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.
One of the things I love about blogging is that it allows me to push not just my thinking but my writing as well. Every now and then I get the urge to take a risk with style and form. This is one instance in which I think it worked, not just to tell the story but to make a point. We're still at a stage where few people are demanding the types of changes being discussed on my blog and many other places, yet there's less debate that the future for our kids will require different skills and literacies than those schools are currently providing. How do we bridge the gap?
22 Aug 2010 04:15 pm
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