Leading 21st-Century Schools: Harnessing Technology for Engagement and Achievement

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Aligned to the ISTE NETS standards for administrators, this guide provides an actionable plan for integrating new technology into teaching and learning and realizing measurable improvement.

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Editorial Reviews

Eric Sheninger
"The world of technology changes by the second and educators are left in the dust to navigate a tsunami of tools. Levin and Schrum provide a detailed roadmap of technology tools available today and how they can be harnessed by educators to improve student engagement. "
Peter De Witt
"School leaders need less philosophy and more of a focus on the practical steps needed to move forward. In Leading 21st-Century Schools: Harnessing Technology for Engagement and Achievement, Second Edition Lynne Schrum and Barbara Levin update their best-selling First Edition by adding in the newest innovations in technology, while at the same time offering suggestions on how to get started. "
Michael Waiksnis
"School leaders are charged with many responsibilities as they lead their schools. The job has changed dramatically and new approaches are needed to meet all of the demands placed on our profession. Leaders today must know how to harness the power of technology to effectively lead their schools. Technology can be used in a positive manner or simply used as an attempt to catch on to the 'next thing'. It is up to leaders to learn how to properly use technology to assist in reaching their goals.

Educators should use this book to make sure they are properly harnessing the power of technology. We see technology all around us – our students, our teachers and our colleagues are using it. However, are these groups using it effectively for the right thing? Is technology helping them reach their goals such as increasing student achievement, increasing the effectiveness of community communication, creating and growing their own professional learning and more?

As a practicing principal I encourage you to read this book. It offers a wealth of information as well as providing examples of how real school leaders are using technology to meet their goals. The mix of information and real world examples make this a 'go to' book and a must for your educational toolbox. "

Kathleen Fulton
"This book is aimed at administrators, but it’s really a terrific resource for all educators who want to stay on top of emerging technology trends in education! It is written with grace and clarity, and flows in a logical fashion thanks to an organizing framework that carries the reader from a description of today’s learners and the technological tools available to them, to their potential curricular implications and opportunities and on to the key issues which their use present to educators. Each chapter is grounded by leaders’ personal stories, and offers a great set of suggested activities and resources for going further with the topic. The list of key words used in each chapter, with definitions, is almost alone worth the price of the book! It’s a book I know I will be turning to time and again and will enthusiastically recommend to others. Bravo to Schrum and Levin for this updated classic!"
Ian Jukes
"Lynne Schrum and Barbara Levin’s exceptional new book Leading 21st Century Schools is specifically written for anyone in a position of district or school leadership who is responsible for leading out change in their schools. It does an outstanding job of simultaneously addressing both the big picture, as well as the who, what, when, where, why and how issues related to building the capacity for change needed to successfully support teachers and students to using technology effectively for both engagement and achievement. "
Jill M. Gildea
"This well-written, well-organized, and relevant text provides a wonderful resource for novice or experienced administrators who are ready to jump into the 21st century with their students and schools. The text handles all key aspects of understanding the role and relevance of technology in today’s schools as well as planning for future integration. What better way to usher in a 21st century schools initiative than with the sharing of this valuable resource."
Bruce Haddix
"If you’ve never heard of ‘nings,’ ‘voice-threads’, ‘Teacher Tube’ or ‘MERLOT’, you’re missing out on the latest-greatest opportunities to advance student learning in your classroom. This book is a MUST for teachers and administrators who are advancing and integrating technology in the classroom."
Pam Quebodeaux
"In the fast-paced, ever-changing world of technology, educational leaders need to know and understand the skills necessary to survive in 21st-century schools. This book is a must-read for every school-based administrator."
Beth Madison
"If you think you are already using technology in your school, read this book! It is loaded with great ideas and strategies that can be implemented right away."
Pamela Maxwell
"A must read for all administrators who are leading their schools into the 21st century. This guide will provide practical strategies for leading the way in changing our classrooms to prepare our students for a 'Techy Future.'"
Rick Miller
"This is a compelling book and a must-read for any current or would-be administrator who is going to serve in a 21st-century school. It will not only assist us in understanding our students, but help us in meeting the baseline operational expectations we have from both our students and staff."
Jeannine S. Tate
"This book addresses a timely and important topic. While some school administrators embrace technology and make its productive use a focus, others are so swamped with a multitude of responsibilities they do not have the time to immerse themselves in all the knowledge they need to make informed decisions. This book will be a valuable reference for busy school administrators and anyone interested in learning how use technology as a genuine tool for learning."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412972956
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 8/3/2009
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 143,097
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Lynne Schrum is a professor and director of teacher education in the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University. Her research and teaching focus on appropriate uses of information technology, online and distance learning, and preparing teachers for the 21st century. She has written four books and numerous articles on these subjects; the most recent is New Tools, New Schools: Getting Started with Web 2.0. Schrum is currently on AERA’s Council, editor of the Journal of Research on Technology in Education (JRTE) (2002-2011), and is a past-president of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).

Barbara B. Levin is a professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). Her research interests include studying teachers’ pedagogical beliefs and the development of teacher thinking across the career span, integrating technology into the K–16 curriculum, and using case-based pedagogies and problem-based learning in teacher education. Levin is an associate editor of Teacher Education Quarterly and has authored or coauthored numerous journal articles and three books, including Who Learns What From Cases and How? The Research Base on Teaching With Cases (1999), Energizing Teacher Education and Professional Development With Problem-Based Learning (2001), and Case Studies of Teacher Development: An In-Depth Look at How Thinking About Pedagogy Develops Over Time (2003). Levin completed a PhD in educational psychology at the University of California at Berkeley in 1993. Prior to that, she taught elementary school students and was a computer specialist for 17 years.

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Table of Contents

Preface Acknowledgments About the Authors Part I. 21st-Century Schools: A New World for Administrators, Teachers, and Students
1. Leading 21st-Century Schools: What School Leaders Need to Know What You Will Learn in This Chapter Key Words in This Chapter Introduction Why Change?
What Is Your Vision of 21st-Century Schools?
What Has Changed?
One School Leader's Story... Leading the Way Through Modeling: Principal Dave Meister's Story New Literacies What Drives These Changes?
Technology Standards for Teachers Technology Standards for Administrators What Remains the Same?
A Word About Leaders and Systemic Change Conclusion Activities to Consider ...
2. The Digital Information Age: Who Are Our Students and Teachers?
What You Will Learn in This Chapter Key Words in This Chapter Introduction Who Are Our Students?
Who Are Our Teachers?
How to Lead the Millennial Generation One School Leader's Story... Leading the Way by Empowering Others: Principal Keith McClure's Story Conclusion Activities to Consider ...
Part II. New Tools and Strategies for Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century
3. New Tools for Collaboration, Communication, and Creation What You Will Learn in This Chapter Key Words in This Chapter Introduction The New Tools and How They Work One School Leader's Story... Leading by Learning: Principal Bo Adams' Story Conclusion Activities to Consider ...
4. Other Technology Tools to Consider What You Will Learn in This Chapter Key Words in This Chapter Introduction Internet Resources Traditional Hardware and Software Assets One School Leader's Story... Leading the Way by Promoting Both Accountability and Creativity: Principal Dr. Roberto Pamas' Story Content-Specific Uses of Technology Conclusion One School Leader's Story... Leading the Change Together: Principal Susan T. Phillips' Story Activities to Consider ...
5. Instructional Strategies for Teaching and Learning With Technology What You Will Learn in This Chapter Key Words in This Chapter Introduction Is Your School Ready for 21st-Century Teaching and Learning?
Strategies for Teaching and Learning Across the Curriculum Open Source Initiative One School Leader's Story... Leading the Way by Engaging My Students: Teacher Clay Burrell's Story Conclusion Activities to Consider ...
Part III. Leading the Way
6. Strategic Leadership: Encouraging and Assessing Technology Integration What You Will Learn in This Chapter Key Words in This Chapter Introduction What Can Be Done to Promote Individuals' Technology Integration?
Adoption of Innovation - Understanding the Process Steps Toward Changing the Culture A Technology-Rich Lesson Plan: Will We Know It if We See It?
Two School Leaders' Story... Leading the Way by Developing Professional Learning Communities: Executive Director Dr. Enid Silverstein and Coordinator Mary Wegner's Story Conclusion Activities to Consider ...
7. Increasing Communication to Build Community What You Will Learn in This Chapter Key Words in This Chapter Introduction Communication Tools for School Leaders' Uses One School Leader's Story... Leading the Way by Communicating Through Podcasts: Superintendent Jay Haugen's Story E-Portfolios for School Leaders Communicating and Collaborating With the School Board One School Leader's Story... Leading the Way by Communicating With Constituents: Retired Superintendent Mark Stock's Story Harnessing Community Support One School Leader's Story... Leading the Way by Engaging All Stakeholders: Principal Michael Waiksnis' Story Conclusion Activities to Consider ...
8. Privacy, Permission, and Protection: Steps to Ensure Success What You Will Learn in This Chapter Key Words in This Chapter Introduction Education Is Key Acceptable Use Policies Copyright Evaluating Web Sites One School Leader's Story... Leading the Way to Students' Safe Use of the Internet: Principal Susan T. Phillips' Story Conclusion Activities to Consider ...
9. Important Considerations for 21st-Century Leaders: Hard Questions and Answers What You Will Learn in This Chapter Key Words in This Chapter Introduction Preparing for and Managing Constant Change Technology on Its Way to a Classroom Near You Addressing the Digital Divide Limited Resources and Your Needs Leading the Way for the Next Generation: Professor Scott McLeod Supporting Risk Taking Conclusion Activities to Consider ...
Glossary Resources Cited in This Book References Index

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