Editor’s Note: That Next Big Thing - Tech Learning

Editor’s Note: That Next Big Thing

Writing about the latest and presumed greatest inedtech comes with the risk of sometimes beingwrong.
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Writing about the latest and presumed greatest in edtech comes with the risk of sometimes being wrong. When a magazine title is 35 years old, as Tech & Learning will be next year, you can be sure there are a few clunkers.

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Our recent track record looks pretty good though, at least according to the print issue covers: Here Come Tablets (February, 2010); Social Media: It Does Have a Place in the Classroom (February, 2012); (Flip It: 11 Reasons Why You Should (and 5 why you shouldn’t). The jury is still out on—Big Data Isn’t Bad, It’s Just Misunderstood (March, 2014).

We feel confident to trumpet that next “big thing” because we rely upon the insight from some of the wisest analysts in the business of edtech. And so it goes with this month’s cover, which points you to excerpts from the book The Invent To Learn Guide to 3D Printing in the Classroom: Recipes for Success. Written by T&L Most Influential awardee David Thornburg, along with Norma Thornburg and Sara Armstrong, the book gives prescriptions on how this emerging technology can be used to improve and enhance the learning experience in classrooms—our own content mission in a nutshell.

The other reason we feel confident to investigate and share these technologies before they have a widespread acceptance is because of our readers. You are the early adopters. You are the ones who will take this information and change your schools. So while market analysts like the Gartner group may poo-poo 3D printing as 10 years too soon, we focus on those educators who are finding success with it right here, right now. I hope you enjoy this issue!

— Kevin Hogan
Content Director



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Editor’s Note: Big Ideas

One of the more satisfying aspects of this job is theopportunity to meet regularly with some of America’smost innovative educators and to pick their brains.

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Editor’s Note: Best Guesses

In what has become an annual Tech&Learning tradition, theeditors asked our esteemed team of advisors to bring outthe crystal ball and try to divine what’s next in edtech.

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Next Big Thing: YoLink

Smarter Searching Forget Bing vs. Google. Take your students to the next level of search and try yolink (http yolinkeducation.com). Search links and electronic documents via key terms and find content in context with key words highlighted for easy recognition.

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Next Big Thing: Freemiums

As the popularity of open source increases and more free content is added to the Web every day, how will K–12 edtech companies survive?

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The next big thing.

Apple’s hyped release of its iBooks2 for iPad has reignited the debate over technology and the “reinvention” of education.

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Editor’s Note: Showstopper

The thought came to me somewhere amid the throng in theGeorgia World Congress convention center in Atlantalast June, which I then promptly posted to Facebook (ofcourse): “Has edtech become cool?!”