What a way to start the year! The Tech & Learning
team has been on the road and even “across the
pond” these past few weeks, keeping up with
what could be called edtech’s show season.
First up was our own Tech Forum in Long
Beach, with an inspirational keynote by Dr.
Alec Couros (couros.ca/cv/), and an insightful panel that included
LA CIO Ron Chandler discussing that little iPad pilot you may have
heard about. You can watch it yourself at our Livestream channel
Then we spent a week in London for BETT, the granddaddy of
edtech shows. More than 40,000 educators from across the planet shared best practices in panel
sessions, which included one hosted by our UK advisor Terry Freedman. Meanwhile, in Philly,
managing editor Christine Weiser was reporting on
T&L advisor Chris Lehmann’s Educon (educonphilly.org), which is a sort of Davos for edugeeks. Finally, we
all gathered in Austin, TX, for the Texas Computer
Education Association show and to celebrate our own
Awards of Excellence. You can read about all of these
events plus some takeaways from this year’s Florida
Education Technology Conference.
So what’s the next “Big Thing” to come out of all
these shows? Besides the emerging Maker Movement
and education app market, I saw nothing much new
in the way of hardware and software. What I did
find exciting were the new and innovative ways that
educators are learning to use current technologies.
Next stops—SXSWedu back in Austin, TX and Tech
Forum in Atlanta on March 28, featuring longtime
School CIO advisor Carl Hooker as keynote speaker.
We look forward to seeing you online or in real time soon.
— Kevin Hogan