The Learning Edge: What Technology Can Do to Educate All Children

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After billions of dollars, thousands of studies, and immeasurable effort by educators at all levels, why is the performance of students and teachers so unaffected by technology? Moreover, what should be done to extract genuine benefit from the information and communication technology (ICT) revolution? In this groundbreaking book, technology and education experts Alan Bain and Mark Weston provide research-based evidence for how the widespread application of ICT can provide powerful learning opportunities that lead...

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Overview

After billions of dollars, thousands of studies, and immeasurable effort by educators at all levels, why is the performance of students and teachers so unaffected by technology? Moreover, what should be done to extract genuine benefit from the information and communication technology (ICT) revolution? In this groundbreaking book, technology and education experts Alan Bain and Mark Weston provide research-based evidence for how the widespread application of ICT can provide powerful learning opportunities that lead to lasting gains and achievement. They show how the integrated use of technology at all levels of the educational system can greatly expand collaborative learning opportunities by giving all educational stakeholders powerful problem-solving tools and solutions. The approaches presented here are grounded in over twenty years of experience working with classroom teachers, school leaders, association members, and policymakers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807752715
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press
  • Publication date: 11/11/2011
  • Series: Technology, Education--Connections (TEC) Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,367,208
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword John Hattie xi

Preface xv

Acknowledgments xvii

1 Education and Technology 1

The Problem of ICT Use in Education 1

Faulty Assumptions About ICT and Schools 7

The Challenge of Making ICT Effective in Education 11

Making Shifts in Thought to Improve Education 12

What is Edge Technology and How Can It Help Education 16

The Tools of Edge Technology 18

Schema: A New Shared Vision to Improve Education 19

A Plan of Action to Get Where We Need to Go 23

Summary 24

2 The Classroom 25

Defining the Problem of ICT Use in Classrooms 25

Introducing the Type-B Classroom 26

Type-A: The Classrooms We Know Don't Work 28

Shifts Classrooms Must Make to Succeed 32

How Making Shifts Works in Real Classrooms 39

Tools That Bring Effective ICT into Classrooms 39

Using ICT to Transform a Type-A Classroom into a Type-B Classroom 48

Examining the Assumptions and Challenges of Type-A and Type-B Classrooms 50

Summary 52

3 Schools 53

Effective ICT in Schools: Defining the Problem 53

The Problem with Type-A Schools 54

What Makes Type-B Schools More Effective 57

The Shifts Required to Make Schools More Effective 60

How Schools Can Make the Shifts They Need 67

The Tools Schools Need to Transform 68

Using Edge Technology to Move from Type-A to-Type-B Schools 74

How Shared Schema Can Transform Schools 75

Summary 77

4 Transforming Districts 78

The ICT Problem at the District Level 78

Why Type-A Districts Don't Work 80

How Type-B Districts Help Transform Education 83

The Shifts We Need to Make to Improve the District Level 86

How Shifts in Thought Work at the District Level 95

The ICT Tools That Allow District Level Support for Schools 95

Shared Schema Uniting District, Schools, and Classrooms 99

Summary 100

5 Associations and Edge Technology 102

The Problem We Face at the Level of Associations 102

What Is Wrong with Type-A Association 103

What Makes Type-B Associations More Effective 107

Shifts in Thoughts Needed to Improve Associations 112

How Making Shifts in Thought Works in Practice for the Associations 123

The Tools Associations Need to Support Other Stakeholders 124

Shared Schema: How Associations Can Support Other Levels in Education 126

Summary 129

6 Policy Shifts 130

The Problem Policymakers Face in Reforming Education 130

Why Type-A Policymaking Fails 133

How Type-B Policymaking Can Improve Education 139

Shifts in Thought Needed to Transform Policymaking 143

Creating Emergence: How Shirts in Thought Can Transform Policymaking 149

How Shifts in Thought Change the Practice of Policymaking 152

The Tools Policymakers Need to Support Education 152

How a Shared Schema Helps Policymakers Support Education at All Levels 154

Summary 158

7 The Role of Industry 159

The Problem of Bringing Effective ICT into Education 159

Type-A Companies: The Problem with What We Do Now 161

How Type-B Companies Can Transform Education 166

Shifts in Thought Needed to Improve the Industry 173

How Shifting Thoughts Change Companies in Practice 178

The Tools Companies Need to Help Reform Education 178

How a Shared Schema Can Unite Industry and Education 180

Summary 184

8 Stakeholders Connected 185

The Problem Stakeholders Face at All Levels of the Educational Crisis 185

Shifts in Thought Needed to Make Real Change In Education 187

How Shifting Thoughts Can Improve Education in Practice 190

The Tools Needed To Make Real Change 191

How Shared Schema United Stakeholders for Real Reform 192

References 195

Index 221

About the Authors 236

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