Adobe Have a Voice, Vic Project, Victoria - 2018

The Aim

The aim of this program is to provide Victorian students in Years 4 to 9 with an opportunity to collaborate, and have a voice (through video or animation) about something that is important to them and enhance their 21st century communication and creative problem solving skills.

The Task

The task is to work as a group of students (minimum of two per group) to produce a short G-rated video story (maximum of two minutes) or animation (maximum of one minute) about a topic or issue that is important to the group.

Topics chosen in the past include:

  • technology developments
  • graffiti and its impact
  • sustainability
  • bullying
  • war
  • discrimination
  • anxiety
  • the environment
  • recycling
  • dealing with waste

The Showcase

We will be running the Victorian Showcase event on Tuesday 23rd October. Venue has changed to be back the ACMI Cinema 2 at Federation Square. This allows us to host more students and is also a much easier venue for bus access, if required.

ACMI Cinema 2 - Federation Square, Flinders St, Melbourne VIC 3000

10AM to 12PM

Schools can enter a maximum of three entries where students & teachers from participating school will gather together to watch the video productions and celebrate the student's creativity. Each school will need to determine which projects will represent their school.

Have a Voice Victoria Showcase, ACMI 2017

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 12th October, 2018.

Please save all videos as either a MP4 or MOV file with a minimum resolution of 720p and send each video to kitchen@adobe.com via a file sharing site like WeTransfer.com

Adobe software options to consider:

  • Adobe Spark Video (free web-based or iOS tool for making posters, video & web-pages)
  • Adobe Premiere Clip (free iOS or Android tool for making videos)
  • Adobe Photoshop CC (laptop or desktop tool for manipulating images, part of the Adobe Creative Cloud) Photoshop CC features a motion mode to make animations
  • Adobe Premiere Elements (laptop or desktop tool for making videos)
  • Adobe Premier Pro CC (laptop or desktop tool for making videos, part of the Adobe Creative Cloud)
  • Adobe Animate (laptop or desktop tool for making 2D animation, part of the Adobe Creative Cloud)

Note that all Victorian Government Secondary Schools have access to Adobe Creative Cloud application via eduSTAR. Click here to find out more. Victorian Primary Schools can access Adobe's free mobile apps as well as Adobe Spark via spark.adobe.com. Please note that all students under the age of 13 will need to access an Adobe ID set up by a parent or teacher to run the free apps.

Students creating with Adobe Spark Video (left) & Premiere Pro (right)

Benefits for students

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

Benefits for educators

This program will help educators enhance their teaching strategies, gain new digital literacy & creative problem solving skills. It will help them to network with like-minded educators who have a collective aim to enable their students to express themselves using digital tools and to create new media with a personally meaningful purpose.

Linking to the DET Teaching Practice Principles for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

The Adobe Have a Voice project links well with the following practice principles as detailed here:

  • Principle 2: A supportive and productive learning environment promotes inclusion and collaboration.
  • Principle 3: Student voice, agency and leadership empower students and build school pride.
  • Principle 4: Curriculum planning and implementing engages and challenges all students.
  • Principle 5: Deep learning challenges students to construct and apply new knowledge
  • Principle 8: Global citizenship is fostered through real world context for learning

Teacher workshops

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

Thursday 17th May - with a focus on Adobe's video apps eg Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe Spark Video, Premiere Clip and Adobe Character Animator.

Online review sessions

  • Monday 18th June at 5PM
  • Thursday 2nd August at 5PM
  • Monday 22nd October at 5PM


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 3 groups per school for the Showcase);
  • Have each group committed to producing a G rated video or animation story;
  • Ensure that all images & audio are either original or royalty free and appropriately credited;
  • 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 at least one of the suggested Adobe applications;
  • Have experience in facilitating, or an interest in learning, new strategies for project-based learning and creative problem solving;
  • 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.

Videos from HAV 2017

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

For students, this project provides positive outcomes including increased creative confidence and the ability to work as a team to solve problems. Other related skills that are developed include:

  • independent learning
  • learning though success & failure
  • working with diverse teams
  • self-expression
  • persistence, grit, resilience
  • entrepreneurial spirit
  • risk taking
  • conflict management
  • innovative thinking

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 problem solving 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
  • 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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