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.

“So why do You Only Give Your Kids 45 Minutes a Day on the Computer?”

“So why do you only give your kids 45 minutes a day on the computer?”

Parenting in the digital age can be complex, especially when trying to decide the best use of technology for one's own children. Even at this writing, my wife and I are still unresolved about online gaming, even though the benefits seem to be coming into focus. As much as I use technology, many are amazed that we limit our own kids' use of computers on a daily basis. Since this post, we've loosened the reins a bit, but we're always trying to figure out where the appropriate balance lies.

09 Feb 2009 10:26 am

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