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, http://weblogg-ed.com, 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.

Teachers as Learners Part 27

Teachers as learners part 27

The problem with teachers when they become teachers is that their definition of what it means to be a teacher is based on the teachers they had growing up. (Say that three times fast.) Why is this a problem? Because it leaves few other lenses through which to surmise what a teacher is. I wonder how many would go into teaching if the definition were changed to “one who learns with her students.”

30 Aug 2006 07:29 pm

The whole integrating technology discussion that many have been chronicling of late has been sticking in my craw for a couple of reasons. First, a couple of weeks ago I had a bad teacher day while I was doing some ...

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