Short Multimodal Online Opportunities To Help Interested Educators Succeed

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Previous Episodes 2023

Episode 23J1 - Intro to Adobe Express

I realised that while many folks use Adobe Express, there are many more who have never ventured into the wonderful world of multimodal content creation using this tool. This episode covers the basics of creating a flyer using Adobe Express showing some of the image creation and manipulation features available in the web version of the product.

The videos below are not from the episode, but are intro videos to get you started.

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Episode 23i4a Special Edition - Newsletter Creation with Adobe Express

Adobe Express has a great webpage creator (you are using it right now!) - Many schools use this to create their school newsletters. Click on the button below for a resource designed around a fictitious newsletter created in Adobe Express. It contains many tips and tricks along with samples of real newsletters to view. It covers the main sections of a school newsletter with ideas on how to create reusable templates and how to safely involve your students in content collaboration on your school newsletters. The 10-minute flipped classroom style video below used the express page resource as a basis for guiding you through the newsletter creation process.

This is a great watch and memory of the 2023 Adobe ANZ Summit. Check out where we were in Melbourne and the great fun we had catching up with fellow educators in the great location at both the Melbourne Adobe offices and also the conference itself at Haileybury College City Campus.

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Episode 23i4 (September 22 2023)

SNAGit is a program I use all the time and as we have a few licences where I work and throughout education, I ran a short session this week on some of the features. There is no PowerPoint for this episode, Just a demo video highlighting some of the features. I also cover how you can easily (and should) add chapters to any videos you create via Teams / STREAM that you want to share with others. As with other products I talk about - I have no commercial affiliation with them. Snagit 2024 literally just dropped yesterday 4 Oct 2023 - and has a few new features worth checking out.

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Episode 23i3 (September 15 2023)

  • Adobe Express now has Firefly AI available for teachers and students
  • Photoshop has released Firefly AI capabilities into its latest general release
  • Join me for my workshop on Adobe Express (Newsletters, portfolios) on 26 and 27 September

Don't forget the video has chapters, clickable transcript and interactive hotspots so the links in the video are live...

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Episode 23i2 (September 8 2023)

  • Education Resources for School Leaders
  • Podcast.Adobe.Com (beta software)
  • Animate in Adobe Express – deeper dive

The link above is only viewable for folks with ntschools accounts as the primary subject matter is already addressed by Mike Russell's Adobe Podcast Tutorial and Dave Werner's video about animate from audio below and the screen captures in the PowerPoint.

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Episode 23i1 (September 1 2023)

  • Character Animator

Dave Werner from Adobe - known as OKSamurai is the go to guy for great training videos that are fun to watch - check out his channel. There are a variety of tools you can use from the professional level of Adobe Character Animator to the Starter version of Character Animator and now you have access to the animate from Audio feature in Adobe Express.

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Episode 23H4 (August 25 2023)

  • Microsoft OneDrive
  • Animate with Audio (Character animation in Adobe Express)

As I have a number of videos regarding OneDrive, rather than record a video that is a curation of existing content, I am including the three OneDrive videos here as well as two videos where I have created a puppet animation from audio in Adobe Express. The PowerPoint for the session is below.

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Episode 23H3 (August 18 2023)

  • Microsoft Lists App
  • Microsoft Search Coach and Search Progress

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Episode 23H2 (August 11 2023)

  • 23H2 Viva Insights, Reflect, Learning and More

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Episode 23H1 (August 4 2023)

  • Microsoft Bookings App
  • Reading Progress App

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Episode 23G3 (July 21 2023)

  • Editing and publishing videos from MS Teams
  • Capturing video meetings in PowerPoint (Cameo, Dictate, Record and Publish)
  • MS Streams and Vimeo
  • Interactive Videos
  • Other solutions

Once you have Vimeo contributor or Folder Contributor (School Vimeo Admin) access, you need to know how to access and upload videos. The video below covers this.

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Episode 23G2 (July 14 2023)

  • Microsoft Forms
  • Adobe Libraries

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Episode 23G1 (July 7 2023)

  • Updates App in MS Teams
  • Lightroom CC Storage

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Episode 23F5

  • Microsoft Planner
  • Adobe Express Beta

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Episode 23F4

  • Microsoft To Do App
  • Adobe Fonts
  • Random Bits (Search Progress, Vimeo AI, Outlook Meeting Recap)

This was an interesting episode in that I was running a competition to get folks to guess where a bicycle I had removed using the generative AI feature was. The plan was in MS Teams to use Whiteboard to get participants to draw on the map where they thought the bicycle was.

Can you work out where the bicycle was in real life? Original photo will be posted next week.

We have an issue with whiteboard where collaboration in Teams could not be activated. So we abandoned that fun exercise. In hindsight I should have used OneNote, pinning the photo to the background so we could draw over the top of the image.

In real life, the very next day, my own bicycle was stolen from my front yard where the thief came in through my front gate. The bike has not been recovered. I did use Adobe Express to create a poster for the stolen bike which I include here.

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Episode 23F3

  • Project Manager Office Manager Teams Special (10 Weeks)
  • T2 W9 Overview of the Apps we will cover
  • T2 W9 Approvals App + Reading Coach (Word)

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Episode 23F2

  • New Adobe Express Beta
  • Themes and Plugins in School WordPress Sites

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Episode 23F1

  • Vimeo Basics
  • Interactive Videos with Vimeo
  • Add Vimeo videos to PowerPoint and Adobe Express Page
  • One thing Camtasia does well (I forgot this last week)
  • Student Creativity Challenges (Adobe tools - aimed at 10 to 14 years olds)

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Episode 23E4

  • Where is the Jira Form (for Adobe, Vimeo and Cloud)
  • Phonetic Readers and Generative AI
  • Photoshop now has Generative AI (and beta blockers)

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Episode 23E3

  • Search Progress and Coach
  • ACE Level 1 and 2
  • Updates App in Teams

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Episode 23E2

  • It’s all about ME
  • Assignment Features
  • Search Coach

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Episode 23E1

  • April Teams Update
  • Assignment Features
  • Search Coach

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Episode 23D3

  • Camtasia vs PowerPoint

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Episode 23D2

  • MS Class Teams Update March 2023 (Education and General)
  • Lessons from Edex with assets
  • Firefly from Adobe – More AI but with guardrails for students

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MS Teams Training Resources

Practical Learning Pathways for educators

  • Microsoft Educator Course
  • Microsoft Advanced Educator Course
  • learning Environments (Course)
  • 21st Century Learning (Course)
  • Microsoft Educator Trainer Course
  • Microsoft Innovative Educator

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Free Adobe Training Resources

Practical Learning Pathways for Educators

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How the Interactive Videos Work

This webpage has video episodes that contain links to websites. while watching the video you can click on the location on the video to jump to the connected website. In some cases, I will explain in the video, but in earlier videos I am trying to retrofit them with interactivity. Typically, the open screen will have a link to the PowerPoint for the episode and at the end of the episode will be a link to the random topics and also this webpage. I would love to hear from you if you think this approach makes it easier for you to find information. I have a sample of the start screen and end screens below as an example of what is clickable.

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Logging jobs and getting support

For starters, you will need to be on our network and have an NT schools login to use any of the following links. Because I mainly focus on Microsoft Office, Teams, Adobe Products, Moodle and Vimeo I only include the links to those items.

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