Book Study

Book Study Opportunity

  • For the 2010-2011 school year and as part of our work dealing with technology integration, the opportunity presents itself to commence a book study relevant to this work. Three study groups will be formed.
  • Below is a summary and chapter outline of each of the available books. Please choose the book that you would like to read this year and confirm this choice within this insidePSD survey.
  • The Learning Services Dept. will order the books on your behalf.

The World is Open – How Web Technology is Revolutionizing Education by Curtis J. Bonk

“As technologies have become more available, even in the most remote reaches of the world, and as more people contribute a wealth of online resources, the education world has become  open to anyone anywhere. In The World Is Open, education technology guru Curtis Bonk explores ten key trends that together make up the “WE-ALL-LEARN” framework for understanding the potential of technology’s impact on learning in the 21st century.

In addition, this important resource contains compelling interviews that capture the diverse global nature of the open educational world from those who are creating new learning technologies as well as those who are using them to learn and teach in new ways.”

  1. We All Learn
  2. To Search and to Scant: Web Searching in the World of E-Books
  3. E-Demand Around the Globe: E-Learning and Blended Learning
  4. It’s  a Free Software World After All: Availability of Open Source and Free Software
  5. MIT in Every Home: Leveraged Resources and OpenCourseWare
  6. Portals for the People: Learning Object Repositories and Portals
  7. Making a Contribution: Learner Participation in open Information Communities
  8. Collaborate or Die!: Electronic Collaboration and Interaction
  9. Who Are You?: Alternative Reality Learning
  10. U-Learning?: Real-Time Mobility and Probability
  11. Learning at Your Service: Networks or Personalized Learning
  12. The Treasures and Traps of This Open Learning World

Leading 21st Century Schools – Harnessing Technology for Engagement and Achievement by Lynne Schrum and Barbara B. Levin

“Create a tech-savvy school that delivers academic success! Today’s schools have a tremendous opportunity and responsibility to help students achieve academically and prepare for their futures in the 21st century. Written for school leaders, district officials, and technology directors, this user-friendly guide describes how to develop and lead effective schools that meet the needs of 21st-century learners, integrate new technology into teaching and learning, and realize measurable performance improvement. Aligned to the newly updated National Educational Technology Standards for Administrators (NETSA), this resource helps educators develop an actionable plan for introducing new technology, managing change, and building support across the school community and beyond. The authors emphasize 21st-century skills such as collaboration, communication, and creation/creativity.”

  1. Leading 21stC Schools: What School Leaders Need to Know
  2. The Digital Information Age: Who Are Our Students and Teachers?
  3. New Tools for Collaboration, Communication and Creation
  4. Other Technology Tools to Consider
  5. Instructional Strategies for Teaching and Learning with Technology
  6. Strategic Leadership: Encouraging and Assessing Technology Integration
  7. Increasing Communication to Build Community
  8. Privacy, Permission and Protection: Steps to Ensure Success
  9. Important Considerations for 21st C Leaders: Hard Questions and Answers

Disrupting Class – How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns (expanded new edition) by Clayton M. Christensen et al.

“The authors take one of the most important issues of our time-education-and apply Christensen’s now-famous theories of “disruptive” change using a wide range of real-life examples. Whether you’re a school administrator, government official, business leader, parent, teacher, or entrepreneur, you’ll discover surprising new ideas, outside-the-box strategies, and straight-A success stories. You’ll learn how:

  • Customized learning will help many more students succeed in school
  • Student-centric classrooms will increase the demand for new technology
  • Computers must be disruptively deployed to every student
  • Disruptive innovation can circumvent roadblocks that have prevented other attempts at school reform
  • We can compete in the global classroom-and get ahead in the global market

Filled with fascinating case studies, scientific findings, and unprecedented insights on how innovation must be managed, Disrupting Class will open your eyes to new possibilities, unlock hidden potential, and get you to think differently. Professor Christensen and his coauthors provide a bold new lesson in innovation that will help you make the grade for years to come.”

  1. Why Schools Struggle to Teach Differently When Each Student Learns Differently
  2. Making the Shift: Schools Meet Society’s Jobs
  3. Crammed Classroom Computers
  4. Disruptively Deploying Computers
  5. The System for Student-Centric Learning
  6. The Impact of the Earliest Years on Students’ Success
  7. Why So Many Students Seem Unmotivated
  8. Improving Education Research
  9. Organizing to Innovate


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