Educational Philosophy · Emerging Trends · Math · Teaching

Best Practices for Education Professionals

Best Practices for Education Professionals, Volume Two

Title: Best Practices for Education Professionals, Volume Two

CRC Press | Mathematics | September 26, 2016 | ISBN-10: 1771884126 | 242 pages

Authors:  Heidi Schnackenberg (Editor), Beverly Burnell (Editor)

This informative new volume provides a hand-picked selection of useful techniques, ideas, competencies, and skills for working with children in school settings. The book comprises both research (qualitative, quantitative, and mixed-design) and conceptual pieces about the most effective, current professional practices for professionals who work with P-12 children in schools. The practices described here will be useful for a wide assortment of professionals within education, including practicing teachers, school counselors, school psychologists, speech language pathologists, administrators, and education students.

Assessment · Educational Philosophy · Emerging Trends · Organizations · Teaching

Building School 2.0

Title: Building School 2.0: How to Create the Schools We Need

Authors: Chris Lehmann, Zac Chase
English | ISBN: 1118076826 | 2015 | 304 pages


Ninety-five propositions for creating more relevant, more caring schools
There is a growing desire to reexamine education and learning. Educators use the phrase “school 2.0” to think about what schools will look like in the future. Moving beyond a basic examination of using technology for classroom instruction, is a larger discussion of how education, learning, and our physical school spacescan—and should—change because of the changing nature of our lives brought on by these technologies.

Well known for their work in creating Science Leadership Academy (SLA), a technology-rich, collaborative, learner-centric school in Philadelphia, founding principal Chris Lehmann and former SLA teacher Zac Chase are uniquely qualified to write about changing how we educate. The best strategies, they contend, enable networked learning that allows research, creativity, communication, and collaboration to help prepare students to be functional citizens within a modern society. Their model includes discussions of the following key concepts:

Technology must be ubiquitous, necessary, and invisible
Classrooms must be learner-centric and use backwards design principles
Good technology can be better than new technology
Teachers must serve as mentors and bring real-world experiences to students
Each section of Building School 2.0 presents a thesis designed to help educators and administrators to examine specific practices in their schools, and to then take their conclusions from theory to practice. Collectively, the theses represent a new vision of school, built off of the best of what has come before us, but with an eye toward a future we cannot fully imagine.

Education 2.0: The LearningWeb Revolution and the Transformation of the School
Title: Education 2.0: The LearningWeb Revolution and the Transformation of the School

Author: Leonard J. Waks
English | 20 Aug. 2013 | ISBN: 1612050360, 1612050352 | 256 Pages
Thirty years of spirited school reforms have failed to improve our schools and instead have left our public school systems in disarray. Meanwhile, employment prospects for high school and college graduates are fading, and the public is losing faith in its schools.

Title: The Secret Reasons Why Teachers Are Not Using Web 2.0 Tools and What School Librarians Can Do about It


Author: Peggy Creighton Ph.D.
English | 2012 | ISBN: 1586835327 | 71 pages

Web 2.0 and its associated tools have the power to substantially increase student achievement. This book has two straightforward primary purposes: to detail the research-based reasons classroom teachers fail to incorporate Web 2.0 tools into their instruction and collaboration with other educators; and to provide actionable strategies to rectify these omissions.
The Secret Reasons Why Teachers Are Not Using Web 2.0 Tools and What School Librarians Can Do about It provides authoritative definitions of Web 2.0, explains the types of Web 2.0 tools suited for use in educational settings, examines the research-based reasons they are underutilized, and offers strategies for school librarians to model the use of technology-enabled tools—and for teaching others to do so. This book will benefit anyone wishing to effect a positive social change in improving student achievement: practicing K–12 librarians and educators, K–12 school and district administrators, and researchers in the field of K–12 education.

Higher Ed · Routledge · Teaching

Evaluation in Higher Education

Title: Handbook on Measurement, Assessment, and Evaluation in Higher Education

Authors: Charles Secolsky, D. Brian Denison,
2012 | ISBN-10: 0415880750, 0415880769 | 704 pages
Handbook on Measurement, Assessment, and Evaluation in Higher Education

Increased demands for colleges and universities to engage in outcomes assessment for accountability purposes have accelerated the need to bridge the gap between higher education practice and the fields of measurement, assessment, and evaluation. The Handbook on Measurement, Assessment, and Evaluation in Higher Education provides higher education administrators, student affairs personnel, institutional researchers who generate and analyze data, and faculty with an integrated handbook of theory, method, and application. This valuable resource brings together applied terminology, analytical perspectives, and methodological advances from the fields of measurement, assessment, and evaluation to facilitate informed decision-making in higher education.

Special Features:

Contributing Authors are world-renowned scholars across the fields of measurement, assessment, and evaluation, including: Robert E. Stake, Trudy W. Banta, Michael J. Kolen, Noreen M. Webb, Kurt Geisinger, Robert J. Mislevy, Ronald K. Hambleton, Rebecca Zwick, John Creswell, and Margaret D. LeCompte.
Depth of Coverage includes classroom assessment and student outcomes; assessment techniques for accountability and accreditation; test theory, item response theory, validity and reliability; qualitative, quantitative and mixed-methods evaluation; context and ethics of assessment.
Questions and Exercises follow each Section to reinforce the valuable concepts and insights presented in the preceding chapters.
Bridging the gap between practice in higher education with advances in measurement, assessment, and evaluation, this book enables educational decision-makers to engage in more sound professional judgment. This handbook provides higher education administrators with both high-level and detailed views into contemporary theories and practices, supplemented with guidance on how to apply them for the benefit of students and institutions.

Books · Computer Science · Educational Philosophy · Emerging Trends · Hardware · Robotics · Smart Education · Springer · Teaching

Smart Learning Objects

Title: Smart Learning Objects for Smart Education in Computer Science

Theory, Methodology and Robot-Based Implementation
Author: Vytautas Stuikys
2015 | ISBN-10: 3319169122 | 336 pages Smart Learning Objects for Smart Education in Computer Science: Theory, Methodology and Robot-Based Implementation

This monograph presents the challenges, vision and context to design smart learning objects (SLOs) through Computer Science (CS) education modelling and feature model transformations. It presents the latest research on the meta-programming-based generative learning objects (the latter with advanced features are treated as SLOs) and the use of educational robots in teaching CS topics. The introduced methodology includes the overall processes to develop SLO and smart educational environment (SEE) and integrates both into the real education setting to provide teaching in CS using constructivist and project-based approaches along with evaluation of pedagogic outcomes.

Smart Learning Objects for Smart Education in Computer Science will appeal to researchers in CS education particularly those interested in using robots in teaching, course designers and educational software and tools developers. With research and exercise questions at the end of each chapter students studying CS related courses will find this work informative and valuable too.

Title: Smart Learning Environments

Authors: Maiga Chang, Yanyan Li

Publisher: Springer | English | 2015 | ISBN:3662444461 | 219 pages

This book addresses main issues concerned with the future learning, learning and academic analytics, virtual world and smart user interface, and mobile learning. This book gathers the newest research results of smart learning environments from the aspects of learning, pedagogies, and technologies in learning. Smart Learning Environments

It examines the advances in technology development and changes in the field of education that has been affecting and reshaping the learning environment. Then, it proposes that under the changed technological situations, smart learning systems, no matter what platforms (i.e., personal computers, smart phones, and tablets) they are running at, should be aware of the preferences and needs that their users (i.e., the learners and teachers) have, be capable of providing their users with the most appropriate services, helps to enhance the users’ learning experiences, and to make the learning efficient.

See also this post: Smart Education

Blended · Books · Mobile · Teaching

Learning Path Construction in e-Learning

Title: Learning Path Construction in e-Learning: What to Learn, How to Learn, and How to Improve

Learning Path Construction in e-Learning: What to Learn, How to Learn, and How to Improve
Authors: Fan Yang, Zhenghong Dong,
2016 | ISBN-10: 9811019436 | 153 pages

This book focuses on developing methods for constructing learning paths in terms of e-learning resources (learning contents), e-learning approaches (learning method), and e-learning quality (learning performance) to support learning. This book defines different teaching approaches for learning activities and organizes them into a learning path which indicates the learning sequence. This book introduces how to automatically generate well-structured learning resources for different students.

Also, this book introduces a method about how to generate adaptive learning approach to learn learning resources for different students. Finally, this book introduces a method to monitor and control learning quality. The adaptive learning path expresses well-structured learning contents, using which approach to access those learning contents, and in which sequence to carry out the learning process. The learning path comes with a monitoring tool to control the learning progress, which helps to make students having a balanced development on different knowledge and abilities.

Researchers who worked in E-learning area, both education and computer sciences people.Educators who worked in educational institutes, such as Universities, Schools, etc. They would like to use or study E-learning tools/technologies/methods in their own work.And technicians who run/design educational websites will understand the appeal of this work.

Title: E-Learning Systems: Intelligent Techniques for Personalization

Authors: Aleksandra Klašnja-Milićević, Boban Vesin
2016 | ISBN-10: 3319411616 | 294 pages

This monograph provides a comprehensive research review of intelligent techniques for personalisation of e-learning systems. Special emphasis is given to intelligent tutoring systems as a particular class of e-learning systems, which support and improve the learning and teaching of domain-specific knowledge.

A new approach to perform effective personalization based on Semantic web technologies achieved in a tutoring system is presented. This approach incorporates a recommender system based on collaborative tagging techniques that adapts to the interests and level of students’ knowledge. These innovations are important contributions of this monograph.

Theoretical models and techniques are illustrated on a real personalised tutoring system for teaching Java programming language.

The monograph is directed to, students and researchers interested in the e-learning and personalization techniques.

Smart Education and e-Learning 2016

Title: Smart Education and e-Learning 2016

(Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies)
Authors: Vladimir Uskov, Robert J. Howlett, Lakhmi C. Jain
2016 | ISBN: 3319396897 | English | 567 pages

This book contains the contributions presented at the 3rd international KES conference on Smart Education and Smart e-Learning, which took place in Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife, Spain, June 15-17, 2016.

It contains a total of 56 peer-reviewed book chapters that are grouped into several parts: Part 1 – Smart University: Conceptual Modeling, Part 2 “ Smart Education: Research and Case Studies, Part 3 “ Smart e-Learning, Part 4 “ Smart Education: Software and Hardware Systems, and Part 5 “ Smart Technology as a Resource to Improve Education and Professional Training. We believe that the book will serve as a useful source of research data and valuable information for faculty, scholars, Ph.D. students, administrators, and practitioners – those who are interested in innovative areas of smart education and smart e-learning.

Gamification · ICT · Storytelling · Teaching

Gamification: Using Game Elements in Serious Contexts

Title: Gamification: Using Game Elements in Serious Contexts

Authors: Stefan Stieglitz, Christoph Lattemann
2016 | ISBN-10: 3319455559 | 164 pages


This compendium introduces game theory and gamification to a number of different domains and describes their professional application in information systems. It explains how playful functions can be implemented in various contexts and highlights a range of concrete scenarios planned and developed for several large corporations. In its first part the book presents the fundamentals, concepts and theories of gamification. This is followed by separate application-oriented sections – each containing several cases – that focus on the use of gamification in customer management, innovation management, teaching and learning, mobile applications and as an element of virtual worlds. The book offers a valuable resource for readers looking for inspiration and guidance in finding a practical approach to gamification.

Simulation and Serious Games for Education

Title: Simulation and Serious Games for Education

Authors: Yiyu Cai, Sui Lin Goei,
2016 | ISBN-10: 9811008604 | 156 pages

This book introduces state-of-the-art research on simulation and serious games for education. The major part of this book is based on selected work presented at the 2014 Asia-Europe Symposium on Simulation and Serious Games held in Windesheim University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands (Oct 12, 2014).

It covers three major domains of education applications that use simulation and serious games: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education; Special Needs Education and Humanity and Social Science Education.

Researchers and developers in simulation and serious games for education benefit from this book, and it also offers educators and professionals involved in training insights into the possible applications of simulation and serious games in various areas.