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Disruptive Classroom Technologies

Disruptive Classroom Technologies
A Framework for Innovation in Education

Foreword by Robert J. Marzano

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May 2017 | 152 pages | Corwin

Ensure your technological integration is leading to deeper learning!
Have we developed, at considerable cost and effort, classrooms that are digitally rich but innovation poor? Timely and powerful, this book offers a new framework to elevate instructional practices with technology and maximize student learning. The T3 Framework helps categorize students’ learning as translational, transformational, or transcendent, sorting through the low-impact applications to reach high-impact usage. Teachers and leaders will find:

  • Examples of technology use at the translational, transformational, and transcendent levels
  • Activities, guides, and prompts for deeper learning
  • Evaluative rubrics to self-assess current technology use, establish meaningful goals, and track progress

This guide helps teachers and leaders realize the potential of modern teaching and learning tools to unleash students’ passion for limitless learning.

Check out this Bam! Radio interview with author Sonny Magana

"We need to build collaborative communities of students using the social media aspects of technology to change classroom conversations from monologue to dialogue, increasing student impact questions, and allowing errors. This is the core of Magana’s claims, and how we’ll see technology really make the difference we’re after!"
—John Hattie, Laureate Professor, Deputy Dean of MGSE,
Director of the Melbourne Education Research Institute

“Fresh, innovative, and revolutionary, Magana's T3 Framework promises to challenge the status quo and invite disruptive practices in educational technology.”
—Yong Zhao
Author, World Class Learners

“The T3 Framework is a brilliant breakthrough in our understanding and use of technology for learning.”
—Michael Fullan, Professor Emeritus
OISE/University of Toronto, Canada

Foreword by Robert J. Marzano
About the Author
Who Should Read This Book?

Where Are We and Where Are We Going?

Organization of This Book

Chapter 1. A Case for Disruptive Innovation in Education
What Is Disruptive Innovation?

Managing Disruptive Transitions in Education

Principles of Effective Pedagogy

Principles of Effective Technology Integration


Chapter 2. The T3 Framework: A New Framework for Innovation in Education
The Importance of Frameworks

Existing Frameworks and Their Usefulness

The T3 Framework


Chapter 3. T1: Translational Technology Use
Translational Technology Use Defined

T1.1: Automation and T1.2: Consumption


Chapter 4. T2: Transformational Technology Use
Transformational Technology Use Defined

T2.1: Production

T2.2: Contribution


Chapter 5. T3: Transcendent Technology Use
Transcendent Technology Use Defined

T3.1: Inquiry Design

T3.2: Social Entrepreneurship


Chapter 6. Applying the T3 Framework
Using the T3 Framework for Self-Assessment, Goal Setting, and Continuous Personal Growth

Using the T3 Framework for Teacher Evaluation

Using the T3 Framework for Professional and Organizational Development



"The T3 Framework provides a measurable, hierarchical model for guiding technology usage in the classroom.  It provides educators with a way to inspect their current practices and establish a clear path to purposeful technology use in order to engage their students.  The true power of T3 is the operationalizing of theory for direct application to the classroom setting. Disruptive Classroom Technologies will resonate with any educator who wants to maximize the impact of technology on instruction."

James Corns, Director Digital Safety and Innovation
Baltimore County Public Schools, Baltimore, MD

"With the plethora of technology tools to choose from, busy teachers and administrators are at a loss when deciding which tools will help improve learning.  Sonny Magana’s T3 Framework is a timely solution to this problem. The self-evaluative matrices, questionnaires and framing tools make the task of transforming one’s teaching achievable. Disruptive Classroom Technologies will take a place of honor on my bookshelf, right next to Friedman and Bonk!"

Jan Zanetis, Managing Director
Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration, Nashville, TN

"As schools and other institutions of learning struggle to keep pace with the evolving demands and challenges of educating, “today’s learners for tomorrow’s future,” questions persist about the investment and value technology brings to the work of teaching and learning. Anchored in authoritative research on known, high-yield pedagogical practice and building on the prevailing TPACK and SAMR frameworks, Magana presents a refined and structured approach to thinking about technology in instruction that minimizes ambiguity, misinterpretation, and the low-level application of educational technology in schools. The T3 Framework provides an actionable and forward thinking model that explicitly addresses these value-added objectives while adding a new dimension for leading learners to a place of transcendent technology use, where inquiry design and social entrepreneurship seek to address pressing concerns of social justice and the application of technology to solve complex problems that are personal, communal, and global in nature. This is a must read book for anyone who wants to ensure technology in schools is used as a force-multiplier to truly power student learning, agency, and the development of skills to thrive as contributing architects of this century's knowledge economy."

Carl Fahle, Information Technology Director, Educational Technology Leader
South San Francisco, Unified School District, South San Francisco, CA

"Emerging economies are making huge investments in ICT aimed at improving student learning outcomes. However, these investments are not paying off for lack of a coherent road map that leads to substantive student learning. Sonny’s T3 framework is the much-needed innovation that can change this situation. His framework will be easily understood by policy makers, and furthermore, it allows for development planners to efficiently prepare program costing, design implementation arrangements, and prepare effective monitoring mechanism for maximum impact of ICT in education. Let’s raise the T3 flag and transform education for all!"

John W. Henly, International Education Adviser
Dhaka, Bangladesh

"Sustainable innovation in education is not about designing something new and flashy.  Authentic innovation that positively transforms student learning and success only comes from the development of relationships among students and teachers. Dr. Magana’s work is vital because it is a call to design learning environments that support teachers while also engaging students in challenging curriculum and activities. Transformation only occurs when school systems focus on enhancing the roles, interactions, and expectations of what our students and educators can accomplish.  By increasing authentic learning partnerships, educators increase the potential to tap into students’ passions to solve issues, challenges, and problems that exist today. Sonny’s new T3 Framework helps guide this work to ignite the commitments of educators and students through the effective integration of technology into teaching and learning."

Ivan Duran, EdD., Assistant Superintendent
Dallas Independent School District, Dallas, TX

"Today’s learning environments necessitate the use of technology and now they have been given a big boost by Dr. Magana’s contribution of the T3 Framework. Magana introduces a common vocabulary clearly organized and accessible within a taxonomy of stages. The T3s are not just for K-12 classrooms; rather, coaches, consultants and trainers designing on line professional development courses will find nuggets of knowledge within the Framework. One will ‘strike gold’ when learners are moved toward positive, inclusive and communal responses."

Gretchen Dobson, EdD, Global Strategist
Academic Assembly, Inc., Brisbane, Australia

"As a leader and innovator in technology integration, Dr. Magana supportively challenges educators to disrupt conventional ways of conceptualizing and engaging technology in classroom settings. The T3 Framework provides a practical and user-friendly model for pushing beyond the traditional boundaries that tend to limit effective technology applications in education. Technology integration in teaching and learning holds great promise for enhancing student engagement and achievement in useful and wonderful ways. The T3 Framework shows us how."

Laurie Stevahn, Professor of Educational Leadership
College of Education, Seattle University, Seattle, WA

"This is a must read for any change maker truly invested in making a difference with the use of technology in the classroom. Dr. Magana’s T3 framework provides the in-depth guidance needed for any learning organization to embrace a “disruptive” approach to technology use. The methodology to achieve Transcendence with both teachers and students alike is a fascinating. Readers will embrace the theory backed by action."

Jose Reyes, EdD, Director of Adult and Alternative School
Central Unified School District, Fresno, CA

"Technology is a very real and prevalent part of today’s society, and as educators who are preparing students to become successful in this society it is essential that we use it to enhance student learning in an effective and meaningful way. Disruptive Classroom Technologies provides a framework for how to obtain that technological knowledge."

Allison Greene, Third Grade Teacher
Hoffman Elementary School, Glenview, IL

"This book is essential reading for school leaders at every level. This excellent book gives school leaders authoritative guidance about what the future could look like in their schools. What I like about this book is that it gives a structure for personal and vicarious learning about the real matter of school leadership, so that these accumulated experiences and wisdom are not lost at either the personal or collegial levels."

Dr. Neil MacNeill, Head Master
Ellenbrook Independent Primary School, Ellenbrook, Australia
Key features

Throughout the book, teachers and leaders will find:

  • Examples of technology use at each level in the T3 Framework
  • Evaluative rubrics to help them self-assess their current technology use in the classroom and throughout the school
  • Ideas for activities and lesson plans that move technology use to higher levels of the T3 framework

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

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