- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Crown House Publishing (29 Jan. 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1845909399
- ISBN-13: 978-1845909390
- Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 1.3 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 359,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Learning with 'e's: educational theory and practice in the digital age Paperback – 29 Jan 2015
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Steve is one of a rare breed who can make educational theory accessible and relevant to all. His passion and unstoppable drive to help people like me make sense of the impact of technology on teaching, learning, social engagement and culture makes Educational theory and practice in the digital age an essential addition to our digital bookshelf. --Simon Finch, Digitally Confident
In Learning with e s , Steve discusses issues such as the 21st Century curriculum, assessment, mobile learning, personal learning and other concerns. His suggestions are challenging, and the book draws on a great deal of academic research. However, this is done in an accessible, even a conversational, way. For those who are already familiar with Steve s blog, this will be a welcome collection of his ideas. And for those who are not, it will be a welcome addition to their library. --Terry Freedman, publisher of the ICT in Education website at www.ictineducation.org
Steve's book is basically the Lonely Planet to the future of learning. You can travel without it, but your travels will be so much easier if you have it on you. The two chapters placing learning theories in today's technology-filled world are invaluable. --Joyce Seitzinger, Academic Tribe
About the Author
Steve Wheeler is a Learning Innovations Consultant and former Associate Professor of Learning Technologies at the Plymouth Institute of Education where he chaired the Learning Futures group and led the Computing and science education teams. He continues to research into technology supported learning and distance education, with particular emphasis on the pedagogy underlying the use of social media and Web 2.0 technologies, and also has research interests in mobile learning and cybercultures. He has given keynotes to audiences in more than 35 countries and is author of more than 150 scholarly articles, with over 6000 academic citations. An active and prolific edublogger, his blog Learning with e s is a regular online commentary on the social and cultural impact of disruptive technologies, and the application of digital media in education, learning and development. In the last few years it has attracted in excess of seven million unique visitors.
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It's always a bit nerve-wracking to be put in that position, because if the book in question turns out to be a load of rubbish, how does one politely decline?
Fortunately, that issue didn't arise in this case because, like the blog of the same name, this book provides plenty of food for thought. Not surprising, of course, given that the book draws on previously-published blog posts.
I found the book interesting because, unlike myself, Wheeler comes from a Higher Education background, and spends much of his time teaching graduate teacher trainees. So he offers a different perspective from teacher-written books.
Also, he is one of those academics who can make academic research sound interesting as well as relevant.
Topics covered include "measuring learning in the digital age", a curriculum for the 21st century and digital identies (which I found particularly interesting).
Definitely a book to buy if you want to be both enlightened and challenged.
For my students the chapters on Literacy in a Connected World, Digital Identities and The Shape of Minds to come are particularly helpful. I miss the opportunity to have a regular face to face discussion with Steve and always appreciate his views on accepting the opinions and views of others to take forward meaningful debate. His blog has some relevance for me and my students and this book now extends those opportunities and is a starting point for future dialogue.
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