November 28

Digital Tech in the Prac Classroom

So, yesterday was the HEV conference I gave two presentations, one on using digital tech in the classroom


and the other on 21st Century sustainable fashion.


We had two excellent keynote speakers and I went to other sessions on Product Design Tech new course for 2018, Critical and Creative thinking in the Textiles room and 7 – 10 Textiles curriculum development.

I feel very inspired… so back to it.

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November 17

Adobe opportunities

The following three Adobe Education Exchange Live Events being run by APPAC AEC members:

Photoshop and Illustrator for Kids: Grades 3 & 4 (Judy Durkin – Taiwan)

Tue Nov 23, 2015 – 7.00 PM (Sydney/Melb), 6.00 PM (Brisbane), 4.00 PM (Perth/Singapore), 9.00 PM (Auckland)

Student made TV News projects for all KLAs (Tim Creighton – NSW)

Wed Nov 25, 2015 – 7.00 PM (Sydney/Melb), 6.00 PM (Brisbane), 4.00 PM (Perth/Singapore/Taiwan), 9.00 PM(Auckland),


Doing simple special effects with After Effects (Maricon Rivera– Philippines)

Wed Dec 2, 2015 – 7.00 PM (Sydney/Melb), 6.00 PM (Brisbane), 4.00 PM (Perth/Singapore/Taiwan), 9.00 PM(Auckland),

with thanks to Tim Kitchen for the heads up 🙂

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July 21

Excited and weary

Looking forward to presenting on the weekend at DigiCon15, another look at Flipping the Classroom, hope I am up for it… still feeling knocked around by the lurgy… we are well into week 4, and all I want to do is sleep!

Now to get some work marked and organise myself!!

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July 3

Adobe T4T Live Session 2

This week as always the groups were shifted a little… numbers were down with the mid year break in Australia and a long weekend for the July 4th celebrations in the US – Happy 4th of July guys!

This week in our break out group we had Jill, Rusty, Rene, Lio and Manop and me… we seemed to have others pop in and out, and my connection wasn’t brilliant today either… still no voice, although it is coming back slowly. Everyone had really interesting backgrounds, and great ideas to bring to the table…. so if you are wanting to join us it’s not too late!! The Live sessions are not mandatory, but are lots of fun as you get to share ideas and build your professional learning network with voices and pictures as well as text 🙂

a) Creativity in Education
What is your definition of creativity?
Rene came up with a really great definition of creativity: “My definition of creativity is about letting your mind wander and use your imagination to either think of novelties that could created or using your imagination to think of how to improve a something that already does exist. However, with that in mind, if it’s a specific product that a user will interface with you have to make sure it’s something that will be useful and something people will want to use. You have to also think of UX (User Design) experience. You don’t want to create a product, website, app, or anything that is difficult for the user to figure out how to use…otherwise they won’t use it. You want it simple, but piques a lot of people’s interests.Creativity is a new way of thinking of how already existing products can be used in a different way.”
My thoughts: creativity is coming up with an idea or concept that is new for you and I agree that it doesn’t have to be unique… someone else could have the same problem to solve. Take for example the development of photography… quite a few people were coming up with different ways to solve the “problem” of creating a permanent image taken of a real situation. Many different ways were actually developed, and what we use today actually blends many of the ideas. It all linked into other technological developments as well.
Lio’s thoughts: “finding a different way to create or do something…”

We had some great discussions on this, and it clearly gets everyone thinking creatively as well!

Robinson defines creativity as the process of having original ideas that have value.
What do you think of his definition? What defines an original idea?

Jill and others in the group discussed this having issues with the second part, what is the definition of “original thought or idea”? It could be the first time a kid has thought of it, or a person thinks of something on one side of the world, and someone else also has the same problem to solve and comes up with an idea, is it any less valuable because someone else has already thought of it, even though you didn’t know?

It could also be expanding on something to make it fit… or solve a problem, which once again makes it valuable. So the value is in the user/idea developer.

b) Product Training Activities: Acrobat
What was your reaction to Acrobat edit PDF tutorial and the review and comment on PDF tutorial?
It is going to make life so easy – all files and software file types work together.

I am looking forward to getting the CC version, still working on AcrobatX

c) Professional Development Design: Adult Learning
What are your best practices in technology training ?
– giving them tools and examples to help them follow through
– Finding out where people are at… what skills they already have
– start with intro, make intentions for the session clear
– making all the tasks question form works really well
– have to work with the group/find out what their expectations are.
– sometimes more confident to write a question than actually say it… either on paper or on a digital form.

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July 3

Task 2 App Design, my Bio App

I really enjoyed this project, I was particularly proud that I used my own template files, not the supplied ones and was able to personalise the task, including adding links and images.

It has been a while since I have used HTML and CSS, but I found the brackets interface really intuitive, and easy to pick up when I had missed a semi colon or bracket etc. It was comforting how the code brain started to come back to me… I don’t use it much…LOL. I found the centering of the image i added was a bit of a challenge, even searching and trying the align=”middle” bit didn’t seem to work so, I added the css in the top, as we did for the other image, and that worked.

Interesting! was not making a separate html page for each page of information…

I am hoping to be able to use this with my students, later this term, we will be creating apps I hope… I have done web apps with students before, but not coded ones, so this will be interesting, and there will need to be a bit of differentiation as well for some of those not quite at the coding level. Questions “will it work in a school environment”? with blocks everywhere. The App itself could be quite useful as an “intro” card/business card.

The jQuery mobile site had heaps of features I look forward to exploring more.

Hope you enjoy

My Biography App from Suzanne Arnott on Vimeo.

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June 27

Product Training Activities – Intro to Acrobat

This week we looked at a range of support Adobe offers educators to make using their products, and training others to use them so much easier. What best practice tools and skills we use and shared with each other. And introduced Acrobat, the tool which allows your amazingly formatted document to look the same on any platform.

What challenges do you face when introducing Adobe tools to audiences of educators with no prior experience? What successes have you had?
All of the tools are so amazing and sooooooo huge I find the biggest challenge is to start small. I am having successes with teaching small groups of staff Adobe Photoshop at the moment, and they are really getting a lot out of it…
What’s your level of expertise with Acrobat?
I would have to say basic to intermediate. I have played with a few basic functions, but not regularly
If you’re familiar with Acrobat, what best practices can you share with your fellow course members?
Being able to create interactive documents, where participants can add their comments to a “live” document. You can also embed multimedia applications.
I “print” to Acrobat – PDF to allow documents to look the same regardless of what device they are looking on

I would showcase some exemplars, showing the amazing potential each of the products have to make a difference in their classroom, or professional or even personal lives, as an outlet for their own creativity, as well as an easier way to streamline tasks.
– What strategies and best practices for introducing Adobe tools to new learners do you incorporate in your professional development sessions?
Starting with small chunks of information. Most of the products are so big they can be daunting, small achievable steps will give new users the confidence to explore further. Then sharing spaces such as EdEx and YouTube, Adobe.TV and to support their continued learning.
– Do you modify existing training materials to meet the needs of educators? If so, how do you do approach this? What tips can you share?
Always modifying to best suit the target audience. Training can be affected by timing and the people involved. 
Find out who the audience will be prior to delivery if possible, what their background with the tools. Also find out how long you have.
In that way you know if you are starting with raw beginners or more experienced users, and will not bore them with the basics, or baffle them with complexity depending on the audience. 
You will also be aware of being able to work out which aspects to leave out, or to be able to send them to specific sites for further information if time is too limited.
– What was your biggest takeaway from this week’s Product Training Activities section? 
Some excellent Visual Learner resources. The new look Acrobat… can’t wait to try it
– Which of the strategies and resources from this week’s Product Training Activities section will you most likely use in your professional practice? Why?
Making sure to showcase product strengths and capabilities… something I do, but can always work to improve further.
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June 26

Adobe CC Train the Trainer

Yes I am going back for more and more… #love2learn will become my hashtag! #AdobeT4T is a train the trainer model which I did using the elements platform earlier in the year, and really want to get my head around some of the secrets of CC. CC is Creative Cloud – the new subscription based way to access the Adobe software. We have access to it through school which is awesome, but as I am about to change over computers I don’t have it on this one YET! but can’t wait!!

Today was our first live class using Connect, and unlike some of the Connect sessions I have participated in, it ran really smoothly tech wise… and absolutely brilliantly participant wise. I did the 11pm New York time (11am Melbourne time) session and there were about 22? participants from all around the world. A few from Melbourne and Sydney, a bunch from all around the USA, Canada, some from Tunisia and even Jordan… sorry if I missed any other countries.

After the intros we broke into smaller discussion groups of about 5-6, I was with Deb, Deb D, Rusty, Lana? Deb and Rusty kept the chat going really well while Deb D and I chatted in the text box, we had some great discussions. We were all in one way or another involved with creative and visual arts, and felt that was one of the reasons we had a strong connection with creativity in what we do and how we teach! As far as Adobe products go, a range of skills, with mostly being self taught.

Some excerpts from our discussion notes… hope I recorded them ok girls 🙂

“Creativity: We all seem to work in the visual arts and hands on learning, it lends itself perfectly to the creativity in Sir Ken Robinsons talks.
Kids often find it hard to experiment, in case they “get it wrong” they need to get past that.
Everything helps with creativity. It takes the basic idea and gives it another spin… no pun intended
Kids today are used to instant gratification, they want instant feedback, so if it takes time they seem to find it difficult. But this is truly what develops their creativity.
Middle school kids not so scared to step outside the box. That’s what I like about mid-school kids. You can get them before they get too locked into the cookie cutter idea syndrome.
Too much standardised testing… globally!! means many teachers feel they can’t go off the beaten track as this will reduce the testing scores.
WE often have to fight for the arts to be included in curriculum… which gives the kids their opening to creativity
Gardiner’s multiple intelligences link in perfectly as kids are all different and learn differently.
Teachers need to step out of the box too, to take creativity into all classes, not just creative arts classes.

Teachers fear making mistakes with tech, and not looking like they know everything
“I work with a great staff with varying amounts of technical expertise. However, most don’t venture out of Microsoft Office and grading software.” Deb D
They “don’t have time” to explore different or new software
Staying up with tech is a global issue, that is what makes a huge divide being able to access technology.
In our state we have access to Adobe Elements and a great range of software that barely gets touched
Our arts and tech areas bought a site licence for CC out of our budgets (Suz)
Deb D: Our district is a little behind the times. We have recycled computers – PC based and CS4

Adobe Training videos are excellent
Staff development has to be geared to what teachers are interested in, showing them how it will save them time!
There is always going to be a learning curve when new products and techniques are showcased

We all have similar backgrounds and passions, and embed our creativity in what we do as well as what we teach!”
We found it quite interesting that in a random grouping we were all so alike!
And as always it is great to be able to do some great PD while in my sick bed with no voice, and still in my pjs 🙂
Web cam and sign language

Web cam and sign language

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May 1

Taking on more challenges…

I have just signed up for the next Edubloggers challenge… should be fun..

I also start the next #AdobeGenPro challenge in a couple of weeks… #Animation…

and tomorrow I present the Silver module unit, my first as a CAMS Course Presenter…

then the DATTA Vic conference where my presentation is on Getting ready to Flip the classroom… Oh dear… I am getting tired just thinking about it… hehehe

May will be busy, but satisfying…. now to get some wool to let my other creativity out 🙂

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