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.

It's the Empowerment, Stupid

It's the empowerment, stupid

As a parent, one of my biggest frustrations is the lack of power schools give my kids to make any real learning decisions (or any decisions, for that matter) on their own. School is in large part scripted; I can pretty much tell you what my kids will be studying two weeks from Tuesday… next year. But adult life doesn't look like that. We make decisions about our time, our efforts, and our interests on a regular basis. How can we empower our children to be more self-directed, self-organized learners?

09 May 2007 05:55 pm

Every week, my kids bring home their “Friday Folders” from school, usually packed with paper … torn out worksheet pages, handouts from school, permission slips, ...

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