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.

“I Never Knew I Could Have a Network”

“I never knew i could have a network”

A willingness to spend time online and to share our learning empowers us to connect with others from around the globe in ways that didn't exist even ten years ago. These connections are the backbone of the passion-based networks in which we learn today, networks that are literally waiting for our participation. Unfortunately, there are still millions of educators who don't even know these opportunities exist. How can we best ensure that teachers learn about these technologies? How can we model their effective use for others?

25 Feb 2008 11:18 am

That quote from a teacher at one of the schools Sheryl ( and I are working with ( pretty much sums ...

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