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The 30 Best Books for EdTech Geeks

Whether you're a student or a teacher, these days it's imperative to keep up with the latest technology if you want to compete and work effectively. Trends are constantly changing, and those wanting to implement technology in the classroom or anywhere else need to continually read, learn and keep abreast of what's happening in the field. Students preparing for a career in education and teachers trying to stay up-to-date with the latest methodology and available tools in helpful technology can find a great deal of useful information, lessons and advice in the following books. Keep in mind, however, that just like the technology these books talk about, some may become obsolete, as newer and better ways of teaching are explored.

Teaching With Technology

Those looking for new ways to push forth their professional development and bring more technology into the classroom will find these books to be great resources.

  1. How Teachers Learn Technology Best by Jamie A. McKenzie: If you're a teacher who'd like to learn more about how to use and better understand technology, this book can be a great place to start educating yourself on the fundamentals.
  2. Using Technology With Classroom Instruction That Works by Howard Pitler, Elizabeth R. Hubbell, Matt Kuhn and Kim Malenoski: Figuring out the best way to incorporate technology into an existing classroom curriculum can be hard, but this book offers some help with step-by-step instructions that can make edtech an asset instead of a chore.
  3. Digital Storytelling: Guide for Educators by Midge Frazel: Help students to embrace their creativity using technology with a little guidance from this book. Frazel explains how to make use of multimedia, presentations, e-portfolios and a variety of web 2.0 tools to get students engaged.
  4. Best Ideas for Teaching with Technology: A Practical Guide for Teachers by Teachers by Justin Reich and Thomas Daccord: A practical how-to guide, this book offers some basic ideas on how teachers with any level of technological knowledge can start incorporating machinery into the classroom.
  5. Reinventing Project-Based Learning: Your Field Guide to Real-World Projects in the Digital Age by Suzie Boss and Jane Krauss: In this book, you'll learn how technology can be the vehicle for learning, not the focus, through a serious of projects that will help students explore new ways to use the digital tools at their disposal.
  6. WISE Science: Web-Based Inquiry in the Classroom by James D. Slotta, Marcia C. Linn and Carol Lee: A community of educational researchers and teachers share their expertise on teaching science with technology through this book, containing a series of expertly designed and developed projects for students in grades 6 through 12.
  7. Teaching the New Writing: Technology, Change, and Assessment in the 21st-Century Classroom by Anne Herrington, Kevin Hodgson and Charles Moran: With the power of the internet, everyone is a writer to some degree these days, and that's why it's more important than ever for students to hone their skills. In this book, educators can learn how technology has changed the teaching of writing and how they can modify their own lessons to better reflect the needs of 21st century students.
  8. Brain-based Teaching in the Digital Age by Dr. Marilee Sprenger: In this book, Dr. Sprenger explores the digital divide that exists between generations, and offering up some information that may help teachers better understand their students and draw up relevant high- and low-technological lessons.
  9. Creating a Digital-Rich Classroom: Teaching and Learning in a Web 2.0 World by Meg Ormiston: If you're looking for a book that touches on some of the reasons technology can be helpful and some of the best tools being used today, then check out this great foundation.
  10. Web 2.0: New Tools, New Schools by Lynn Schrum, Gwen Solomon: While tech geeks are already undoubtedly working on web 3.0, if you're still wondering what the heck to do with the 2.0 version, give this book a read. It offers guidance on tech tools, teacher training, professional development and more.

Useful Educational Technology

Learn about educational technology tools like blogs, wikis, podcasts and more from these books.

  1. Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms by Will Richardson: At a loss on how to integrate these kinds of media into your classroom? Not to worry, this book by Will Richardson will help you to become much more comfortable using these web tools and show you new ways to use the power of the web.
  2. Teaching With the Tools Kids Really Use: Learning With Web and Mobile Technologies by Dr. Susan Brooks-Young: If you're a high school or college teacher today, your students probably spend a great deal of time using web technologies and their accordant gadgets each day. With the help of this book, you can turn them into an avenue for learning instead of just play.
  3. The Multiplayer Classroom: Designing Coursework as a Game by Lee Sheldon: Who says learning with technology has to be all serious? With the help of this book, teachers can learn how to create classroom activities that are wholly educational and better engage students by relating topics to something most of them already love– video games.
  4. Using Google Tools in the Classroom by Midge Frazel: Google doesn't just offer teachers an easy way to look up information — it can be much more than that. Through this book, teachers will learn about the powerful educational tools the media juggernaut offers free, from presentation software to academic resources, right on the web.
  5. Assistive Technology in the Classroom: Enhancing the School Experiences of Students with Disabilities by Amy G. Dell: Technology in the classroom can be an amazing asset for students with disabilities, letting them learn faster and better than older methods. Check out this book to explore just how you can help your disabled students make the most of the latest technologies in your classroom.
  6. Classroom Blogging: A Teacher's Guide to the Blogosphere by David Warlick: The blogging world can be intimidating for teachers who've never used the platform before. Luckily, there are books like this one that can guide educators through the process and make blogging an amazing part of in-class and at-home projects.

Education, Technology and Society

Technology in education is a product and a necessity of our modern society. These books examine the good, the bad and the potential it provides.

  1. Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology by Allan Collins and Richard Halverson: This breakthrough book shares with teachers, students and technology professionals the ways in which education and how we look at and understand it are likely to change in the coming years.
  2. Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives by John Palfrey and Urs Gasser: Most teachers didn't grow up in a world where the internet has always existed, but their students have, which can sometimes leave a bit of generation gap. Read this book to learn how to bridge that divide and better reach your students.
  3. Failure to Connect: How Computers Affect Our Children's Minds–for Better and Worse by Jane Healy: Computers can be amazing tools for education and learning, but they don't come without a few drawbacks. Here, Healy explains the good and the bad of children using computers in an unbiased manner.
  4. The World is Open: How Web Technology is Revolutionizing Education by Curtis J. Bonk: Students and teachers alike have the ability to learn anything they want at any time with the help of the internet. See how this technological breakthrough and its applications around the globe have changed lives.
  5. Redefining Literacy for the 21st Century by David Franklin Warlick: What does literacy mean for students in the 21st century? Is it enough to just be able to read books or should students know the language of the web as well? This book addresses some of those key issues and shares how to best prepare students for their literary lives in the coming decades.
  6. Copyright for Schools: A Practical Guide by Carol Simpson: This book will help to teach you the ins and outs of the sometimes confusing copyright laws making sure you, your students and your school work on the web within the law.
  7. The World is Flat: A Brief History of the 21st Century by Thomas Friedman: If you'd like to learn more about how technology has affected society as a whole and not just education, this book is amazing read and will leave you in awe of what's already possible with today's tech.
  8. The Tower and the Cloud: Higher Education in the Age of Cloud Computing by Richard N. Katz: Have you ever thought about how networked information has affected your life? This book will encourage you to do so, also bringing up the new ways that people young and old are using this technology to learn, collaborate and explore new career prospects.

EdTech Leadership

Due to shortages in resources or reluctance to make change, getting technology in the classroom in some schools can be a challenge. Here are some books that demonstrate some inspiring ways to lead the way in using edtech.

  1. Recapturing Technology for Education: Keeping Tomorrow in Today's Classroom by Mark Gura and Bernard Percy: Gura and Percy explore how schools can bring 21st century technology into the classroom and the effectiveness it can have in teaching students who are growing up in a digital world.
  2. What Next? Educational Innovation and Philadelphia's School of the Futureby Mary Cullinane and Frederick M. Hess: Learn more about the innovative school system created by the union of Microsoft and the city of Philadelphia that has brought technology into the classroom in amazing new ways.
  3. Leading 21st-Century Schools: Harnessing Technology for Engagement and Achievement by Lynne M. Schrum and Barbara B. Levin: Educational technology isn't just about students and teachers– it also involves administrators. Through this book, readers will learn how to embrace technology and make it a bigger part of their school's philosophy on learning.
  4. Transforming Schools with Technology How Smart Use of Digital Tools Helps Achieve Six Key Education Goals by Andrew A. Zucker: In this book, you'll learn not only a bit about the whys behind using technology in the classroom, but some great lessons about how to make it work for you and your school as well.
  5. Beyond Technology: Questioning, Research and the Information Literate School by Jamie McKenzie: Is your school information literate? Do you have no idea what that even means? In this book by edtech guru McKenzie, teachers and administrators can learn what it takes to have a school where technology actually works in practice.
  6. Education Nation: Six Leading Edges of Innovation in our Schools by Milton Chen: Milton Chen has worked for some big names in education, and this book showcases institutions where revolutionary changes are taking place.

June 19th, 2011 written by Staff Writers

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