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#EdTech Reading for 2015: Books & Blogs for Teachers

#EdTech Reading for 2015: Books & Blogs for Teachers

By Jessica Sanders

“There can be infinite uses of the computer and of new age technology, but if teachers themselves are not able to bring it into the classroom and make it work, then it fails.” – Nancy Kassebaum

If you don’t have a New Years Resolution yet, here’s one: Learn more about how technology can improve upon the great work you already do in the classroom.

Many teachers have found that technology enhances many aspects of their job, from managing missed homework to connecting with parents (Check out How Twitter Transformed My Classroom and 4 Ways to Break the Black Box of School). The benefits of technology have begun to spread and 45 percent of teachers are now using a variety of tech tools in their classroom, according to a study by PBS Learning Media—kudos! Not to mention 65 percent of those teachers polled by PBS said that technology helps them demonstrate something they wouldn’t be able to otherwise.

Still, even the most tech-savvy teachers can have a hard time keeping up with the latest and greatest tools. If you don’t take time to stay up to date you risk falling behind. The following books and blogs for teachers will ensure that you’re in the know about new technology and what will provide the most benefit to you and your students.

Blogs

There are hundreds of EdTech blogs on the web that provide invaluable information. These are a few of our favorites that we recommend checking out in 2015.

EducatorsTechnology.com: No emerging technology or web tool goes unnoticed on this blog. A mix of informational graphics and how-to articles makes this a must-read site for teachers looking to learn more about the many resources available to them.

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TeachThought.com: This website provides content that covers a variety of topics in the EdTech sphere including tech integration, social media and apps. You’ll get a well-rounded view of what’s available to you as teacher and how to use it. If you’re active on social media, you’ve likely seen their popular blog posts before.

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GettingSmart.com: Find EdTech industry updates, blogging tips and personalized learning suggestions all in one place. With a variety of authors, you can be sure you’re getting tips and advice from across the entire spectrum of technology professionals and teachers

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DailyGenius.com: Though this website isn’t solely dedicated to education technology, their content on this subject is worth reading. Tips on topics like how to choose an online learning management system and using Google tools are valuable for every teacher, even if you aren’t savvy with these tools yet. Check back for new content frequently.

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EdSurge.com: You’ll get a mix of politics, teaching tips and EdTech updates when you frequent this website. Look for tips on the best tools to use and what other schools are doing to stay up to date with technology.

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Bonus!

Learn2Earn Blog: At Learn2Earn we strive to work with teachers and professionals who have a lot of hands-on experience with technology in the classroom. Because of this, we’re able to provide you with a constant flow of information about the reality of using social media and online tools in education. Hearing how easy, hard, beneficial or unnecessary the various tools have been to a teacher who’s used them is invaluable.

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Books

The EdTech industry is quickly growing and evolving. Luckily, many education professionals have published books that guide teachers through this new and ever-changing way of providing information to students. Add these books to your 2015 reading list, and stay up to date all year long.

How to Bring Technology Into Your Classroom: The quick and easy guide for teachers

By Jessica Sanders

Do you want to bring technology into your classroom, but don’t know where to start? We know that teachers have less and less technology training every year, and we want to help. This short, 20-page ebook, complete with checklists and expert advice from educators just like you, will take you through the integration process, from start to finish. Go ahead—empower yourself and take your teaching to the next level with our one-step-at-a-time ebook.

Buy it here

Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology

By Allan Collins and Richard Halverson

With 4.5 stars on Amazon, education technology professionals and teachers are in agreement that this book is worth reading. “Drawing on their decades of research in and out of schools, Collins and Halverson develop a penetrating and sweeping analysis of how technology is creating new challenges and opportunities for education today. A must-read for parents, educators or scholars interested in preparing future generations for this technology-soaked world,” said Kurt Squire in his review of the book.

Teaching With the Tools Kids Really Use

By Susan Brooks-Young

So much technology, so little time to learn how and when to use it all. This book aims to make that easier for you, with recommended resources, strategies for using the tools you love, and a decision-making model for selecting the most appropriate technologies.

Education Nation: Six Leading Edges of Innovation in Our Schools

By Milton Chen

Author Milton Chen speaks from experience, having worked at Sesame Workshop and The George Lucas Educational Foundation as the executive director. In this innovative piece of literature, “Milton Chen presents the most cogent, articulate, and practical vision for creating the new world of learning. Presenting ‘six leading edges of innovation for education,’ Chen backs up his edges with myriad rich examples and even more follow up resources,” according to one Amazon reviewer.

Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives

By John Palfrey

The more you understand how and why your students work and think the way they do, the more effective you can be in applying technology to your lessons. Palfrey helps you learn about the digital citizens in your classroom by providing “sociological portraits” of them and exploring the challenges, dangers and concerns of this generation.

This list is just scratching the surface of a very wide base of knowledge available to you online and in books. Start by subscribing to the blogs and grabbing a few books from the library, and work toward making 2015 a great year for education technology in your classroom. As you start to read the many books and blogs for teachers you’ll uncover even more resources available to you.

Teachers, what blogs do you already read? Share with us in the comments!

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