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Updated Edition of Bestseller

Leading 21st Century Schools

Harnessing Technology for Engagement and Achievement
Second Edition
By: Lynne Schrum, Barbara B. Levin

Foreword by Mark Edwards

First published in 2009, this thoroughly-updated second edition addresses the latest technological developments, combined with the authors’ tested methods for applying them in schools.

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Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781483374413
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2015
  • Page Count: 232
  • Publication date: April 22, 2015

Price: $39.95



Master The Latest Educational Technology To Teach 21st Century Skills.

The pace of technological change picks up speed with each passing day. Educators must place the proper emphasis on technology leadership—using proven methods—if they are to prepare students to thrive in the classroom and beyond.

When first published in 2009, this book empowered administrators and teachers to plan and execute effective strategies for enhancing student engagement and achievement through technology.

This second edition features 80% brand-new material addressing the latest technological developments, combined with the authors’ tested methods for applying them in schools. Features include:

  • Aligning technology to the ISLLC Standards, ISTE Standards, and Common Core State Standards
  • Comprehensive guides to the newest technologies and trends that school leaders need to know
  • A companion website featuring a massive volume of resources for additional progress

With this book close at hand, school leaders will confidently guide students into the exciting digital future.

"The world of technology changes by the second and educators are left in the dust to navigate a tsunami of tools. Levin and Schrum provide a detailed roadmap of technology tools available today and how they can be harnessed by educators to improve student engagement."
-Eric Sheninger, Educational Consultant and Author of Digital Leadership

"School leaders need less philosophy and more of a focus on the practical steps needed to move forward. Levin and Schrum update their best-selling First Edition by adding in the newest innovations in technology, while at the same time offering suggestions on how to get started."
-Peter DeWitt, Corwin author/Consultant
Finding Common Ground Blog/ Education Week

Key features

  • The authors have updated about 80% of the 2009 book, with discussions of all of the new technologies and trends that school leaders need to know:
    • Mobile technologies
    • Social media
    • BYOD
    • Makerspaces
    • STEM
    • Personalized Learning
    • Common Core
  • The second edition also includes a brand new companion website that includes links to TONS of valuable websites for exploring on your own
  • Features completely new stories in each chapter from innovative school leaders who are using technology to transform learning in their schools


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Lynne Schrum

Lynne Schrum is Dean of the Abraham S. Fischler College of Education at Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Previously, she was the Dean of the College of Education and Human Services at West Virginia University. Prior to that, she was a professor and coordinator of elementary education in the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University. Her research and teaching focus on preparing teachers for the 21st century, appropriate uses of information technology, and leadership in a digital world. She has written eleven books and numerous articles on these subjects; the most recent is How 2, Web 2: How to for Educators. Schrum served on AERA’s Council, was editor of the Journal of Research on Technology in Education (JRTE) (2002-2012), and is a past-president of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).

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Barbara B. Levin

Barbara Levin has been a Professor in the Department of Teacher Education and Higher Education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) since 1993. She was an elementary school teacher for 17 years before earning her Ph.D. at the University of California-Berkeley. Dr. Levin served as the Director of the Teachers Academy at UNCG, assistant department chair, and director of graduate studies. She was awarded the first Mentoring-Advising-Supervising (MAS) Award in the School of Education at UNCG. Dr. Levin also served as an Associate Editor for Teacher Education Quarterly for 8 years, and was co-PI on a 5-year, $1.4 million National Professional Development grant from the Dept. of Education called TESOL for ALL. Her research interests include: understanding how teachers’ pedagogical beliefs develop across their careers; case-based teaching; problem-based learning (PBL); universal design for learning (UDL); and leading, teaching, and learning with technology. Dr. Levin has published eight books and over 40 articles in well-respected research journals.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents




About the Authors

Part One. Leading 21st Century Schools: A Brave New World for Administrators, Teachers, and Students

Chapter 1. Leading 21st Century Schools: What Strategic School Leaders Need to Know


Leadership and Systemic Change

Our Vision for 21st Century Schools

What Is Your Vision?

What Drives Change?

Changing Standards


Activities to Consider . . .

Chapter 2. 21st Century Students and Teachers: Ensuring Their Success


Who Are Our Students?

What Do Our Students Need to Know?

What About Our Teachers?

How to Lead and Keep the Millenial Generation


Activities to Consider . . .

Chapter 3. Tools for School Leaders: Enhancing Communication and Building Partnerships


Communication Tools for School Leaders

Communicating and Collaborating With the School Board

Harnessing Support in the Local and Global Community


Activities to Consider . . .

Chapter 4. Ensuring Success: Legal, Safety, Ethical, and Curricular Considerations for School Leaders


Education Is Key

Acceptable/Responsible Use Policies


Evaluating Websites

Creating a Digital Citizenship Curriculum


Activities to Consider . . .

Part Two. Important Considerations for 21st Century Teaching and Learning

Chapter 5. Issues to Decide: One-to-One, BYOD, Smartphones, and More


First Step: Developing a Shared Vision

More Decisions and Implementation

Sustaining the Infrastructure

Other Trends in Technology


Activities to Consider . . .

Chapter 6. Web 2.0, Apps, Social Media, and Other Tools


New Tools and How They Work

Web 2.0: What's All the Excitement?

Free and Ubiquitous Web 2.0 Tools for Teaching and Learning


Activities to Consider . . .

Chapter 7. Content-Focused Curriculum Tools


Shifting to Digital Curriculum Resources


Common Core State Standards

Content-Specific Uses of Digital Technology


Activities to Consider . . .

Chapter 8. Important Considerations for 21st Century Leaders: Hard Questions and Promising Answers


Dream an Educational Environment for All Learners

Trends in Education

Preparing for and Managing Constant Change

Time Shifting: Online and Flipped Learning

Blending Formal and Informal Education

Other Trends to Watch

Addressing the Digital Divide

What Does All This Mean for a School Leader?

Limited Resources and Your Needs


Activities to Consider . . .





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