The Edtech Era
2/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
What a great time to be writing about education
technology. Each month, we get to publish
stories that define the epic transformations
that are happening in schools and at home for
At the expense of dating myself, I can
remember other periods over the past 20 years when my articles
became unwitting harbingers. In retrospect, they are almost
comical. Back in 1992, one headline I wrote went something like,
“Will email work in corporate America?” I’m happy to say the
answer was yes! Later that decade, I recall an attempt to break
down Amazon’s business model—actually sell books over the Internet!
Two features this month remind me of some of these landmark tide turners. School CIO editor
Ellen Ullman turns to executives in the business world
in order to examine the best strategies for handle the
onslaught of devices in the classroom (BYOD: A Work
in Progress). Then we separate some of the
myths from the facts on cloud computing.
What enthuses me about these articles is that they are
smart. The writers and subjects don’t ask whether or
not these things are possibilities. We all know that they
are. What they do explain is how to best deal with these
Another indicator of this exciting time is the
number of edtech events we get to cover around the
world. This month, be sure to see our coverage from
TCEA, BETT, EDUCON, and FETC. Next
month, we’ll have reports from Tech Forum Atlanta,
SXSWedu, and COSN. Also go online to follow
developments in real time at techlearning.com. Who
knows what’s coming next?
— Kevin Hogan
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