Digital Portfolios made easy with Acrobat Pro


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.


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 …


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:


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.


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.


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.

Year 4s at Brookside


Adobe Voice & Adobe Premier Clip were the two apps a group of Year 4’s at Brookside College in Caroline Springs (Melbourne) worked with on Monday 31st August, 2015 during a special ‘Adobe Day’.

The morning was all about encouraging the students to think about what makes them happy. After some brief instructions and planing (Pre-Production) each student worked with a partner to build an Adobe Voice video outlining the top 5 things that make them happy.


Brainstorming about what makes the students happy.


Building the voice overs and images for each slide on Adobe Voice.

The afternoon was all about video editing with Adobe Premier Clip. The students were taught a process for producing a quality news story then worked in a group (Production Crew) to plan, script, film and edit their own news story relating to the school.


This production crew made a story about Adobe’s visit to their school.

Special thank you to Aaron Davis and the staff at Brookside College for organising this day of creativity.


Bett Asia – 2015

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Bett-Asia-Leadership-Summit-3-4-December-2014Bett, or The Bett Show (formerly known as the British Educational Training and Technology Show) is one of the largest and well established showcases of information technologies in education in Europe. This is first year Bett has come to the Asia Pacific region with the Bett Asia Leadership Summit.

I had the honour of keynoting the World-Class 21st Century Education stream and sharing Adobe Education’s vision for the importance of creativity in education.


My slides are available via on the Adobe Education Exchange

A personal highlight for me was spending some quality time with one of my gurus, Professor Stephen Heppell.

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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.


Alexa Cafe

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One of the many highlights of my recent trip to California was spending a day at Alexa Cafe, a summer camp for girls aimed at enhancing ICT & creativity skills.

I put this video together along with my friend and colleague Mike McHugh from Adobe.


This video and many like it can be found on CreateEdu TV


Adobe & Sydney Distance Ed

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On Wednesday 21st May, I had the pleasure of running an Animation workshop for 12 students and 4 teachers from Sydney Distance Education High School.


These students are all doing their HSC via distance education so they rarely get to spend time together and meet face to face with educators. They enjoyed the experience of visiting the Adobe office in Sydney’s Darling Harbour and spending time going through the basics of Adobe Flash and Adobe Premier.


Flash was used to produce some simple animation sequences.


The students were also taught how to film against a green screen so that they could use Adobe Premier to add live action to their animation.

sydneydis4Luca, one of the students, interviewed a number of other students about the day …


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Queensland Schools of Creative Excellence Program

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A key aspect of the enterprise agreement between Queensland Education and Adobe is the Queensland Schools of Creative Excellence (SOCE) Program. This is a project involving several teachers from four QLD government schools being selected and trained as Adobe Education Leaders (AELs) and then sharing out to their school community and beyond the creative advantages of working with Adobe tools in the classroom. This video outlines what we did during the first two days of training in Brisbane.


The Schools of Creative Excellence project will provide up to 4 schools annually an opportunity to become Schools of Creative Excellence.  Adobe will support schools in the development of innovative and creative practices through the use of the Adobe suite of software to increase learning productivity and provide flexibility to meet the needs of their learners.

Through the program Adobe will provide the schools with sponsored software, training and professional sharing opportunities. It is expected that the schools will explore the potential of this software with in connection with the Australian Curriculum and then share their results with the wider Queensland school network.