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


reviewed by Shuchi Grover ó November 10, 2009

coverTitle: Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology: The Digital Revolution and Schooling in America
Author(s): Allan Collins and Richard Halverson
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807750034, Pages: 192, Year: 2009
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Allan Collins and Richard Halverson’s compelling argument for rethinking education may be encapsulated thus: We are not going to fix education by fixing the schools. They are a 19th century invention trying to cope in the 21st century…If schools cannot change fast enough to keep pace with the advances in learning technologies, learning will leave schooling behind. Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology urges education stakeholders to envision a new kind of education that decouples learning and schooling. It is a timely call for innovation that will extend learning throughout life, and prime Americans for success in the fast changing technology-mediated 21st century information society. This book joins the contentious debate on school reform but with a bold new premise – redefine the very notion of “school”. It makes a credible case for abandoning myopic moves to integrate technology in the classroom that only amount to Cuban and Tyack’s (1995)... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: November 10, 2009
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15828, Date Accessed: 8/24/2017 6:48:47 AM

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  • Shuchi Grover
    Stanford University
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    SHUCHI GROVER is an educational technologist with graduate degrees in computer science and education. An alumnus of Harvard University Graduate School of Education, she is currently pursuing a PhD in the Learning Sciences and Technology Design Program at Stanford University. In a career spanning the US and India, she has worked with schools, teachers, and organizations on issues of technology in learning, and with students in after-school and informal settings. She has also founded online communities and spaces in the realm of education. Her most recent is SmartBean (http://thesmartbean.com) - a site for parents on issues of K-12 education where she serves as chief content architect, author, and editor-in-chief. The current (November 2009) issue of ISTEís flagship periodical, Learning and Leading with Technology, features an article authored by her. A mother of two, she believes in leveraging technology for flexible, personalized, and social learning.
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