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Jayne Miller By Jayne Miller • November 25, 2015

What's on Our EdTech Bookshelf: 15 Books for Educators



There are a handful of edtech reads on our holiday wish list, as well as several old standbys we always recommend to edtech enthusiasts. (Sounds like a blog post to me, gang!)

Here’s a preview of what books are lining our shelves at Chalkup. All are recommended reads for your Thanksgiving break, or perhaps just some titles to look for if you’re shopping for a techy teacher on Black Friday.

connected_educators_book.jpgWhat Connected Educators Do Differently - Todd Whitaker, Jeffrey Zoul, and Jimmy Casas

Amazon Review That Best Sums it Up: “This book is for all educators. If you have not started down the path of becoming a connected educator this is a perfect place to start. It outlines what you need to focus on and how to grow your PLN. If you have been at it a while, as I have, this was a great read to help me refocus my energy where it needs to be.”


Digital Leadership: Changing Paradigms for Changing Times - Eric Sheninger

Amazon Review That Best Sums it Up: “Digital Leadership is a must read for school and district leaders. In this day of increasingly digital schools, a book like this is needed to help navigate the ever changing landscape. Many books are written from so called ‘experts’ with little in-school experience but Eric is living and breathing what he writes about.”


Learning By Choice: 10 Ways Choice and Differentiation Create An Engaged Learning Experience for Every Student - A.J. Juliani

Amazon Review That Best Sums it Up: “As educators, we all want to do our best for the kids we serve each day. As adults, we value having choices very much; however, how often do we allow our students to have choice in their educational journey? Juliani explores this notion of choice in an in-depth study of how giving students such opportunities can lead to higher levels of achievement and quality of their overall academic experience.”


The Innovator's Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity  - George Couros

Amazon Review That Best Sums it Up: “If you are an educator concerned with ensuring compliance then step away from this book. However, if you are an educator interested in how school leaders can build relationships within their school or district that will lead to higher-level pursuits for all learners, then this book need to become a critical part of your learning library.”


Hacking_Education_Book.jpgHacking Education: 10 Quick Fixes for Every School - Mark Barnes and Jennifer Gonzalez

Amazon Review That Best Sums it Up: “Quick read with strategies that are immediately and effectively implemented. Choose a single hack to get started, and I'm sure that soon you will be convinced that these hacks are gold. Some of the hacks are variations of what I already do, but I could be even better by using the hacks Barnes and Gonzalez suggest.”


The App Generation: How Today's Youth Navigate Identity, Intimacy, and Imagination in a Digital World - Howard Gardner and Katie Davis

Amazon Review That Best Sums it Up: “In a bygone era, parents and teachers provided the lessons and kids responded. With today's app generation, parents and teachers must take an entirely different approach. They are the ones who must respond, because electronic media have completely changed the locus and flow of information. Does this book provide a recipe for what that response should be? No, but it does provide valuable insight into dealing with the app generation.”


Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools - Michael B. Horn and Heather Staker

Amazon Review That Best Sums it Up: “Blended takes the vision and theories in Disrupting Class and makes it actionable and doable by anyone wanting to creating a more personalized learning model and a customer-centric environment. It's a solid DIY guide to implementing your first blended learning school with concrete examples of where it is being done well.”


Teaching With the Tools Kids Really Use: Learning With Web and Mobile Technologies - Susan J. Brooks-Young

Amazon Review That Best Sums it Up: “Teaching With the Tools Kids Really Use by Susan Brooks-Young is a great read for educators who want to begin to incorporate technology into the classroom. There are eight different technological tools that are discussed in the book. The tools range from a cell phone to virtual worlds to gaming.”


School Culture Rewired: How to Define, Assess, and Transform It - Steve Gruenert and Todd Whitaker

Amazon Review That Best Sums it Up: “Clear, concise writing about an important topic in education. The authors manage to appropriately and effectively link theory to practice. In my opinion, the real strength of the book is that it provides practical, hands-on suggestions on how to truly transform school culture. School culture gets a lot of print, but seldom does anyone actually explain HOW to make real change happen and HOW to make it last.”


Education_Nation_Book_2.jpgEducation Nation: Six Leading Edges of Innovation in our Schools - Milton Chen and George Lucas

Amazon Review That Best Sums it Up: “If I were in charge of the world, I'd use this book as a basis for collaborative inquiry with groups of educators and learners (teachers, administrators, community mentors, parents, and above all, students) in communities wherever there's an interest in improving education.”


Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology: The Digital Revolution and Schooling in America - Allan Collins and Richard Halverson

Amazon Review That Best Sums it Up: “The authors are a technologist and an educator and together they bring balance and insight into this formidable jungle of interwoven influences and possibilities...They are best at describing succinctly all the changes going on and the virtual absence of response by schools, who are ‘locked in place.’”


Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives - John Palfrey and Urs Gasser

Amazon Review That Best Sums it Up: “The main thesis [in] Born Digital is that the passage from the analog paradigm to the digital paradigm is deeply transforming the way digital natives are living. Such deep transformations are affecting their self perception and the way they interact with others.”


Personal Learning Networks: Using the Power of Connections to Transform Education - Will Richardson and Rob Mancabelli

Amazon Review That Best Sums it Up: “This book takes the philosophy of real education change/innovation and gives the reader practical step-by-step directions on how to help make it happen. Richardson and Mancabelli meld their vision of using learning networks to drive student and teacher learning with the writing of John Seely Brown, Tony Wagner or Sir Ken Robinson.”


Learn_like_a_pirate_book.jpgLearn Like a PIRATE: Empower Your Students to Collaborate, Lead, and Succeed - Paul Solarz and Dave Burgess

Amazon Review That Best Sums it Up: “Great practical ideas for making your classroom more student centered and student run. Paul knows how to empower students and create 21st century learners. Includes links to his blog for more detail on specific lessons.”


Pure Genius: Building a Culture of Innovation and Taking 20% Time to the Next Level - Don Wettrick

Amazon Review That Best Sums it Up: “Many teachers try 20% time and fail. Why? Because getting kids to care about learning is a PROCESS, not an event. Don shares an entire ecosystem, more than just a mindset, about guiding students to be truly independent learners - and that is the ultimate prize.”

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