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Live Chat today at 4pm Eastern: "Why School? How Education Must Change When Information and Learning Are Everywhere"

Author Will Richardson will be joining us for a live Q&A today at 4pm Eastern!

Continuing with our series of TED book chats, for the next week and a half we'll be discussing Will Richardson's new TED eBook, "Why School?"

Traditional educators, classrooms, and brick-and-mortar schools are no longer necessary to access information. Instead, things like blogs and wikis, as well as remote collaborations and an emphasis on 'critical thinking' skills are the coins of the realm in this new kingdom. Yet the national dialogue on education reform focuses on using technology to update the traditional education model, failing to reassess the fundamental model on which it is built.

In TED's new eBook, "Why School?", educator, author, parent and blogger Will Richardson challenges traditional thinking about education—questioning whether it still holds value in its current form.

The book is available for Kindle, Nook, and iOS devices (which have a great new custom TED Books app):

Kindle copy: http://www.amazon.com/Why-School-Information-Everywhere-ebook/dp/B00998J5YQ
iOS app: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ted-books/id511071050?mt=8

You can also read more on Will's blog: http://willrichardson.com

So, let's get things started... when information is everywhere, what is the purpose of traditional schools?

Topics: education

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    Oct 8 2012: Hi Will. How would you suggest to make a reform for education - changing it from the traditional one to the modern one in less developing countries?
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      Oct 8 2012: It's a great question, Muhammad, because access is at the heart of the learning explosion. But that doesn't mean that we can't move toward a more constructivist, inquiry based experience in schools nonetheless. The emphasis can't be on content as much as it is how to live and learn in a growingly connected world. As much as teachers can model this, the better.
      • Oct 8 2012: Will, this is a great point. I have just started undertaking a social media presence in the past couple of months. As an administrator, I figure that if I am going to police my students for cyber-bullying, etc, I need to be more familiar with the social media environment. It has come in handy a couple of times so far.

        What I missed was your point in the book about how teachers need to model how they use on-line collaboration in their professional lives, so that students can learn how to do it effectively. Good point. I am already seeing many benefits of doing so, in the easy access to the thoughts of many professionals, who are grappling with the same challenges I am.

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