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.

No, Actually, You're Out of Balance

No, actually, you're out of balance

This is another one of my all-time favorite posts, primarily because I think it strikes a chord that not many others do. While it's important to find balance in our digital lives, that balance really cuts both ways. I don't think we can be fully effective learners these days if we're not spending a chunk of our time online. If we don't, we're literally ignoring two billion teachers and the sum of the human knowledge we're creating together. In this new learning environment, I think that borders on professional malpractice.

21 Apr 2010 03:50 pm

A quick observation:

Invariably, one of the concerns that educators raise when going down the social technology conversation any length is the ...

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