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Participants Projects

The Adobe Storytelling Academy is a hands-on, integrated approach to storytelling that will provide participants the opportunity to take a deeper dive into the Adobe products that will unleash their creativity. This 2 Day workshop will model different ways to engage students in storytelling and enable educators to leverage their knowledge of Adobe products to empower students to tell their stories. This 2 day Academy will group participants according to interests. Day one will be spent deciding on a theme and gathering and creating original media. Day two participants will divide according to the strands listed below to create using a variety of Adobe products. The end of day two will involve a showcase of all work created during the Storytelling Academy.

Spark Strand

The goal of the Spark strand is to enable participants to create using Adobe Mobile tools. This will be facilitated through the introduction of 3 different Adobe Spark (mobile) tools; Spark Post, Spark Page, and Spark Video. After introductory tutorials on the different tools, participants will use the media gathered in Day 1 to create works to support their group’s theme.

Design Strand

The goal of the Design strand is to enable different types of media projects with their students according to interests. Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, or Illustrator will be introduced and participants will then have the opportunity to create a digital artifact that incorporates their group’s theme. Sessions will be tailored to the participants interests but might include Photo correction, logo creation, infographics, electronic publications.

Video Strand

The goal of the Video strand is to enable participants to create a digital story using Adobe Premiere Pro CC. After introductory tutorials on the video editing process, participants will use the media gathered in Day 1 to create a video project to support their group’s theme.


Day 1: Tuesday Convention Center Room 141

  • Portland Presentation
  • Team Development
  • Research and Planning
  • Bridge Safari (light rail trip and walking tour to downtown bridges)
  • Mobile Meetup and Lunch - 10th and Alder
  • Wacom Mixer (hosted at Wacom Headquarters - see details below)

Wacom Experience Center Reception

Wacom will be hosting a reception from 4:00 pm - 5:30pm at their Experience Center in downtown Portland. The event will feature food and drink, a scavenger hunt, a demo by a professional artist, plenty of time to play with all their amazing technology and a prize drawing!

Location: 1455 NW Irving St, Suite 100, Portland, OR 97209

Featured Artist

Darren Higgins is the commercial photographer and videographer for Wacom and is a fantastic digital storyteller.


  • 4:00 - 4:30: Welcome social (food and drink)
  • 4:30 - 5:00 Presentation (high level overview and demo by professional artist)
  • 5:00 - 5:30 Activities- scavenger hunt and time to play
  • 5:30 Drawing

Day 2: Wednesday Convention Center Room 141

  • Team Planning
  • Split into strands (Spark, Design, Video)
  • Lunch (provide) and midday share
  • Stay in group to package-Work Time - Team Spark Page Example
  • Break for Key Note Speaker
  • Share out party (social with food and drink 5:00 - 6:00 pm)

Adobe Social

We would like to invite all the people connected to our academy to celebrate our stories on Wednesday, evening from 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm.


  • Browse Stories
  • Team Presentations
  • Socialize

What Should I Bring?

  • Attitude: This is a collaborative storytelling workshop so please come with a positive outlook and be ready to work as a team to learn new tools and techniques.
  • Comfortable Clothing: We will spend Tuesday afternoon and evening out walking around the city of Portland. Please bring a pack to carry your belongings and comfortable shoes/cloths that will keep you happy on a Northwest afternoon in March.
  • Devices: We will be shooting photos/video and then building digital stories so please bring your favorite cameras, iDevice, Chromebook or laptops. Our instructional leaders will bring a bunch of devices to share with people but using your own gear will build valuable experience with the tools you will be using with your students in the future. Make sure to bring all the charging and downloading cables for your devices!
  • Cash & Coffee: You are responsible for maintaining your own caffeine addiction and will need to purchase lunch and dinner on Tuesday. A buffet lunch on Wednesday and afternoon snacks will be provided.
  • Software: If you are in the Spark track you will want to either logon with your Google account information or create an Adobe ID. If you are in the Video track you will want to have Adobe Premiere Pro CC installed. If you are in the Design track you will want to have Adobe Illustrator/Photoshop/InDesign CC installed.
  • Extra Video Tools: Here are a couple addition tools that our videographers might want to bring along - audio field recorder such as zoom recorder. rode mic, tripod, monopod, plenty of sd cards, card reader, external HD

Instructional Leaders

Joe Dockery

Joe with best friend Ruby

Joe Dockery is the director of the Digital Media Academy at Mount Si High School in the Snoqualmie Valley School District, Washington. He recently authored “Learn Adobe Premiere Pro CC for Video Communication: Adobe Certified Associate Exam Preparation” for PeachPit Press. He has been an Adobe Education Leader for over ten years and has been recognized for the following awards include: ISTE “Making IT Happen” and the 2016 NCCE Eric Jensen Leadership Award. He has posted tons of workshop video tutorials on his website at:

Lance Cadena

Adobe Spark

Lance Cadena is an Instructional Facilitator of Technology in the Tacoma School District. He is highly versed in Adobe Premiere, Photoshop, as well as Spark. He undersatnds the importance of project based learning as it relates to engagement and increased attendance and participation in schools. He has been teaching since 1983 and been in his current roll since 2007. He received his Masters In Technology in 1994. He is also part of the AEL--Adobe Education Leader as well as a Microsoft Innovative Educator

Cindy Schultz

Hiking in Glacier Park

Cindy Schultz is the Business & Technology Department Chair at Sentinel High School in Missoula, Montana. She has been teaching for over fifteen years and has a master's degree in technology Education and an administrative license. She is the lead web design instructor and content developer for Montana Digital Academy. She is a Flat Connections certified instructor, Adobe Education Leader and a Microsoft Innovative Educator.

Andy has been teaching ICT at Crofton House School for the past ten years. His students learn Graphic Design and Computer Science. Andy has been an Adobe Education Leader for the last 4 years. He shares his knowledge of Photoshop, InDesign, Dreamweaver, Illustrator with them. He holds a Bachelor of Computer Science from Dalhousie University in Halifax. He earned teaching credentials in Dunedin, NZ, and subsequently taught at Marlborough Girls School in Blenheim, NZ. In the last few years he has begun experimenting with 3D printing in the classroom and has used Sketchup as the tool of choice for 3D design. Andy has been teaching AP Computer Science, and Lego Robotics for the last 10 years.


  • Adobe: Whether you’re an educator developing a more engaging curriculum; an administrator working to improve collaboration; or a student creating school projects, portfolios, and resumes, Adobe offers you tools that can help you excel. Check out the Adobe Education Exchange for great resources for educators.
  • Wacom offers a variety of solutions to help educators and students create, communicate and maximize the learning experience. Incorporating Wacom products into education programs lets students master the same tools that are the standard for creative professionals. Get started with the Wacom Tutorial site.

Additional Adobe Workshops

Preregistration is recommended but not required.

Thursday, March 23, 2017, at 8:00 a.m. 9:50 a.m.:

Friday, March 24, 2017, at 8:30 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.:


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