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.

Don't, Don't, Don't vs. Do, Do, Do

Don't, don't, don't vs. do, do, do

One of the best ways we can help our students understand the complexities of the moment is to teach them how to be productive, literate learners in networked spaces. All too often, however, schools put more effort into preventing these learning interactions than supporting them. What if we made school more like real life and encouraged our students to take advantage of the opportunities we now have instead of pretending they don't exist? Can we reframe our expectations to tear down the virtual walls rather than building them higher?

20 Sep 2009 08:11 am

Recently, I presented at a school on an opening day for teachers where the first thing that greeted everyone on ...

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