The Social Media Revolution

Socialnomics author Erik Qualman created a great video about the growth of social media. Qualman has refreshed his popular Social Media Revolution presentation with a new soundtrack and more great statistics. It's another great video of the Social Media Revolution and its impact on our global society. There are several great statistics and it helps us realize that social media is more than just a fad. It is revolutionizing the way we communicate.

As social media continues to grow, so will its applications in the classroom. It will be interesting to see how today's teachers will utilize tomorrow's technologies to help engage their students.

Parents Snatching Up Vouchers and K-12 Scholarships for New School Year

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Parents Snatching Up Vouchers and K-12 Scholarships for New School Year

By Paul DiPerna

In today’s woozy economy, we should be heartened when we see high demand in a vital service sector like American K-12 education.

Demand for what, you ask?

Parents are responding in droves for school vouchers and K-12 scholarships, as more have been made available in 2011 than ever before.

So where is the demand?

For starters, we can look at my home state of Indiana. Three months ago, Gov. Mitch Daniels signed the nation’s broadest school voucher law for K-12 education, having the potential to untether students, families, teachers, principals, and other entrepreneurs.  The new school voucher program is a substantial policy achievement and innovation in a sector that is desperate for bold ideas.

The Global Search for Education: More Focus on Change

img3"I saw crumbling schools that are stealing the future of black children and white children alike”  – President Barack Obama, 2008

Change is painful.  Change takes time.  Change is trial and error, but isn’t Change ultimately brought about by leadership which has the ability to rally all the policy makers around the all important higher purpose – that of educational excellence?

Yes we can close the achievement gap.  Yes we can improve our teachers. Yes we can improve our overall education system.  Difficult as these changes are to face now, what is the alternative in five years time for our students and our nation if we don’t?

This week in The Global Search for Education, I asked Linda Darling-Hammond, with her vast experience in education research, teaching and policy, to focus on Change we can believe in.