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EdTech Essentials: A Sneak Peek Inside My New Book

October 14, 2021

I’m so excited to share my new book EdTech Essentials: The Top 10 Technology Strategies for All Learning Environments. In this blog post, I’m going to take a walk through all ten chapters of the book plus tell you all the details for some special book bonus items for anyone who orders the book from now through October 31st. 

Although I’ve worked with a few publishers during the past few years, ASCD is one I have the closest relationship with. In 2017 they published my book Tasks Before Apps: Designing Rigorous Learning in a Tech-Rich Classroom, and in 2020 I worked with them to share three quick reference guides.

Conversations with my publisher about EdTech Essentials started before the shift to distance learning in early 2020 and evolved throughout that year to make sure the topics covered were relevant to all learning environments. As I was crafting the content for each chapter (one chapter for each of the ten strategies in the book) I wanted to make sure it was applicable to a variety of technology implementations, including traditional, face-to-face instruction, hybrid learning, distance learning, and even concurrent learning environments. I wanted to make sure it was relevant and customizable so readers can tailor the strategies to different learning spaces.

In today’s blog post (and this episode of the Easy EdTech Podcast) I give a peek into each chapter. The book is organized into ten chapters and a few appendices. Each chapter focuses on one of ten strategies. Let’s dive in!

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1. Help Students Navigate Online Spaces Effectively 

In this chapter I share background information on different features students come across in digital spaces and how to guide online search experiences with students. There is information on evaluating online sources, thinking aloud, and helping students organize the information they come across in digital spaces.

2. Curate Resources to Support All Students

Chapter two is all about curation, or handpicking digital resources for students. This is a critical strategy and in this chapter I unpack different categories of content, and share strategies for selecting content. We also examine tips for organizing and distributing content, an important step in getting resources in the hands of students.

3. Introduce Opportunities for Students to Explore the World 

The focus of chapter three is exploration and introducing students to different parts of the world. We look at how this connects to building empathy and social-emotional learning skills. This chapter also includes a look at virtual reality and augmented reality and even how video conferencing can help students explore different spaces.

4. Develop Structures to Give Students the Ability to Collaborate

Collaboration was a focus area of my book Tasks Before Apps and in this new book we take a look at collaboration through a different lens. It includes models for collaboration that honor synchronous and asynchronous learning experiences and how students can give and receive feedback in digital spaces. Chapter 4 also includes a discussion on discussions — and how to support students with tech-friendly discussions with their peers.

5. Give Students Time and Space to Create Products of Learning

Creation in the classroom is a topic I love to talk about and it’s the focus of chapter five of EdTech Essentials. In this chapter we look at different types of creations including audio, text, visual, and multimedia student projects. There is a section on differentiation and setting up students for success.

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6. Assess Students to Check for Understanding and Pivot Instruction

The topic of assessment is a big one and in this chapter the focus is gathering information and taking action. The emphasis is on formative assessment and different checkin points during a lesson. This chapter looks at the value add of giving students options to respond in different ways.

7. Provide Opportunities for Students to Share What They Have Learned

Chapter seven examines speaking and listening opportunities in digital spaces. Sharing learning experiences doesn’t have to happen at the end of a unit and this chapter looks at how to share big and small wins. It also looks at some ideas for student branding and the role it plays in sharing student work.

8. Connect Student Work to a Relevant and Authentic Audience

In chapter eight, the focus is keeping student learning experiences authentic by giving them an audience. There is a connection between setting a purpose for students and considering projects with a social justice focus. This chapter also includes a note about author’s purpose and how to set an intention for students.

9. Help Students Develop Skills They Can Transfer Across Digital Spaces

One of the things that often comes up when talking about technology integration is the changing tools and platforms. Chapter nine is all about helping students build tech-friendly skills that work anywhere. It looks at how to help students build independence and provide problem-solving opportunities.

10. Plan for Tech-Rich Learning Experiences 

The final chapter of EdTech Essentials is about making plans, especially for the unknown. It includes tips for creating a vision and mission, preparing for different instructional models, and addressing concerns around access and equity. It provides information you can use for future planning.

In addition to the ten chapters I just described, there is also an Appendix that breaks down essentials versus extras, and resources for taking action. And the end of the book also includes an appendix with over 100 EdTech tools and resources.

Learn about my new book EdTech Essentials: The Top 10 Technology Strategies for All Learning Environments with this behind-the-scenes look.

⭐️ To celebrate the release of the book I put together something special for you ⭐️

This fall I’m sending out a bundle of bonuses to anyone who grabs a copy of EdTech Essentials before October 31st.

What you’ll get right away:

  • Instant access to a digital version of Chapter 1 
  • PDF study guide to use on your own or with a group of colleagues
  • An interactive list of 100+ EdTech tools featured in the appendix
  • And… an invitation to a live, virtual Q&A event this fall and a recording of the replay

Here’s what you have to do to get the bonus items:

  1. Purchase the book on Amazon using my affiliate link before midnight ET on October 31, 2021 –> https://bit.ly/EdTechEssentials
  2. Forward the email receipt to me or (send a screenshot of your receipt) to hello@classtechtips.com
  3. Then, check your inbox for: (1) digital version of Chapter 1, (2) PDF study guide, and (3) interactive list of 100+ EdTech tools. The invitation to the live, virtual Q&A will come later this fall.

I am so excited to hear what you think of this new book! If you follow me on Instagram you might know the story of the other Monica Burns — so if you search for me on Amazon the other Monica Burns’ books might pop up, too. I think you’ll be able to tell which books are mine and which books are written by this other author, also named Monica Burns. Tag me @ClassTechTips and let me know your thoughts.

Learn about my new book EdTech Essentials: The Top 10 Technology Strategies for All Learning Environments with this behind-the-scenes look.

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Dr. Monica Burns is a former classroom teacher, Author, Speaker, and Curriculum & EdTech Consultant. Visit her site ClassTechTips.com for more ideas on how to become a tech-savvy teacher.

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