Adobe Have a Voice Project, 2017

The Aim

The aim of this program is to provide Victorian students in Years 4 to 9 with an opportunity to have a voice about something that is important to them and enhance their 21st century communication and creativity skills.

The Task

The task is to work as a group of students (minimum of two per group) with at least one Adobe product to produce either a video story (maximum of two minutes), animation (maximum of one minute) a website/web page or poster about a topic or issue that is important to the group.

The Showcase

Schools can enter a maximum of five entries for the official end of year Showcase on Wednesday 22nd November - 10AM to 12PM at the ACMI (Australian Centre for the Moving Image) at Federation Square. The school will need to determine which five or less groups will represent their school.

Selected entries will also be promoted on the DET FUSE site and by Adobe Education publications.

Projects due 

The final projects to be presented at the Showcase will need to be submitted to Dr Tim Kitchen (kitchen@adobe.com) by Friday 10th November.

Adobe software options to consider:

Yr4 Students working with Adobe Premiere Clip

Benefits for students

This program provides students with an authentic audience to express their voice and an opportunity to enhance their collaboration, creativity and 21st century digital communication skills.

Benefits for educators

This program with help educators enhance their teaching strategies, gain new skills, and collaborate with like-minded educators and youth media experts to enable their students to express themselves using digital tools and to create media with a personally meaningful purpose.

Teacher workshops

A series of free face to face and online workshop session will help teachers learn more about the software and how to facilitate its use within the project.

Face to Face session  - Friday May 26, Kensington Town Hall - 30-34 Bellair St, Kensington

Online session 1 - Wednesday 14th June, 4PM to 5PM via https://my.adobeconnect.com/tkitchen

Online session 2 - Tuesday 15th August - changed from 17th - (4PM - 5PM) via https://my.adobeconnect.com/tkitchen

Online session 3 - Tuesday 12th September (4PM - 5PM ) via https://my.adobeconnect.com/tkitchen

A series of self-paced online workshops on the Adobe software of choice will also be recommended.


To be eligible to participate, schools need to:

  • Be a Victorian State Government School;
  • Have the support of the School Principal;
  • Have at least one teacher willing to support the students and take part in the associated professional learning activities;
  • Have at least one group of students (Years 4 to 9 ) involved in the task (maximum of 5 groups per school for the Showcase);
  • Ensure that all students have had a Victorian Government and an Adobe Release form (to be provided) signed by a parent or guardian;
  • Have access to, or a plan to access, basic media production equipment and resources such as cameras (video & still), tablet devices, laptops and/or desktop that will run some of the suggested Adobe applications;
  • Have experience in facilitating, or an interest in learning, new strategies for project-based learning;
  • Have a strong belief in student-centred community and social change projects;
  • Be passionate about sharing student perspectives and voices; and
  • Be committed to engaging students in rigorous exploration of topics of their own choosing that are relevant and meaningful to their lives.
Yr 9 Students manipulating an image with Adobe Photoshop

What does the Adobe Have a Voice Project offer participating schools?

For students, positive results include increased creative confidence and its accompanying skill set, including self-expression, ideation, collaboration, flexibility and persistence.

Educator outcomes include improved knowledge of creative skills and how to teach them, more purposeful use of digital tools with students, increasing the application of creative thinking and the use of digital tools across subject areas and capitalizing on the learning opportunities presented when students master self–expression and creative thinking.

Participating schools will have access to:

  • An online Community which links to resources, information, support and other clusters globally
  • Regular web conferences and face to face events to share and learn
  • New tools, methods and platforms for developing creative confidence in students
  • Capacity building activities designed and supported by Learning and Teaching Branch
  • Support with change processes
  • Links to local industry partners

For more information, contact Dr Tim Kitchen, Adobe’s Senior Education Specialist (APAC) via kitchen@adobe.com

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