Part two of T&L’s look at the 100 most influential people in EdTech has an interesting cast of characters.
Some are obvious: DOE’s Arne Duncan and Karen Cator have at their disposal billions of dollars and an official dictum from the Obama administration to install data-driven decision making in public education once and for all. How that happens and to what effect, I’ll leave for debate on our advisor blogs.
Some other folks may come as a surprise. For example, people of a certain age will remember junk bond king Michael Milken’s name. But I will venture that not everyone knows about his educator award, which has given over $60 million to innovative educators in the largest teacher-recognition program in the United States.
That this list is so comprehensive is thanks to you, the reader. Most, if not all, of these folks have been nominated by you here (www.techlearning.com/30thanniversary). I’m also happy to say that almost every response has been reasoned (with the one exception of “Your mama”).
There is still time to participate. In our September issue, we will be focusing on the future: those thinkers, educators, researchers, and executives whose work now will have the greatest impact in the coming years. We want to hear from you about those grad students working on world-changing curriculum software; about that open-source app that has changed the way you teach; about that young administrator who has reenergized your school district. Join the conversation online or just shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.