You asked for it. More than
1,000 readers contributed to our 30thanniversary
compilation of the most influential
people in education technology.
More than a few complained that our first two
installments were lacking: too many thinkers
and talkers and not enough doers. Well, we
saved them all for this month.
Keep this copy in your back pocket for the next time someone
bemoans the future of education in your presence. The work
being done in grad school research labs, in the proverbial
garages of fledgling entrepreneurs, and most important, in U.S.
classrooms, should belie the bellyaching.
Also be sure to turn to page 26 for the first installment of what
we call the Long Review. Tech & Learning has engaged the
services of Village Charter School, an urban charter school in
Trenton, NJ, to be our guinea pigs in a rather radical experiment.
(Full disclosure: I am on the board of directors, and my son
Phineas is a first grader.)
During the course of this school year, we will follow the
administration and faculty as they implement a 40-seat
installment of Pearson SuccessMaker on a Dell desktop PC
network. Each month there will be an executive summary
in the magazine. But the real nitty-gritty will happen online:
Watch interviews with teachers and students as they (we hope)
progress through the program; read the blogs of administrators
as they weigh the cost and time benefits of such a sophisticated
project; even ask your own questions.
As always, we appreciate your participation in our dynamic
community of education geeks and encourage you to keep it up
for the next 30 years or so!