Too many students treat learning passively, educators say, working only for good grades or to get by. But passive learning often engenders boredom and rote memorization that does not prepare students well for the 21st-century. ASCD special report
Simply handing students more control over their education may not be immediately effective. Many are unaccustomed to such opportunities, but giving them a purpose with a real project or audience may better equip them to handle such responsibility and better prepare them for college or work. ASCD special report
The 2008 conference theme is "Shift Happens: Technology alone will not save us" and focuses on the frequent shifts that happen in the educational and technological landscape and the need for us all to adapt.
New assessments like the CWRA, however, illustrate that the skills that really matter for the 21st century—the ability to think creatively and to evaluate and analyze information—can be measured accurately and in a common and comparable way. These emergent models also demonstrate the potential to measure these complex thinking skills at the same time that we measure a student's mastery of core content or basic skills and knowledge. There is, then, no need for more tests to measure advanced skills. Rather, there is a need for better tests that measure more of the skills students' need to succeed today. …