Hello, and welcome to my online home. I’m Ben Forta, Adobe’s Senior Director of Education Initiatives, an educator, best-selling author, blogger, public speaker, and an all-around techie. Check out my books on SQL, Regular Expressions, ColdFusion, and more.

17Aug
2017
MAX Marketplace Is Back For A Second Year

One of our most popular attractions in the Adobe MAX Community Pavilion, the MAX Marketplace, is back for its second year and is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Marketplace will be featuring some of your favorite artists' pop-ups from last year plus a variety of new ones. This is the place to get your hands on awesome merchandise, direct from the artists themselves. Marketplace is scheduled for 9:30am to 4:30pm on Friday, October 20th in the MAX Community Pavilion.

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13Aug
2017
Designing for Generation Z: How to Engage Today's Super-Savvy Kids and Teens

Over on the Creative Cloud blog, the team has posted some thoughts on how to design to attract and engage Gen Z. This one is worth a read, as are the comments.

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10Aug
2017
Adobe Spark Post Back-To-School Posts

Just in time for Back-to-School, the Adobe Spark Post team has created 5 remixable posts for you to use in the classroom:

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10Aug
2017
Julieanne Kost Teaches Photoshop

My super-talented Adobe coworker, Julieanne Kost, has started a YouTube series teaching Photoshop skills and techniques. The videos are short, 2-5 minutes each, and are highly recommended if you are new to Photoshop.

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8Aug
2017
Back To School With Adobe Spark

It's Back-To-School time, and teachers all over are prepping for another year in the classroom. Back in prehistoric times, when I was in school, that meant sharpening lots of pencils, trying to get last year's chalk mark remnants off the board, obtaining a stack of clean projector transparencies and duplicator carbon sheets ... ouch! Teachers these days do much the same, although we've (thankfully) traded much of that ancient technology for shiny laptops, Chromebooks, iPads, and desktop computers.

Over the past few years, I've had the good fortune and privilege of meeting thousands of passionate educators the world over, and many have shared the innovative ways that they are using our FREE Adobe Spark in their classrooms. Just as I've done the past two years, I've compiled some of my favorite teacher-shared Spark classroom ideas into this post.

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