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.

Teaching Ourselves Right Out of a Job

Teaching ourselves right out of a job

This post from six years prior to this writing still resonates deeply with me. I'm more convinced than ever that our most successful students will be those who can teach themselves, those who can create their own classrooms and communities and curricula around the things they want or need to learn. To that extent, we need to rethink much of our role—as the traditional teacher, the content expert, the classroom manager—in favor of model learner and connector of students to other teachers outside the classroom walls. In what ways can you begin doing this with your students?

14 Sep 2005 05:00 am

We had an interesting conversation at dinner last night revolving around the ...

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