Books · Educational Philosophy · Experiential · Storytelling · Teaching

Teach Yourself How to Learn

Title: Teach Yourself How to Learn: Strategies You Can Use to Ace Any Course at Any Level

Author: Sandra Yancy Mc Guire
English |2018 | ISBN: 1620367556, 1620367564 | 176 pages

Teach Yourself How to Learn: Strategies You Can Use to Ace Any Course at Any Level
Following up on her acclaimed Teach Students How to Learn, that describes teaching strategies to facilitate dramatic improvements in student learning and success, Saundra McGuire here presents these “secrets” direct to students.

Her message is that “Any student can use simple, straightforward strategies to start making A’s in their courses and enjoy a lifetime of deep, effective learning.”

Beginning with explaining how expectations about learning, and the study efforts required, differ between college and secondary school, the author introduces her readers, through the concept of metacognition, to the importance and powerful consequences of understanding themselves as learners. This framework and the recommended strategies that support it are useful for anyone moving on to a more advanced stage of education, so this book also has an intended audience of students preparing to go to high school, graduate school, or professional school.

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Books · Emerging Trends · Gamification · Storytelling · Teaching

Gamification in Learning and Education

Gamification in Learning and Education: Enjoy Learning Like Gaming (Advances in Game-Based Learning)

Gamification in Learning and Education: Enjoy Learning Like Gaming (Advances in Game-Based Learning)
Author: Sangkyun Kim
2017 | English | ISBN-10: 3319472828 | 164 Page

This book explores the theoretical foundations of gamification in learning and education. It has become increasingly difficult to engage and motivate students. Gamification not only makes learning interesting, but also allows game players to solve problems and learn lessons through repeated attempts and failures. This “positive failure” can motivate students to attempt a difficult mission. Chapters in this volume cover topics such as the definition and characteristics of gamification, gamification in learning and education, theories, research on gamification, framework, strategy, and cases.
Books · General · ICT · Mobile · Routledge · Storytelling

Digital Technologies and Generational Identity

Title: Digital Technologies and Generational Identity

Editor: Sakari Taipale (Editor),‎ Terhi-Anna Wilska (Editor),‎ Chris Gilleard (Editor)
Digital Technologies and Generational Identity
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.

Books · Emerging Trends · Storytelling

In It Together

Title: In IT Together

Authors: Debbie Zacarian, Michael Silverstone

English | 2015 | ISBN: 1483316777 | 184 Pages
In It Together: How Student, Family, and Community Partnerships Advance Engagement and Achievement in Diverse Classrooms 1st Ed

Harness the power of teacher, student, school, family, and community partnerships to promote student success

Teaching effectively in diverse classrooms has become more complex than ever. “Building meaningful relationships in education can be difficult, particularly when the parties involved are different from one another in identity, experience, and other ways. As a result, although in principle collaborations and partnerships in education are universally lauded, in practice they are often ignored. What we need are examples of partnerships that work. In it Together, by Debbie Zacarian and Michael Silverstone, suggests productive ways to work with, learn from, and form authentic relationships with diverse communities. Combining their abundant experience in classrooms and schools, and using examples from caring teachers in diverse classrooms, the authors demonstrate what it means to really be “in it together.” Teachers, administrators, and everyone who cares about the future of education in a diverse society will benefit from the strategies they suggest.”

Books · Portfolio · Presentations · Storytelling · Teaching

Digital Portfolios in the Classroom

Title: Digital Portfolios in the Classroom

Author: Matt Renwick (Author, Contributor)
ASCD | English | 2017 | ISBN-10: 1416624643 | 165 pages

Digital Portfolios in the Classroom


Assessment is messy. Day-to-day, in-the-moment assessments not only reveal information that drives future instruction but also offer a comprehensive picture of students’ abilities and dispositions toward learning. As teachers, we might know what this looks and feels like, yet it can be hard to put into action”hence the messiness.

Say hello to digital student portfolios”dynamic, digital collections of authentic information from different media, in many forms, and with multiple purposes. Using digital portfolios to capture student thinking and progress allows us to better see our students as readers, writers, and learners”and help students see themselves in the same way!

Matt Renwick’s <em>Digital Portfolios in the Classroom</em> is a guide to help teachers sort through, capture, and make sense of the messiness associated with assessment. By shining a spotlight on three types of student portfolios”performance, process, and progress”and how they can be used to assess student work, Renwick helps educators navigate the maze of digital tools and implement the results to drive instruction.

Books · Educational Philosophy · Storytelling · Teaching

Strategic Storyteller

Title: Strategic Storyteller

Author: Alexander Jutkowitz
English | August 9th, 2017 | ASIN: B074VF8KFV, ISBN: 1119345111 | 163 Pages

The Strategic Storyteller: Content Marketing in the Age of the Educated Consumer
The world needs more storytellers. Storytelling is an inherently innovative activity. When organizations find their best stories and tell them to the world, they’re not only building a reputation, they’re flexing the same muscles that allow them to pivot quickly around crisis or opportunity, and solve problems more creatively.

For individuals, crafting stories is the primary way we can make sense of the world and our place in it.

The Strategic Storyteller is a comprehensive, practical guide to transformative storytelling. In its pages you will learn how to:

• Tap into your and your organization’s unique sources of wonder, wisdom, and delight
• Boost individual and collective creativity
• Understand the storytelling strategies behind some of the world’s most powerful brands
• Unlock the secrets of the great strategic storytellers of the past
• Build a place where your stories can live online
• Distribute stories so they have staying power and reach in the digital age
• Convene audiences by going beyond demographic stereotypes and tapping into enduring human needs
• Understand how unshakable reputations are built out of stories that accumulate over time

Sooner or later all of us will be asked to tell stories in the course of our professional lives. We will be asked to make a case for ourselves, our work, our companies, and our future. The Strategic Storyteller tells you how.

Books · Educational Philosophy · Routledge · Storytelling · Teaching

Igniting Wonder, Reflection and Change in our Schools

Title: Igniting Wonder, Reflection and Change in our Schools

Author: Rick Jetter
Routledge | English | 2017 | ISBN-10: 1138220590 | 124 pages
Igniting Wonder, Reflection, and Change in Our Schools

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.

Books · Presentations · Storytelling · Teaching

Visible Learning for Teachers

Title: Visible Learning for Teachers

Author: John Hattie

Visible Learning for Teachers: Maximizing Impact on Learning
2012 | ISBN: 0415690153, 0415690145 | English | 296 pages


In November 2008, John Hattie’s ground-breaking book Visible Learning synthesised the results of more than fifteen years research involving millions of students and represented the biggest ever collection of evidence-based research into what actually works in schools to improve learning.

Visible Learning for Teachers takes the next step and brings those ground breaking concepts to a completely new audience. Written for students, pre-service and in-service teachers, it explains how to apply the principles of Visible Learning to any classroom anywhere in the world. The author offers concise and user-friendly summaries of the most successful interventions and offers practical step-by-step guidance to the successful implementation of visible learning and visible teaching in the classroom.

This book:

  • links the biggest ever research project on teaching strategies to practical classroom implementation
  • champions both teacher and student perspectives and contains step by step guidance including lesson preparation, interpreting learning and feedback during the lesson and post lesson follow up
  • offers checklists, exercises, case studies and best practice scenarios to assist in raising achievement
  • includes whole school checklists and advice for school leaders on facilitating visible learning in their institution
  • now includes additional meta-analyses bringing the total cited within the research to over 900 comprehensively
  • covers numerous areas of learning activity including pupil motivation, curriculum, meta-cognitive strategies, behaviour, teaching strategies, and classroom management.

    Visible Learning for Teachers is a must read for any student or teacher who wants an evidence based answer to the question; ‘how do we maximise achievement in our schools?’

Books · Data · Educational Philosophy · Storytelling · Teaching

Thinking Diagrams

Title: Thinking Diagrams

Authors: Mickey Kolis, Ben H. Kolis

English | 2016 | ISBN: 1475828683 | 149 Pages
Thinking Diagrams : Processing and Connecting Experiences, Facts, and Ideas

Higher-order thinking questions (and their answers) are considered by many to be the holy grail of teaching. Teachers know when students “get it”, but the question remains “How do you teach students to think explicitly and intentionally?” This book uses a series of diagrams to make thinking explicit by using students’ personal experiences as the foundation for their thinking. Thinking Diagrams will help the reader move beyond understanding what metacognition is to teaching students how to understand their thinking in visual form. This book is filled with contemporary and practical insights regarding helping teachers of all levels foster classrooms rich in student thinking, creativity, and learning.

Books · Educational Philosophy · Storytelling · Teaching

Teaching Naked Techniques

Title: Teaching Naked Techniques

Author: Jose Antonio Bowen, Edward Watson
English | 2017 | ISBN: 1119136113 | 264 pages
Teaching Naked Techniques: A Practical Guide to Designing Better Classes

Put Teaching Naked to work in your classroom with clear examples and step-by-step guidance

Teaching Naked Techniques (TNT) is a practical guide of proven quick ideas for improving classes and essential information for designing anything from one lesson or a group of lessons to an entire course. TNT is both a design guide and a ‘sourcebook’ of ideas: a great companion to the award-winning Teaching Naked book.

Teaching Naked Techniques helps higher education faculty design more effective and engaging classrooms. The book focuses on each step of class preparation from the entry point and first encounter with content to the classroom ‘surprise.’ There is a chapter on each step in the cycle with an abundance of discipline-specific examples, plus the latest research on cognition and technology, quick lists of ideas, and additional resources.

By rethinking the how, when, and why of technology, faculty are able to create exponentially more opportunities for practical student engagement. Student-centered, activity-driven, and proven again and again, these techniques can revolutionize your classroom.

Create more effective, engaging lessons for higher education
Utilize technology outside of the classroom to better engage during class time
Examine discipline-specific examples of Teaching Naked Techniques
Prepare for each class step by step from the student’s perspective

Teaching Naked flips the classroom by placing the student’s first contact with the material outside of class. This places the burden of learning on the learner, ensures student preparation, and frees up class time for active engagement with the material for more effective learning and retention. Teaching Naked Techniques is the practical guide for bringing better learning to your classroom.