Howard Rheingold, author, virtual community pioneer and self-described “online instigator and expert learner,” has interviewed more than 100 innovative and inspiring educators who exemplify connected learning: a fundamentally different mode of learning from education that is centered on fixed subjects, one-to-many instruction and standardized testing. The following are his most relevant picks for learner agency, co-learning, making, 21st-century learners, networked publics, media literacy, civic engagement and pedagogy.

Co-Learning: Modeling Cooperative-Collaborative Learning

“When I understood that my fear of revealing what I didn’t know about teaching was subtly conveying a fear of trial-and-error learning, I started pushing my experiments with social media in the classroom to the point where something would go wrong, thus affording me an opportunity to debug my errors aloud.” — Howard Rheingold