Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
|Print List Price:||£22.61|
Save £1.09 (5%)
The Connected Educator: Learning and Leading in a Digital Age (Classroom Strategies) Kindle Edition
|New from||Used from|
Top Customer Reviews
"Producing a skilled workforce in the past required standardization that was easily replicable across classrooms - a need for predictable curriculum and methods. Drill and practice may have prepared a generation of factory workers, but it will not educate learners for tomorrow's world of work. Schools have habitually prepared students for life by making them dependent on others to teach them, rather than placing power over learning into the learner's hands. Classrooms that operate like connected learning communities- where students do meaningful work related to service learning and social justice - prepare students for their futures, not ours."
At the heart of The Connected Educator is an irresistible argument for a new model of professional development to fit the modern-day classroom, one where educators are learners first and teachers second. Connected learners take responsibility for their own professional development. They figure out what they need to learn and then collaborate with others to construct the knowledge they need. Instead of waiting for professional learning to be organized and delivered to them, connected learners contribute, interact, share ideas, and reflect. The 'connected learning community' model advances a three-pronged approach to professional development:
Local community: Purposeful, face-to-face connections among members of a committed group - a professional learning community (PLC).Read more ›
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
They then describe a new model of professional learning for teachers and other education leaders -- the Connected Learning Community. What's that? It's the now familiar PLC (professional learning community), pumped up for the Digital Age. CLC's have three key components: the face-to-face PLC; the personal learning network with its many social media connections, and participation in global communities of practice, which penetrate the surface level of inquiry usually associated with PLNs and dig deep into effective learning practices.
The authors also advocate for a PBL approach to instruction, and within that acronym they include project-, problem- and passion-based learning. These inquiry learning strategies are all designed to shift the locus of control over the learning process in the direction of the student. The authors are totally comfortable with core curriculum standards, checking for understanding through classroom assessments, and generally make the argument that engaged learning driven by student interests is compatible with challenging learning goals and "school reform."
We often hear about teachers becoming "the guide on the side," a phrase that makes traditionalists very nervous. But Nussbaum-Beach and Ritter Hall actually describe what that looks like -- and end up defining an expanded and transformed role for the professional teacher in the 21st century.
The ideas and insights share in The Connected Educator grow out of the authors' work with more than 7000 educators in the US, Canada and abroad through the company Powerful Learning Practice, co-founded by Nussbaum-Beach and edutech author and blogger Will Richardson. They report spending thousands of hours working and leading in virtual professional learning communities with teachers, principals and other educators to improve teaching practice and student learning. I doubt there's another education author with a book on the market today that can claim this level of experience with Connected Learning Communities.
Who's the book for? Teachers who are feeling the need, and perhaps the urge, to make the shift to more connected learning that emphasizes 21st century skills. Principals who are looking for ideas to help faculties shift to higher levels of practice. Professional development leaders who believe they can accelerate their work by embedding virtual components that tap into the potential of digital tools and connected communities.
It's also an interactive book... the authors invite readers to begin trying out ideas and tools, and to join a community of readers online in discussions that go beyond what the book is able to provide in 200 pages. There are also downloadable resources galore.
Scott McLeod, an authority on professional learning in the Digital Age, says it well in his endorsement of the book: "There is tremendous power in educators being better digitally connected, but most don't know how to get there. This amazing book gives teachers and administrators the why and the how so that they can ramp up quickly and effectively."
My favorite chapters...the ones that really expanded my thinking....tackling the idea of how to build knowledge with others, then how to create a community around doing that and how to sustain the momentum once you start. "Learning to Learn" is something I thought I was pretty good at...and I still think I'm OK. But this chapter helped me consider new dimensions that I could add to my toolbox.
Overall this book gives tons of ideas on how to improve the way you digitally connect with other people. Sure it can help you get started...but it can also help if you've started this journey and need help considering how to take to a whole other level.
The strength of this book lies in its organization. Each chapter begins with the authors' personal stories, continues to provide clear, well-defined information and helpful models, and then highlights educators who are "Putting It in Practice" in the classroom. The chapters wrap up with a bulleted "Where Are We?" summary, a "Think About" section to help the reader apply learning to their unique situation, and a "Where to Now?" section that looks ahead to the next topic.
In addition, the authors push readers to begin connecting right away, by providing instruction and areas where they can connect with each other to discuss the book. Practical tools are used to connect readers. As the reader begins to create connections and use tools, Sheryl and Lani help them to construct a connected learning community by providing lists of educators to follow through Twitter and RSS readers. They explain the roles within the community, and identify the qualities of leadership within these communities. Finally, the authors look to the future, exploring the changing roles of teachers and administrators as education transforms.
After spending a year immersed in the Powerful Learning Practice program, co-founded by Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach, I can attest to the value and necessity in becoming a connected educator. This book belongs on the shelf of every teacher and principal as a practical, hands-on reference for learning and leading in the digital age.
In their recently published book, The Connected Educator: Leading and Learning in a Digital Age, authors and educators Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach and Lani Ritter Hall provide a road map to guide teachers to connectivity in the ever-changing world. Nussbaum-Beach and Hall use their years of practical experience and unique understanding of our changing times to give teachers powerful ways to break through the isolation of a solitary classroom to use powerful resources: one another through powerful technological tools.
The authors recognize that teachers are at different places with their own teaching, learning, and comfort with technology. To meet teachers where they are during their own individual journies, each chapter is systematic in its approach and provides three common sections:
-Where Are We?
-Where to Now?
To engage the reader, the chapters also present the authors' personal stories and "Think About" boxes. This approach enables the reader to learn and grow through a conversation yet professional style with the authors. This book truly provides professional development that is interactive and engaging. It gives the teachers the tools to travel down their best avenue for PD.
As we begin 2012 and want to learn and grow as educators and learners, The Connected Educator, is a necessary "How to Guide" and a must have for our personal and professional libraries, Kindles or iPads. Be a connected educator!
Look for similar items by category
- Books > Education Studies & Teaching > School Education & Teaching > Classroom Management
- Books > Science & Nature > Education
- Books > Science & Nature > Engineering & Technology > Electronics & Communications Engineering > Telecommunications
- Books > Society, Politics & Philosophy > Education Studies
- Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Education & Reference > Education > Computers & Technology
- Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Education & Reference > Education > Education Theory
- Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Professional & Technical > Technology & Engineering > Telecommunications