Will Richardson

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Will Richardson
Will Richardson
Will Richardson
Occupation Author, Educationalist
Nationality American
Alma mater Ohio University
Genre Educationist, Author, Teacher, Blogger
Notable works Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms
Spouse Wendy
Children 2

Will Richardson is the author of the highly ranked and read edublog Weblogg-ed[1] and author of the book, Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms.[2] Richardson is also active on the web, he has both a Twitter and YouTube channel.

Richardson is now an independent presenter and owner of Connective Learning, LLC. He promotes the implementation of Read/Write technologies in K-12 classrooms. He is also an advocate for school reform which encourages the integration of technology in learning. He was also recently named to the National Advisory Board for the George Lucas Education Foundation. Along with Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach, he co-founded Powerful Learning Practice, a company that delivers job-embedded, year-long professional development to schools worldwide around the pedagogies of Web 2.0 tools.

District Administration magazine publishes a quarterly column by Richardson titled The Online Edge.

Richardson has been part of a panel presentation at the 2006 Milken Global Conference and has given presentations all over the world.


Will lives along the Delaware River in Western New Jersey with his wife Wendy and his children Tess and Tucker, all of whom are bloggers.[3]

Formerly a teacher at Hunterdon Central Regional High School in Flemington, N.J, Will was recognized for his use of blogs in the classroom as a "trendsetter in education" by the New York Times.[4]

Academic Credentials[edit]

Bachelor of Science in Journalism, Ohio University, Athens, OH, 1980.[5]

Master of Arts (Teaching), College of New Jersey, Trenton, NJ, 1983 [6]

Published works[edit]


  • Why School? How Education Must Change When Learning and Information are Everywhere (Kindle Edition, September 2012)
  • Weblogs, Wikis, Podcasts and Other Powerful Web Tools that are Transforming Classrooms (March 2006, Corwin Press, 3rd Edition, March 2010)
  • Engaging the Whole Child: Reflections on Best Practices in Learning, Teaching, and Leadership (Chapter) (ASCD, 2009)
  • 21st Century Skills: Rethinking How Students Learn (Chapter) (Solution Tree Press, 2010)
  • Personal Learning Networks: Using the Power of Connections to Transform Education (Solution Tree Press, Spring, 2011)


  • "For the Love of Learning" District Administration, (October, 2010)
  • "No More One-Size Fits All Learning" District Administration, (August, 2010)
  • "A New Era of Learning" District Administration (April, 2010)
  • "Kids Connecting with Adults Online" District Administration (January, 2010)
  • "The New Writing Pedagogy" (Feature) District Administration (November, 2009)
  • "Personalized Online Learning" District Administration (September 2009)
  • "Why Schools Should Break the Web 2.0 Barrier" Threshold Magazine (Summer 2009)
  • "Leadership Goes Public" District Administration (June, 2009)
  • "Making the Web Manageable with Collaborative Filters" District Administration (April, 2009)
  • "Becoming Network-Wise" Educational Leadership (March, 2009)
  • "World Without Walls: Learning Well With Others" Edutopia (December, 2008)
  • "Creating Student Editors" District Administration (December, 2008)
  • "Footprints in a Digital World" Educational Leadership (November, 2008)
  • "Let's Get Into Groups" District Administration (September, 2008)
  • "You Need to be Clickable" District Administration (June 2008)
  • "Building Your Own Personal Learning Network" OnCUE Journal (Summer 2008)
  • "Now Playing: The Live Web" District Administration (March, 2008)
  • "Teaching Civics with Social Web Tools" District Administration (January, 2008)
  • "Building Networks in Schools" District Administration (December 2007)
  • "Locked in an Irrelevant System? Network Building and the New Literacy" Education Canada (Fall, 2007)
  • "Social Tools in Schools Taking Root" District Administration (November 2007)
  • "From MySpace to SchoolSpace" District Administration (September, 2007)
  • “Education Through Networking” ie Magazine (Summer 2007)
  • "From MySpace to SchoolSpace" District Administration (September 2007)
  • "Walking the Web 2.0" District Administration (August, 2007)
  • “Teaching in a Web 2.0 World” Kappa Delta Pi Record (Summer 2007)
  • "Summer 2.0 Reading" District Administration (July, 2007)
  • “Read/Write Web” Classroom Connect Connected Newsletter (Summer 2007)
  • "Apps on the Web" District Administration (June, 2007)
  • "Building a Web Presence" District Administration (May, 2007)
  • "High Tech Inspires the Read/Write Web" Education Digest (May 2007)
  • "Administrators Who Blog" District Administration (April, 2007)
  • "Taming the Beast: Social Bookmarking" School Library Journal (March 2007).
  • "The Seven C's of Learning" District Administration (March, 2007)
  • “Podcasting 101” NEA Today (March, 2007)
  • “The Read/Write Web: New Tools for a New Generation of Technology” Principal (January/February 2007)
  • "To Block, or Not to Block" District Administration (February, 2007)
  • “Online Powered School Libraries” District Administration (January, 2007)
  • “Making Waves: With Podcasting, Anyone (Yes, Anyone) Can Create Their Own Radio Show” School Library Journal (October, 2006)
  • “The New Face of Learning” Edutopia Magazine (October, 2006)
  • "Merrily Down the Stream" School Library Journal (July, 2006)
  • "Tech Tools for Learning" Access Learning (January 2006)
  • "An Educator's Guide to the Read/Write Web" Educational Leadership (December 2005)
  • "What's a Wiki? A Powerful Collaborative Tool for Teaching and Learning. That's What!" Multimedia and Internet @ Schools (November 2005)
  • "Blog Revolution: Expanding classroom horizons with Web logs." Technology and Learning Magazine (October, 2005)
  • "New Jersey High School Learns the ABCs of Blogging," T.H.E. Journal (June 2005)
  • "The ABCs of RSS." Technology and Learning Magazine (May 2005)
  • "Blogging and RSS: The 'What's It?' and 'How To' of Powerful New Web Tools for Educators" Multimedia and Internet @ Schools (Jan. 2004)
  • "Blogging On." Principal Leadership (Nov. 2003)
  • "Weblogs: Internet Publishing Made Easy," Desien (Aug. 2003)
  • "Web Logs in the English Classroom: More Than Just Chat" English Journal (Sept. 2003) [7]