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.
So let's push this reenvisioning of teaching even further. What if teachers and students were co-learners, co-creators in the process? What if we saw our classrooms as laboratories and our own roles as participants in the work instead of leaders of the work? What if we entered our classrooms with a sense of “not knowing” and shared that lens with our students? For some, this is a terrifying thought. But at a moment when knowledge is simultaneously ubiquitous and evolving, I'm not sure we have much choice.
18 Aug 2010 07:04 am
Rather than teachers delivering an information product to be “consumed” and fed back by the student, co-creating value would see the teacher and student mutually involved in assembling and dissembling cultural products. ...