Ben Forta at Hilltop Road PS

Ben Forta (Adobe’s Senior Director, Education Initiatives) began a busy week of Australian engagements immediately after stepping off his long flight from his home state of Michigan, USA on Tuesday 10th May.


His first engagement was at the wonderful Hilltop Road Public School in the west of Sydney. Principal Mrs Natalie See gave Ben & me a warm welcome and was delighted to also welcome a number of visiting students and teachers from nearby schools.


Ben has one of the best jobs at Adobe. He works with the Next Generation Product teams and has the fabulous task of traveling the world and sharing new product ideas with students and teachers to get their opinions on how they can be used to enhance learning and teaching.


Project M is the code name of what will be the browser version of Adobe Slate, Voice & Post. Currently in beta, but available to try via …


Here are a couple of image collages tweeted by Mrs See (@see_natalie) soon after the event …



After Ben’s keynote address, the students were broken into three workshop groups led by Ben, Bret Kent (Adobe Education Leader & Year 6 Teacher at Hilltop Rd) and me. Ben showed his group Project M. Brett ran a workshop on Adobe Post and I ran a session on Adobe Clip.


It was lovely to introduce Ben Forta to members of the Australian Education Leadership Community – Brett Kent (left) & Rita Maroun (right)