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.

Yeah, You've Got Problems. So Solve Them.

Yeah, you've got problems. So solve them.

I have no doubt that change is inevitable, but I'm equally certain that our own actions can determine how fast that change occurs. In speaking to schools, I often hear of all the reasons why we can't implement this technology or that pedagogy, usually based on a belief that the problem is intractable or that someone else holds the key to unlocking it. However, I know of some teacher somewhere who has overcome nearly every one of these obstacles. None of them is insurmountable. The question is how willing we are to work to solve them with or without the help of others.

23 Jun 2010 05:00 am

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