Feb 19 2013

The Brightest Young Minds in Ed-Tech

Forbes publishes list of the industry’s top young innovators.

When you work in education — specifically, education technology — the future is always a hot topic of conversation. What will classrooms look like in 2020? What technologies and resources will transform teaching and learning over the next five years? Who are the innovators who will see us through?

In attempt to answer the latter, Forbes recently published a list of 30 Under 30: Education. The list, which we first learned about on Edudemic, features a range of talented young thought leaders, activists and entrepreneurs, whose products and efforts are already making inroads in our schools. 

There’s Nic Borg, the 26-year-old co-founder of Edmodo, the popular education blogging service where millions of educators share and connect. Or 26-year-old business partners Sam Chaudhary and Liam Don, whose award-wining ClassDojo lets educators monitor and notify students individually via smartphone or tablet about their in-class behavior. Talk about having eyes in the back your head! 

Still not impressed? What about 28-year-old Beth Schmidt, whose Wishbone organization connects at-risk high school students with potential donors to fund their college educations? Or Zakiya Smith, 27, the former Obama administration adviser who left the White House in December to become director of postsecondary innovation at the Washington, D.C.-based Center for American Progress?

Want to feel either incredibly old or extremely inspired? Or both? You can learn more about the young voices and ideas shaping the future of education by reading Forbes’ full list

Any innovators you think should have made the cut but didn’t? Let us know in the Comments.


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