The 100 Year EdTech Project

The 100 Year Ed Tech Project

The 100 Year EdTech Project believes education and technology are fundamental companions to shaping a thriving society. Our mission is to ignite collaboration among diverse stakeholders to envision, design, and implement innovative solutions that will shape the next century of learning.

Why Do This?

Many studies and articles exist talking about the present challenges and opportunities with education and technology. To our knowledge, no research in the current body of work specifically addresses or illuminates a 50-year view. However, if we’re only thinking about today and tomorrow, we may be planning for scenarios that are obsolete by the time the next generation is born.

It is our ultimate goal to provoke the kind of thinking and collaboration now that we’ll need to face anything with resilience, empathy and strategy.

Design Principles

Before we get to the future, we have to think about the present. The 100 Year EdTech Project was created to bring together the diversity of voices needed to actualize evolution – and revolution. Born in June 2023 in a retreat with 25 change-makers at Ghost Ranch in New Mexico.

Representation and belonging are central forces. No meaningful blueprint for the future of education can be created without a diversity of roles involved – students, educators, designers and leaders – as well as a tapestry of backgrounds, ethnicities, cultures and life experiences.
None of our dreams of advancing lifelong learning for every student and learner can be fulfilled without proper access to the internet and to resources that help them navigate our changing world. Inclusion means access continues to be a seminal priority.
In an increasingly digital and hybrid world, the environment still plays an important role in learning. We must invoke space and place thoughtfully in our strategic planning as part of the meaning-making experience.
But bridges are fixed structures that we can’t take with us. We must understand our history and apply lessons learned in a way that keeps us open to what’s new, allowing us to paint the art of the possible.
Considering the next 50 years can lead to a bevy of ideas and research. But we cannot attempt to boil the ocean – meaning our task is to seek to understand and then simplify. the future is paved one day and one thought at a time.
All planning for the next generation of education should include the student voice. Even when we refer to ourselves, we should place ourselves in the context of lifelong learning.
Brands and products are part of our shared education technology legacy, but they are secondary to discussions of the tools and resources humanity needs to design responsibly and shape the future we wish to see. – and scale opportunity for all.