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.

Personalizing Education for Teachers, Too

Personalizing education for teachers, too

There's no question that the personalization or customization of education has begun. It's just not happening in schools yet. At a time when we have access to so much information and so many potential teachers or experts, we have to begin to think about how to give our students more of a voice in what they learn and how they learn it. In doing so, we can get to the goals and objectives that we set out for them in the curriculum. But the more accustomed our kids get to doing personalized learning outside of school, the more they'll demand it in the classroom. Can you model that for them?

28 Feb 2009 06:50 am

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