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.

Get. Off. Paper.

Get. off. paper.

Becomingfully functional in these online spaces will require a letting go of some of our old learning practices and habits. And probably the most difficult for many is to give up paper and pen. Here's the reality as of February 2011:98% of all knowledge is digitized, Amazon is selling more e-books than paperbacks, and being able to navigate in digital multimedia spaces is now a literacy according to most. For those of you still wedded to paper, I know this is hard. But do you really think the kids in your classrooms will ever take notes with paper and pen in their lives? Digital is a different, I think better, beast. It has to be a seamless part of our ...

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