation thinking skills and learning simple coding operations.

There are also a number of links between the BDIJ and the Media Arts Curriculum. Industry experts from leading digital creativity companies like Apple, Microsoft, Google and Adobe are proud to be involved with the Australian Computer Society Foundation to help provide opportunities for participants in the BDIJ to enhance their digital media and communication skills.

Here is the link to an article I wrote in 2016 following taking part in a BDIJ program titled What schools should be like every day – https://timkitchen.net/2016/12/19/jbdi/

Here is a link to a more recent BDIJ video I made to help support this amazing program that links so well to the AC and provides teachers and students with valuable connections to industry and universities.

Big Day In – Hobart


The Big Day In came to Hobart, Tasmania on Wednesday 22nd May, 2019. About 400 students from around the state visited the University of Tasmania who hosted this wonderful event.

The Vice Chancellor,  Professor Rufus Black opened the event and shared with the secondary students about the importance of encouraging students to start up their own tech companies to assure their and Australia’s future.RufusBlack.jpg

I was the first of the keynote presenters with the topic, skills to thrive in the future.


Katy Cooper, Founder StartSchool & DisruptiveCo was next with the  topic The Driver, The Curator & The Expert – Preparing for the Age of the Individual

Other presenters included:

  • Dennis Prior, Department of Human Services – Cyber Security & You
  • James Ewan, ISW  – A Software Developer’s Journey
  • Nick Rudenno, Senior UX Designer, Handbuilt Creative – Passion, Persistence & a Fair Amount of Luck
  • Dr Paris Buttfield-Addison from Secretlab.com.au & Mars Geldard  Paris from  Buttfield-Addison

Tasmanian Senator the Hon Eric Abetz also visited for a brief presentation about how both the state and federal government are supporting a range of STEM related activities to encourage students to develop skills in coding and ICT.


Tasmania is such a beautiful part of Australia. It really was a pleasure to be back there  again to meet and work with these amazing students, teachers and IT  professionals.


Sparking creativity at Camberwell South Primary


On Thursday 16th May, Camberwell South Primary (in Melbourne’s east) hosted a day of digital creativity based around the use of the Adobe Spark apps. This was organised by the school’s STEM Specialist Joel Aarons who is also an Adobe Education Leader.

All the Year 4, 5 & 6 students rotated through three activities based on each of the three Spark apps. Joel ran a workshop on making a webpage with Spark Page, his colleague Liz Hein ran a session based on making digital posters with Spark Post and I showed the students how to make simple videos with Spark Video.


The theme of the Spark Video productions was the student’s passions.

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In the afternoon, the Camberwell South Primary staff took part in a special Adobe professional learning event based on the educational use of the Spark apps to enhance creativity in the classroom.


I would like to thank Joel and Liz for their help this this day.

If anyone is interested in finding out more about how Adobe Spark is making a positive difference in education around the globe, I encourage them to look up https://edex.adobe.com/spark




Video production with Premiere Pro at Blackburn High – Melbourne

I was invited to Blackburn High School in Melbourne’s east on Wednesday 15th May to introduce two Year 9 classes of media students to the wonders of Adobe Premiere Pro for their future video productions.


Premiere Pro is the standard in most of the world of video, TV production and it has also been the cutting tool of choice for Marvel Studios over the past few years. It is always such a pleasure to introduce this tool to film makers and video producers of the future.

It didn’t take long for the students to get the basics and start cutting their own stories with footage that I provided for them.


The Victorian Department of Education and Training have had an agreement with Adobe for about 3 years to allow all their secondary students access to this amazing industry standard software to help them construct their learning and prepare for the next step when they leave school and enter the workplace.

Special thank you to teachers Tameka Carter & Pei-Yu Hsu for organising this incursion for their students.

Blackburn High have entered a number of videos into past Adobe Have a Voice projects over the years. Here are some samples of the work their students have produced.




Sparking creativity at Monash


On Tuesday 14th May, I worked with a group of final year pre-service teachers at the Monash University Faculty of Education to help them enhance their digital story telling skills with the help of Adobe Spark.

Prior to my visit, students collected photos and videos from a field trip to a farm specialising in composting and Aboriginal Garden native foods. My brief was to help them turn their image and footage into a in interesting digital story.

Adobe Spark Video was the tool of choice for this exercise because it is so accessible and easy to work with either via an iPhone, iPad or on an Internet browser via Spark.adobe.com.

In less than 1 hour, the students has produced some very creative short stories and felt confident working with Adobe Spark in the future.

As final year Pre-Service Teachers, it was my pleasure to introduce them to software that they can use with their future students when they get into Victorian classrooms in 2020 as first year out teachers.