Will Richardson and Rob Mancabelli have created an essential book for educators, students, and anyone concerned about the future of education. Personal Learning Networks provides the perspectives and the processes we need to use personal learning networks to become educated, empowered and ready for the global economy. --Jason Ohler, Professor Emeritus, Educational Technology, University of Alaska, Juneau
This book presents an innovative, comprehensive strategy for reinventing education to meet the needs of 21st century students and society. Much more than familiar rhetoric on what is wrong with education, the authors provide a compelling vision for education as it could and should be and a road map to help get us there. Mancabelli & Will Richardson have provided us with a step-by-step guide to create globally-connected classrooms, implement powerful project-based curriculum, and introduce our students to tools and technologies with transformative potential. --Angela Maiers, President of Maiers Educational Services, Clive, Iowa
This book is chock-full of useful information and highlights numerous practitioners who are walking the walk. A fantastic resource for administrators, teachers, policymakers, and others who are trying to lead their organizations into the digital, global world in which we now live. --Scott McLeod, Director at UCEA Center for Advanced Study of Technical Leadership in Education, Ames, Iowa
About the Author
Will Richardson -- A parent of two middle school aged children, Will Richardson has been writing about the intersection of social online learning networks and education for the past ten years at weblogg-ed.com and in numerous journals and magazines such as Ed Leadership, Education Week, and English Journal. He was a public school educator for twenty-two years, and is a co-founder of Powerful Learning Practice (plpnetwork.com), a unique professional development program that has mentored over three thousand teachers worldwide in the last three years. His first book, Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms (Corwin Press, 3rd edition, 2010) has sold over 75,000 copies and has impacted classroom practice around the world. Over the past six years, he has spoken to tens of thousands of educators in over a dozen countries about the merits of learning networks for personal and professional growth. He is a national advisory board member of the George Lucas Education Foundation and a regular columnist for District Administration Magazine. With nearly twenty years of experience in educational leadership, technology, and planning,
Rob Mancabelli -- With a background in learning, technology and leadership, Rob Mancabelli builds 21st century learning organizations. His focus is on global collaboration, customized content and engaging learning platforms, and his approach delivers results either for educational leaders looking to improve student outcomes or business leaders seeking to enhance employee effectiveness. A frequent speaker, Rob talks about how to effectively transform organizations to meet the rapidly evolving demands of a globally connected world. He writes for numerous publications, as well as at mancabelli.com, serves on K 12 advisory boards for Dell Computer and Acer Corporation, and is in the process of completing his MBA at MIT. Rob lives with his wife, Gayle Allen, in New York City.