TechnologyBooks

TechnologyBooks

Resources for District Leaders
 

INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR TECHNOLOGY IN EDUCATION

English Language Arts Units for Grades 9-12, www.iste.org, $37.95

Educational technology professor Christopher Shamburg presents 12 language arts units that illustrate a holistic and reflective approach to integrating technology into standards-based lessons for high school English curriculum. Examples include exploring creative writing through "fanfiction," utilizing online peer editing, making podcasts, creating and sharing digital video safely and meaningfully, and using blogs to facilitate independent reading projects. This book is appropriate for educators with a variety of experience, from beginners to the technology-savvy.

 

CORWIN PRESS

Web Literacy for Educators, www.corwinpress.com, $25.95

This guide by educational technology expert Alan November helps teachers and students effectively find, sort and evaluate information on the Web and describes how educators across all content areas and grade levels can use the Internet to strengthen their students' critical thinking skills. The book includes formative assessments in each chapter, tips for addressing plagiarism, and explanations of commonly used terminology, showing teachers ways to efficiently navigate the Internet and to help their students to do the same.

 

CORWIN PRESS

Making the Most of the Web in Your Classroom, www.corwinpress.com, $28.95

Professors Timothy D. Green, Abbie Brown and LeAnne Robinson authored this guide, which describes field-tested strategies for, and examples of, the use of the Web in the classroom. Educators will learn how to design and build Web sites and help students develop their own Internet projects. The book also addresses student Internet safety, copyright and other legal considerations, and illustrates the use of various web tools that offer educators unique teaching opportunities. Each chapter also includes a list of key terms, and the material is designed to help teachers meet ISTE NETS technology and content standards.

 

INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR TECHNOLOGY IN EDUCATION

Reinventing Project-Based Learning: Your Field Guide to Real-World Projects in the Digital Age, www.iste.org, $34.95

Authors Suzie Boss and Jane Krauss guide educators, administrators and professional development specialists through effective ways to maximize the benefits of project-based learning while incorporating technology. Using collaborative activities in each chapter, this guide is designed to help educators transform learning into a more active, student-driven experience, where technology enables inquiry and connection to the world outside the classroom. The book itself is a "project" for teachers, and provides guided opportunities for them to direct and reflect on their own learning. Examples from schools around the world illustrate uses of Web 2.0 technologies, portable computing devices, mobile phones and podcasts to enhance learning.

 

MCGRAW-HILL

Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns, www.mcgraw-hill.com, $32.95

Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen applies his concept of "disruptive innovation" described in his previous book The Innovator's Dilemma toward a vision for peforming what he describes as a severely lacking American educational system. Christensen describes "disruptive innovations" as new processes, services or technologies which overturn existing systems, replacing them with cheaper, less complicated, more accessible systems. The book describes the disruptive innovations which can solve the flaws in American education: computer based learning initiatives, student-centric classrooms, customized learning, and a new business system to support such innovations, all with the implementation of technology as a primary focus.


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