As a result of constant innovation, learning is no longer limited by traditional confines and we're moving beyond students tied to their chairs, desks, and textbooks-and teachers locked away in classrooms. In Education Nation author Milton Chen draws from extensive experience in media-from his work on Sesame Street in its nascent years to his role as executive director of the George Lucas Educational Foundation-to support a vision for a new world of learning.
This book, in six chapters, explores the "edges" in education - the places where K-12 learning has already seen revolutionary changes through innovative reform and the use of technology.
- Examines ways in which learning can be revolutionized through innovative reform and the use of technology
- Explores the ever-expanding world of technology for breakthroughs in teaching and learning
- Includes many wonderful resources to support innovation in schools across the nation
This important book offers a clear vision for tomorrow's classrooms that will enhance learning opportunities for all children.
FOREWORD BY GEORGE LUCAS xi
PREFACE: MY LEARNING JOURNEY: FROM THE LONGEST STREET IN THEWORLD TO A GALAXY LONG AGO AND FAR, FAR AWAY xv
Introduction: The Vision of an Education Nation 1
1 The Thinking Edge: Getting Smarter About Learning 11
2 The Curriculum Edge: Real Learning and Authentic Assessment 35
3 The Technology Edge: PuttingModern Tools in Young Hands 87
4 The Time/Place Edge: Learning Any Time, Anywhere 139
5 The Co-Teaching Edge: Teachers, Experts, and Parents as Coeducators 189
6 The Youth Edge: Digital Learners Carrying Change in Their Pockets 213
AFTERWORD: TOMORROW'S EDGE, A 2020 VISION 241
SELECTED WEB SITES 268
ABOUT THE AUTHOR 275