Education Nation: Six Leading Edges of Innovation in our Schools

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"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

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"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" "Milton Chen Is A Visionary And Global Leader In Education. Emphasizing Creativity, Technology-Enabled Learning, Project-Based Intellectual Adventures, And Social/emotional Intelligences, Education Nation Encompasses The Well-Being Of The Whole Child And The Major Shift To Student-Centered Learning. Chen Is A Masterful Storyteller And Collaborator. His Ideals Continue To Inspire And Push Our Own Boundaries To Do What Is Right To Help Kidsûand To Never Give Up."-Susan Patrick, President And CEO, International Association For K-12 Online Learning (INACOL)" "Milton Chen Has Had An Extraordinary Perch For Learning How Media And Technology Can Spark Innovation And Redefine Teaching And Learning. Education Nation Provides A New Vision Of What Is Now Possible, With Vivid Examples From Real Schools."'Linda Darling-Hammond, Charles E. Ducommun Professor At Stanford University And Co-Director Of The School Redesign Network" "Imagine An 'Education Nation,' A Learning Society Where The Education Of Children And Adults Is The Highest National Priority, On Par With A Strong Economy, High Employment, And National Security. Where Resources From Public And Private Sources Fund A 'Ladder Of Learning' For Learners Of All Ages, From Pre-K Through gray" Where Learners Take Courses Through The Formal Institutions Of High-Quality Schools And Universities And Also Take Advantage Of Informal Experiences Offered Through Museums, Libraries, Churches, Youth Groups, And Parks As Well As Via The Media."ûfrom The Introduction" "Education Nation Offers A Dynamic Vision For A New World Of Learning. This Groundbreaking Book Draws On Author Milton Chen's Extensive Experience In Mediaûfrom His Work At Sesame Workshop And In Public Television To His Twelve Years As Executive Director 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." "Chen Explains How Six Leading "Edges" Of Innovation Are Challenging The Inadequacies Of Our Current Education System Amidst Today's Technologically Sophisticated World. These Edges Include The Thinking Edge, The Curriculum Edge, The Technology Edge, The Time/place Edge, The Co-Teaching Edge, And The Youth Edge. In This Digital Age, The Ever-Expanding And Includes: Laptops And Handheld Devices, Wikis, Interactive Classroom Tools, Open Source Curricula, Teacher-Parent Communication Platforms, Video-Sharing, "Serious Games," Social Media, And GPS Devices. Education Nation Offers Myriad" Examples From The George Lucas Educational Foundation's Edutopia Web Site Of Films, Articles, And Resources, Illustrating Ways Technology Positively Impacts Student Learning. As A Result Of Constant Innovation, Learning Is No Longer Limited By Traditional Confines Of Schedule, Location, And Isolation. A New Education Nation Embraces A New Age Of 24/7/365 Learning, With Students At The Center, Supported By Teachers, Parents, And Community Mentors.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470615065
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 7/6/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 500,086
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Foreword

Preface: My Learning Journey: From The Longest Street In The World To A Galaxy Long Ago And Far, Far Away George Lucas Lucas, George

Introduction: The Vision Of An Education Nation George Lucas Lucas, George 1

1 The Thinking Edge: Getting Smarter About Learning George Lucas Lucas, George 11

2 The Curriculum Edge: Real Learning And Authentic Assessment George Lucas Lucas, George 35

3 The Technology Edge: Putting Modern Tools In Young Hands George Lucas Lucas, George 87

4 The Time/place Edge: Learning Any Time, Anywhere George Lucas Lucas, George 139

5 The Co-Teaching Edge: Teachers, Experts, And Parents As Coeducators George Lucas Lucas, George 189

6 The Youth Edge: Digital Learners Carrying Change In Their Pockets George Lucas Lucas, George 213

Afterword: Tomorrow's Edge, A 2020 Vision George Lucas Lucas, George 241

Notes George Lucas Lucas, George 254

Selected Web Sites George Lucas Lucas, George 268

About The Author George Lucas Lucas, George 275

Index George Lucas Lucas, George 277

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  • Posted April 19, 2011

    Highly recommended for educators

    In his book, Education Nation, Chen argues that the focus of education has changed. Today's students need to be able to do more than just regurgitate information. They must know how to find information, assess its quality, and then use it to accomplish a goal. He also believes that social-emotional learning has become more important because in today's world students must be able to cooperate and collaborate, often with people very different from themselves. Unfortunately, he argues, our schools have not yet adapted to his paradigm shift.

    Chen argues that there are six leading "edges" that are challenging today's education system. The edges include: The Thinking Edge, The Curriculum Edge, The Technology Edge, The Time/Place Edge, The Co-Teaching Edge, and the Youth Edge. Two of the six edges, "The Thinking Edge" and the "Time/Place Edge" call for America to modernize its thinking about education and explore the possibilities of teaching in the 21st century. The chapters on "The Curriculum Edge" and "The Technology Edge" focus on rethinking what students are taught, how student learning is assessed, and the kinds of tools teachers use. Finally,"The Co-Teaching Edge" and "The Youth Edge" revision the traditional classroom.

    In terms of its implications for educators, I see this book as a call to action. Chen has a great line in the introduction where he says, "In the Olympics of school systems, we are world champions of educational inertia" (4). In some ways, I find his work to be similar to Linda Darling-Hammond's The Flat World and Education. The problems with America's schools are well documented, but it seems we have taken a piecemeal approach to reform. His examples are similar to Darling-Hammond's where he identifies isolated examples of what change should look like. Clearly, it does not appear that changes are going to be coming from the top down, but this book can help educators develop specific proposals for innovation and change, allowing the transformation to begin to occur from the ground up instead.

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