Selected as a Top Education Book of 2010 by American School Board Journal
Education Nation offers a dynamic vision for a new world of learning. This groundbreaking book draws on author Milton Chen′s extensive experience in media from his work at Sesame Workshop and in public television to his current role as executive director emeritus of The George Lucas Educational Foundation. Throughout the book, Chen clearly shows how to "put the edge into education" and revolutionize learning through innovative classroom practices and uses of technology.
PRAISE FOR EDUCATION NATION
"I strongly believe that education is the single most important job of the human race. I′m very excited that Education Nation is adding to the tools we are giving educators and many others to make change in their own communities."
From the Foreword by George Lucas, FOUNDER AND CHAIRMAN, THE GEORGE LUCAS EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION
"This book provides an outstanding overview of where we stand in the history of learning technologies, what current initiatives are most promising, and what challenges and opportunities we face in the near future."
Christopher Dede, TIMOTHY E. WIRTH PROFESSOR IN LEARNING TECHNOLOGIES, HARVARD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION
"How fortunate we are that Milton Chen has decided to share the lessons he has learned along the way on his incredible learning journey. As we just begin to unlock the methods of teaching our kids in a 21st Century context, this book should be embraced by every caring educator and parent who wants to do right by our kids."
Gary E. Knell, PRESIDENT AND CEO, SESAME WORKSHOP
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
Milton Chen is senior fellow and executive director emeritus of The George Lucas Educational Foundation (GLEF). He was founding director of the KQED Center for Education (PBS) in San Francisco, managing the channel′s television programming, Web content, and outreach services for schools and families. Chen was also a director of research at Sesame Workshop, in New York, working on Sesame Street, The Electric Company, and 3–2–1 Contact, and an assistant professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.