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.

The Steep “Unlearning Curve”

The steep “unlearning curve”

This has always been one of my favorite posts, primarily because of the title and what it suggests. So much of what we currently do in schools and classrooms is being challenged by these networked learning spaces that we literally have to unlearn much of our traditional practice in order to make sense of it. This process of unlearning is a difficult one because, to some extent, it requires us to step into an unknown that we may not be comfortable with. But it's a question worth asking: What did you unlearn today?

07 Feb 2007 11:17 am

(Cross-posted to “The Pulse”) One of the most challenging pieces of figuring out how to move education forward in a systemic way ...

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