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Tech Books Every Educator Should Read

7 Mar 2015 by Scott Sterling

Teachers are busy people and budgets aren’t what they used to be, which means that professional development happens on a teacher’s own time, on their own dime. There are plenty of free webinars and resources, but some teachers like a good book. If you want to get more acquainted with the technology becoming more and more common in the classroom, here’s some nightstand material.

Networking All-In-One for Dummies

The Dummies books might sound offensive but they really are the best resource if you’re trying to teach yourself basic skills — especially in technology. The goal in recommending this book is to get you to be able to help yourself rather than calling the technology specialist or help desk any time a digital native can’t find the Wi-Fi. You won’t need everything this book covers (I doubt you’ll be building your own network), but I challenge you to find a classroom networking situation that it doesn’t cover.

From Fear to Facebook: One School’s Journey

Many schools are moving toward a 1:1 or BYOD program that puts a device in every student’s hands. But, many still have no idea how to accomplish that goal. The author was a pioneer in the 1:1 revolution back in 2007 and details the struggles and successes that occurred when he undertook the same journey. It’s more narrative than instructional, but is still a valuable read.

Flip Your Classroom

Speaking of pioneers, Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams are recognized as the first teachers to make the flipped classroom jump; a concept that has spread like wildfire in just a few years. In this book, you get the ins and outs of the pedagogy straight from the horses’ mouths. Don’t start flipping until you read this book.

Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century

A world in which everyone can create media with a device in their pocket comes with tremendous benefits and terrifying pitfalls. This book, informed by the MacArthur Foundation’s Reports on Digital Media and Learning, gives the teacher perspective on how to best leverage these tools while also protecting their students from the dangers of a world where everyone is watching.

It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens

It’s hard for teachers to understand just what teenagers are going through in their online lives, considering there was no such thing when many of them were experiencing those formative years. This book discusses just what might be happening in your students’ phones and the complicated consequences playing out in their real lives. How do you balance wanting to be noticed with wanting to stay safe and away from the pressures of daily teenage life?

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