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 Bigger Shifts … Deal with it

The bigger shifts … deal with it

It's clear that much of the friction schools are experiencing with online tools is cultural and that changing a culture is probably the hardest work of all. For all the potential of the web for learning, there is a corresponding faction of not-so-great people, sites, and content that can wend their way into our online lives. But the solution to the darker side of the web is not to turn the whole thing off or filter it into uselessness. How can we begin to teach kids, and ourselves, to deal with the realities of an online life?

13 Jul 2006 03:17 pm

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