Integrate digital media and new applications with purpose and build a culture of learning with pleasure!
Let students use real-world tools to do real-world work and develop skills society demands. Be the leader who creates this environment. UnCommon Learning shows you how to transform a learning culture through sustainable and innovative initiatives. It moves straight to the heart of using innovations such as Makerspaces, Blended Learning and Microcredentials.
Influencer, a thought-provoking book that combines the remarkable insights of behavioral scientists and business leaders with the astonishing stories of high-powered influencers from all walks of life. You'll be taught each and every step of the influence process--including robust strategies for making change inevitable in your personal life, your business, and your world. You'll learn how to:
Identify high-leverage behaviors that lead to rapid and profound change
Apply strategies for changing both thoughts and actions
Marshal six sources of influence to make change inevitable
With the onslaught of cloud solutions, consumerization of technology, and increasingly tech-savvy business people, it’s time for a manifesto for leaders who recognize―and are nervous about―the demands of the digital age. Whether you’re an executive, department head, or IT manager, The New IT provides an action-ready blueprint for building and strengthening the role of IT in your company―and prescribing IT’s future. Learn how to:
ASSESS your current and future IT profile
ALIGN your IT organization with business priorities
MAP technology delivery plans according to business priiorities
ORGANIZE IT according to your company’s culture and strengths
REDEFINE innovation and talent management practices
BUILD a stronger and enduring role for IT as a business partner
In Creating Cultures of Thinking: The 8 Forces We Must Master to Truly Transform Our Schools, Ron Ritchhart, author of Making Thinking Visible, explains how creating a culture of thinking is more important to learning than any particular curriculum and he outlines how any school or teacher can accomplish this by leveraging 8 cultural forces: expectations, language, time, modeling, opportunities, routines, interactions, and environment.
With the techniques and rich classroom vignettes throughout this book, Ritchhart shows that creating a culture of thinking is not about just adhering to a particular set of practices or a general expectation that people should be involved in thinking. A culture of thinking produces the feelings, energy, and even joy that can propel learning forward and motivate us to do what at times can be hard and challenging mental work.
Moving beyond a basic examination of using technology for classroom instruction, Building School 2.0: How to Create the Schools We Need is a larger discussion of how education, learning, and our physical school spaces can—and should—change because of the changing nature of our lives brought on by these technologies.
The best strategies, they contend, enable networked learning that allows research, creativity, communication, and collaboration to help prepare students to be functional citizens within a modern society. Their model includes discussions of the following key concepts:
Technology must be ubiquitous, necessary, and invisible
Classrooms must be learner-centric and use backwards design principles
Good technology can be better than new technology
Teachers must serve as mentors and bring real-world experiences to students
What if your students’ mobile devices became an instructional asset rather than a distraction? Discover how free, scannable technology can enrich learning, while captivating students. Best of all, these technologies are easy to quickly implement within your classroom.
Learn about QR codes and Augmented Reality (AR)
Reach each student with new, hands-on learning opportunities
Embrace the ACES Framework for teaching with scannable technologies: Access, Curate, Engage, and Share
Promote self-directed learning and showcase students’ creations
Leverage technology to connect classroom activities with students’ families and the broader community
Makerspaces: Your questions answered here!
Get the nuts and bolts on imagining, planning, creating, and managing a cutting-edge Makerspace for your school community. Nationally recognized expert Laura Fleming provides all the answers in this breakthrough guide. From inception through implementation, you’ll find invaluable guidance for creating a vibrant Makerspace on any budget. Practical strategies and anecdotal examples help you:
Create an action plan for your own personalized Makerspace
Align activities to standards
Showcase student creations
Use this must-have guide to painlessly build a robust, unique learning environment that puts learning back in the hands of your students!
Project based learning (PBL) is gaining renewed attention with the current focus on college and career readiness and the performance-based emphases of Common Core State Standards, but only high-quality versions can deliver the beneficial outcomes that schools want for their students. It's not enough to just do projects. Today's projects need to be rigorous, engaging, and in-depth, and they need to have student voice and choice built in. Such projects require careful planning and pedagogical skill. The authors leaders at the respected Buck Institute for Education take readers through the step-by-step process of how to create, implement, and assess PBL using a classroom-tested framework. Also included are chapters for school leaders on implementing PBL systemwide and the use of PBL in informal settings.
A practical guide to building 21st century competencies with Project Based Learning. For middle school and high school teachers, instructional coaches, and school leaders. Critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity are important for college, careers, and success in today's world. No other teaching method brings together these "4 C's" like Project Based Learning. This book contains down-to-earth, classroom-tested advice for teaching and assessing 21st century competencies in PBL, including: Aligning projects with Common Core State Standards, Designing projects for the 4 C's and building student competency, Sample projects from a variety of grade levels and subjects, Rubrics for each of the 4 C's, Tips for using technology to enhance projects, A special chapter for school leaders on building community, parent and systemic support for 21st century learning with PBL.
Effective educational leadership entails continuously seeking and implementing innovative professional development opportunities for teachers and support staff. In today’s age of rapid technology expansion within educational settings, professional development targeting technology integration remains an area of tremendous need. This guidebook details the process of collegial coaching for technology integration within educational environments and is intended for use within a variety of settings, from primary classrooms through high schools to graduate educational leadership and instructional technology courses and beyond.
In 50 THINGS YOU CAN DO WITH GOOGLE CLASSROOM, Keeler and Miller shorten the learning curve by providing a thorough overview of the Google Classroom App. Part of Google Apps for Education (GAfE), Google Classroom was specifically designed to help teachers save time by streamlining the process of going digital. Complete with screenshots, 50 Things You Can Do with Google Classroom provides ideas and step-by-step instruction to help teachers implement this powerful tool.
In THE INNOVATOR'S MINDSET, George Couros encourages teachers and administrators to empower their learners to wonder, to explore—and to become forward-thinking leaders.
If we want innovative students, we need innovative educators. In other words, innovation begins with you. Ultimately, innovation is not about a skill set but about mindset.
THE INNOVATOR'S MINDSET is for you if:
•You are a superintendent, district administrator, or principal who wants to empower your staff to create a culture of innovation.
•You are a school leader—at any level—and want help students and educators become their personal best.
•You are a teacher who wants to create relevant learning experiences and help students develop the skills they need to be successful.
THE INNOVATOR'S MINDSET includes practical suggestions for unleashing your students’ and teachers’ talent. You’ll also read encouraging accounts of leaders and learners who are innovating “inside the box.”
This book, Modern EdTech Leadership, has been specifically written to support the transformation of school technology leaders and their teams. As designed, this book will push the thinking of these teams, while simultaneously providing insight into how to close key gaps, so that they can be the foundation of a dynamic digital conversion, working to better meet the needs of the students and staff that they serve. Throughout the book, Daugherty lays out a roadmap filled with both sound and practical advice on leading a technology team that supports high quality teaching and learning by providing students and staff with the tools, resources, and supports needed to better prepare students for their tomorrow.
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