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.

On My Mind: Teachers as Master Learners

On my mind: Teachers as master learners

If we're to really understand the new learning opportunities for our students today, we ourselves have to be learners first. We have to build networks and communities online around the things we love so we can use them to teach and model for our kids how to do so on their own. Yet that's a difficult shift for many teachers to make. We think of these tools for instruction first, learning second. How can you become more selfish about learning? Can you give yourself the time to follow your own passions first? Is it hard to see yourself as a master learner? If so, why?

The roles and expectations of teachers are changing, ...

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