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.


Adobe Voice at Bentleigh West PS – Melbourne


Victorian Teacher (and Adobe Education Leader) Joel Aarons, organised a two day ICT conference for all the Year 6 students at Bentleigh West Primary School last Tuesday 8th September, 2015.

Joel asked me to run a keynote presentation to the whole group to start the event based on new technologies and how we communicate in the 21st century.


I then ran a series of video workshops based on using Adobe Voice to make stories about what makes the students happy.


The students started by brainstorming all the things that make them happy.




They produced some great videos and obviously enjoyed the experience.


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.

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 http://bit.ly/adobe-bettasia14 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 & 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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DLTV Launch

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Digital Learning and Teaching Victoria was officially launched tonight by the Victorian Minister of Education, the Honourable Martin Dixon,  at the Roof Top, Daniel Mannix Building, Australian Catholic University.



It has been a long time coming, but worth the wait to have VITTA & ICTEV join together to become DLTV. Special thank you to everyone involved with both VITTA and ICTEV who helped make the merger a possibility, especially Dr Donna Gronn (past president of ICTEV) & Phil Calill (past president of VITTA). DLTV is now all set up to help Victorian teachers enhance learning and teaching with effective ICT based solutions.

Here is an interview I did with Minister Dixon soon after his address at the launch.



The whole event was streamed live and can be seen via


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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.

Queensland – Schools of Creative Excellence Project

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This week I was involved in the launch of the Queensland Schools of Creative Excellence (SOCE) Project. This coincided with the launch of the Adobe Education Leaders (AEL) program for Queensland.

The SOCE project is a three-year collaboration between the Queensland Department of Education and Training and Adobe. It commenced this week with an intensive 2 day workshop with sixteen passionate teachers from four Queensland schools. These new AELs will be instrumental in the SOCE project moving forward.


Pip Cleaves, Lead Consultant with Design, Learn, Empower , Richard Turner-Jones (Brisbane based Adobe Solutions Consultant) and I led the 2 days of training which involved a great balance of practical software development, some theoretical development, some leadership training and time to plan next steps.

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Epping Mini Conference

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Epping Views Primary School, in Melbourne’s vastly developing northern suburbs, is a great example of a Victorian state school that is leading the way in encouraging its teachers to make the most of using ICT in the classroom to enhance creative and engaging teaching and learning. On Thursday 30th January, in conjunction with DLTV (Digital Learning and Teaching Victoria),  it hosted an ICT in Education mini conference.

All the Epping Views staff were involved in the conference along with about 30 other teachers from surrounding regions, including one teacher who flew all the way from Mildura in far north Victoria to be at the event. I had the privileged of opening and closing this conference with keynote addresses based on bridging some of the disconnects we experience as educators and enhancing creativity in our profession.


Tim keynoting at the Epping Views Education Conference

Cameron Black (the Epping Views ICT Leader and conference coordinator) with the help of DLTV, organised 15 presenters to run workshops throughout the day that featured topics such as:

  • iPads in the Early Years Maths Classroom
  • Twitter for Teachers
  • Edmodo
  • Getting the most from your Interactive Whiteboard
  • Flipping your Classroom
  • Augmented Reality in Education
  • Incorporating ICT into Writing
  • Play Animation
  • Developing Multimodal texts

During my keynote addresses, along with showing some of the solutions and research that Adobe have on offer for educators,  I asked the delegates to complete an online form that posed a number of questions that aimed at fining out more about them as educators and stimulating thinking about their use of ICT. Here are some of the results:

  • Most of these teachers (58%) have been teaching for less than 10 years with only 14% teaching for over 25 years.
  • These teachers generally feel quite competent in the use of ICT with 78% of them rating themselves as either in the application or integration developmental stage of ICT use.
  • 90% agreed that teaching and learning has changed dramatically since the implementation of personal computers in the 1990s. This is quite a different result to when I pose the same question to secondary teachers.
  • When asked what are the major disconnects evident in their experiences as educators 67% indicated the difference between technology use in class & technology use at home, 58% indicated a strong disconnect with the time to teach & time for professional learning. Only 11% said there was a disconnection between technology advocates & so called luddites (again a very different result to what I get when talking with some secondary teachers).

I gave the Adobe Education Exchange a big push during this day and demonstrated what a powerful networking and professional learning tool it is for educators.  A number of teachers joined the exchange and there was a lot of interest in how to access and use Adobe tools in the classroom.

It was a pleasure to be part of this learning community of passionate educators, share some of my experiences and thoughts and learn lots in the process. I would like to say a big congratulations to Cameron Black for all the hard work he put into the event. It was a great way to kick off the school year for many educators in Melbourne’s north.


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