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.

I don't Need Your Network (or Your Computer, or Your Tech Plan, or Your …)

I don't need your network (or your computer, or your tech plan, or your …)

Right now, our systems and schools still focus primarily on control when it comes to the Internet. If we get to the point where we even allow access in schools, we want kids to use our devices on our networks according to our rules. But what will happen when every student is carrying his own network in his pocket? How do we embrace the ubiquitous access quickly coming into our students' lives instead of trying to resist it? And what do we do for those kids who don't have access?

02 Dec 2009 07:51 am

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