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List of Must Read Books For EdTech Enthusiasts

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Every time is the best time to pick up a good read and indulge in it.

 

But, if you are an edtech enthusiast, this probably be the best time to stock up your shelves with amazing books and work up on your perspective and knowledge.

Considering the pace at which edtech is being embraced, it is essential for stakeholders to be aware and have sound knowledge of the complete revolution. The past, Present and what all the future awaits.

The list of books below will help edtech enthusiasts like you with all of this.

1. Digital Literacies: Concepts, Policies and Practices by Colin Lankshear (Editor)

This book brings together a group of internationally-reputed authors in the field of digital literacy. Their essays explore a diverse range of the concepts, policies and practices of digital literacy, and discuss how digital literacy is related to similar ideas: information literacy, computer literacy, media literacy, functional literacy and digital competence. It is argued that in light of this diversity and complexity, it is useful to think of digital literacies - the plural as well the singular. The first part of the book presents a rich mix of conceptual and policy perspectives; in the second part contributors explore social practices of digital remixing, blogging, online trading and social networking, and consider some legal issues associated with digital media.

2. 21st Century Skills: Rethinking How Students Learn (Leading Edge) 1st Edition by James Bellanca (Author), Ron Brandt (Author)

This anthology introduces the Framework for the 21st Century Learning from the Partnership for 21st Century Skills as a way to re-envision learning and prepare students for a rapidly evolving global and technological world. Highly respected education leaders and innovators focus on why these skills are necessary, which are most important, and how to best help schools include them in curriculum and instruction. 

3. A New Culture of Learning: Cultivating the Imagination of a World of Constant Change, Douglas Thomas and John Seely Brown

This one looks at how constant change helps to keep students inspired in the potential of the future. The authors look at how the culture associated with technology has become fluid and adaptable. It is also an incredible challenge for educators. It contains numerous stories and interesting tales about those challenges and how technology even provides many of the answers to the problems it creates.

4. One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined by Salman Khan

Educator and entrepreneur Salman Khan (founder of Khan Academy) saw how education failed his relative with no apparent reason. The young girl mentioned at the start of the book is described as “logical, creative, and tenacious” and yet still faced with a slippery dilemma- a dilemma thrust upon her by orthodox, cookie-cutter educational mandates created over 200 years ago. Without the same restrictions, Khan helped that young woman find academic success. You may ask, success at what academic? What is an academic success? Is it just learning to continuously pursue passions and turn those passions into practical impacting meaning? Well, it looks different for everyone, and that is absolutely the point of Khan’s vision. Finding success does and will continue to diversify as does the world. Part of finding that success means access: is the material readily available, is it affordable, is it manageable, is it going to motivate the individual to learn more?

One World Schoolhouse is not the “self-driving car” of the humanities. This model is all about human interaction and the intersection with technology, and how educators become part of this revolution.

5. Grown Up Digital: How the Net Generation is Changing Your World by Don Tapscott

Grown Up Digital reveals:

- How the brain of the Net Generation processes information

- Seven ways to attract and engage young talent in the workforce

- Seven guidelines for educators to tap the Net Gen potential

- Parenting 2.0: There's no place like the new home

- Citizen Net: How young people and the Internet are transforming democracy

Today's young people are using technology in ways you could never imagine. Instead of passively watching television, the “Net Geners” are actively participating in the distribution of entertainment and information. The book is a must read to understand the way we can protect ourselves and our students in the digital world.

6. Social Media Wellness: Helping Tweens and Teens Thrive in an Unbalanced Digital World by Ana Homayoun

In this book expect to learn about how social media affects education, a trajectory of social media’s impact throughout its brief — yet potent — history, social media’s cognitive effect on tweens, and much, much more. Homayou even addresses self-care by discussing sleep, stress management, exercise, and safety. Administrators, educators, and parents rejoice: the flagship book on social media wellness has finally arrived!

7. Out of Our Minds: Learning To Be Creative by Sir Ken Robinson

Ken Robinson argues that organizations everywhere are trying to fix a problem that originates in schools and universities: "It is often said that education and training are the keys to the future. They are, but a key can be turned in two directions. Turn it one way and you lock resources away, even from those they belong to. Turn it the other way and you release resources and give people back to themselves. To realize our true creative potential-in our organizations, in our schools and in our communities we need to think differently about ourselves and to act differently towards each other. We must learn to be creative." Ken Robinson The updated 3rd edition features a new introduction, modernized case studies, updated demographics and revised sections around technological developments and recent changes to the education system.

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Edtech is really taking off in developing countries. Its growth has been stimulated by a mix of grassroots initiatives from local entrepreneurs in developing countries and aid from international organizations (such as the UNICEF Development Fund which has pledged $9 million to edtech initiatives). Here, we explore the ways in which edtech has the power to revolutionize education in developing nations and to vastly increase enrolment in education at primary, secondary and tertiary levels.

The Power Of Edtech In Developing Countries

Developing countries are often characterised by a lack of high-quality infrastructure. Poor quality roads and a dearth of reliable transport links can have a substantial negative impact on school attendance – and this includes both the attendance of pupils and of

Edtech surmounts these challenges by enabling learners to access online courses remotely. Poor transport infrastructure is thus no longer a barrier to learning. Moreover, the provision of free online courses along the MOOC model means that a lack of financial resources does not present a barrier to learning either. Theoretically at least, a student in a remote part of Sub-Saharan Africa could enrol for free in an online off-campus course at Harvard if they so desired.

The future is bright for edtech in developing countries as it provides a very real solution to the financial and infrastructure-related difficulties that learners in these countries often experience in their attempts to access education. Nevertheless, there are still several challenges to be met in order for edtech to achieve its maximum potential in the developing world.

One of the key challenges to m-learning and elearning is the lack of mobile phone and internet coverage. Though rates of mobile phone ownership in most developing countries are pretty high, access to online learning is often hampered by patchy broadband availability. In Sub-Saharan Africa, for example, full 3G and 4G coverage are not estimated to be available until after 2020. This threatens to exacerbate the gap in educational levels between developing and developed nations.

Overall, though, it is clear that edtech is a hugely beneficial resource for developing countries as it can provide high-quality distance learning to students in remote areas who previously had little or no access to education. Are you an educator or entrepreneur? Maybe it’s time to turn your attention to edtech in developing countries.

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Blended learning is one of the fastest growing sectors of education. 

But educators do not know if blended learning approach will have positive impact on student learning. Put simply, this is one of the biggest criticism the educator have regarding blended learning.

Blended learning is more than a trend. There is a growing and collective acceptance to the fact that blended learning is indeed going to be the way of the future.

Leaders may agree to this fact but when it comes to implementation of such an approach, what holds them back? Is it the knowledge about the approach or evidence on what is the outcome of blended learning on student learning?

Going by what an article in EdSurge on the same topic reflects and also by what schools that has applied blended learning, one gets a clear idea that different schools have a distinct way of applying blended learning. It therefore makes it imperative for the leaders of the school and colleges to dig deeper into knowing what a good blended learning program is all about and what its contrary is.

With researchers diving deep into studying the impact of blended learning over face to face learning approach, some interesting facets have come to light in this regard. Researchers take up a closer look on the efficacy of this method of learning. The findings of the study do not either glorify blended learning approach nor does it dishonor traditional face-to-face learning process.

The individual study on blended learning program are a must read for education leaders as they offer valuable information to the educators on correct implementation of blended learning and personalized learning models. These studies have found a big impact and seen modest gains in the learning outcomes using the blended learning programs and also learn how blended learning can be used sustainably to best support teachers.

Summary of Six Best Research Work on Blended Learning Programs

1. 2016-17 Blended Learning Pilot Report

This study conducted by the Tennessee Department of education (DOE) summarizes certain vital findings and also recommended an in-depth examination of the factors which could lead to successful implementation. The research highlights visible results of blended learning on areas -an increase in student outcome, differentiation of content for students, change of student buy-in and ownership of their learning during lessons, factors that led to successful implementation of blended learning.

Analysis of data on the mentioned parameters showed small gains in each of the area by applying blended learning programs. Besides, knowing just about the findings of the research, the final section of the report contains valuable recommendations for implementing blended learning. This section is a valuable slice of advice for all the leaders who wish to ramp up blended learning programs in their institution as well as for those who are looking to apply this approach.

Click here to refer to the research study.

#Research 2- Evaluating Improvement in Student Learning with Tutoring Software

Success of blended learning can be achieved by combining different instructional models, teaching practices and digital tool. Thus researchers of RAND Corp-funded by the US Department of Education examined a popular algebra blended learning program called the Cognitive Tutor Algebra 1. On the first year of the study, researchers found no significant results. However, in the second year, they found a significant improvement in students learning, say by 8 percentile points.

Click here to refer to the research study.

#Research 3- Blended Learning Report.

This research study was conducted by SRI International and is from Michael and Susan Dell Foundation. This research was conducted in 13 low income charter schools using the rotation model of Blended learning. Researchers had found consistency among how the schools implemented the model.

This comprehensive report is worth considering because; it reflects valuable insight on areas such as- teacher satisfaction, student productivity and use of data to inform instruction.

Click here to refer to the research study.

#Research 4- Is Supporting Student Success with Time & Technology Effectual?

This research study was released by the National Center on Time & Learning. It is worthwhile to consider this study because, it guides educators as well as districts in highlighting six schools pairing blended learning and extended learning. The case studies mentioned in the report is worth reading for it offers detailed understanding on the technologies used in the schools, the instructional models in place as well as the software which had turned out to be effective in this regard.

Click here to refer to the research study.

#Research 5- Personalized Instruction: New Interest, Old Rhetoric, Limited Results and the Need for a New Direction for Computer Mediated Learning

It is a research released by the National Education Policy Center in the year 2013. The report is balanced as it brings forth cases where personalized learning has turned up to be successful and also cases where it failed. This report also highlights some valuable strategies for effective personalized learning and says a combination of tech-based and person-to-person instruction showing the greatest potential academic benefits.

Click here to refer to the research study.

#Research 6Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Online Learning: A Meta-Analysis and Review of Online Learning Studies

This research is conducted by SRI International for the US Department of Education in 2010. The analysis in this study looks at various dimensions from 1996 through 2006 and ultimately finds that students in blended learning classes outperformed those in fully online or fully in-person classes. Most of the study examination involves college students or adult professional students, not K12 Learners.

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We recommend you to have a look at various reports and research studies to understand the best of both digital and in person learning. It is also vital to have a strong vision to implement best of strategies in education and certainly research studies does help in offering valuable information regarding any new concept. We hope, the reports mentioned above will therefore prove to be valuable assets for the institution leaders considering how one can use blended learning programs

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