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Editors Desk: Who’s who in edtech in 2013

I find it hard to believe that this is the fourth installment of ourannual Big 10: Most Influential list.
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I find it hard to believe that this is the fourth installment of our annual Big 10: Most Influential list. What began as a last-minute idea to help celebrate T&L’s 30th anniversary in 2010 has become one of our most anticipated issues of the year.

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We gave contributor Sascha Zugar the daunting task of reaching out to these folks and asking them for the motivations behind their work. I think you will find her interviews both inspiring and enlightening.

After four years of curating this list, I also know there will be people who disagree, passionately, about the selections. Let me try to get ahead of that:

Q: “Where are the teachers?!”

A: “There are some! See Bergman and Sams.”

Q: “How can you include tech company CEOs?! Aren’t you just trolling for advertising?!”

A: “The products and services created and distributed by industry, whether they be whiteboards, tablets, curricula, or online courseware, have a massive influence over education practices, whether people like them or not. And while I do like that companies choose to advertise with us, it does not affect the selection process.”

Q: “How can you ignore (insert pro/con tech issue here) and how it is damaging the quality of education in this country?! Do you have a blind allegiance to the idea that all tech all the time is good?!”

A: “While I will admit a natural bias towards the benefit of technology in the classroom, I like to think we cover the issues from several angles. See Diane Ravitch.”

That being said, I am sure we missed someone you believe deserves to be on the list. Who is it? Post them on techlearning.com or just email me at khogan@nbmedia.com. I have already started collecting names for 2014!

— Kevin Hogan
Editorial Director
khogan@nbmedia.com

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