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Deeper Learning Through Technology

Deeper Learning Through Technology
Using the Cloud to Individualize Instruction

© 2015 | 176 pages | Corwin

Use the Cloud to Individualize Your Instruction and Watch Your Students Thrive!

The advent of cloud-stored data that can be entered, changed, and accessed anywhere is a development full of potential for today’s classroom.

This book is the all-in-one resource you need to be sure your students reap the fullest rewards from cloud-based developments. Teacher and top ed-blogger Ken Halla explains:

  • Strategies for leveraging the cloud to create a self-paced, learner-centered classroom
  • How to take advantage of tech tools to facilitate learning
  • Real-life case studies and activities to ensure an enjoyable implementation experience.

Stay ahead of the curve with Ken Halla’s strategies, which you can implement the next morning.

"Halla's book, written from practitioner experience, provides practical and simple integration techniques that will assist both novice and experienced teachers incorporate technology to enhance student learning."
—Eric Sheninger, author of Digital Leadership, Changing Paradigms for Changing Times

“This is a must read--a detailed nuts and bolts guide to classroom tools in the cloud."
—Michael B. Horn, Co-Founder and Director, Christensen Institute
Author of Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns.

"Whether you are an ed tech veteran or just getting started, Halla's book will help you tailor learning to meet the needs of your students. This book will help you create the learner-focused classroom you want to build!  A must-have resource for today's teachers!" 
—Jaime Casap, Global Education Evangelist

Part I: The Teacher as Leader of the Digital Classroom
1. Our Changing Digital World
Touring the Internet  
Becoming Responsible Digital Citizens  
Classroom Examples  
Educator Challenges  
2. Teacher Collaboration: Online Professional Learning Communities
Professional Learning Communities  
Expanding Your PLCs to Social Media  
Using Twitter to Build Your PLC  
Using Google+ as a PLC Resource  
Expand Your PLC by Following Bloggers  
Bookmarking in the Cloud  
Some Closing Thoughts on Online PLCs  
Classroom Examples  
Educator Challenges  
3. Storing and Sharing in the Cloud
Google Drive Techniques for the Classroom  
Refining Google Drive Documents  
Beyond Documents  
Classroom Examples  
Educator Challenges  
Part II: The Self-Paced Student
4. The Self Paced Anchor: Flipping the Classroom
What is Flipping?  
What to Flip  
Making Your Own Screencast  
Creating a YouTube Playlist  
Learning From a Flipped Video Lecture  
The Flipped Classroom  
Flipped Class Resources  
Classroom Examples  
Educator Challenges  
5. Interactive Assignments
Creating Interactive Assignments  
Resources for Creating Interactive Assignments  
What to Do when Technology Devices are Lacking in Your Schools  
Classroom Examples  
Educator Examples  
6. Student Collaboration: Engaging Students With Mobile Learning
Making the Case for the Smartphone in the Classroom  
Engaging Your Students With Cooperative Groups  
Other Tools to Engage Students  
Classroom Examples  
Educator Examples  
7. Formative and Summative Assessment of Student Learning
Formative and Summative Evaluations  
Preparing for the Formative and Summative Evaluations  
Online Tools for Conducting Formative Assessments  
Classroom Examples  
Educator Challenges  
8. Looking Forward Into the Present
Classroom Example: Morrisville, NC  
Educator Challenges  
Key features

This book will help you bring a revolution in learning to your classroom! You will learn how to:

  • Expand your Professional Learning Community (PLC) beyond your school or district’s boundaries.  This will help you generate amazing new ideas with the advice of the many online leaders you will find by following the suggestions in this book.  
  • Individualize instruction, tailoring learning to the pace and needs of each student. You will be better able to differentiate and also have more one on one time with each student.
  • Tackle new tech tools so that you can create a learner-centered, self-paced classroom. You will find chapters filled with easy to understand bullet points that will help you ease into new tools or explore previously known tools in more depth.
  • Find real classroom examples that show you how you too can implement the strategies described in the book.
  • Be challenged. Each chapter contains five Educator Challenges to help you focus on changing your classroom as slowly or as quickly as you feel appropriate.

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