Moonshots In Education

Moonshots in Education explores digital and online learning in the classroom and what it takes to make a “moonshot.” It illustrates several models and examples of schools that are already implementing digital learning and their success rates. It also initiates discussion on a variety of educational philosophies by exploring how they empower students and teachers. The book offers tools to support teachers in most subject areas. The forward by James Franco explores how this type of blended real world learning has made a significant positive impact on his life.


In this book, Ed Madison—journalist, producer/director, and innovative educator—provides specific strategies to help teachers use journalistic learning to achieve positive outcomes that engage students in new ways. Journalistic learning is a teaching approach that borrows techniques from the journalism profession to better instruct students in research, reading, and writing in language arts and social sciences classes. Drawing from extensive fieldwork at schools across the United States, Madison demonstrates how this approach is uniquely aligned with Common Core State Standards that call for more emphasis on nonfiction texts and digital literacy skills. Centered on research and writing projects that will yield publishable student writing, chapters demonstrate how this approach works across contexts and benefits a broad range of students from diverse backgrounds. The text also explores new and affordable approaches to teacher training.

Digital Skills Workshop

Digital Skills Workshop provides teachers and students with free learning modules that address core competencies for college- and career-readiness as outlined by the Common Core State Standards. This site is comprised of videos and lesson plans you can implement right away. The videos document actual classroom and field exercises where specific digital skills are introduced, explained, and demonstrated.