By garypoulton


September 15, 2012



Day 1 (Orientation and Presentations)

iphone 6×6 panorama

The first AEL Summit to be held in Australia took place at the Kirribilli Club in Sydney over the 12th, 13th and 14th of September. It was an extraordinary gathering of new and existing AEL’s from across the country and included identified leaders drawn from the ranks of Teachers, Principals, Deputy Principals, ICT Co-Ordinators, Regional Advisers and Project Officers.

For me this truly became the most significant and valuable Professional Development event of my teaching career.  The opportunity to focus completely on the planning and development of curriculum support material aligned to the emerging standards for the National Curriculum and develop strategies and projects to support professional development for a range of identified stakeholders within the teaching profession with such an incredibly dedicated and talented group of people was a paradigm shifting experience.

Firstly a big vote of thanks to Matt Niemitz, Donna Magauran, Anna Mascarello, Peter McAlpine, Michael Stoddart, Paul Burnett and the ever-effervescent Brian Chau for the quality of support and/or organisation provided over the three days of the Summit.

To the AEL’s (Vincent Albanese, Susan Bell, Daniel Rattigan, Megan Townes, Jason Carthew, Brett Kent and Pipp Cleaves) who presented at the Summit, what more can be said?  Inspiring and accomplished; it was an honour to present alongside you.

Not much spare time in my day. Just wanted to put this up to acknowledge the quality and commitment of the new AEL Australian team. It’s not often that being a part of an organisation or team inspires a sense of pride for me, but it certainly has in this case.

And so……

Some of the impressive new stuff for me that’s not under NDA was Adobe Tutorial Builder for Photoshop. Very impressed with this plugin from Adobe Labs. I’ve downloaded it already and will be adding this to the tutorial work-flow as of now. Also taking a closer look at Edge Preview; some nice developments on the horizon here as well.

Adobe Configurator was another tool that has slipped my attention. Hiding in Adobe labs this little gem will enable me to configure workspaces for Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign with unbelievable ease.

There are some real surprises in store for Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements users on the horizon. Keep your ears to the ground for version eleven releases. Nice work Adobe.

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  • By Anthony - 5:53 AM on September 15, 2012  

    As an educational content developer I’d be interested to read about the outcome. Look forward to some updates.

  • By rossjohnson - 4:06 AM on September 19, 2012  

    Hi Gary,

    I wholeheartedly agree with your appraisal of the first Australian AEL Summit.

    To be part of this team of stellar 21st Century educators (& learners) is a true honour & to be held in such good stead by a global software leader like Adobe is a credit to all of us.

    The support given by everyone that we came into contact with at Adobe was/is phenomenal and I am positive that this is the first of many great steps by our team.

    It has inspired my to take a different approach to some aspects of digital education in my classroom & it also validated what we are doing at our campus.

    Well Done Team AEL and Thank You Adobe

    Ross Johnson
    Proud Australian AEL

  • By G.SHADRAK - 4:58 PM on November 26, 2012  

    its very interesting to here such things how do i get chance to participate and share experiences of my working school in india.