VOTE today for the top edtech innovations and innovators you believe have had the biggest impact on K–12 education over the past 25 years.

Click on a photo to learn more about some of the outstanding people, products and developments — nominated by educators from across the country — then click the “Vote” button to add your vote. You can choose as many leaders, products and developments as you wish.

The top 25 selections will be announced in EdScoop — and enshrined in a virtual “EdTech Time Capsule” created by CoSN, in celebration of its 25th anniversary helping school leaders leverage technology to create and grow engaging learning environments.

Voting closes at midnight, Oct. 31, 2017. See FAQs below for more details.

Award Categories

People

Vote for the visionary edtech leaders whose ideas or contributions had the most significant impact on the use of technology in education over the past 25 years.

Sheryl Abshire
Sheryl Abshire
CTO, Calcasieu Parish Public Schools, and national EdTech leader
Darryl Adams
Darryl Adams
Superintendent, Coachella Valley USD
Karen Cator
Karen Cator
CEO, Digital Promise
Chris Dede
Chris Dede
Professor, Learning Technologies, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Candice Dodson
Candice Dodson
Director of eLearning, Indiana Department of Education
Laura Fleming
Laura Fleming
Creator, Worlds of Learning Micro-Credentials
Bill Goodwyn
Bill Goodwyn
CEO, Discovery Education
Salman Khan
Salman Khan
Founder, Khan Academy
Sen. Angus King
Sen. Angus King
U.S. Senator and former Governor of Maine
David Moursund
David Moursund
Founder, ISTE
Seymour Papert
Seymour Papert
Education technology pioneer, MIT
 Sens. Olympia Snowe & Jay Rockefeller
Sens. Olympia Snowe & Jay Rockefeller
Founding sponsors of E-rate
Gary Stager
Gary Stager
Founder, Constructing Modern Knowledge

Products

Vote for the products that had the most significant impact on the nature of instruction or assessments in K-12 classrooms over the past 25 years.

Chromebook
Chromebook
Google & Various Manufacturers
Digital Subscription Content
Digital Subscription Content
netTrekker
Google Apps for Education
Google Apps for Education
Google
HyperStudio
HyperStudio
Roger Wagner Publishing
iClicker
iClicker
Macmillan Learning
iMac
iMac
Apple, Inc.
Interactive Whiteboards
Interactive Whiteboards
Various Manufacturers
iPad
iPad
Apple,Inc.
Minecraft
Minecraft
Mojang/Microsoft
Office 365
Office 365
Microsoft
Subscription Video Streaming
Subscription Video Streaming
Discovery Education
Voyage of the Mimi
Voyage of the Mimi
PBS, Bank Street College of Education
YouTube
YouTube
Google

Developments

Vote for the developments that had the most significant impact on the nature of instruction or assessments in K-12 classrooms over the past 25 years.

3D Printing
3D Printing
Advent of Mobile Devices
Advent of Mobile Devices
Advent of Social Media
Advent of Social Media
Children's Internet Protection Act
Children's Internet Protection Act
Cloud-based Infrastructure-as-a-Service
Cloud-based Infrastructure-as-a-Service
Coding as a Literacy
Coding as a Literacy
Collaboration Tools
Collaboration Tools
Connect to Compete
Connect to Compete
Data Driven Decision-making
Data Driven Decision-making
E-Rate Modernization
E-Rate Modernization
Education Broadcast Spectrum
Education Broadcast Spectrum
Gamification of Learning
Gamification of Learning
Information & Technology Literacy
Information & Technology Literacy
Internet Access in Classrooms
Internet Access in Classrooms
Invention of the Web Browser
Invention of the Web Browser
Learning Management Systems
Learning Management Systems
Makerspaces
Makerspaces
MOOCs
MOOCs
NetDay 1996
NetDay 1996
Online Learning
Online Learning
Open Educational Resources
Open Educational Resources
Teacher Tech Certification & Recognition Programs
Teacher Tech Certification & Recognition Programs
Virtual / Augmented Reality
Virtual / Augmented Reality
WiFi and Wireless Access
WiFi and Wireless Access

FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions



How were these nominations selected?
The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) and EdScoop took a crowd-sourcing approach, soliciting the edtech community for recommendations. Notices were issued online and recommendations collected using Survey Monkey (from August 21 through September 21). 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.

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.
  • Developments 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 can I vote for?
There is no limit on the number of people, products and developments you can vote for. But all votes must 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

When will the top 25 selections be announced?
The top 25 selections will be announced jointly by CoSN and EdScoop on Nov. 13, 2017, and featured on EdScoop.com. Additionally, CoSN will pay tribute to the winning selections at its annual conference in 2018 and 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.