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

Overview

Master The Latest Educational Technology To Teach 21st Century Skills.

To prepare students to thrive in the classroom and beyond, educators must place the proper emphasis on technology leadership.

First published in 2009, this book’s second edition features 80% brand-new material addressing the latest technological developments, combined with the authors’ tested methods for ...

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Overview

Master The Latest Educational Technology To Teach 21st Century Skills.

To prepare students to thrive in the classroom and beyond, educators must place the proper emphasis on technology leadership.

First published in 2009, this book’s second edition features 80% brand-new material addressing the latest technological developments, combined with the authors’ tested methods for applying them in schools. Features include:

  • Aligning technology to the ISLLC Standards, ISTE Standards, and Common Core State Standards
  • Comprehensive guides to the newest technologies and trends that school leaders need to know
  • A companion website featuring a massive volume of resources for additional progress

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Editorial Reviews

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."
Peter DeWitt

"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."

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.

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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!"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781412972949
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 8/3/2009
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Lynne Schrum is Dean of the College of Education and Human Services at West Virginia University. Previously, she was a professor and coordinator of elementary education in the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University. Her research and teaching focus on preparing teachers for the 21st century, appropriate uses of information technology, and leadership in a digital world. She has written eleven books and numerous articles on these subjects; the most recent is How 2, Web 2: How to for Educators. Schrum served on AERA’s Council, was editor of the Journal of Research on Technology in Education (JRTE) (2002-2012), 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 Ph D 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
I. Leading 21st Century Schools
1. Leading 21st Century Schools: What Strategic Leaders Need to Know
Introduction
Leadership and Systemic Change
Our Vision for 21st Century Schools
What Is Your Vision?
What Drives Change?
One Leader's Story
Changing Standards
Conclusion
Activities to Consider
2. 21st Century Students and Teachers: Ensuring their Success
Introduction
Who Are Our Students?
What Do Our Students Need to Know?
One Leader's Story
What About Our Teachers?
How to Lead and Keep the Millenial Generation
Conclusion
Activities to Consider
3. Tools for School Leaders: Enhancing Communication and Building Partnerships
Introduction
Communication Tools for School Leaders
One Leader's Story
One Leader's Story
Communicating and Collaborating With the School Board
Harnessing Support in the Local and Global Community
Conclusion
Activities to Consider
4. Ensuring Success: Legal, Safety, Ethical, and Curricular Considerations for School Leaders
Introduction
Education Is Key
Acceptable/Responsible Use Policies
Copyright
Evaluating Websites
Creating a Digital Citizenship Curriculum
One Leader's Story
Conclusion
Activities to Consider
II. Important Considerations for 21st Century Teaching and Learning
5. Issues to Decide: One-to-one, BYOD, Smartphones, and More
Introduction
First Step: Develop a Shared Vision
More Decisions and Implementation
One Leader's Story
Sustaining the Infrastructure
Other Trends in Technology
Conclusion
Activities to Consider
6. Web2.0, Apps, Social Media and Other Tools
Introduction
The New Tools and How They Work
Web 2.0: What's All the Excitement?
Free and Ubiquitous Web 2.0 Tools for Teaching and Learning
One Leader's Story
Mobile Applications (Apps)
Social Networking (Edmodo and More)
One Leader's Story
Conclusion
Activities to Consider
7. Content-Focused Curriculum Tools
Introduction
Shifting to Digital Curriculum Resources
One Leader's Story
TPACK
Common Core State Standards
Content-Specific Uses of Digital Technology
Conclusion
Activities to Consider
8. Important Considerations for 21st Century Leaders: Hard Questions and Promising Answers
Introduction
Dream an Educational Environment for All Learners
Trends in Education
Preparing For and Managing Constant Change
Time Shifting and Flipped Learning
Blending Formal and Informal Education
Other Trends to Watch
Addressing the Digital Divide
What Does All This Mean for a School Leader?
Limited Resources and Your Needs
One Leader's Story
Conclusion
Activities to Consider
References

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