One of the many pleasures of this job is that I get to meet the most interesting, intelligent, and enthusiastic people in the course of any given day. Whether it’s while attending an event, through a Skype interview, or just churning through the email inbox, I am always jazzed by whom I find and place in my “we-gotta-write-about-them” file.
Take Kristen Swanson and Josh Stumpenhorst for instance. Swanson, one of the founders of Edcamp, now with edtech consultants Brightbytes, sat next to me at an ISTE luncheon while Stumpenhorst, Illinois teacher of the year in 2012 and author of the new book The New Teacher Revolution, presented the crowd a sneak peek at his closing keynote. By the end of his talk my brain was full of great ideas, which led me to assign writer Holly Aguirre to follow up with these and the others from “the file” in the feature called “Game Changers” (page 19). You can read the short profiles here in the print edition and then head online to dig deeper into her interviews. I also hope to get these game changers to participate in Tech & Learning Live events next year.
Of course you also find these pages stuffed with the latest and greatest gear for both the classroom and the back office. But I like to think our articles and profiles prove the rule that it’s not about technology for technology’s sake, but what people can do with that technology. Know any game changers? Are you one yourself? Send me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org.
— Kevin Hogan