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.

“What do We do about that?”

“What do we do about that?”

Our students' ability to connect with one another is forcing us to rethink just about every aspect of what happens in classrooms. And while this post may be almost six years old at this writing, the questions the teacher asks are still being asked today. The ethics of using online spaces can't be taught in a vacuum, nor can they be taught in a unit in the second half of seventh grade. We're going to have to grapple with some serious questions about cheating and misuse—and we'll have to do that grappling with our students in on the conversation.

25 Oct 2005 12:41 pm

So after spending a great couple of days exploring Monterey and the ...

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