Help your students find and keep the joy in learning! When creative use of technology meets outstanding teaching, incredible learning happens. This insightful guide is for all educators ready to move into a new commitment to true learning. Principal and respected digital educator Robert Dillon shows readers how to: • Use student engagement to promote authentic, thoughtful learning • Learn how 16 innovative connected educators provided incredible learning opportunities for their students • Implement new technology resources and strategies for all classrooms and grade levels • Help students build critical thinking skills and gain confidence in their unique voices “This book combines the voices of seasoned connected educators with great suggestions for growth for those new to building connected classrooms as well as those educators who have been connected for years. Most importantly, the book paints hope for how we can build the connections in classrooms that all kids deserve.” Thomas C. Murray, State and District Digital Learning Director Alliance for Excellent Education, Washington, DC “Dillon provides useful tips and resources for transforming your classes into communities in which students help each other succeed. This book is full of examples of teachers using technology to support collaboration and motivate students. Integrating technology is a tough journey, but teachers who implement the tips in this book will see how taking that journey transforms their practice and helps them make meaningful connections with their students.” Shelly Terrell, Education Speaker and Trainer, Author Being a connected educator is a requirement today for relevant teaching. However, often, many do not know what effects being connected has on learning. What Bob lays out in this book are the stories and methods every educator needs to know to ensure they are providing the best possible learning for students. The ideas are practical and can work in classrooms that are rich with technology or even those without. A must-add to any professional library.” Steven W. Anderson, @web20classroom, Author, The Relevant Educator
Connecting the Pieces
Connecting the Pieces
This chapter begins to bring together the ideas of the book, painting the picture of how connected learners, both adults and kids, have the power to transform learning.
- How many different aspects of the connected classrooms can courageous teachers take on at once?
- What does building a different classroom instead of a better classroom look like?
- Why do leaders struggle to equip the best teachers with what they need?
Connecting kids to their learning is of paramount importance to the work of building excellence in schools, but being this artist of learning takes courage. It takes someone who is willing to push back against the system, take positive risks for kids, and be willing to rise above the perpetual tug toward ...