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Education Nation: Six Leading Edges of Innovation in our Schools

Education Nation: Six Leading Edges of Innovation in our Schools [Kindle Edition]

Milton Chen , George Lucas

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An educational innovator who worked at Sesame Workshop and The George Lucas Educational Foundation offers a new vision for learning

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.

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Education Nation "Imagine an ′Education Nation,′ a learning society where the education of childrenand 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." — from 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 media—from 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 number of new ways to teach and learn is 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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1809 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0470615060
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (24 Jun 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003V89YUK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring read for teachers 25 Sep 2010
By R. Scarth - Published on
This has been my nightly read for the start of school and it has helped me to stay on track with goals related to teaching innovatively. I like how the book looks at real schools. Throughout there are so many different resources and tools that I want to check out. Now I need to put a pencil and post-it notes by my bed to flag the things I want to explore further.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars simple AND profound 5 Aug 2010
By Susan Schilling - Published on
What I enjoyed the most was the fact that Dr. Chen's book goes beyond a simple synthesis of Edutopia experiences. It points to policy and foundational change issues in a clear and concise way - with ample evidence from all the years of collected stories of innovative practice done well. It's creating knowledge from information...sort of an uber-synthesis if you will. It is a both/and - compelling in its simplicity and in its depth of real world, documented and data driven experience.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Ups and Downs of Disregarding the Constraints of Reality 12 Dec 2011
By MiddleSchoolTeacher - Published on
What I liked about Education Nation is what I disliked about it - namely, someone without experience inside the public education system writing about it without regard for the limitations that system currently has in place. He's able to point to many exciting innovations and be inspiringly imaginative. However, while he acknowledges the restraints that the system has that hinders such innovation, he really fails to address them. Perhaps that's someone else's job; he's just the "idea man." He seems to be of the "just do it" mentality. If it were only that easy. There are some "take aways" for classroom teachers, but the book is really meant for those higher up with some real influence and decision-making power.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars #1 recommended read 21 Aug 2010
By Kim Carter - Published on
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Drawing on decades of extensive experience exploring effective education (that's enough "e" words for the moment!), Milton Chen presents the most cogent, articulate, and practical vision for "creating the new world of learning." Presenting "six leading edges of innovation" for education, Chen backs up his edges with myriad rich examples and even more follow up resources.

If I were in charge of the world, I'd use this book as a basis for collaborative inquiry with groups of educators and learners (teachers, administrators, community mentors, parents, and above all, students) in communities wherever there's an interest in improving education.

Education Nation tops my list of recommended reads for those interested in learning, schools, and education.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 30 Oct 2013
By Jen Haertling - Published on
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
One of the best books on education and technology that I have read. It is a quick read, and very interesting.
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