Learning First, Technology Second: The Educator’s Guide to Designing Authentic Lessons

August 22, 2019 - Comment

Learning with technology does not happen because a specific tool “revolutionizes” education. It happens when proven teaching strategies intersect with technology tools, and yet it is not uncommon for teachers to use a tool because it is “fun” or because the developer promises it will help students learn. Learning First, Technology Second offers teachers the

Learning with technology does not happen because a specific tool “revolutionizes” education. It happens when proven teaching strategies intersect with technology tools, and yet it is not uncommon for teachers to use a tool because it is “fun” or because the developer promises it will help students learn.

Learning First, Technology Second offers teachers the professional learning they need to move from arbitrary uses of technology in their classrooms to thoughtful ways of adding value to student learning.

This book includes: an introduction to the Triple E Framework that helps teachers engage students in time-on-task learning, enhance learning experiences beyond traditional means and extend learning opportunities to bridge classroom learning with students’ everyday lives; effective strategies for using technology to create authentic learning experiences for their students; case studies to guide appropriate tech integration; and a lesson planning template to show teachers how to effectively frame technology choices and apply them in instruction.

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Anonymous says:

A “Must Read” for Any Educators Using Technology Tools! As a veteran educator using technology on a regular basis, this book made me question the use of technology tools in the classroom in a meaningful way. We must think about the learning goals first, then add the technology tools to engage, ehnhance, and extend learning. Each of these topics is fully explained in this book and supported by research and ISTE standards. I couldn’t stop reading! I found myself highlighting, bookmarking, and wanting to share what I was learning with other educators…

Anonymous says:

Engage, Enhance and Extend! This is a must read for any teacher using technology. I’ve too often had that “so what” moment after teaching a lesson incorporating technology. This book brought into focus how to address those moments, how to think about technology as a tool, and the importance of using the right technology at the right time.It is certainly not enough to engage students because, as we know, engagement can be short-lived, even with technology. Technology must take our students deeper and further. My…

Anonymous says:

A Great Book Recommended For Every Teacher! The book is a call to action for all teachers. The framework is so clear that even new teachers can benefit from it and find out about how to apply technology in the best way to their settings. The white space is used effectively. So, it is very easy to read. At the end of the book, there are case studies where you can find examples from the field and the authentic projects that meet 2016 ISTE standards. As a teacher, I liked it very much!

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