By armsdan


May 5, 2011

I am coming to you with this post after having attended a general session of 5,300 business students that took place at the base of the washington monument in washington! It was a site to behold, I am not sure there is a way to describe all that just took place. There was dancing, leadership, and life altering realities. As an advisor for nearly 63 students it is humbling to see such a site.

I want to take time and share while it is fresh. I did a workshop today about the Digital Publishing Suite. Normal attendance to the sessions are about 30-50 people. If you are really good an have a great topic it can get up to 80. My workshop was “From InDesign to the iPad, the Adobe Digital Publishing Suite.” I had 220 pre registered for my workshop. They moved my presenting room twice. I found out about the mass that was coming only days prior to the workshop. I have been unsure if I am up to the task of being an AEL, if I am qualified, if I know enough. So with doubts in my head I went in to the session confident that I knew my software. In all honesty with as much humbleness as I can muster I did us proud! It rocked from beginning to end. I get too excited at times and it can detract but I was able to maintain my composure and really have a great session. They were turning people away cause there were no seats left 3 min into my session. I used some files that were provided by Adobe which worked great! It was the best session I have ever done. Not one thing when wrong, not one key stroke was out of place. I had answers that were fun and realistic.

The audience consisted of several state directors of Career Technical Education, Local Advisors, and students ranging from 15-40 yrs. the message to them all was CS5.5 and how it changed the way we interact with InDesign. Ooohs and Awes around the room. I am excited to share it with all of you this summer at the AEL Summer Meeting.

Last thing, I have been invited to meet with the assistant Secratray for the Department of Education While I am in Washington DC. I was asked to be one of 15 panelists to answer questions about education trends. I was chosen to provide insight about the current and future trends of technology education. I will let you know how it all goes on Friday. Please send me your thoughts and ideas about the current trends of technology education so that I can provide a collaborative  answer from the Adobe Education Leaders. I would like to try and make sure our voice is heard.



  • By Djuana - 8:40 PM on May 22, 2011  

    Dana I live in Richmond but am interested in connecting with folks who are are using CS5 I have it and am just learning its capacity. I desire to keep learning can you let me know when there is another event

    • By Dan Armstrong - 2:20 PM on May 26, 2011  

      Well I have stuff going on all the time but it doesn’t usually take place out east as I am based out of Idaho. I am working on some Captivate curriculum for CS5 centered around photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Acrobat. I will be publishing it to the Education Exchange so if you keep an eye out for that it may be helpful.

  • By david conover - 7:30 PM on June 18, 2011  

    What an outstanding opportunity, I hope it turned out well.