Title: Using Virtual Worlds in Educational Settings
Author: Lisa Jacka
Routledge | English | 2018 | ISBN-10: 1138305588 | 114 pages
The building of communities outside of the traditional brick-and-mortar base of a school or university is at a significant point in time; virtual worlds bridge the gap between 2D web spaces online and 3D physical spaces of the classroom, providing teachers and students alike with opportunities to connect and collaborate in ways that were previously unimaginable. Providing insight into this new age of teaching, Using Virtual Worlds in Educational Settings presents a collection of practical, evidence-based ideas that illustrate the capacity for immersive virtual worlds to be integrated successfully in higher education and school settings.
Examining research and stories from more than 1,000 students and six faculty members who introduced virtual worlds into their teaching and learning, this book contains practical examples of how virtual worlds can be introduced and supported, as well as reflections from faculty and students about their response to virtual worlds. This research will help teachers understand how to approach such a fundamental shift in pedagogy, how to liberate themselves from teacher-focused instruction and how to help students to develop their skills through collaboration.
Outlining how and why virtual worlds could be the shift in pedagogy that teachers have been waiting for, Using Virtual Worlds in Educational Settings is an accessible, practical resource for educators to support their use of virtual worlds in teaching.
About the Author
Lisa Jacka is a lecturer in the School of Education at Southern Cross University, Australia.
Title: Digital Technologies and Generational Identity
Editor: Sakari Taipale (Editor), Terhi-Anna Wilska (Editor), Chris Gilleard (Editor)
Routledge | English | 2018 | ISBN-10: 1138225975 | 224 pages
The short lifetime of digital technologies means that generational identities are difficult to establish around any particular technologies let alone around more far-reaching socio-technological ‘revolutions’. Examining the consumption and use of digital technologies throughout the stages of human development, this book provides a valuable overview of ICT usage and generational differences. It focuses on the fields of home, family and consumption as key arenas where these processes are being enacted, sometimes strengthening old distinctions, sometimes creating new ones, always embodying an inherent restlessness that affects all aspects and all stages of life.
Combining a collection of international perspectives from a range of fields, including social gerontology, social policy, sociology, anthropology and gender studies, weaves empirical evidence with theoretical insights on the role of digital technologies across the life course. It takes a unique post-Mannheimian standpoint, arguing that each life stage can be defined by attitudes towards, and experiences of, digital technologies as these act as markers of generational differences and identity.
It will be of particular value to academics of social policy and sociology with interests in the life course and human development as well as those studying media and communication, youth and childhood studies, and gerontology.
Title: Handbook of Writing, Literacy and Education in Digital Cultures
Author: Kathy A Mills
English | 2018 | ISBN: 1138206334 | 327 Pages
At the forefront of current digital literacy studies in education, this handbook uniquely systematizes emerging interdisciplinary themes, new knowledge, and insightful theoretical contributions to the field. Written by well-known scholars from around the world, it closely attends to the digitalization of writing and literacies that is transforming daily life and education. The chapter topics—identified through academic conference networks, rigorous analysis, and database searches of trending themes—are organized thematically in five sections:
– Digital Futures
– Digital Diversity
– Digital Lives
– Digital Spaces
– Digital Ethics
This is an essential guide to digital writing and literacies research, with transformational ideas for educational and professional practice. It will enable new and established researchers to position their studies within highly relevant directions in the field and to generate new themes of inquiry.
Title: Igniting Wonder, Reflection and Change in our Schools
Author: Rick Jetter
Routledge | English | 2017 | ISBN-10: 1138220590 | 124 pages
Containing real stories from real school leaders, teachers, students, and parents in seven key areas, this book demonstrates how educators can use narrative to trigger wonder, reflection, and change in their classrooms and schools. By including examples of the narrative process in action, this book invites educators to think deeply about their daily practices, struggles, and victories in order to carry out immediate and incredible changes in their own schools. The authentic stories presented in this book offer ideas for fostering a positive learning environment and for finding solutions to the most challenging issues today in areas such as teacher‒student relationships, learning and instruction, assessment, motivation, educational policies and politics, and student engagement. By using the powerful self-reflective tool of narrative, this book will help educators to increase student achievement while constructing a positive school culture that is built on igniting authentic stories.
Title: Creating a Coding Generation in Primary School
Author: Steve Humble
Routledge | English | Oct 2017 | ISBN-10: 1138681180 | 238 pages
by Steve Humble (Editor)
Steve Humble sets out the what, why and how of coding. Written by industry innovators and experts, and shows how you can bring the world of coding to your primary school practice.
It is packed with a range of inspirational ideas for the cross-curricular teaching of coding, from demystifying algebra in maths, to teaching music, to designing digital storytelling, as well as an insight into the global movement of free coding clubs for young people such as CoderDojo and Girls Learning Code.
Key topics explored include:
- what we mean by ‘coding’
- understanding and teaching computational thinking
- building pupils’ passion for and confidence with technologies
- artificial intelligence systems
- how gender impacts on coding
- STEM learning and Computer Science
- using Minecraft to improve pupil engagement
- fun projects using a Raspberry Pi.
- Designed to be read from cover to cover or dipped into for ideas and advice, offers
- all teachers a deeper knowledge and understanding of coding that will help them
- support and inspire the coding generation. It is cool to code!
Title: Serious Play
Authors: Catherine Beavis and Michael Dezuanni
English | 2017 | ISBN: 1138689416 | 251 Pages
Serious Play is a comprehensive account of the possibilities and challenges of teaching and learning with digital games in primary and secondary schools. Based on an original research project, the book explores digital games’ capacity to engage and challenge, present complex representations and experiences, foster collaborative and deep learning and enable curricula that connect with young people today. These exciting approaches illuminate the role of context in gameplay as well as the links between digital culture, gameplay and identity in learners’ lives, and are applicable to research and practice at the leading edge of curriculum and literacy development.
“This important study makes a major contribution to research and debate about the use of digital games in schools. Addressing a wide range of questions, from game-based literacies to coding narrative in Scratch and creativity with Minecraft, it nevertheless integrates a landscape which has long been fragmented and incoherent in educational debates. A welcome feature of the book is that its authoritative argument about games and learning rests on rich empirical research, respectful collaboration with teachers and students, and an enviable track record in this field of study.” – Andrew Burn, Professor of English, Media and Drama, University College London, UK
Title: Handbook on Measurement, Assessment, and Evaluation in Higher Education
Authors: Charles Secolsky, D. Brian Denison,
2012 | ISBN-10: 0415880750, 0415880769 | 704 pages
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.
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.