Recommended Books Connected to Instructional Technology and the Power of EdTech to Engage all Learners

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DON"T Ditch That Tech: Differentiated Instruction in a Digital World by Matt Miller, Nate Ridgway , Angelia Ridgway

"Don’t Ditch That Tech, provides practical ideas to help you find the sweet spot where classroom devices meet students’ needs. In this teacher-tailored guide, you’ll find tips on how to handle cart/lab scenarios, develop attention-grabbing strategies, build metacognitive practices, and more—all with differentiation in mind."

"Using technology in the classroom isn’t just about automation! Tech with Heart shows you how to use edtech tools to humanize modern learning and help all learners to thrive."

"The education landscape is shifting. Information accessibility grows while attention spans shrink. Media is king and yet teachers are expected to effectively harness it for learning while also managing the distractions technology tools bring."

"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."

"We used to know how to know. We got our answers from books or experts. We'd nail down the facts and move on. But in the Internet age, knowledge has moved onto networks. There's more knowledge than ever, of course, but it's different."

"Today's average youth spends over 10 hours a day consuming media. Aided by technology, young people can instantly share and engage with media messages to find answers, get directions, shops or connect with friends. But access alone doesn't lead to critical thinking."

"Student use technology in every aspect of their daily lives, but few of them have ever been shown how to take control of their computers, smartphones, and other digital devices. They're stuck as consumers when they should be learning how to use tech tools to be creators."

"Written to help teachers and parents educate the next generation, Master the Media explains the history, purpose, and messages behind the media. The point isn't to get kids to unplug; it's to help them make informed choices, understand the difference between truth and lies, and discern perception from reality."

"In 'Innovate with iPad: Lessons to Transform Learning in the Classroom' primary teachers Karen Lirenman and Kristen Wideen provide a complete selection of clearly laid out engaging open-ended lessons to change the way you use iPad in the classroom. By simply downloading a few basic, open-ended creation apps, your students will engage in the learning process and demonstrate their newfound knowledge in the way that works best for them."

"Our students are already accessing YouTube. It just makes sense to meet them where they are as consumers of information and to utilize the tools they choose to maximize understanding in ways that matter. This accessible guide will improve your teaching, your students' learning, and your classroom culture."

"Learning Supercharged looks at emerging approaches and tools, and incorporates professional educators’ stories of how and why they have implemented each trend, including information on challenges faced and overcome, how to get started and other resources to explore. The book inspires educators to try new approaches with the understanding that they will devise new ways to synthesize, interpret and implement ideas to fit their context, learners and resources."