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 Next Generation of Teachers

The next generation of teachers

One of the biggest challenges for teachers right now is reframing the way they think about access and technology in the classroom. For instance, how can we begin to think of the devices we give to kids as connections, not just computers? How can we aspire to create connections outside of our classrooms instead of keeping everything within the four walls? It's easy to talk about “why not.” How instead do we keep the conversation focused on the potentials rather than the problems?

21 Mar 2007 11:24 am

Last night I got the chance to spend a couple of hours with about 20 graduate students in education at a pretty large school here in New Jersey during a ...

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