Books · Educational Philosophy · Emerging Trends · Teaching

Rethinking Curriculum in Times of Shifting Educational Context

Rethinking Curriculum in Times of Shifting Educational Context

English| 2018 | 239 Pages | ISBN : 3319611054

This book engages with the dynamic intersection of several domains such as philosophy, psychology, sociology, and pedagogy, in order to critically analyze and reinvent our understanding of curriculum. The chapters raise important questions such as: what are the conditions of possibility for a living curriculum in which Eros and intellect (or reason and intuition) are not separated?
How is it possible to escape ideology that keeps us bound to defunct categories? What are the ingredients of an inquiry that is able to grasp curriculum as an expanding interpersonal movement? How do the teacher-learner ensemble get creatively constituted beyond obstructive dualities? How can we reinvent meaning in curriculum without totalization? Which indigenous understandings can be recovered in order to reinvent curriculum with greater relevance for diverse peoples? This volume addresses elements of reason, nonreason, becoming, dissipation, violence, uncertainty, transcendence, love, and death in order to come to a critical understanding of the relationship between knowledge and knower from these multiple perspectives.

Books · Emerging Trends · ICT · Mobile · Online · Smart Education · Teaching

Smart Universities

Title: Smart Universities

Author: Vladimir Uskov

English | 2017 | ISBN: 3319594532 | 435 Pages

Smart Universities : Concepts, Systems, and Technologies

This book presents peer-reviewed contributions on smart universities by various international research, design and development teams. Smart university is an emerging and rapidly evolving area that creatively integrates innovative concepts; smart software and hardware systems; smart classrooms with state-of-the-art technologies and technical platforms; smart pedagogy based on modern teaching and learning strategies; smart learning and academic analytics; as well as various branches of computer science and computer engineering.

The contributions are grouped into several parts:

  • Part 1—Smart Universities: Literature Review and Creative Analysis
  • Part 2—Smart Universities: Concepts, Systems and Technologies
  • Part 3—Smart Education: Approaches and Best Practices
  • Part 4—Smart Universities: Smart Long Life Learning.

The book is a valuable source of research data and findings, design and development outcomes, and best practices for faculty, scholars, Ph.D students, administrators, practitioners and anyone interested in the rapidly growing areas of smart university and smart education.

Books · Educational Philosophy · Emerging Trends · Mobile · Social Media · Teaching

Through a Distorted Lens

Title: Through a Distorted Lens

Author: Laura Nicosia

English  | 2017 | 206 Pages | ISBN : 9463510168

This volume examines what and how the media teach, to and by whom, and for what purpose, in a rapidly shifting milieu of media content, platforms, and relations. While intimately concerned with education, authors move the discussion beyond the setting of formal schooling to uncover the ways in which the media contribute to iThrough a Distorted Lens: Media as Curricula and Pedagogy in the 21st Centuryndividual and collective understandings of self and other, and their relations to society and communities in which they move.
In doing so, the text encourages readers to transcend exclusionary discussions of citizenship to consider participation in local and global geographies against a neoliberal backdrop that marginalizes those unable to, unwilling to, and excluded from competing in the free market. Contributors extend their deliberations back to formal school settings to reaffirm pedagogies that rediscover the reading of texts—broadly defined—in the world through multimodalities. In this sense, the text strives to be transdisciplinary, and is appropriate for use in multiple disciplines and fields of study.

Books · Educational Philosophy · Emerging Trends · Teaching

Digitize this book!

Title: Digitize this book! : the politics of new media, or why we need open access now

Author: Gary Hall
University of Minnesota Press | 2008 | ISBN: 0816648700, 9780816648702, 0816648719, 9780816648719, 0816666318, 9780816666317 | 312 pages

Digitize this book! : the politics of new media, or why we need open access now

How open access can transform academia for the better

In the sciences, the merits and ramifications of open access—the electronic publishing model that gives readers free, irrevocable, worldwide, and perpetual access to research—have been vigorously debated. Open access is now increasingly proposed as a valid means of both disseminating knowledge and career advancement. In Digitize This Book! Gary Hall presents a timely and ambitious polemic on the potential that open access publishing has to transform both “papercentric” humanities scholarship and the institution of the university itself.
Hall, a pioneer in open access publishing in the humanities, explores the new possibilities that digital media have for creatively and productively blurring the boundaries that separate not just disciplinary fields but also authors from readers. Hall focuses specifically on how open access publishing and archiving can revitalize the field of cultural studies by making it easier to rethink academia and its institutions. At the same time, by unsettling the processes and categories of scholarship, open access raises broader questions about the role of the university as a whole, forcefully challenging both its established identity as an elite ivory tower and its more recent reinvention under the tenets of neoliberalism as knowledge factory and profit center.
Rigorously interrogating the intellectual, political, and ethical implications of open access, Digitize This Book! is a radical call for democratizing access to knowledge and transforming the structures of academic and institutional authority and legitimacy.

Assessment · Books · Teaching

Understanding Test and Exam Results Statistically

Title: Understanding Test and Exam Results Statistically: An Essential Guide for Teachers and School Leaders

Author: Kaycheng Soh

2016 | ISBN-10: 9811015805 | 155 pages

Provides essential knowledge on and improves readers’ skills in handling student test scores.
Uses concrete examples related to the readers’ day-to-day tasks and gives the readers a sense of classroom/school reality.

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Technical terms kept at the necessary minimum level and the language of presentation is conversational, thus avoiding the academic and technical style.

This book shares the goal of the classic text How to Lie with Statistics, namely, preventing and correcting statistical misconceptions that are common among practitioners, though its focus is on the educational context. It illustrates and discusses the essentials of educational statistics that will help educational practitioners to do this part of their job properly, i.e., without making conceptual mistakes. The examples are cast in the school/classroom contexts, based on realistic rather than theoretical examples.

“The strongest aspect of the work or author’s view is that the author can put himself in the shoes of teachers and make the work a very practical guide for teachers and school leaders. As a very experienced educator and researcher, the author knows very well about the knowledge skills that are essential for the professional development of teachers. He is able to explain the statistical and measurement concepts in plain language and with examples that are highly relevant to the target audience. In addition, the author also conveyed an important message to the target audience throughout the work… by pointing out the mistakes and misunderstandings of the interpretation of test scores and measurement design. The author reminds the audience about the importance of proper use of tests and test scores when teachers and school leaders make any education decisions, which has much implication on the professional integrity of teachers and school leaders.”
Dr. Joyce Kwan, The Education University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
“This book covers all the statistical tools for analyzing educational data and provides examples to explain the ideas. Chapters 10-17 are practical data analysis in educational data that helps readers have a better understanding of the procedure to analyze the data.”
Dr. Alpha Ling, The Education University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
“It looks like a very interesting book with attractive topics and practical problems in educational statistics. Though the topics remind me of the classic book How to Lie with Statistics, this book aims at preventing and correcting statistical misconceptions in educational context.”
Dr. Zhu Ying, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Books · Robotics · Teaching

Robotics in STEM Education

Robotics in STEM Education: Redesigning the Learning ExperienceTitle: Robotics in STEM Education

Author: Myin Swe Khine

English | 2017 | 260 Pages | ISBN : 3319577859

This book describes recent approaches in advancing STEM education with the use of robotics, innovative methods in integrating robotics in school subjects, engaging and stimulating students with robotics in classroom-based and out-of-school activities, and new ways of using robotics as an educational tool to provide diverse learning experiences.
It addresses issues and challenges in generating enthusiasm among students and revamping curricula to provide application focused and hands-on approaches in learning . The book also provides effective strategies and emerging trends in using robotics, designing learning activities and how robotics impacts the students’ interests and achievements in STEM related subjects.
The frontiers of education are progressing very rapidly. This volume brought together a collection of projects and ideas which help us keep track of where the frontiers are moving. This book ticks lots of contemporary boxes: STEM, robotics, coding, and computational thinking among them. Most educators interested in the STEM phenomena will find many ideas in this book which challenge, provide evidence and suggest solutions related to both pedagogy and content. Regular reference to 21st Century skills, achieved through active collaborative learning in authentic contexts, ensures the enduring usefulness of this volume.
John Williams
Professor of Education and Director of the STEM Education Research Group
Curtin University, Perth, Australia

Books · Educational Philosophy · Teaching

Ditch That Textbook

Title: Ditch That Textbook

Author: Matt Miller
English | April 13, 2015 | ISBN: 0986155403 | 240 pages

Are you ready for a change?

Ditch That Textbook: Free Your Teaching and Revolutionize Your ClassroomYou know potential exists for innovative, engaging, revolutionary education if you get the right ideas, right tools, and right people, all in the right order.

If that sounds like you, then you’re ready to DITCH old mindsets and methods and replace them with empowering, liberating ones. Author and teacher, Matt Miller shows you how to choose and incorporate teaching practices that are:Different from what students see daily.
Innovative, drawing on new ideas or modifying others’ ideas.
Tech-laden with the use of digital sites, tools and devices.
Creative, tapping into students’ original ideas as well as your own.
Hands-on, encouraging students to make and try things on their own.Packed with practical advice, specific recommendations for tools, and the encouragement you need to revolutionize your classes, Ditch That Textbook will inspire you to create relevant teaching that gets student buy-in so they’l enjoy learning

Books · Teaching

Get Better Faster: A 90-Day Plan for Coaching New Teachers

Title: Get Better Faster: A 90-Day Plan for Coaching New Teachers
Author: Paul Bambrick-Santoyo
English | July 25, 2016 | ISBN: 1119278716, ASIN: B01HRY01IW | 496 pages

“Make sure your students follow your instructions.” That sounds like a straightforward instruction, but in fact, it’s fairly abstract. What does a teacher actually have to do to make sure students are following? Even the leader delivering this direction may not know, and the first-year teacher almost certainly doesn’t. The vast majority of teachersGet Better Faster: A 90-Day Plan for Coaching New Teachers are only observed one or two times per year on average—and even among those who are observed, scarcely any are given feedback as to how they could improve. The bottom line is clear: teachers do not need to be evaluated so much as they need to be developed and coached.

In Get Better Faster: A 90-Day Plan for Coaching New Teachers, Paul Bambrick-Santoyo shares instructive tools of how school leaders can effectively guide new teachers to success. Over the course of the book, we break down the most critical actions leaders and teachers must enact to achieve exemplary results. Designed for coaches as well as beginning teachers, Get Better Faster is an integral coaching tool for any school leader eager to help their teachers succeed.

It’s the book’s focus on the actionable—the practice-able—that drives effective coaching. By practicing the concrete actions and micro-skills listed here, teachers will markedly improve their ability to lead a class, producing a steady chain reaction of future teaching success.

Though focused heavily on the first 90 days of teacher development, it’s possible to implement this work at any time. New and old teachers alike can benefit from the guidance of Get Better Faster and close their existing instructional gaps.

Packed with practical training tools, including agendas, presentation slides, a coach’s guide, handouts, planning templates, and 35 video clips of real teachers at work, Get Better Faster will teach you:

The core principles of coaching: Go Granular, Make Feedback More Frequent,
Top action steps to launch a teacher’s development in an easy-to-read scope and sequence guide

The four phases of skill building:

Phase 1 (Pre-Teaching): Dress Rehearsal
Phase 2: Instant Immersion
Phase 3: Getting into Gear
Phase 4: The Power of Discourse

Books · Computer Science · Educational Philosophy · STEM · Teaching

The Stem Coaching Handbook

Title: The Stem Coaching Handbook

Author: Terry Talley
English | 2017 | ISBN: 1138651036 | 167 Pages

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Learn how to promote STEM integration in your school district and increase student achievement. In this helpful, easy-to-read book, author Terry Talley sheds light on the key responsibilities and accountabilities of a successful STEM coach and offers a wealth of practical advice for those new to the position and for those who want to refine their skills.

You’ll discover how to…

– Build positive working relationships with teachers and faculty
– Organize professional development opportunities such as PLCs and book study groups
– Develop hands-on instructional strategies based off the needs of your students and the strengths of your staff
– Promote technological and scientific literacy to prepare students for success in the 21st Century
– Enhance student engagement using project-based learning and growth-based assessment models

Designed to be read either as a step-by-step guide or as a reference, The STEM Coaching Handbook is loaded with insights and accounts from experienced STEM educators across the country. No matter your level of expertise, these tips will help you make your district’s STEM program more effective for all students.

Books · Coding · Educational Philosophy · Teaching

Designing Professional Development for Teachers of Science and Mathematics

Title: Designing Professional Development for Teachers of Science and Mathematics

Authors: Susan Loucks-Horsley, Katherine E. Stiles
2010 | ISBN-10: 1412963605, 1412974143 | 424 pages

This expanded edition of one of the most widely cited resources in the field of professional learning for mathematics and science Designing Professional Development for Teachers of Science and Mathematicseducators demonstrates how to design professional development for teachers that is directly linked to improving student learning. Presenting an updated professional development (PD) planning framework, the third edition of the bestseller reflects current research on PD design, underscores how beliefs and local factors can influence the PD design, illustrates a wide range of PD strategies, and emphasizes the importance of:
Continuous programme monitoring
Combining strategies to address diverse needs
Building cultures that sustain learning
An inspiring blend of theory and practical wisdom, Designing Professional Development for Teachers of Science and Mathematics remains a highly regarded reference for improving professional practise and student achievement.