Chris Lehmann, Gary Stager, Joyce Valenza, David Warlick, and others on the TL 100@30 list
Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Kentucky. He also is the Founding Director of the UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE), the nation’s only academic center dedicated to the technology needs of school administrators, and was a co-creator of the wildly popular video series, Did You Know? (Shift Happens). He has received numerous national awards for his technology leadership work, including recognitions from the cable industry, Phi Delta Kappa, and the National School Boards Association. In Spring 2011 he was a Visiting Canterbury Fellow at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. Dr. McLeod blogs regularly about technology leadership issues at Dangerously Irrelevant and Mind Dump, and occasionally at The Huffington Post. He can be reached at scottmcleod.net.
Well, I think the Tech&Learning 100@30 list just got a LOT more interesting…
New additions include a few popular edubloggers such as Chris Lehmann, Gary Stager, Joyce Valenza, and David Warlick. It’s not exactly clear how individuals are being chosen. It’s a weighty task to recognize the 100 most important people in the creation and advancement of the use of technology in education. Some folks, like Seymour Papert and Chris Dede and Henry Jenkins and Julie Young, are easy picks. Others, such as Albert Bandura and Linda Darling-Hammond and Howard Gardner and B.F. Skinner, seem to be more worthy for their work in learning and/or education generally rather than their work related to educational technology specifically? And still others, such as Arne Duncan and Gina Bianchini and Nancy Knowlton, arguably shouldn’t be on the list at all? And so on…
Take a look at the list (and, while you’re at it, look at the case I’ve made for Doug Levin in the comments area). Are there individuals that should be on the list that aren’t? Besides Levin, Cheryl Lemke, Elliot Soloway, Punya Mishra, Ken Kay, and danah boyd all come quickly to my mind. If we’re looking at edubloggers, perhaps Will Richardson, Stephen Downes, Vicki Davis, and/or Karl Fisch should be on the list? What about folks like David Wiley, Susan Patrick, John Willinsky, or Yong Zhao? Are there folks on the list - edubloggers or otherwise - that arguably shouldn’t be?
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