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This is an extremely important and timely book. Integrating technology and the classroom is the educational task of our time. This book shows you how and why it is essential to do this. Clearly and energetically written - the book is very accessible to both those in the educational profession and to the layman. Elizabeth Van Lear (Literary Agent)
Reviewed in the United States on February 18, 2015
I have known Nicole for a number of years, back when I was in 6th form she taught me Media Studies. She was the person that inspired and motivated me to follow my dreams in becoming a teacher. I have now been teaching four years and have progressed to Head of Department for ICT & Computing. I can imagine you thinking as ICT/Computing department we must be in tune with technology and use it on a daily basis. Yes you are right, however when Nicole asked me to read the technoteaching book I jumped at the chance. I am a young teacher and rely hugely on technology a lot during my lessons but I work with a team who some at times are scared to use/approach technology in their own lessons. I read this book with an open mind and a mindset of getting ideas to encourage my team.
When I finished the book, I sat there and just stared at it! The book was brilliant! Reading from cover to cover I wrote 6 pages of notes, tips that I could use in my own lessons but also pass onto my colleagues. The key thing I got from the book was that sharing practise and not being scared of approaching and using technology in the classroom is the way forward within schools and the way of developing teachers. The main focus for a teacher is the students and the book gives realistic yet simple ideas of introducing technology into the classroom with clear purpose and enhancing the students learning.
The use of the three example teachers brings the ideas and concepts into real school life and puts ideas into practise showing the methods/purpose behind it. The different examples give different perspectives into teachers and how they approach technology in the classrooms and it covers all types of teachers. I could put different members of my team with the different examples. This then makes it easier and real life for teachers to follow and to use the book effectively.
The other thing I really love about the book is that it gives real life examples to help get you started but also provides you with the worksheets to help/guide you into setting up the technology in your lessons. Teachers do not need extra work, it is all about looking at existing practise and how it can be used, improves and changed! The book is designed to help make the introduction of technology into lessons simple and easy for EVERYONE! Even as a young teacher who uses technology, it gave me other ideas of ways of using technology in my classroom. Since reading the book, I have not only set the challenge to my team to introduce technology into the classroom but I am also planning units to incorporate different ways to teach modules. As a team we are using the book to gain confidence in using technology for ourselves as teachers BUT also strengthening and enhancing the learning for our students.
Overall: Real life examples 10/10 Guide/Help in ideas of introducing technology 10/10 How to introduce Technology into lessons 10/10 Do-able ideas 10/10 Inspiring 10/10 Achievable 10/10 The Book 10/10
Overall the book is one that I will refer to now and in the future for the inspiration and help that it provides in introducing technology to enhance the students learning. Anyone who wants to be an effective developing teacher needs to read this book and use it!
Throughout my long career as a teacher, technology integration specialist, and curriculum supervisor I have read many “professional development” books, designed to improve teaching practice. Too often these books, though research based and well intentioned, have been challenging to slog through, weighted down in ‘academese’ and lofty and impractical prescriptions that real teachers can find no way to implement. Technoteaching, I am glad to report, is NOT that kind of book. There are many inviting aspects to this book, but surely the most welcome will be the fresh lively tone that assures you it is written by teacher leaders who have stayed connected with real classrooms and authentic teachers. The authors have managed that tricky balancing act of firmly seating their work in educational research while providing strategies, vignettes, and recommendations that teachers and those who support them can eagerly embrace.
There are MANY attractive features to highlight, but I’ll just point out a few that I especially enjoyed. The writing is engaging and clever, with snappy personalized asides from the authors and clever, catchy naming of project components (stellar units, dare devil missions, etc.) The book is jam-packed with templates, checklists, and forms to help teachers move from passive reader to active implementation of their ideas. The emphases on reflection as an essential component of teacher growth and on the need for teachers to connect globally to bring their teaching into the world of the 21st century are both powerfully expressed and much needed. I especially applaud their reinforcement of the distinction between using and integrating technology into their teaching; my experiences over the past several decades lead me to recognize many more technology users than integrators among my teaching colleagues. I also liked the authors’ use of the skills and tools/content/mindset continuum to frame their three archetypal teacher types and found their personalizing these teacher types to be another teacher-friendly device. I would enthusiastically urge teachers interested in effective technology integration to pick up this book and run with it, but only if you’re committed to real transformation.