Those interested in the details of launching virtual learning options for schools, districts, regions, or states likely have more questions than answers. Where do we begin? What kind of personnel will we need? What providers and resources are available? How do we hire and train teachers? What are the costs involved?
Reshaping Learning, edited by Ronghuai Huang, Kinshuk, and J. Michael Spector, presents selected papers from distinguished experts and professors in learning technologies and related fields, all of them pioneers with innovative approaches to the development of learning technologies. This book will address the main issues...
In Explaining Inequalities in School Achievement, author Roy Nash argues that a realist framework for the sociological explanation of educational group differences can, and must be, constructed. A move to such an explanatory framework will allow society to take into account the...
Providing models of exemplary use and the latest research, Educational Leadership and Technology by Virginia Garland and Chester Tadeja reveals the transformational power of emerging technologies to improve student learning, and explores how leaders can bring about this technology integration. This book provides an...
In Education 3.0: Seven Steps to Better Schools, renowned educator and technology expert Jim Lengel provides a refreshing and hopeful picture of what schools should look like, including a groundbreaking seven-step process for envisioning and building them that draws on the...
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May 30, 2011
Universities continue to struggle in their efforts to fully integrate information and communications technology within their activities. Based on examination of current practices in technology integration at 25 universities worldwide, this book argues for a radical approach to the management of technology in higher education. It offers recommendations for improving governance, strategic planning, integration of administrative and teaching services, management of digital resources, and training of technology managers and administrators.
May 23, 2011
This edited volume covers the range of critical trends in the use of computers and other devices for classroom teaching, online learning, professional development, school improvement, and student assessment. Spotlight on Technology in Education draws on expert sources including teacher-leaders, librarians, researchers, and trainers who share their best advice on helping students to evaluate Web resources and leverage the Internet and computer programs for collaborative experiences and engaging, motivating lessons.
Diagnosis and Design for School Improvement: Using a Distributed Perspective to Lead and Manage ChangeMay 19, 2011
This practical resource highlights the critical importance of diagnosis and design in the work of leading and managing for school improvement. The authors maintain that today’s school leaders and managers, under intense pressure to improve student learning, cannot simply adopt and implement prepackaged reforms manufactured outside the school. Rather, to effect real reform, they must understand how leading and managing for instructional improvement gets done intheir school and in turn use their diagnoses as the basis for mindful design and redesign.
May 18, 2011
In Digital Shoreline, author Roger McHaney not only deftly analyzes how Web 2.0 is shaping the attitudes and motivations of today’s students but also guides readers through the topography of existing and emerging digital media, environments, applications, platforms, and devices–not least the impact of e-readers and tablets on the future of the textbook–and the potential they have for disrupting teacher-student relationships–and, if appropriately used, for engaging students in their learning.
May 17, 2011
A major transformation of Chinese higher education has taken place over the past decade: China has reshaped its higher-education sector from elite to mass education, with the number of graduates having quadrupled to three million a year over six years. China is exceptional among lower-income countries in using tertiary education as a development strategy on such a scale, aiming to improve the quality of its graduates, and make higher education available to as many of its citizens as possible.
May 16, 2011
Urban school superintendents in the U.S. face unprecedented challenges. They must ensure that all students achieve a high level of performance despite a lack of resources, the intractable problems of race and poverty, a chaotic governance structure, and the often conflicting demands of teachers, parents, unions, and the community.
May 12, 2011
Stray Dogs, Saints, and Saviors tells the real-life story of Locke High School in Los Angeles, California. Locke High–originally known for its excellence–became one of the toughest, most dysfunctional schools in the U.S. Then in 2007 teachers voted to bring in a charter school organization called Green Dot to try and restore the Locke Saints’ past glory. Working in secrecy, the school principal, a small group of teachers, and Green Dot’s founder Steve Barr convinced Locke teachers to support a petition removing the school away from the Los Angeles Unified School District.