Teaching for Understanding with Technology / Edition 1

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Teaching for Understanding with Technology is part of the "Teaching for Understanding" project at Harvard University. It focuses on using new technologies to enhance the learning experience. Teachers will learn how they can access online curricula resources, web information, and professional networks to research topics to teach, set short- and long-term learning goals, create assignments, and assess student understanding.

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What People Are Saying

From the Publisher
"Here's a fresh and insightful look at how technology can enhancelearning. Forget the computer rooms and all the fancy hardware. Ifyou don't make technology part of the learning process, you'remissing the critical link. A must-read for teachers, educators, andanyone else who wants to transmit ideas and help others think innew and bold ways."
—Robert B. Reich, Hexter Professor of Social and Economic Policy,Brandeis University

"Teaching for Understanding with Technology is animportant owner’s manual for educators, as well aspolicymakers and the larger public, on the most effective uses fortechnology in the classroom. The authors combine their perspectivefrom the university and the school classroom to show how powerfulideas in learning can be realized in the work of teachers andstudents."
—Milton Chen, executive director, The George Lucas EducationalFoundation

"This book supports innovative pedagogical theory withclassroom-based examples of how to teach with Internet-based andother technology tools. The Teaching for Understanding frameworkprovides a roadmap for educators seeking to use and assess the fullpotential of technology in the classroom, whether they are poisedon the on-ramp or already cruising the information superhighway. Itis required reading for both teachers, education policymakers andglobal educators."
—Dr. Edwin Gragert, executive director, iEARN-USA (InternationalEducation and Resource Network)

"At last, a book written with the practitioner in mind.Teaching for Understanding with Technology will serveas an invaluable guide for educators everywhere. The authors speakin real terms, through the eyes of real students and teachers. Thevignettes show how technology can empower and motivate both studentand teacher. As a principal and instructional manager, I see thisbook as a must-have blueprint for all educators. I intend topurchase a copy for every staff member in my building."
—Mary Skipper, headmaster, TechBoston Academy, Dorchester,Massachusetts

"If you have any doubts about the way in which technology canenrich the learning of all students, you are holding the book youneed to read. Stone details the ways in which Kristi is reinventinglearning in the age of technology and explains why this approach isso essential. What is remarkable is that when you treat firstgraders like graduate students they end up acting like them."
—Margaret Riel, senior researcher, Center for Technology inLearning SRI, and visiting professor, Pepperdine University

"This book is about translation and transformation, using thenew technologies to improve teaching and learning. It demonstrateshow these new technologies, essential ingredients in education inthe twenty-first century, can support teachers as they refine theirpractice, and make learning a deeper and more lastingexperience—-students learn to understand. The book makes anelegant case for the appropriate and informed use of technology inour schools."
—Isa Kaftal Zimmerman, director, Technology in Education Program,Lesley University

"This book is needed so that all educators will understand howto use the power of technology to propel teaching and studentlearning. Teachers need to understand how to create classroomprojects with technology that build on the students’interests and extend those interests by having studentscommunicating and collaborating with peers around the globe. Thisbook can help teachers break through the barriers of integratingtechnology into their curriculum. Classrooms can then become learning environments where students reach out to their world andfind their place in it."
—Katherine Law, Seattle public school teacher and lead educationaltechnologist

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787972301
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/17/2004
  • Series: Jossey-Bass Education Ser.
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 180
  • Sales rank: 886,173
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.06 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Martha Stone Wiske is lecturer at the Harvard GraduateSchool of Education where she co-directed the EducationalTechnology Center.  Her research is concerned with theintegration of new technologies and the incorporation oflearner-centered teaching for understanding. She is coeditor ofTeaching for Understanding: Linking Research with Practice.

Kristi Rennebohm Franz is an award-winning WashingtonState teacher who is known for her innovative use of newtechnologies in the classroom. Her classroom teaching has beenfilmed and featured in the PBS documentary DigitalDivide.

Lisa Breit develops professional development programs tohelp K-12 teachers design and implement curriculum with newtechnologies, and consults with school leaders on how to cultivateleadership and provide institutional support as teachers andstudents gain proficiency.  

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Table of Contents



The Authors.

PART ONE: Overview of Teaching for Understanding withTechnology.

Chapter 1. What Is Teaching for Understanding?

Chapter 2. Using New Technologies to Teach forUnderstanding.

PART TWO: The Elements of the Teaching for UnderstandingFramework.

Chapter 3. Generative Topics and New Technologies.

Chapter 4. Understanding Goals and New Technologies.

Chapter 5. Performances of Understanding and NewTechnologies.

Chapter 6. Ongoing Assessment and New Technologies.

Chapter 7. Learning in Reflective, Collaborative Communitieswith New Technologies.

PART THREE: Learning to Teach for Understanding.

Chapter 8. How Teachers Learn to Teach with NewTechnologies.

Chapter 9. Learning for the Future.



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