Technology innovations have turned education inside out in America’s classrooms over the past two and a half decades. In recognition of those innovations — and in celebration of its 25th anniversary — the Consortium for School Networking, in partnership with EdScoop, has created a virtual EdTech Time Capsule to honor 25 edtech innovations and innovators of the past 25 years.

The people, products and developments featured in this EdTech Time Capsule were selected based on a national crowdsourcing project, where education and technology leaders were asked to nominate their recommendations in August 2017, and then asked to vote in October for their top choices. Winners were revealed in November.

While there are dozens of noteworthy individuals, products and developments which played a part in transforming the way schools teach and students learn, this EdTech Time Capsule captures in one place 25 of the most impactful — and a few more worthy of honorable mention.

Silver Anniversary EdTech Pioneers

Seymour Papert
Seymour Papert
Education technology pioneer, MIT
 Sens. Olympia Snowe & Jay Rockefeller
Sens. Olympia Snowe & Jay Rockefeller
Founding sponsors of E-rate

Developments

Advent of Mobile Devices
Advent of Mobile Devices
Collaboration Tools
Collaboration Tools
E-Rate Modernization
E-Rate Modernization
Internet Access in Classrooms
Internet Access in Classrooms
Invention of the Web Browser
Invention of the Web Browser
Makerspaces
Makerspaces
Open Educational Resources
Open Educational Resources
Wi-Fi and Wireless Access
Wi-Fi and Wireless Access

People

Sheryl Abshire
Sheryl Abshire
CTO, Calcasieu Parish Public Schools, and national EdTech leader
Darryl Adams
Darryl Adams
Superintendent, Coachella Valley USD
Chris Dede
Chris Dede
Professor, Learning Technologies, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Candice Dodson
Candice Dodson
Director of eLearning, Indiana Department of Education
Bill Goodwyn
Bill Goodwyn
CEO, Discovery Education
Salman Khan
Salman Khan
Founder, Khan Academy
Gary Stager
Gary Stager
Founder, Constructing Modern Knowledge

Products

Chromebook
Chromebook
Google & Various Manufacturers
Digital Subscription Content
Digital Subscription Content
netTrekker
Google Apps for Education
Google Apps for Education
Google
iMac
iMac
Apple, Inc.
Interactive Whiteboards
Interactive Whiteboards
Various Manufacturers
iPad
iPad
Apple,Inc.
Subscription Video Streaming
Subscription Video Streaming
Discovery Education
YouTube
YouTube
Google

Honorable Mentions

Karen Cator
Karen Cator
CEO, Digital Promise
Laura Fleming
Laura Fleming
Creator, Worlds of Learning Micro-Credentials
Sen. Angus King
Sen. Angus King
U.S. Senator and former Governor of Maine
David Moursund
David Moursund
Founder, ISTE
Advent of Social Media
Advent of Social Media
Coding as a Literacy
Coding as a Literacy
HyperStudio
HyperStudio
Roger Wagner Publishing

FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions



How were these people, products and developments selected?
The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) and EdScoop took a crowd-sourcing approach, soliciting the education technology community for recommendations. Notices were issued online and recommendations collected using Survey Monkey (from Aug. 21 through Sept. 21, 2017).

Nominations were screened by the staffs of CoSN and EdScoop for relevance and suitability for having had an impact on education over the past 25 years. Qualifying nominations, along with brief profile summaries, were then featured on an online voting site, hosted publicly by EdScoop, from Oct. 9 through Oct. 31, 2017. The voting results were used to determine the finalists featured in the EdTech Time Capsule.

What was the criteria?
  • People nominations had to be individuals recognized by the education or technology community as having had a significant impact on the adoption of innovative technology tools or practices in K-12 education between 1992 - 2017.
  • Product nominations had to be recognized products introduced between 1992 – 2017 that had a significant impact on the nature of instruction or assessments in K-12 classrooms.
  • Development nominations could include significant trends or events that were a catalyst in the way education technology evolved, or had a significant impact on the nature of instruction or assessments in K-12 classrooms between 1992-2017.
How many candidates could people vote for?
There was no limit on the number of people, products and developments people could vote for. But all votes had to be submitted by midnight, Oct. 31, 2017.

Is it too late to submit nominations?
Yes. But you can add your thoughts on social media when the results are released at these Twitter hashtags:

#EdtechTimeCapsule

#CoSNCapsule25

Are you going to bury the EdTech Time Capsule and reopen it again in the future?
No. The EdTech Time Capsule is a virtual collection that will live in perpetuity online.

Will there be any special recognition for top 25 selections?
CoSN will pay tribute to the winning selections at its annual conference in March 2018 and at other events.

What was the idea behind the EdTech Time Capsule?
As CoSN Chief Executive Officer Keith Krueger explained it: “As we were thinking about CoSN’s 25th anniversary, we wanted to reflect on the recent past, as well as think about the future. The best way to think about the future is to ‘invent it’.  And, understanding history can be helpful in seeing what in the past has been important — namely, the people, products and developments that have had a significant impact. Plus, it sounded like a lot of fun!  We thought that crowd-sourcing the Time Capsule was a great way to first get nominations, and then to make the 25 selections.” 

Where will the EdTech Time Capsule be hosted?
The top 25 edtech innovations and innovators of the past 25 years will be featured on CoSN’s and EdScoop’s websites.