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Deeper Learning Through Technology
Using the Cloud to Individualize Instruction



February 2015 | 176 pages | Corwin

Use the Cloud to Individualize Your Instruction and Watch Your Students Thrive!

The advent of cloud-stored data that can be entered, changed, and accessed anywhere is a development full of potential for today’s classroom.

This book is the all-in-one resource you need to be sure your students reap the fullest rewards from cloud-based developments. Teacher and top ed-blogger Ken Halla explains:

  • Strategies for leveraging the cloud to create a self-paced, learner-centered classroom
  • How to take advantage of tech tools to facilitate learning
  • Real-life case studies and activities to ensure an enjoyable implementation experience.

Stay ahead of the curve with Ken Halla’s strategies, which you can implement the next morning.

"Halla's book, written from practitioner experience, provides practical and simple integration techniques that will assist both novice and experienced teachers incorporate technology to enhance student learning."
—Eric Sheninger, author of Digital Leadership, Changing Paradigms for Changing Times

“This is a must read--a detailed nuts and bolts guide to classroom tools in the cloud."
—Michael B. Horn, Co-Founder and Director, Christensen Institute
Author of Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns.

"Whether you are an ed tech veteran or just getting started, Halla's book will help you tailor learning to meet the needs of your students. This book will help you create the learner-focused classroom you want to build!  A must-have resource for today's teachers!" 
—Jaime Casap, Global Education Evangelist
Google

 
Part I: The Teacher as Leader of the Digital Classroom
 
1. Our Changing Digital World
Touring the Internet

 
Becoming Responsible Digital Citizens

 
Classroom Examples

 
Educator Challenges

 
 
2. Teacher Collaboration: Online Professional Learning Communities
Professional Learning Communities

 
Expanding Your PLCs to Social Media

 
Using Twitter to Build Your PLC

 
Using Google+ as a PLC Resource

 
Expand Your PLC by Following Bloggers

 
Bookmarking in the Cloud

 
Some Closing Thoughts on Online PLCs

 
Classroom Examples

 
Educator Challenges

 
 
3. Storing and Sharing in the Cloud
Google Drive Techniques for the Classroom

 
Refining Google Drive Documents

 
Beyond Documents

 
Classroom Examples

 
Educator Challenges

 
 
Part II: The Self-Paced Student
 
4. The Self Paced Anchor: Flipping the Classroom
What is Flipping?

 
What to Flip

 
Making Your Own Screencast

 
Creating a YouTube Playlist

 
Learning From a Flipped Video Lecture

 
The Flipped Classroom

 
Flipped Class Resources

 
Classroom Examples

 
Educator Challenges

 
 
5. Interactive Assignments
Creating Interactive Assignments

 
Resources for Creating Interactive Assignments

 
Rubrics

 
What to Do when Technology Devices are Lacking in Your Schools

 
Classroom Examples

 
Educator Examples

 
 
6. Student Collaboration: Engaging Students With Mobile Learning
Making the Case for the Smartphone in the Classroom

 
Engaging Your Students With Cooperative Groups

 
Other Tools to Engage Students

 
Classroom Examples

 
Educator Examples

 
 
7. Formative and Summative Assessment of Student Learning
Formative and Summative Evaluations

 
Preparing for the Formative and Summative Evaluations

 
Online Tools for Conducting Formative Assessments

 
Classroom Examples

 
Educator Challenges

 
 
8. Looking Forward Into the Present
Classroom Example: Morrisville, NC

 
Educator Challenges

 

"For most of history, where you were born and your proximity to books, resources, and libraries were factors that impacted your potential for academic success.  This is no longer true.  In our lifetime, there has been a fundamental shift to this longstanding reality.  Today our teachers and students have 1 Billion libraries and all the world's information at our fingertips.  Technology has integrated into the core of all our lives and into almost everything we do.  In education, it is no longer a question of whether we integrate technology in education, it is a question of how we do it.  What Ken Halla has done in Deeper Learning is lay out how teachers can integrate technology into their classroom to not only take advantage of this new world we live in, but more importantly, to help teachers better meet the needs that students face today as they prepare to develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities they need to thrive in their futures.  In this book, not only does Halla do a masterful job of covering all the important aspects, tools, and resources of education technology teachers need to understand, he supports what he highlights with real classroom examples and provides challenges teachers can take on as they master these skills.  Whether you are a veteran to ed technology or just getting started, Halla's book will help you tailor learning to meet the needs of your students and take on new teaching methodologies and tools to help you create the learner focused classroom you want to build!  This is a must have resource for today's teachers!"  

Jaime Casap, Global Education Evangelist
Google

"Deeper Learning provides readers with a spot-on assemblage of thoughts and actions for teacher leaders who are ready to leap into the digital world of instruction. Second order teaching is described in clear and applicable terms which will ignite the power of relevance in all of us."

Mark Edwards, 2013 USA Superintendent of the Year by the American Association of School Administrators
Author of “Thank You For Your Leadership”

"Technology is transforming the business of teaching and learning.  Thankfully we have Ken Halla who provides here a timely guide to navigate this new digital classroom.  Ken’s resourceful guide is for every teacher who wants to steer into the new world of teaching and learning with confidence."

Dan Larsen, Social Studies Teacher, Stevenson High School
Co-Founder, CitizenU.org
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Preface


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