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.

The Ultimate Disruption for Schools

The ultimate disruption for schools

As it stands right now, the big picture of the education world is this: the web is disrupting the fundamental function of schools. This doesn't mean that schools will go away or that teachers will be rendered unimportant. But make no mistake, this is a big shift. This particular post captures the extent of both the challenge and the opportunity we have right now. And it's an opportunity that we have to take advantage of, for ourselves and for our students.

11 Dec 2008 01:56 pm

So sue me if sometimes I get too smitten with those who write compellingly and with vision about what all of this connective learning stuff means for the long term, but I ...

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