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.

“The Less You Share, the Less Power You Have”

“the less you share, the less power you have”

One of the biggest shifts into networked learning spaces revolves around whom you can trust and how you interact with others. It's not uncommon to hear people say they “Googled” another person to see what the search result would return. And odds are you're being Googled yourself. In many ways, the extent of the information others can find about you determines how trustworthy you are. It's certainly not the only indicator, but more and more, it's an important ingredient. So, how are you becoming more trustworthy, and, by extension, a more powerful learner online?

18 Nov 2008 08:55 am

My friend Bruce Dixon (http://tinyurl.com/qb5y7t) pointed out to me a few ...

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