EdTech Books by Monica Burns

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Tasks Before Apps: Designing Rigorous Learning in a Tech-Rich Classroom

With such a dizzying array of mechanical and virtual help at our disposal, it can be a challenge for educators to know where to start. Educator and technology consultant Monica Burns can relate. Monica wrote this book to share strategies, tools, and insights that teachers can use, regardless of subject or grade level. Monica will teach you to effectively incorporate technology in the classroom focusing on the “three Cs” of technology implementation—creation, curiosity, and collaboration.

  • Detailed advice and copious examples of tech-infused lessons that help students meet learning goals while also developing vital digital citizenship skills.
  • Customizable checklists and graphic organizers for planning tech-enabled activities; choosing appropriate programs, devices, and platforms; and setting unit and lesson goals.
  • Recommendations for and links to apps and online resources that can facilitate and energize learning.
  • Reflection and brainstorming questions for use in book clubs and PLC discussions.

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Tasks Before Apps offers K–12 teachers:

Praise for Tasks Before Apps:

“Monica Burns is one of the leading authorities on the effective use of educational technology. Her latest book does not disappoint, as she compels educators to be more purposeful when it comes to digital tasks. She skillfully leads readers through a thoughtful process that emphasizes a doctrine of pedagogy first, technology second. If you want to get more out of technology, then this book is for you.” —Eric Sheninger, Senior Fellow, International Center for Leadership in Education

“Whether you are eager to integrate even more digital tools or are feeling over- whelmed by all the apps and options, Monica Burns is here with practical, classroom- tested advice. In Tasks Before Apps, she wisely keeps the focus on learning goals while showing us how tech tools can scaffold and strengthen students’ curiosity, collaboration, and creative potential.” —Suzie Boss, author of Reinventing Project-Based Learning, Real-World Projects, and Bringing Innovation to School

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40 Ways to Inject Creativity into Your Classroom with Adobe Spark

40 Ways to Inject Creativity in the Classroom with Adobe Spark

Adobe Spark is a fun, free content-creation tool that anyone can use. Easily accessible on web browsers, Chromebooks, and mobile devices, Adobe Spark’s intuitive and easy-to-use design makes it the perfect tool for learners of all ages to create . . .

  • Video book reports
  • Modern, responsive webpage “papers”
  • Video journals
  • Science posters and videos
  • Web newsletters . . . and so much more!

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In the hands of creative educators, Adobe Spark provides students with a fun way to embrace critical communication and creativity skills. But what if you don’t consider yourself a “creative educator” or just aren’t sure where to start?

That’s where 40 Ways to Inject Creativity into Your Classroom with Adobe Spark comes to the rescue! Experienced educators Ben Forta and Monica Burns offer step-by-step guidance on how to incorporate this powerful tool into your classroom in ways that are meaningful and relevant. They present 40 fun and practical lesson plans suitable for a variety of ages and subjects as well as 15 graphic organizers to get you started. With the tips, suggestions, and encouragement in this book, you’ll find everything you need to inject creativity into your classroom using Adobe Spark.

Praise for 40 Ways to Inject Creativity into Your Classroom with Adobe Spark:

“Adobe Spark is a digital creation game changer and educators Burns and Forta have created the resource to empower any teacher to make students thinking visible and their learning come alive with this simple, yet powerful, tool. 40 Ways to Inject Creativity into your Classroom with Adobe Spark is a clear and practical guide to take student communication,reflection and creation to the next level. Burns and Forta don’t give us a ‘how to use AdobeSpark,’ instead they focus on “how to make student creation the driver of learning.” This book is standards-driven keeping the focus on the learning and not on the tool.” — Rebecca Hare, Art and Design Educator and Author of The Space: A Guide for Educators

Click here to order 40 Ways to Inject Creativity into Your Classroom with Adobe Spark.


Classroom Technology Tips (Quick Reference Guide) Pamphlet

The power of classroom technology resides not in any particular application, website, or device but in how educators employ these tools to advance student learning. In this quick reference guide, Monica Burns provides expert advice to help teachers take full advantage of EdTech’s potential to enhance

* Content presentation and consumption,
* Content creation,
* Formative assessment,
* Collaborative learning, and
* Access to learning opportunities outside classroom.

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Featuring 30+ strategic uses of classroom technology and 40+ tool recommendations, this guide provides educators across grade levels and subject areas a foundation for making their lessons more accessible, rigorous, and engaging.

8.5″ x 11″ 3-panel foldout guide (6 pages), laminated for extra durability and 3-hole-punched for binder storage.

Click here to order Classroom Technology Tips (Quick Reference Guide) Pamphlet.


Distance Learning Essentials (Quick Reference Guide) Pamphlet

Distance learning requires educators to organize and distribute information to students who are not physically present in their classrooms. It also requires that students engage in tasks that are both independent and collaborative. In this laminated guide, Monica Burns walks teachers of grades 4–12 through the five essentials of distance learning in synchronous and asynchronous environments:

  • Creating and curating instructional content
  • Encouraging participation and engagement
  • Inviting student collaboration
  • Assessing and checking for understanding
  • Building partnerships with families

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This guide will help teachers explore how to implement and facilitate online learning environments with flexibility, feasibility, and accountability in mind.

Click here to order Distance Learning Essentials (Quick Reference Guide) Pamphlet.


#FormativeTech: Meaningful, Sustainable, and Scalable Formative Assessment With Technology

The forces of technology and formative assessment combined! Formative assessment is a must for educators, but it can be difficult to juggle with all the demands on a busy teacher’s to-do list. #FormativeTech shows how technology tools can energize teacher practice by providing easy ways to implement formative assessment every day. In #FormativeTech, you’ll find:

  • Practical tips to use #FormativeTech with the whole class, small groups, and individual students
  • Ideas for assessing project-based and inquiry-based approaches
  • How to evaluate data and communicate results with families

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Praise for #FormativeTech:

“This book is an ideal read for educators looking to grow more agile in their use of data to individualize and personalize instruction.” — Dr. Robert Dillon, Director of Innovative Learning

“#FormativeTech is approachable and full of ‘use it on Monday’ ideas. I can’t wait to share this with my colleagues!” — Jennie Magiera, Educator and Author, Courageous Edventures

Click here to order #FormativeTech: Meaningful, Sustainable, and Scalable Formative Assessment With Technology


Deeper Learning With QR Codes and Augmented Reality: A Scannable Solution for Your Classroom 

Discover scannable technology and how to use it in your classroom, including QR codes and augmented reality. An easy read packed with useful information, examples, and exercises to create engaging and differentiated learning experiences with QR codes and augmented reality, this handbook is a resource for educators and administrators. Through Monica’s ACES Framework, teachers learn how to create learning experiences that focus on educational value rather than technological “wow” factor.

What if your students’ mobile devices became an instructional asset rather than a distraction? Discover how free, scannable technology can enrich learning, while captivating students. Best of all, these technologies are easy to quickly implement within your classroom.

  • Learn about QR codes and Augmented Reality (AR)
  • Reach each student with new, hands-on learning opportunities
  • Embrace the ACES Framework for teaching with scannable technologies: Access, Curate, Engage, and Share
  • Promote self-directed learning and showcase students’ creations
  • Leverage technology to connect classroom activities with students’ families and the broader community

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Praise for Deeper Learning With QR Codes and Augmented Reality:

“This is a book that you will not want to put down. I found the examples and suggestions so exciting that I wanted to try them out immediately. At the same time, I couldn’t wait to see what valuable prompts for learning the next page turn would reveal. This is an easy read packed with practical applications.” –Debra Las, Science Teacher

“Monica Burns provides educators with simple, practical ideas for integrating QR and AR in the classroom. As AR, QR, and VR continue to play a bigger role in education, this book is a great starting point for teachers who want to integrate engaging, powerful tools and strategies in their classrooms.” –Zachary Walker, Professor and Educational Consultant

Click here to order Deeper Learning With QR Codes and Augmented Reality: A Scannable Solution for Your Classroom.

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