In our fast changing era, we have to keep thinking hard about how schooling must change too.   This video lecture, from TED, is by Internet evangelist Clay Shirky, and articulates how we are observing “the largest increase in expressive ability in history.”  No longer are audience members only consumers, they are also producers: it is “as if you bought a book and they gave you a printing press to go with it.”

Our schools can harness the energies this revolution is unleashing: our students no longer want to be solely consumers, no longer are they isolated within the four walls of our classrooms, but they are already, and want to be, and can be, ever more, producers, contributors, participants in the wider world.   Students can research real-world issues, and then blog them and twitter them, in ways making their learning more meaningful.