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.

The End of Books? (For Me, at Least?)

The end of books? (for me, at least?)

I love reading online. I know many of my generation don't, but to me, there's a great value in links and highlights and notes in digital form. And online reading spaces are going to become more ubiquitous, more engaging, more multimedia, and more connected. This story about reading on my iPad using the Kindle app is just one example of this shift, which will explode in the next five years. Is there still value in a book? I hope so, especially this one. (Ironic, I know.) But more and more, eBooks will rule the day.

24 Apr 2010 04:27 pm

So, let me say at the outset that I love books. All ...

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