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, http://weblogg-ed.com, 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.

Aggregator as Textbook

Aggregator as textbook

Digital technologies allow us to collect and curate a wealth of information about the topics we are interested in online. In essence, we can now build our own texts around any subject, and because of that, we need to become critical editors as we create those flows of information and find value in them. RSS is one of the tools we can use for this purpose. But more important, when we turn from the technology to the practice, how do we do this effectively?

06 Aug 2007 12:34 pm

One of the metaphors I find myself moving more and more to of late is “Aggregator as Textbook.” Google Reader (http://tinyurl.com/yk2gcy5) is the place (along with Twitter [http://tinyurl.com/y4lug8] of late) that I head ...

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