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.

Owning the Teaching … and the Learning

Owning the teaching … and the learning

I love this quote, which describes the options teachers have in the face of change: “complain, quit, or innovate.” The question is, “What can we do to make that last option more of a reality for teachers?” Not to say that there aren't a lot of people taking steps to genuinely change their classrooms, but we need more. We need you. At a time of great change in the world outside of schools, we need more people to make change happen inside. What will it take to stoke the flames of innovation in your classroom?

03 Nov 2006 10:16 pm

I've been growing more frustrated lately and I'm feeling more pessimistic about the prospects ...

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