Adobe & Surf Cost Secondary College


It was a sensational sunrise over the surf coast of Torquay in Victoria that greeted me before enjoying a day with students and teacher at Surf Coast Secondary College.


The day was based around three 90min sessions with all the Year 7, 8 & 9 students. Being an iPad school, the main focus of each session was to introduce them to a range of Adobe’s touch apps with a focus on Adobe Voice, Slate, Post and Clip.



I was impressed with what many of the students were able to produce in such a short time frame.

After school, I ran a professional learning session for Surf Coast teachers and range of other teachers from the region based on the new Digital Technologies Curriculum and Flipped Learning.

Surf Coast Secondary College was one of the fist Victorian Government schools to purchase the Adobe Creative Cloud for their students. Last year, I enjoyed working with some of their senior students, introducing them to their new creativity tools.

2015 visit to Surf Coast SC


Special thank you Assistant Principal Erin Weightman for organising this Adobe Day for the students and staff.

I’m looking forward to hearing about the continued creative achievements from these talented Surf Coast Secondary College students.

The Bully Project on the NSW Central Coast


Last week I ran a series of events on the Central Coast of NSW including three Adobe Days with an anti-bullying theme thanks to a new partnership with The Bully Project.


The Bully Project is based around the 2012 US documentary film Bully which is a documentary about the effects of bullying in American. The Bully Project has impacted nearly four million students as part of a campaign to raise awareness over the fact that 1 in 4 students are bullied.


Katie Barry (Impact Producer – The Bully Project)  joined me for these Adobe Days at Lisarow High, Terrigal High and Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College in Tumbi Umbi . Adobe Days are student workshops that focus on enhancing creativity skills with Adobe software. They are held either at an Adobe Office or on location at a school. This week’s events have had a focus on video production with Adobe Premiere Pro.


 Katie introduced the bullying theme with clips from the movie Bully and encouraged a discussion around what it means to be an Upstander if and when you witness bullying. The students then formed production groups to plan their 2 minute anti-bullying story for the mural.


Once the stories were planned and reviewed, the students used a range of recording equipment including professional gear that I provided, cameras owned by the school and their own devices to capture all their footage, still images and audio.


Filming a scene at Terrigal High


Working with the green screen at Tuggerah Lakes

Once all the footage was captured, the students spent the rest of the day learning a range of editing techniques with Adobe Premiere Pro as they put their various stories together.


Ross Johnson from Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College helping  his students build their video stories.

Stay tuned to both this post and The Bully Mural to see some of the finished products.

Here is an example of what the Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College student’s produced…

Thanks for a great year


The Adobe for Education mission statement is to inspire and empower the next generation to be life long creators. It has been a pleasure to keep this mission on track throughout 2015 and a privilege to work with some of the world’s most creative and passionate educators who make up the Adobe Education Community (AEC).


Globally, the AEC is currently made up of  259 Adobe Education Leaders (AELs), 130 Adobe Campus Leaders (ACL) and 860 Adobe Education Trainers (AETs). Collectively, the AEC has recorded an estimated impact on over 5.1 million students and teachers throughout 2015 in their quest to inspire and empower the next generation to be life long creators.


In the APAC region, there are currently 72 AELs, 44 ACLs and 112 AETs. It has been very pleasing to see a number of Australian AELs leading the way globally with events and impacts throughout 2015.

Active use events in 2015

During 2015, Adobe Education (APAC) in conjunction with the AEC have managed (or been involved with) about 200 events throughout the region and had direct contact with over 5000 students and 6000 teachers. This online journal has documented many of these events throughout the year.


Big Day In – Sydney (500 students)

2015 Adobe Days

During 2015, we ran 25 Adobe Days throughout Australia. Adobe Days are student workshops with expert Adobe educators or trainers. They are held either as an excursion to the Adobe office in Darling Harbour or an incursion where the Adobe educator/trainer visits the school.


Video stories of a number of the 2015 Adobe Days can be found on our Vimeo Channel – CreateEdu TV

Adobe Education Exchange

Globally, there are now nearly 250,000 members of the Adobe Education Exchange with just under 9,000 of them from Australia. So far over 3,600 Australian educators have joined this year compared to 2,500 who joined in 2014.

The APAC EdEx membership is now over 14,000, a great result considering that at the same time last year we had just over 8,000 APAC members. By the end of 2016, let’s aim for 20,000 APAC members of EdEx. For this to happen we need your support to help share the value of this resource and attract active members.


Have a great Christmas break everyone.


Cool Australia


This week, I had the pleasure of meeting Cool Australia founder and CEO Jason Kimberley and his colleague Thea Nicholas at their office in Prahran, Melbourne.

Cool Australia is a not for profit organisation that provides outstanding  free education resources and processional learning focussed on environmental responsibility that are mapped to the Australian Curriculum.


Adobe have sponsored Cool Australia as part of their corporate responsibility sustainability program. We are very proud to be associated with the great work that Cool Australia is doing and encourage all Australian teachers to make use of the Cool Australia resources.

Since its beginnings in 2008, Cool Australia now impacts about 40% of Australia schools with a current reach of nearly 40,000 teachers.


They established Enviroweek, which in 2016 will run from September 11 to 17 and will involve over 180,000 students. Enviroweek is a national platform for early learning, primary and secondary schools to take action on environmental responsibility and engage their communities.


Jason Kimberley, founder & CEO of Cool Australia

It was great meeting Jason Kimberley and seeing the passion that he has to help make the world a better place through education. Jason has had an interesting background as a builder, retailer, restaurateur, photographer and adventurer. Following a 16 day expedition to Antartica in 2005 with fellow adventurers Jason Veale and Peter Hillary, he wrote the book Antarctica : a different adventure. During the research for the book, Jason became more aware of the increasing human impact on our planet and was inspired to share his concerns with the next generation and in August 2008, he started Cool Australia.

Here is a video that helps share Jason’s story …



It was also great meeting Thea Nicholas, the education guru at Cool Australia. An experience educator and passionate advocate for sustainability and the environment, Thea joined the Cool Australia team in 2013 with a focus on working with their curriculum developers to help teachers across Australia to access and utilise a wide range of sustainability curriculum resources aimed at inspiring students to make a positive change.


I am looking forward to a continued partnership with Cool Australia and linking some of the amazing Adobe tools with their outstanding curriculum material.

Adobe @ MAV Conference 2015

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The Mathematical Association of Victoria (MAV) Conference is one of Victoria’s largest education events and this year Adobe Education ran four presentations.


Adobe Solution Consultant, Brian Chau ran two sessions on making interactive forms with Acrobat Pro.


Brian showed the Mathematics teachers how Acrobat Pro can be used to make an interactive maths worksheet. He taught them some of the built in interactive tools as well as some simple Java script codes that can be used for a wide range operations.


I ran two sessions on Flipped Learning with a focus on how to use Adobe Presenter Video Express, Adobe Voice, Clip & Slate to develop a Flipped Learning culture.


Slides and resources shared by Brian and me can be found on the Adobe Education Exchange via:


uLearn 2015


uLearn is one of the largest education conferences in New Zealand and this year it was held in Auckland at the Skycity Convention Centre with close to 2000 teachers involved.


I had the privileged of running some presentations and workshops for about 150 teachers. Many of them were exposed to Adobe software and resources for the very first time.

The resources I shared at this conference are available on the Adobe Education Exchange  via:



Special congratulations to NZ Teacher Hamish Ross who won a 12month subscription to the Adobe Creative Cloud during one of my sessions.


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.


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