Coolbinia, Western Australia
“I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning to sail my ship.”
Matthew Docherty teaches upper school English courses at Applecross Senior High School in Ardross, Western Australia, a suburb of Perth. He uses tablets and Adobe® Reader® in his classroom to facilitate sharing and document annotation, which allows for collaborative development of ideas with peer-based feedback. His students also use tablets with Adobe Ideas to conceive, plan, and execute film projects using Adobe software such as Photoshop®, After Effects®, and Adobe Premiere® Pro. He works with a colleague to minimize the use of paper, build extensive digital student portfolios, develop digital literacy, and promote the use of information technology at his school.
Docherty builds partnerships within the Perth area educational community to implement progressive technologies in schools. He has presented with partners in a range of settings, from school professional development days to university symposiums, on the use of technology in education.
Docherty has a strong interest in media production and has established a Film Club at Applecross. The club has developed and submitted a range of school productions and competition entries using Adobe video products. On a personal level, Docherty is also developing a range of ideas for film productions.