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.

What do We Know about Our Kids' Futures? Really.

What do we know about our kids' futures? Really.

The future is always hard to predict, but from a technology standpoint, some broad brushstrokes are possible. The tools will change, no doubt, but the general affordances of the tools won't as much. Even though this post is more than three years old at this writing, I think the descriptions here still apply. But I wonder how far we've come in helping our students prepare for these eventualities. Can you point to ways in which your classroom or your own practice is moving in the direction of the bullet points below? If not, where is one place to start on that list?

14 Feb 2008 07:33 am

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