Education reform: We don't need better, we need different

Today's students are immersed in the digital age, but can our educational system keep up? Best-selling author Will Richardson's comprehensive collection of posts from his acclaimed blog,, outlines the educational reform we must achieve to stay ahead of the curve. The book's entries present a multifaceted vision of the 21st-century classroom and describe how a social media-changed world has created new opportunities for:

Project-based learning; Student-created media that develops critical thinking; Extending learning beyond the classroom and school hours; Cooperative and collaborative learning; Student empowerment and career readiness.

The necessary shift will not magically happen, but experts agree that it must happen now. This compilation will inspire educators and parents to engage in the technology their children already embrace, and to take an active role in transforming education to meet the challenges of the digital revolution.

Introduction: Invitation to Participate in the Dialogue

Introduction: Invitation to participate in the dialogue

Let's just start with this: there's a certain amount of irony in publishing a book of collected blog posts that can be freely found online. In fact, when the idea was first broached about a year ago, I have to admit I was a bit skeptical. What would be the point? But after thinking about it and testing the concept out with a number of educators as I traveled around last fall, I came around to the idea. Why?

A couple of reasons, really. First, regardless of the myriad ways to get information these days, people still like books, whether paper or digital. They like the idea that someone has taken the time ...

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