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5 Techy-Teacher Reads For Summer

5 Techy-Teacher Reads For Summer

By Karen Dikson

reading too much? Whooos ReadingTechnology has only just begun to find its way into classrooms with the emergence of affordable and powerful mobile devices, such as laptops, and even more so, smartphones and tablets.

Students have readily embraced this new technology, and teachers benefit from keeping up with how to use tech in the classroom—not only does it keep students engaged, but organizational and grading apps make the day to day easier.

This is where many teachers get stuck, because it’s not just about using technology, but about knowing the strategies to make it effective.

Make it your mission to learn more about using technology in your classroom this summer. These five books will give you the jump-start you need to become familiar with Google Classroom, digital literacy and more.

1. 50 Things You Can Do With Google Classroom

By Alice Keeler and Libbi Miller

The authors of this book have relied on their extensive experience using Google Apps in the classroom to focus on how teachers can implement Google Classroom into their teaching—you’ll learn how to establish team projects, communicate with students and coworkers, and make yourself available for students online, beyond the usual office hours. It goes beyond describing the tools and instead provides clever insights into how you can actually make the most of this resource.


I loved this book! It is a great guide for those who start learning Google Classroom and for those who need to teach it to others.”—Christopher S. Libby, College Instructor, Writer from EduGeeksClub

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2. Digital Leadership: Changing Paradigms for Changing Times

By Eric C. Sheninger

The author of this book focuses on how modern technology is changing the education landscape, and what teachers need to do in order to adapt and implement all the power that comes with technology in learning.

As he emphasizes, change is imminent, and he lists plenty of examples, some of which are based on his own personal experience, which illustrate how modern technology can be harnessed to better one’s education.

In addition, he lays the groundwork for what he believes is a sustainable way of keeping modern technology in the classrooms of the future.


“Eric Sheninger’s new book is a red-hot relevant guide to navigating the technology-driven, tectonic shifts taking place in education today. While education leaders of all stripes are groping for answers as the ground beneath them shifts, Digital Leadership provides a reliable, practical and tested road map for leading in the digital age.” —Errol St. Clair Smith, Executive Director, Academy of Education Arts and Sciences, Glendale, CA

3. Transforming Learning with New Technologies (2nd Edition)

By Robert W. Maloy

This book is different from the rest in that it’s written for students who are working to become a teacher, helping them understand how to implement modern technology, and approach each and every one of their classes. It’s just as valuable, however, for those in a current teacher role as an excellent starting point for understanding the power of technology in the classroom.

The angle: Teaching has become very focused on the individual experience, and that applies both to things like, presenting each new chapter in a book differently or working with every student based on their specific needs and preferences.

With modern technology, both are possible, and this book provides enough examples to convince us of that.

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4. The Gamification of Learning and Instruction: Game-based Methods and Strategies for Training and Education

By Karl M. Kapp

The author of this techy read aims to dispel some common myths related to gamification. Right from the start, he acknowledges that gamification is an incredibly useful tool, whether being used to engage students or improve lackluster learning material.

The author also warns that gamification is not suited for every class, and that overusing it can have an adverse effect. The goal is to find the right balance, just like he did with this book.

5. Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That’s Transforming Education

By Ken Robinson and Lou Aronica

Sir Ken Robinson needs to introduction, because we have all seen, and thoroughly enjoyed, his now famous TED talks, which were intelligent, funny, engaging, and thought-provoking in equal measure.

This time, he’s teamed up with Lou Aronica to take his idea of creative schooling even further. Both authors present important data that proves that that current education model, which hasn’t been changed much since the industrial revolution, can no longer stand.

They address the issue of academic inflation, the rising cost of it, and the plummeting value of college degrees. They maintain that it’s time for a significant shift.


“Make me care. Sir Ken and Lou turn these three words into a mantra for the future of education. We don’t do education to students, we do it with them. I hope every teacher and every parent reads this.”— Seth Godin, Author of Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?

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