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Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology
The Digital Revolution and Schooling in America

Allan Collins and Richard Halverson
Foreword by John Seely Brown
Technology, Education--Connections (TEC) Series
Pub Date: September 2009, 192 pages

Paperback: $26.95,ISBN: 0807750026
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“The most convincing account I’ve read about how education will change in the decades ahead—the authors’ analyses are impressive, fair-minded, and useful.”
Howard Gardner, Harvard Graduate School of Education, author of Five Minds for the Future

“With luck . . . we will see a new culture of learning emerge, one that will set the foundation for learning in the 21st century, or as this book beautifully details, the second educational revolution.”
—From the Foreword by John Seely Brown, former Chief Scientist of Xerox Corporation, author of The Social Life of Information

“Collins and Halverson offer a bold vision for bringing schools into the digital age—and for how technology can promote education beyond the schools.”
Adam Gamoran, University of Wisconsin–Madison

“A tour de force. I recommend this text for anyone serious about education not just as a topic in history but as an aspiration for future generations.”
Constance Steinkuehler, Co-founder, Games, Learning, and Society Research Group, University of Wisconsin–Madison

“A must read for parent, educator, or scholar interested in preparing future generations for this technology-soaked world.”
Kurt Squire, University of Wisconsin–Madison

“Collins and Halverson argue that digital media are opening a new and exciting era of lifelong learning that will transform school and society. Their book is an entirely readable guide to this future, written by people whose research has helped bring us to this point in history.”
James Paul Gee, Mary Lou Fulton Presidential Professor of Literacy Studies, Arizona State University

“This is a breakthrough book that goes well beyond the idea of adding technology to existing school structures. Instead, the authors explain how and why new technologies can transform our existing concepts of what it means to learn and succeed in life. This will be a ‘must read’ for my students and research collaborators.”
John Bransford, James W. Mifflin University Professor of Education and Psychology, University of Washington in Seattle

“In their charting of a dawning second educational revolution, Collins and Halverson illuminate how the values and opportunities of deeply social designs for technologies should and will expand learning environments beyond mainstream concepts of ‘schooling’. Anyone who cares about education should read their book.”
Roy Pea, Stanford University

“If you want to join today’s conversation about the future of learning, start here.”
Lauren Resnick, University of Pittsburgh, author of Education and Learning to Think and Making America Smarter

“Collins and Halverson have long been leaders in understanding teaching, learning, and the critical role of technology. Now they have put their knowledge together in this important book, filled with insight about how to make education serve the needs of the 21st century.”
Donald Norman, Northwestern University, author of Things That Make Us Smart and Emotional Design

“School is a troubled concept; Collins and Halverson are very clear about why and what we can do about it.”
Roger Schank, former Professor of Computer Science at Yale and Northwestern, author of Tell Me a Story and Lessons in Learning, e-Learning, and Training

The digital revolution has hit education, with more and more classrooms plugged into the whole wired world. But are schools making the most of new technologies? Are they tapping into thelearning potential of today’s Firefox/Facebook/cell phone generation? Have schools fallen through the crack of the digital divide? In Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology, Allan Collins and Richard Halverson argue that the knowledge revolution has transformed our jobs, our homes, our lives, and therefore must also transform our schools. Much like after the school-reform movement of the industrial revolution, our society is again poised at the edge of radical change. To keep pace with a globalized technological culture, we must rethink how we educate the next generation or America will be “left behind.” This groundbreaking book offers a vision for the future of American education that goes well beyond the walls of the classroom to include online social networks, distance learning with “anytime, anywhere” access, digital home schooling models, video-game learning environments, and more.

Allan Collins is professor emeritus of education and social policy at Northwestern University and formerly co-director of the U.S. Department of Education’s Center for Technology in Education. Richard Halverson is an associate professor of educational leadership and policy analysis at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where he is co-founder of the Games, Learning and Society group.

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