5 Skills for the Global Learner: What Everyone Needs to Navigate the Digital World


Mark Barnes

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    Corwin Connected Educators Series

    Content Curation: How to Avoid Information Overload

    By Steven W. Anderson @web20classroom

    5 Skills for the Global Learner: What Everyone Needs to Navigate the Digital World

    By Mark Barnes @markbarnes19

    Teaching the iStudent: A Quick Guide to Using Mobile Devices and Social Media in the K–12 Classroom

    By Mark Barnes @markbarnes19

    Connected Leadership: It’s Just a Click Away

    By Spike Cook @DrSpikeCook

    All Hands on Deck: Tools for Connecting Educators, Parents, and Communities

    By Brad Currie @bradmcurrie

    The Missing Voices in EdTech: Bringing Diversity Into EdTech

    By Rafranz Davis @RafranzDavis

    Flipping Leadership Doesn’t Mean Reinventing the Wheel

    By Peter M. DeWitt @PeterMDeWitt

    The Edcamp Model: Powering Up Professional Learning

    By the Edcamp Foundation @EdcampUSA

    Worlds of Making: Best Practices for Establishing a Makerspace for Your School

    By Laura Fleming @NMHS_lms

    Leading Professional Learning: Tools to Connect and Empower Teachers

    By Tom Murray @thomascmurray and Jeff Zoul @Jeff_Zoul

    Empowered Schools, Empowered Students: Creating Connected and Invested Learners

    By Pernille Ripp @pernilleripp

    Blogging for Educators: Writing for Professional Learning

    By Starr Sackstein @mssackstein

    Principal Professional Development: Leading Learning in the Digital Age

    By Joseph Sanfelippo @Joesanfelippofc and Tony Sinanis @TonySinanis

    The Power of Branding: Telling Your School’s Story

    By Tony Sinanis @TonySinanis and Joseph Sanfelippo @Joesanfelippofc

    The Relevant Educator: How Connectedness Empowers Learning

    By Tom Whitby @tomwhitby and Steven W. Anderson @web20classroom


    In memory of Fredda Barnes, who believed in me first.

    You are in my thoughts, and you are missed.


    Welcome to the Corwin Connected Educators Series.

    Last year, Ariel Price, Arnis Burvikovs, and I assembled a great list of authors for the fall 2014 books in the Corwin Connected Educators Series. As leaders in their field of connected education, they all provided practical, short books that helped educators around the world find new ways to connect. The books in the spring 2015 season will be equally as beneficial for educators.

    We have all seen momentous changes for educators. States debate the use of the Common Core State Standards, and teachers and leaders still question the use of technology, while some of their students have to disconnect and leave it at home because educators do not know how to control learning on devices. Many of the Series authors worked in schools where they were sometimes the only ones trying to encourage use of technology tools at the same time their colleagues tried to ban it. Through their PLNs they were able to find others who were trying to push the envelope.

    This spring, we have a list of authors who are known for pushing the envelope. Some are people who wrote books for the fall 2014 season, while others are new to the series. What they have in common is that they see a different type of school for students, and they write about ideas that all schools should be practicing now.

    Rafranz Davis discusses The Missing Voices in EdTech. She looks at and discusses how we need to bring more diverse voices to the connected world because those voices will enrich how we learn and the way we think. Starr Sackstein, a teacher in New York City writes about blogging for reflection in her book Blogging for Educators. Twitter powerhouse Steven W. Anderson returns to the Series to bring us Content Curation, as do the very engaging Joseph M. Sanfelippo and Tony Sinanis with their new book, Principal Professional Development. Mark Barnes rounds out the comeback authors with his book on 5 Skills for the Global Learner. Thomas C. Murray and Jeffrey Zoul bring a very practical “how-to” for teachers and leaders in their book Leading Professional Learning, and Makerspaces extraordinaire Laura Fleming brings her expertise with Worlds of Making.

    I am insanely excited about this book series. As a former principal, I know time is in short supply, and teachers and leaders need something they can read today and put into practice tomorrow. That is the exciting piece about technology; it can help enhance your practices by providing you with new ideas and helping you connect with educators around the world.

    The books can be read in any order, and each will provide information on the tools that will keep us current in the digital age. We also look forward to continuing the series with more books from experts on connectedness.

    As Michael Fullan has been saying for many years, technology is not the right driver, good pedagogy is, and the books in this connected series focus on practices that will lead to good pedagogy in our digital age. To assist readers in their connected experience, we have created the Corwin Connected Educators companion website where readers can connect with the authors and find resources to help further their experience. The website can be found at www.corwin.com/connectededucators. It is our hope that we can meet you where you are in your digital journey and bring you up to the next level.

    Peter M. DeWitt, EdD



    Not so long ago, I thought Twitter and Facebook were just trendy places to share family pictures and tell people what kind of latte you’re drinking. Then, I learned that these and other social networks are vibrant online neighborhoods, bustling with some of the world’s most intelligent teachers. My Personal Learning Network has become a vast library of knowledge and my most valuable resource. When I have questions, I ask my PLN for help. The answers come instantly and from all over the world. Now, this is power. For everyone in this wonderful online neighborhood, thanks for helping me make this book a lot smarter than it would be without you. Thanks to Ariel Price, Arnis Burvikovs, and Peter DeWitt for inviting me to be part of the Corwin Connected Educators Series. I believe these books are improving education and I’m proud to be part of this remarkable team. Thanks Andrew Olson for doing a lot of the behind-the-scenes work that is thankless but necessary. Thank you Kimberly Hill for your sharp eye. Thanks Starr Sackstein for being my go-to person, when I need examples of amazing education technology in action. Thanks to the people who responded to my requests for the anecdotes shared in this book. You know who you are, and I appreciate your time and your dedication to our profession. A special thanks to my parents, brothers, and sisters for their unwavering patience. You continue to invite me to picnics, no matter how many times I say, “I can’t make it; I’m writing.” Thanks Ethan and Lauren for bringing joy to my life. Special thanks to my wife Mollie. You prop me up when I’m falling down.

    About the Author

    Mark Barnes is a veteran classroom teacher, keynote speaker, and author of many education books, including the critically acclaimed Role Reversal: Achieving Uncommonly Excellent Results in the Student-Centered Classroom (ASCD, 2013), The 5-Minute Teacher (ASCD, 2013), and Assessment 3.0: Throw Out Your Grade Book and Inspire Learning (Corwin, 2015). Mark’s Teaching the iStudent (2014) is part of the initial launch of Corwin’s Connected Educators Series. A longtime adjunct professor at two Ohio colleges, Mark has created five online courses on web-based instruction, mobile learning, and using Twitter in the classroom and as a professional development tool. A leading expert on student-centered learning, Mark has helped thousands of educators build digitally enhanced, project-based, no-grades classrooms. Mark is the creator of the internationally recognized how-to video site for educators, Learn it in 5, and publisher of the popular Brilliant or Insane, named a Top 10 education technology blog by EdTech Magazine in 2014. Mark’s TED talk, How Four Simple Words Can Solve Education’s Biggest Problem, is a tribute to the worldwide movement toward alternative assessment practices. His Facebook group, Teachers Throwing Out Grades, along with his Assessment 3.0 Facebook page represent a growing collection of global educators dedicated to eliminating traditional grades and using technology and social media to provide meaningful feedback to students. A highly regarded connected educator, Mark can be found on Twitter at @markbarnes19.

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    Whitby, T. , & Anderson, S. ( 2014 ). The relevant educator: How connectedness empowers learning. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin.
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