Announcing: Educating Modern Learners  — from Will Richardson

Excerpt from yesterday’s posting:

I’m happy to announce that my friend and colleague Bruce Dixon and I are starting a new membership website, Educating Modern Learners (EML). It’s a site and an accompanying newsletter that’s aimed specifically at helping school leaders and policy makers from around the globe be better informed about the huge technological changes that are impacting education, and to help them make better, more pertinent decisions for the students they serve. And I’m equally excited to announce that we’ve hired one of the best education bloggers / thinkers we know, Audrey Watters, to be the editorial director / lead writer for the site. Our official launch is scheduled for mid-February.


Announcing “Educating Modern Learners” — from Audrey Watters


See, we desperately need a new narrative about future of teaching and learning. We need that narrative amongst educators and parents and politicians, sure. But we need that narrative articulately loudly and clearly in the media. We need it told and explained convincingly to education leaders.

We need a narrative that isn’t about education reform as privatization. And we need a narrative that doesn’t insist that school as-is is actually “just fine.” We need a narrative that merges progressive education and progressive politics and progressive tech. That’s the niche that Educating Modern Learners will fill.



From the EML website:

Welcome to the Changing World of Modern Learning.

The past few years have seen a renewed interest in education technology — among educators, tech entrepreneurs, politicians, parents, and kids alike (and, for better or worse, in the popular media too). Some say we’re in the midst of a “transformation.” Others call it a “revolution.” Whatever you call it, there’s no question technology–particularly the World Wide Web, is fundamentally changing the way we connect with one another, the way we access and share information, the way we build communities and build knowledge, and the way we teach and learn.