Well, that was fun. Our third annual Big10
feature is in the books, which means that the
conversations can begin! Each year the editors
get questioned about the selection process:
What about teachers? How could you have
picked him/her? Why didn’t you pick ME?!
The best way to answer may be to explain how we don’t select
the Big10. There is no rubric. The men and women profiled this
month are subjective picks culled from the hundreds of people
our editors, reporters, and advisors came across during the course
of the past year. We rely on our colleagues at organizations such as COSN and ASCD, who
perform due diligence for their own particular award programs. We also ask you, our readers, to
nominate candidates online at techlearning.com. We go over that list. Then we go over it again.
And then we go over it again. Secondly, the Big 10 is
not a “sponsored” list. While some of the corporations
highlighted are also advertisers in these pages, there is
no quid pro quo involved. Lastly, this is not a popularity
contest. I expect that you may never have heard of more
than a few of this year’s winners.
Ultimately, the Big10 is Tech&Learning’s honor roll of
people who we feel are making, or have the potential to
make, the greatest change in the world of edtech. We
congratulate and welcome them into this prestigious
group of leaders we have profiled over the years. Have
someone you think should be considered for next year?
Send me a note and we’ll consider them. I look forward
to continuing the conversation.
— Kevin Hogan