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.

Making Kids “Googleable”

Making kids “googleable”

Sharing and being transparent with our thinking and our practice online is a tough shift for many people to make. But, to quote David Wiley, there is no learning, no education, in these networks and communities without sharing. While adults can in many cases see their way clear to putting themselves out there on the web, the discussion becomes even harder when we focus on our students. How important is it for them to learn how to share? What are the benefits, and what are the consequences of not doing so?

09 Apr 2008 07:42 am

I've been doing some informal research of late in my travels, asking some of the principals and administrators that I meet the following question: When you ...

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