Adobe welcomes Australian Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda

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In response to the Australian Federal Government’s national innovation and science agenda, Adobe’s President for APAC, Paul Robson has published some affirming statements.

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Below are direct quotes from Paul’s press release yesterday …

“Adobe works closely with all levels of government across the country as they embark on their digital transformation journeys. Digital has disrupted almost every aspect of our lives and it’s promising to see policy initiatives emerging to drive the innovation discussion forward,” Mr Robson said.

“Adobe’s s annual research into the state of digital across Asia Pacific consistently finds that skill shortages are a major obstacle to digital advancement. Increased investment in skills development will help businesses and governments to drive digital transformation, leading to increased efficiency, business growth and a greater experience for customers and citizens.”

“Today’s announcements are a welcome addition to the digital transformation discussion and I look forward to working with the Australian Government, and all governments, to drive the innovation agenda forward.”

Adobe also works with teachers across Australia to help ignite creativity in the classroom and promote digital skills development. Around 9,000 teachers across the country are members of the Adobe Education Exchange.

This press release generated the following news coverage:

Business Insider Australia:
9 big businesses respond to government’s innovation plan

iTWire:
Adobe welcomes Aust Govt’s ‘National Innovation and Science Agenda

More information on the national agenda: http://innovation.gov.au/

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AEC Summit Video – Day 1 Interviews

Daniel Budd, Adobe Education Leader from Perth, Western Australia, kindly interviewed a few of the APAC AEC Summit delegates during the first day of the event.

[vimeo:https://vimeo.com/141349044%5D

Other videos from the APAC Adobe Education Community Summit include can be found on the Adobe Education Vimeo channel CreateEDU TV.

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Digital Portfolios made easy with Acrobat Pro

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On Thursday the 3rd September 2015, Caroline Chisholm Catholic College in Braybrook (Melbourne)  hosted another in a series of Adobe in Education sessions in association with Digital Learning & Teaching Victoria. The focus of this professional development session was the use of Adobe Acrobat Pro to make digital portfolios.

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Before exploring the portfolio builder within Acrobat Pro, we discussed if the term digital portfolio or ePortfoilio is still relevant. I suggested that digital solutions to these types of publications should be the norm these days so why do we need to focus on the word digital and add an ‘e’ to the word portfolio. Surly we can just use the term ‘portfolio’ and assume that digital technology will be involved?

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It is a bit like the term eLearning which is still common today, as if learning with computers is a different type of learning. I would hope that digital technology has immersed itself into the learning and teaching process these days sufficiently enough so we can drop the ‘e’ from elearning and just call it ‘learning’.

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We looked at four different types of portfolios …

Reflection
Demonstration
Development
&
Assessment

A reflective portfolio is used to consider what was learned, how concepts were learned and what could be improved in future learning experiences.

A portfolio for demonstrating learning is aimed at a collection of artifacts and commentary that explains and displays what has been learned in a specific unit of work, subject or experience.

A portfolio focused on development aims to support decisions about future learning.

An assessment portfolio is aimed at providing evidence of learning.

More info on this and the slide resources shared during this session can be found via the following Adobe Education Exchange resource:

http://bit.ly/adobe-cccc-3sept15

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The process of building a portfolio in Acrobat Pro is a simple as:

File > Create > PDF Portfilio

Then choose your layout, add your files (any format), click Finish and watch your portfolio develop in seconds right before your eyes.

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So simple, yet so effective.

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It was a delight to work with these enthusiastic educators from Melbourne’s west and share with them the power of Adobe Acrobat Pro as a learning and teaching tool.

Special thank you to Adobe Education Leader, Kev Lavery for helping to plan this event.

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The final in this series of events with DLTV will be held  in Melbourne’s east at Strathcona in Canterbury on November 16 and will be focused on Flipped Learning with Adobe. Click here for for information.

Adobe Education Programs

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A new site on the Adobe Education Exchange highlights the many great programs that the Adobe Education worldwide team support. Have a look and see if there are areas that you can use to enhance creativity in your educational context.

adobeEduProgramshttp://edex.adobe.com/programs