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.

Books · Educational Philosophy · Emerging Trends · Teaching

Taking a fresh look at Education

Title: Taking a fresh look at Education

Author: Mary C. Dalmau
English | 2016 | ISBN: 9463008675, 9463008683| 204 Pages
Taking a Fresh Look at Education: Framing Professional Learning in Education through Self-Study

Taking a Fresh Look at Education: Framing Professional Learning in Education through Self-Study</i> examines the use of self-study in professional learning through justice in education, collaboration, teacher education, and the concept of a Professional Working Theory. Justice in education includes research on pedagogy in inclusive practices, on social justice issues within a doctoral program through the lens of critical race theory, and on indigenous epistemologies and experiences. Collaboration can be seen across several chapters as an integral part of teacher education, and is discussed specifically in chapters addressing research on praxis inquiry within Active Group Practice (a collaborative dynamic) – and on collaboration as a critical aspect of self-study research by teachers addressing efficacy of practice for students with significant disabilities. Included in the discussion on teacher education is research on the beliefs and practices of mid- and later-career literacy/English teacher educators. Professional Working Theory (PWT) addresses the critical aspects of teacher knowledge, experience, and ethics. Specifically, this book includes research on examining the process involved in developing a PWT, on the development of teacher identity of preservice teachers through their engagement in creating PWTs, and on the process of and reflections on developing PWTs with teacher educators and U.A.E. and U.S.A. graduate students within the context of literacy and special education. This book brings to the fore the work of Mary C. Dalmau as a teacher educator whose career embodies the values of inclusion across educational settings, the empowerment of teachers, and the importance of ethics in educational decision making.

Title: The Road to Independence

Author: Svanborg Rannveig Jónsdóttir
English | 2016 | ISBN: 9463007989, 9463007997| 180 Pages

The Road to Independence: Emancipatory Pedagogy
People throughout the world have creative minds with unlimited potential for change. The Road to Independence: Emancipatory Pedagogy offers ways to empower people through education so that we can live and prosper together in a sustainable world. The emancipatory pedagogy of innovation and entrepreneurial education is presented as a road to independence: as a way to enable everyone to reach their inherent potential.
Books · Educational Philosophy · Teaching

Instructional Design for Learning

Title: Instructional Design for Learning

Author: Norbert M. Seel
English 2017 | ISBN: 9463009396, 946300940X | 254 Pages
Instructional Design for Learning: Theoretical FoundationsThis textbook on Instructional Design for Learning is a must for all education and teaching students and specialists. It provides a comprehensive overview about the theoretical foundations of the various models of Instructional Design and Technology from its very beginning to the most recent approaches. It elaborates Instructional Design (ID) as a science of educational planning. The book expands on this general understanding of ID and presents an up-to-date perspective on the theories and models for the creation of detailed and precise blueprints for effective instruction. It integrates different theoretical aspects and practical approaches, such as conceptual ID models, technology-based ID, and research-based ID. In doing so, this book takes a multi-perspective view on the questions that are central for professional ID: How to analyze the relevant characteristics of the learner and the environment? How to create precise goals and adequate instruments of assessment? How to design classroom and technology-supported learning environments? How to ensure effective teaching and learning by employing formative and summative evaluation? Furthermore, this book presents empirical findings on the processes that enable effective instructional designing. Finally, this book demonstrates two different fields of application by addressing ID for teaching and learning at secondary schools and colleges, as well as for higher education.

Instructional-Design Theories and Models, Volume IV : The Learner-Centered Paradigm of Education
Title: Instructional-Design Theories and Models, Volume IV : The Learner-Centered Paradigm of Education

Authors: Charles M. Reigeluth and Brian J. Beatty
English | 2017 | ISBN: 1138012939 | 481 Pages

Instructional-Design Theories and Models, Volume IV provides a research-based description of the current state of instructional theory for the learner-centered paradigm of education, as well as a clear indication of how different theories and models interrelate. Significant changes have occurred in learning and instructional theory since the publication of Volume III, including advances in brain-based learning, learning sciences, information technologies, internet-based communication, a concern for customizing the student experience to maximize effectiveness, and scaling instructional environments to maximize efficiency.

In order to complement the themes of Volume I (commonality and complementarity among theories of instruction), Volume II (diversity of theories) and Volume III (building a common knowledge base), the theme of Volume IV is shifting the paradigm of instruction from teacher-centered to learner-centered and integrating design theories of instruction, assessment, and curriculum. Chapters in Volume IV are collected into three primary sections: a comprehensive view of the learner-centered paradigm of education and training, elaborations on parts of that view for a variety of K-12 and higher education settings, and theories that address ways to move toward the learner-centered paradigm within the teacher-centered paradigm.

Instructional-Design Theories and Models, Volume IV is an essential book for anyone interested in exploring more powerful ways of fostering human learning and development and thinking creatively about ways to best meet the needs of learners in all kinds of learning contexts.

Books · Music · Research · Storytelling · Teaching · Video

Teaching Mathematics using popular culture

Title: Teaching Mathematics using popular culture

Author: Elana Reiser
2015 | ISBN-10: 0786477067 | 244 pages

Teaching Mathematics Using Popular Culture: Strategies for Common Core Instruction from Film and Television

Mathematics teachers often struggle to motivate their students. One way to cultivate and maintain student interest is for teachers to incorporate popular media into their methodology. Organized on the subject strands of the Common Core, this book explores math concepts featured in contemporary films and television shows and offers numerous examples high school math teachers can use to design lessons using pop culture references. Outlines for lessons are provided along with background stories and historical references.

Books · Data · Educational Philosophy · Uncategorized

Using Data to Improve Higher Education

Using Data to Improve Higher Education: Research, Policy and PracticeTitle: Using Data to Improve Higher Education
Authors: Maria Menon

2014 | pages: 260 | ISBN: 9462097925

In recent decades, higher education systems and institutions have been called to respond to an unprecedented number of challenges. Major challenges emerged with the phenomenal increase in the demand for higher education and the associated massive expansion of higher education systems. In response universities were called to adopt planning and research methods that would enable them to identify and address the needs of a larger, more diverse student body. Higher education institutions began to place greater emphasis on planning and marketing, seeking to maintain their position in an increasingly competitive higher education market. Under the current economic downturn, universities are under pressure to further cut costs while maintaining their attractiveness to prospective students. As a result educational policy makers and administrators are called to select the ‘right’ alternatives, aiming for both efficiency and effectiveness in delivered outcomes. This book provides insights into the use of data as an input in planning and improvement initiatives in higher education. It focuses on uses (and potential abuses) of data in educational planning and policy formulation, examining several practices and perspectives relating to different types of data. The book is intended to address the need for the collection and utilization of data in the attempt to improve higher education both at the systemic and the institutional level.

Books · Social Media · Video

Handbook of Research on Media Literacy in the Digital Age

Title: Handbook of Research on Media Literacy in the Digital Age

Handbook of Research on Media Literacy in the Digital Age
English | 2016 | ISBN: 1466696672 | 560 Pages

With the current ubiquity of technological tools and digital media, having the skillset necessary to use and understand digital media is essential. Integrating media literacy into modern day education can cultivate a stronger relationship between technology, educators, as well as students.

The Handbook of Research on Media Literacy in the Digital Age presents key research in the field of digital media literacy with a specific emphasis on the need for pre-service and in-service educators to become familiar and comfortable with the current digital tools and applications that are an essential part of youth culture. Presenting pedagogical strategies as well as practical research and applications of digital media in various aspects of culture, society, and education, this publication is an ideal reference source for researchers, educators, graduate-level students, and media specialists.

Books · Educational Philosophy · Teaching

Digital Tools For Knowledge Construction

Digital Tools for Knowledge Construction in the Secondary Grades

Title: Digital Tools For Knowledge Construction

Author: Michael Blocher

English | 2016 | ISBN: 1475828470 | 142 Pages | PDF | 1.18 MB

Digital Tools for Knowledge Construction in the Secondary Grades was written for teachers who wish to gain a better understanding of how to integrate technology into their classrooms from a student-centered perspective. When done so, students must take more control of, and therefore more responsibility for, their learning. This book is divided into two sections. Part I provides a foundation and rational for student-centered learning, instructional strategies for technology integration, and using this approach to help teachers assess their students in meeting academic standards. Part II includes foundational technology information and appropriate use of digital tools for communication, collaboration, research, publishing, and even games for learning. This text provides methods and examples of technology integration that supports students’ achievement of national academic standards by using today’s digital tools for communication, collaboration, research and publishing. When students learn how to become knowledgeable global digital citizens they gain the requisite skills for tomorrow’s creative thinkers, problem solvers, and decision makers.

Books · Educational Philosophy · Teaching

Facilitating

Facilitating Action Learning: A Practitioner's Guide

Title: Facilitating Action Learning

Author: Mike Pedler

English | 2013 | ISBN: 0335245978 | 216 pages

This book is a clear, concise and straightforward guide to a well-established approach to problem-solving and learning in groups that enables change.

How to Manage Training: Facilitating Workplace Learning for High Performance (repost)

Title: How to Manage Training: Facilitating Workplace Learning for High Performance

Author: Carolyn Nilson
English | 2007 | eISBN: 0761214569 | ASIN: B005IXQL4S | 301 pages

The knowledge, skills and guidance managers need to become true learning leaders. Now more than ever, a versatile, well-trained workforce is critical to an organization™s success. Written for managers from a wide range of functional areas, this book gives any manager responsible for training the tools to help employees learn more, perform better, and work smarter.

This comprehensive, up-to-date guide targets the roles necessary to manage training and learning in an organization: champion, builder, performance consultant, supporter, administrator, and keeper of the budget. Filled with expert information and real-world scenarios, this new book uses diagrams, charts, exercises, and a collection of tools for training delivery to help managers anticipate and solve a broad range of training challenges”for their own departments or for the entire organization. How to Manage Training: Facilitating Workplace Learning for High Performance delivers the knowledge, skills, and guidance managers need to become true learning leaders. Readers will learn how to

  • Develop a sample business plan for training
  • Deliver learning experiences in a wide range of formats
  • Create programs for peer-to-peer assistance and collegial problem solving
  • Foster coaching and mentoring in the workplace
  • Promote learning and training opportunities at all levels in the organization.

This is an ebook version of the AMA Self-Study course.

Facilitating the Project Lifecycle: The Skills & Tools to Accelerate Progress for Project Managers, Facilitators... (repost)
Title: Facilitating the Project Lifecycle: The Skills & Tools to Accelerate Progress for Project Managers, Facilitators, and Six Sigma Project Teams

Author: Janet A. Means and Tammy Adams
English | August 26, 2005 | ISBN-10: 0787978752 | 416 pages

Step by step, Facilitating the Project Lifecycle guides the project manager/facilitator in making smart choices about when and how to pull key talent together to spell success for the project and ultimately the organization.

The authors will help you understand the benefits of using facilitated group work sessions to get real work done during a project and get it done better and more efficiently than more traditional individual work approaches. In addition, the book includes:

Recommendations for capitalizing on group knowledge to accelerate the building of key project deliverables and ensure their quality as they are built
A work session structure for planning, delivering, and following up facilitated work sessions
Guides for building key project deliverables
Sample agendas
Proven techniques for managing the group dynamics

Books · Educational Philosophy · Entrepreneur · Play · Teaching

Lego Serious Play Method

Building a Better Business Using the Lego Serious Play MethodTitle: Building a Better Business Using the Lego Serious Play Method

Authors: Per Kristiansen, Robert Rasmussen
ISBN: 1118832450 | 2014  | 240 pages

Unleash innovation potential with creative, serious play

Building a Better Business Using the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® Method delivers a creative approach to enhancing innovation and improving business performance, with the focus on unleashing play. Written by the two original Master Trainers for LEGO SERIOUS PLAY (LSP), the book outlines how LSP can develop teams, people, relationships and business . Based on the merging of play with organizational development, systems thinking and strategy development, LSP can foster improved meetings, faster innovation processes, team growth, and better communication.

The belief that everyone intends to “do good” and has the potential to do it is at the heart of LSP. The method nurtures the idea that everyone in an organization can contribute to discussions and outcomes. Building with LEGO bricks is a type of creative play that triggers a different kind of thought process, unleashing imagination and potential that is frequently untapped by the logical mind. The book explains this hands-on, minds-on approach, and discusses the theory as well as the practical implementation of LSP. Topics include:

Observation of internal and external interaction dynamics
Fostering a free and honest exchange of opinions
Suspending hierarchy for better, more effective communication
Facilitating change by encouraging exploration

The LEGO SERIOUS PLAY method is employed by start-ups and multinational corporations alike to maximize synergy among teams and throughout organizations. For leaders looking to boost effectiveness and see better results, Building a Better Business Using the LEGO® SERIOUS PLAY® Method is a comprehensive introduction to this creative management technique.