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Adobe Education Leaders Summit

I have just returned from three days of networking, sharing, learning and eating thanks to Adobe and my brain is buzzing. This blog post will attempt to be a bit of a brain dump, as I gather my thoughts from my time away. During the summit,  I learned more about current Adobe software. I learned about yet to be released software. I was inspired by Australian student work samples both primary and secondary. I was humbled by meeting dedicated teachers, many of whom work in remote or rural schools, teaching at risk students. I met teachers who are working hard and making a difference, often without recognition from their communities. I contributed to planning Adobe’s way forward in Australia and I assisted in creating programs and documents to further the use of Adobe software in Australian schools. I was inspired. Inspired to learn more and to effect change.

They key questions for me at The Adobe Education Leaders Summit were how can I learn through Adobe?  How can my students learn with Adobe? I am a strong believer that student learning is paramount. It does not matter what the tool is, the key is, does that tool aid the learning? So for me I was always thinking how can Adobe help me to meet my students’ learning needs? And how can I meet my key learning indicators using Adobe software? On reflection I know that I can.

So just what is it about Adobe that makes me sure of that? Firstly, Adobe is a creative content company, it produces software that encourages, nurtures and develops creativity. Secondly more than half of all students in Australia both primary and secondary have access to Adobe products. Whether that be on a PC, Mac or increasingly a tablet, Adobe has a product that is perfect for our students. For example, how about Photoshop Touch and Adobe Collage both of which are content creators for the iPad? Or Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements for primary school students using computers.

The next key point is how can Australian teachers learn more these products and how to incorporate them into their programs. Well luckily for us Adobe has thought of that, with the Adobe Education Exchange. An online space for teachers to connect, share and learn in. On the Adobe Education Exchange you can find lesson plans and tutorials shared by teachers from all over the world.  Lesson you can adapt to suit your learning outcomes and tutorials you can follow to learn more about different Adobe products. Best of all its free.

After all what does our world need in the future? The four Cs, people who are creative problem solvers, who are able to connect and collaborate and who can communicate with each other to help our planet. I believe it is our responsibility as teachers to do all we can to help our students become these people.

I am grateful and full of thanks to Adobe and my school for letting me have this opportunity to grow as a teacher.

Year 5 Aboriginal art

Connect, Collaborate and Create

Connect, collaborate and create. Three simple verbs, which have been tweeted by so  many recently. In particular Pip Cleaves a connected learning consultant from New South Wales in Australia. Who  has written an excellent post in which she discusses how these verbs are changing the face of digital education in her region of NSW.  She writes ‘These three innocent yet powerful verbs have begun to provide a scaffold for change into the Digital Education Revolution for all staff at all levels of the system.  From classroom teaching and learning scaffolds to whole scale systemic change, Connect-Collaborate-Create is providing us with a focus and structure to build on.”

Today I want to share how at a simple classroom level I have connected, collaborated and created and in doing so built a new relationship between a year 4 class in England and my Year 5 class in Australia. All through the power of Twitter and my PLN.

Connect: Over the past six months I have connected with many teachers and educators around the globe. We read each others blogs, share ideas, ask questions, write comments and tweets. One of those teachers is Jan Webb. Sometime back in May, Jan wrote to me asking if I would like to connect with her Year four class in Weston, England. They were about to embark on a project about Rainforests and as part of that unit they would be reading Aboriginal stories. She had some wonderful ideas about possible collaborative projects. Unfortunately the Year four class at my school had already finished an Aboriginal unit. My student teacher had though recently started a small art project using the concept of Aboriginal style dot art to represent a narrative.

Collaborate: To keep it simple, we decided to collaborate together on a voicethread. I photographed their art-works and placed them into a voicethread. Each student then wrote or spoke their narrative to match the art-work. I sent the link to Jan and her class added comments to it. Both Jan and I use the two stars and a wish commenting system of reflection and assessment. So I was confident that her students would add comments which would be appreciated by mine.

Create: our finished creation is shown below. So simple, so easy and yet so powerful. I hope you agree that as an example of connecting, collaborating and creating within a primary school context, voicethread is perfect. I am already excited about future possibilities for Jan and I, who knows what ideas we might come up with?

And yes, I am still searching for that elusive thing, another primary class who would like to connect, collaborate and create. To produce a voicethread about tourism in Antarctica, year5rc have one ready and waiting.