EdTech Books Every Educator Must Know About

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Books are valuable assets that should exist in every household. The more books you read, the greater knowledge you acquire, and the harder it will get for other people to influence your judgment. People who enjoy reading have better chances of success but sadly, reading books is a dying practice.

Whether we like it or not people would rather watch a movie than read a book. Here’s a list of some great edtech books any educator and learner should read.

21st Century Skills: Learning for Life in Our Times. Trilling and Fadel, 2009.

Learning for Life in Our Times is perfect for a pupil or teenager who wants to make sure that he acquires the skills needed to survive in the current society. Including several ideas about reading, arithmetic, writing, global awareness, health issues, and economic literacy, 21st Century Skills is designed to provide readers with an outstanding view of the current learning and teaching trend.

21st Century Skills: Rethinking How Students Learn. Bellanca and Brandt, 2010.

Have you ever wished to become a better teacher? If your answer’s affirmative, you should definitely purchase this book; it deals with several issues that influence students’ success. The writers of this book do their best to teach teachers several methods of providing their students with the skills needed to attain success in this complex world. You’ll be amazed to find out that Rethinking How Students Learn won the 2011 Benjamin Franklin Award and that its main goal is that of encouraging students to use their skills to acquire knowledge.

Teaching with the Tools Kids Really Use: Learning with Web and Mobile Technologies. Brooks-Young, 2010.

We live in a world of technological advancements where kids are familiar with mobile and web technologies from a very an early age. Although there are individuals who criticize this tendency, it does come with plenty of advantages. Believe it or not, mobile and web technologies can be used in children’s educational process.  That’s why Teaching with the Tools Kids Really Use has become so successful. Learn how to use these two tools in an effective way by reading this accessible book and the results will amaze you.

The Cluetrain Manifesto: 10th Anniversary Edition. Levine, Locke, Sealrs and Weinberger, 2009, 2000.

The original Cluetrain Manifesto was appreciated by people from all over the world, but companies still haven’t realized that the market consists of people. The 10th Anniversary Edition is great because it carries an essential message: companies may be interested in doing business, but they still need to understand that their customers should be treated like human beings. Providing the opinions of several industry leaders, this book definitely deserves a place in your library.

The Flickering Mind: Saving Education from the False Promise of Technology. Oppenheimer, 2004.

The Flickering Mind is not just for teachers, but also for people who know that their opinion counts. If you’re aware of the fact that the current education is going through a serious crisis, you’ll definitely enjoy reading this book. It tries to provide several solutions to the technology invasion through which the current educational system is currently going through, and is meant to open people’s eyes about its real implications. Purchase this book to learn how you can protect your children from the bad influences of our current society.

Recapturing Technology for Education: Keeping Tomorrow in Today’s Classrooms. Gura and Percy, 2005.

Everybody knows that the current educational system is reluctant when it comes to 21st Century technology. Even though children learn how to use mobile phones and laptops from an early age, most educators and teachers don’t know how to take advantage of this tendency. That’s precisely the topic of Recapturing Technology for Education, which is designed to provide several solutions to the current situation. Technology can also have a positive impact, and the best thing we can do is take advantage of it.

Curriculum 21: Essential Education for a Changing World. Hayes Jacobs, 2010.

Hayes Jacobs, the writer of this book, has raised an incredible question that tries to establish how many teachers/educators are preparing their students for the future. Since the educational system hasn’t gone through so many changes, there isn’t any difference between the current teaching style and the one used 20 years ago. If you want to learn how to improve your teaching and provide your students with greater chances of success, Curriculum 21: Essential Education for a Changing World will be the best option.

DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education. Kamenetz, 2010.

Do you want to read a book that will open your eyes and encourage you to make a change? If the answer’s “yes”, “DIY U” isexactly what you need. America is no longer the most educated nation in the world, and recent figures have shown that a very high percentage of students can’t even manage to graduate. This book wants to raise awareness of the fact that an ignorant population will never help America regain its economic power, and that this situation can be changed if we change our own approach to education.

Getting Smart: How Digital Learning Will Reverse the Dumbing of America. Vander Ark, October 18, 2011.

Are you familiar with the current state of the American educational system? In this case, you know that major changes need to be made. If you read this book, you will learn how to accept and use web technology in order to provide students with an online learning environment. Getting Smart provides various solutions that can significantly improve the current approach on education, and examines plenty of “smart schools” and universities.

Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology: The Digital Revolution and Schooling in America. Collins and Halverson, 2009.

Technological discoveries have influenced the 21st century in a very impressive way, and increasingly more classrooms have been connected to the web world. Every student owns a laptop or a smartphone, and since most industries have adjusted to the new technology, there’s no reason why the strategies used in the education process should remain the same. At least that’s what the authors of Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology claim, and you might just agree with them after reading their book. Education needs to be rethought and adjusted to the current technology as soon as possible if we want our children to enjoy going to school.

The Race between Education and Technology. Goldin and Katz, 2010.

The Race between Education and Technology is great because it actually describes the evolution of technology and education in the 20th century, which was very prolific for the Americans. The main goal of the authors is to make people aware of the fact that education, inequality, and technological changes have been involved in a serious race, which produced a boost in people’s income, and a decrease in inequality. However, we are currently going through the reverse of this situation, with a rising inequality and a decreasing income.

The World is Open: How Web Technology is Revolutionizing Education. Bonk 2011.

If you’re interested in the educational field, The World is Open is a great choice. It’s about the way technology and the internet has made it possible to learn anything at any time. Technology is developing rapidly, and the educational system really needs to keep up with its pace. Take your time and let this wonderful book lure you in with its outstanding solutions and affirmations.

What’s so funny About Education? Fournier and McKeith, 2003.

As an American citizen, you might like to know more about the history of education in your country. What you’ll love about What’s so Funny about Education is the fact that it describes everything using affectionate humor, thus guaranteeing that you won’t stop reading until you finish it. Get ready to find out more information about the future of the American education, as well as about several improvements that can be made.

The World is Flat 3.0: A Brief History of the 21st Century. Friedman, 2007.

Everybody knows that the world is flat, but only a few people understand the flattening of this world. This bestseller written by Friedman is meant to answer questions asked by parents from all over the country, and it also includes two additional chapters on how to succeed as a social entrepreneur and political activist in a flat world. The World is Flat 3.0won’t disappoint you, and will definitely become one of your favorites.

Leading 21st Century Schools: Harnessing Technology for Engagement and Achievement. Schrum and Levin, 2009.

Get ready to enjoy every single page of Leading 21st Century Schools. Technology is constantly improving, and educational leaders need to make some major changes in order to attract more and more students. Teachers from all over the country are advised to purchase this book and pay attention to every single detail that’s meant to improve their teaching methods.

Books are an extremely important part of our lives. Some of them are meant to break us from reality, while others are meant to do the opposite. With the advent of advanced technology, people should start reading books meant to enhance their knowledge and make them more open to the change. 

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