As you probably have seen… Adobe Education Summit 2013 in Barcelona was a hit! It was a great experience for the attendees. And I’ve learned a lot over there. Learned a lot about education in other coutries, learned a lot of other teachers.
During the event all the presenters where asked for an interview with an Adobe Education Evangelist. I had the honer to be interviewed by Mihai Corlan. And now the video is online at Adobe.tv! How awesome is that?
We are halfway the event already, sadly enough! It’s a fully packet program with so much great sessions and networking possibilities. As always David Heath would open the day with some house keeping rules and drove some attention to the departing busses to the airport later this day. Yes time goes by so quickly over here. But there’s still a fully packed day ahead of us!
Mind blowing session by Michael O’Neill
Michael O’Neill is a widely appreciated Adobe Europe Evangelist and he covered the video production workflow with a huge emphasis on the visual and special effects! His task was to give us an overview about the video workflow with use of the Adobe tools. And he had only one hour…
So this was a mindblowing up speed session with the coolest stuff with video material of the film 300! Which was so amazing!!
DPS in Dubai
My new friend Brad Moody has told us a lot about his/his schools approach to DPS. He showed us lots of examples during his session. In my talk with him the other night he showed interest in becoming an AEL and was really motivated to join in on the Global Video Battle 2014 in some way.
Communities Can Build Together
Adobe Evangelist Terry Ryan had a session about Communities and most of all the community of the open source Brackets tool for HTML code writing. Because of the fact that there is an open source tool with a great community supporting the tool. Interesting fact was the 90/9/1 rule. Out of a 100% of community members, 90% is passive. 9% is active and 1% is leading the community. So to in order to get a more active community we need to have a bigger community. You are not going to change the 90%. So you need to grow the amount of members to get a bigger 9% group. Good to know for me as a brand new Community Manager for Adobe EMAE Education on LinkedIn.
The Physical side of Creativity
Jan de Coster from Belgium is always showing the greatest stuff about robots. In the end of the 20th century, digital creative media had a hard time breaking free from the traditional analogue media. Since then, thanks to all the technological advancements and new tools, digital forms of creativity have brought us amazing things to look at.
Now it is time to bring both worlds together again. Digital and analogue go side by side in interactive installations that exist in physical space. The combination is not a step back, but rather a big leap into the future of creativity. So how do we prepare future creative professionals for this leap ?
This presentation showed different physical installations on which he has worked over the last year with his studio, Slightly Overdone.
Global collaboration: Yes you can!
Matthijs Clasener (me) showed some facts and figures of his school the Grafisch Lyceum Rotterdam in The Netherlands. Please visit www.glr.nl/english for more information about that. My talk was mostly about collaborating. One of the most awesome ways to collaborate world wide is the Adobe Education Leader community. I’ve been a AEL since 2009 and proud to be part of this community of educators around the globe doing the same thing as I am doing. Go to the adobe site to find out more or drop me a line.
This community led to my idea to do a video competition with students all over the world. This started with Dusty Parrish and his students in Texas back in 2012. Our student both got the same assignment and did presentations to each other along the way. Due to the success we continued and doubled the amount of schools in 2013 and have had a great time with Sweden and Thailand.
Next year? You are most welcome to join in on this awesome experience for you and your students! Click here!!
Skipped the final session
Yes… horrible… I know. But there where to many teachers interested in AEL and/or my Global Video Battle. So I’m pleased to announce that New Zealand, South Africa, Belgium and Korea have showed interest! And this break of the sessions led to some great talks with fine people of Adobe.
Wrapping up the summit
There was a Q and A at the end of the summit with David Heath, Mark a’Bear, Miquel Bada and Johan Zimmern.
One of the things that was a great subject was the ACA. The Adobe Certified Associate test are not available in our language (Dutch). This makes it very hard for our students do pass the test. There was a comment that even the sentences where very complex. Are we testing the level of English… or the Adobe tools? I’ve stood up and told the room that AELs where asked to join in on the process of making and evaluating the tests. I am reviewing the questions for the ACA Premiere Pro CC and Photoshop CC tests with an emphasis on the sentences. Make the questions easier to understand. And I am lobbying at Adobe and Certiport to get a test in Dutch done as a pilot.
I like use this opportunity to thank the previous guest of my hotel room for turning on the alarm at 5:30 at the loudest volume… But that made sure that I did get the most out of the day.
After a nice breakfast and great coffee the serious part of the deal started finally.
Adobes EMEA director of education, David Heath, opened the summit with a welcome and introduced Andreu Mas, minister of economy and knowledge of Catalonia. It was a honor that he took the time to welcome us all to the lovely city of Barcelona.
Johan Zimmern was a familiar face as manager of worldwide education. Funny to learn that his first years at the company started at Macromedia. His session was all about creative technology in education and what adobe has got to offer for that with the Creative Cloud.
Dale Pearce came all the way from Australia (Victoria) to tell us about the virtual learning network. Bringing schools together virtually online. Inspiring story and of course great to learn that connect and captivate are used for this goal.
My friend Mihai Corlan (education evangelist) did a session about the new web tools and services that work together in a very slick way. Het discussed Muse, Edge Animate and Reflow, plus the generate features in Photoshop. Interesting to see the workflow in a quick half a hour session.
Two awesome, AWESOME, presentations followed up from two animation schools. Julian Pons described the workflow at ARTFX in France which is luckily the same at our GLR, but what a high level of quality the can deliver. Same goes for Nuno Martins from Cape-town South Africa. Awesome stuff guys. Especially Nuno showed a couple of animations which where very emotional.
I wrapped up the day with a DPS presentation from my colleague Hilde Maassen and “the art school” by Jonathan Shaw.
At the end with the final words by David Heath is was luckily to “win” the newest Captivate book by my friend Damien Bruyndonckx.
A little bit of time followed to do some shopping before the busses arrived to bring us to a restaurant near the old harbor. Had some great discussions with new contacts. This was a very valuable day!
- matthijs clasener
A couple of months ago Adobe asked me to hand in a session outline for a presentation. There was going to be an awesome Adobe Education Summit in Barcelona. It will be different from the Summit in San Jose because of the fact that this one is open for people related to education and not only Adobe Education Leaders. My session was picked and I’m happy to present at this awesome event. My colleague Hilde Maassen will present here as well about DPS.
I’ve never been to Barcelona before so I’ve booked my flight a day early to get a chance to see the lovely city. The plain landed about 10 in the morning at the airport and not that much later I found myself at the start of the Ramblas.
Lots and lots of Spanish people where at the Plage de Catalunya protesting. They want Catalunya to remain part of Spain. And the Catalans want their independent state.
With a metro ticket I’ve hoped on and of to see all the mayor tourist attractions and scored a Starbucks Barcelona mug!
Columbus… on Columbus Day
Walking al the way up to park guell. Very nice!
I had a appointment with Miquel Bada from Adobe to drink some cervezzas. I’ve never met the guy before only a couple of weeks ago he called me to ask me to become the Community Manager for EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa). On this evening I’ve said yes to the task and we will do this for at least three months and see how it goes.
After the beer he asked me to go to the old part of Barcelona on his motor bike and have some tapas. This was a great evening and have learned a lot about Catalunya and Barcelona itself.
On Sunday morning I went to the Sagrada Familia to see it from the outside, I wouldn’t want to go in the enormous que. And that made me see the final thing on my wish list. Time to go to the Hilton and start mingling with the Adobe crew and other fabulous educators.
Great to see a lot of my friends again. Hilde and I where having an interview with our evangelist from adobe which was great fun!
Because of me knowing all about Barcelona now, Miquel turned me into a guide for this evening… Really funny Miquel! And we went to the old part of Barcelona again with the group. Had tapas again in the same restaurant, which was awesome again!
I’ve met some nice educators and AELs today. Great to get people interested for my video battle already. With possibly South Africa as part of the competition we can learn a lot!
- matthijs clasener
Location:Passeig del Taulat,Barcelona,Spain
An idea born in 2011 by two Adobe Education Leaders led to an amazing world wide competition! The whole idea was born because the two teachers wanted to let their students work together, across the borders. One teacher (Matthijs Clasener) was based in The Netherlands and the other (Dusty Parrish) was teaching in Texas, USA.
The students they where teaching where trained in the area of the moving image: Film and Animation. Matthijs and Dusty came up with the idea to do a video and sfx assignment in a format of a competition like The voice of..
Student teams where formed out of approx 5 students and both schools have send in three teams. Four teams where eliminated in a timespan of 8 weeks and several online presentations leading to two finalists at the end of the competition.
The teaching crew itself was responsible for narrowing down and eliminating in order the have their strongest teams in the finals. A world wide jury of awesome educators made the final decision.
Students where thrilled to have joined in this competition and have a look at students in an other country.
This is the video of the winning production of 2012:
The story of this contest continued in 2013 and the amount of schools joining doubled! The Netherlands, Texas, Sweden and Thailand where striding at a maximum of twelve time zones apart from each other to make the very best video ever!
Have a look at the productions of 2013. Each country involved had a team in the finals, and an even bigger jury made the dicision to let the team of The Netherlands win. All students have received amazing feedback. The winning team this year has won a prize as well! Every single team member has won a years subscription of the Adobe Creative Cloud!
What will 2014 bring?
The students who where involved we thrilled to have been a part of this international friendly battle. A student from Texas left a comment in our Facebook group that she feels like she’s got friend all over the world now!
The competition will continue in 2014 and you could be a part of it. What do you need to have to apply?
- Dedicated teaching crew
- Two or Three teams of approx 5 students
- Students are aged approximately 18 years old
The exact data of the competition and presentations will be discussed by the teachers. The organization aims for a period of 8 weeks somewhere in April, May, June 2014.
Please contact Matthijs Clasener for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or apply directly at:
5 minutes of fame
Sessions done by AELS showing some cool stuff in a really short presentation, 5 minutes tops. I sure like the way Mark Dubois with his way of using Adobe Forms Central. Great student feedback suggestions to attach audio comments to PDFs and use Sendnow to enable read receipt of work. And Dave Egbert is using Behance more and more to showcase students work. A special view of Online Student Portfolios in
#AdobeBehance is available at: http://bit.ly/rzIftl
Trevor Bailey -Senior Director World Wide Education
Great point from Trevor Bailey -> Unlocking Creativity is essential to the economy!
The first real day at Adobe started with something brand new for me and for most of us. This awesome new thing is beginning the summit with an unConference. The great thing about it is that we as the participants are responsible for a agenda to build and to make sessions. This is all about getting the most out of it. The idea was that most of the times you don’t learn that much from the sessions during the summit but get the most out of it from the talks you have during the coffee breaks.
I’ve done a lot of sessions in the room with Peter French, a teacher from Canada in animation a respect a lot. And it was really valuable to see examples of other animation courses around the globe. And of course I’ve showcased our animation course at the GLR together with the organisation of our course as well. The cool thing is that this unConference is taking place in a relaxed environment.
Claire Erwin opened the keynote with a big shout out to the Global Video Battle I’ve organised the past two years with help of Dusty Parrish and Lukas Engqvist. It’s a great thing that Adobe is appreciating the effort! We are sure going to continue what we’ve started!
During the reception we’ve had the chance to mingle among the AELs and Adobe people and have some great talks. And there I’ve met Mihai Corlan again and he is the one in charge of the Education Summit in Barcelona. They are willing to give me a part of the day during that summit to get the European AELs together and do things with them. The basic idea is that I’m going to lead a unConference session with the group over there. An amazing challenge is coming up in October!
26th of Juy 2013… It’s early and really quiet on my way to the train station at 5:15 am. But it’s going to be worth it. I’m on my way to get the train, to the plane, which will bring me tomSan Jose again!
At the airport I’ve met Leonard, Ed and Gerben who are coming along as well. It’s was hard to get through customs with Gerben, there was something wrong with his Esta form which you need to get into the states. And once we where on the plane one of the engines didn’t work. Luckily they fond out before we where in the air. With a delay of 2,5 hours we where ready to take of and enjoy the wonderful flight with KLM to San Francisco.
We’ve arrived in The USA after a flight of nearly eleven hours, so we really needed to go to the hotel as swift as possible. Therefore we’ve taken the Caltrain and a little walk downtown. Checking in at the hotel was no problem at all and finally we where able to et a bath or a shower to fully recharge!
I’ve had some communication with Lukas Engqvist who was already in San Jose to meet him for dinner at Johnny Rockets. The most delicious hamburger with a Coke and a float
Great to actually meet my Swedish friend with whom I’ve done so much online project the last couple of years.
Saturday was our “get-over-your-jet lag-day” which we could spend without going to Adobe already. During the night my great buddy from the UK arrived as well: Renaldo Lawrence. I’ve decided to go shopping g with Renaldo in Santana Row, the enormous shopping mall, visit a Barnes and noble bookstore and later on a swim at the Marriott hotel.
During the day more and more AELs arrived in the hotel and we had a drink and dinner with the whole crew which was great. Including the grasshoppers.
Awesome to be back here again and to hear everybody’s stories.
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