The 3rd Narrative of School Reform with Will Richardson

will richardson“It’s no longer about what WE want students to do. We need to ask ourselves ‘How do we support kids in what THEY want to do?'”

Will Richardson is a parent of two teen-agers, and has spent the last dozen years developing an international reputation as a leading thinker and writer about the intersection of social online learning networks and education. Will has authored four books, most recently Why School?: How Education Must Change When Learning and Information Are Everywhere (Kindle Single)
– which was published by TED books and based on his most recent TEDx talk in Melbourne, Australia.

“We need to do inquiry based, student centered, technology rich learning in an effort to prepare kids to go out into the real world so they can continually learn, connect and create with other people.”


Noteworthy moments you should pay attention to:

4:05 – A teacher’s role will be more difficult in the short term due to limitations from the idea of “Doing school better”. However, this is a very exciting moment for learning. It’s a time to use technology for both teachers and students to develop new learning patterns.

6:40 – We’re looking at the wrong measures in school!

7:20 – Teachers need to become more connected learners. 2 big questions that should be addressed: “How do you connect to other people?” and “How do you create with computer?”. There’s a lot of emphasis here on learning how to join the right communities, and provide value to these learning communities.

9:45 – Twitter is your launching pad for this movement towards connected learning.

10:05 – Jackie discusses her point of view on teacher agency. There are a lot of choices out there, but also a lot of restrictions. What can teachers do? Stand up for your freedom as an educator, and become a connected learner!

10:50 – According to Will these are some good, hard questions that you should ask of your communities so you can make your own classroom better.

14:03 – The third narrative of school reform: Focus on “How do we support kids in what they want to do? We learn by doing things that we care about, and that we want to learn more about… We need to do inquiry based, student centered, technology rich learning in an effort to prepare kids to go out into the real world so they can continually learn and continually connect and create with other people.”

Mentions of Technology

– Twitter 

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You can reach Will Richardson on Twitter @willrich45 and on his website.
Here is Will’s TedX Talk in Australia

Education Quote of the Day – Maria Montessori


“Scientific observation has established that education is not what the teacher gives; education is a natural process spontaneously carried out by the human individual, and is acquired not by listening to words but by experiences in the environment.

The task of the teacher becomes that of preparing a series of motives of cultural activity, spread over a specially prepared environment, and then refraining from obtrusive interference.” – Maria Montessori

Read more here


Welcome to the (new) World of Education


 Hello World!

We’ve been working tirelessly for a little over 12 months now, and I think it’s about time we looked up to say “Hello” and “Thank You” by welcoming you all to StudySoup (with a Big Virtual Hug). In our first post of the century, we’ll tell you a little bit about our mission, our name, and a few reasons behind our efforts in bringing StudySoup to every student in the world. Let’s start with the truth.  Education is not simple. To make matters worse, the current tools and methods for learning are outdated. Formal education requires proper materials to enable the learning process: lectures, notes, articles, and books – the list goes on. Because communication is essential to this learning process, students and professors alike have adopted these mediums as a standard.

But here’s the problem.

Journals and textbooks are too rigid for the modern-age education process.  We live in a constantly changing world, and this is a race where education must stay ahead of the pack.  More and more, teachers are employing innovative methods to deliver knowledge in the classroom, adopting video, custom course packets, and collaborative media to compliment the 21st century student. And students are on the same page.  Trust us – we just went though it.

“I have 2 textbooks, 4 course readers, a notebook, and an iPad”

How often are you walking around campus with your backpack about to explode into a cloud of loose papers and books?  Although college students take an average of 4 classes at a given time, for each class they’ll be responsible for 4-6 different reference websites, at least 3 textbooks and 2 course readers.  How often do you look longingly at your laptop or tablet and wish that the 30+ lbs you carry with you could fit seamlessly and conveniently into the small device in your hands? How about that day you forgot a binder you needed, or grabbed the wrong textbook off your desk, only to realize your blunder upon arriving to class?  Wouldn’t it be great to have your materials follow you effortlessly wherever you go?

Custom is the new black.

Our mission is to solve these problems!  And to begin thinking about problems that we haven’t even yet discovered!  Over the past year, we’ve taken a look at what’s broken in the world of education and are now very excited to open our doors to students and professors around the world.  We’re here to help [professors] quickly compile materials so you can focus on teaching your class.  StudySoup effortlessly brings your old paper materials into the digital realm, so you don’t have to.  We’re here to help students cut the strings holding you back, so that anywhere you go your education follows.

Since the founding of StudySoup, we’ve worked side by side with a team of top notch professors, engineers, students and designers to create a system that harmoniously addresses the needs and concerns of each and every party involved.  Now we’ve partnered with top Universities: UC Santa Barbara, UC Los Angeles, University of Oregon, and more; just a few giant leaps towards offering StudySoup to everyone in the world.

Professors: just upload your materials, or re-mix or create your interactive content directly on StudySoup…that’s it!

Students: Read anywhere, interact with your materials and even collaborate with peers.

Content providers, printers and bookstores: We’ll help you transfer your physical readings into the digital realm.  See an example of what your materials can look like.  It’s awesome, you’ll see.

Some Soup to keep you warm


The world of education can be confusing and harsh at times.  You don’t know where to start, and you spend a lot of time looking for the right materials before you even have the chance to use them. StudySoup is a comforting blend of your favorite study ingredients, all found in one, easy to access place. You don’t need to drag your reading materials or your computer with you everywhere you go.  Just hop on StudySoup from any device with internet, and you’ll be back in action – learning from where you left off. Today, we’re ready to help take all your reading materials into the digital world, with easy to use note taking and collaboration features, and we’re already working hard on some exciting improvements. Let us know what you think on Twitter and Facebook, and we promise you will be the first to know about our cool new features.

Have fun studying, and welcome to the StudySoup family.


Written By – Sieva Kozinsky

Sieva Kozinsky