The dog days of summer are among us, with just under one month left before the first day of classes! While you’re trying to cool off in the shade somewhere, we hope you’re also able to make time for reflection and planning in preparation for the fall semester. Following July’s summer reading list on inclusive teaching, this August, we’re sharing our favorite books on technology-enhanced learning and hope you’ll consider spending some time reading one (or more) of them. We encourage you to share your thoughts with us about any one of these books by using the hashtag #CNDLSSummerReading and tagging us (@cndls) on Facebook and Twitter.
If you’re on Georgetown’s campus, feel free to drop by our office (Car Barn 314) and check out a book from our CNDLS Library (We have a copy of Documenting Learning with ePortfolios: A Guide for College Instructors 1st Edition).
You can also find technology innovation resources on our website. And as usual, if we can help, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bryan Alexander – The New Digital Storytelling: Creating Narratives with New Media
CNDLS Senior Scholar, futurist, and writer, Dr. Bryan Alexander provides a wealth of resources and insight on the history and current state of incorporating digital tools and techniques for storytelling in his book The New Digital Storytelling: Creating Narratives with New Media. Dr. Alexander shares practical tips for developing stories with a variety of technologies that are becoming more accessible to everyday creators from video recordings and podcasts to virtual reality content creation.
Bethany Petty – Illuminate: Technology Enhanced Learning
In Illuminate: Technology Enhanced Learning, author, Google Certified Technology Trainer and high school social studies teacher, Bethany Petty empowers students and educators to use technology to meet students’ learning needs and improve communication with parents. Using apps and QR codes, Bethany Petty explains the importance behind using specific technologies and shares strategies on how educators can use them to increase student engagement.
John Palfrey, Urs Gasser – Born Digital: How Children Grow Up in a Digital Age
Children growing up in the digital age have changed the way educators think about learning and student engagement. In Born Digital: How Children Grow Up in a Digital Age, John Palfrey and Urs Gasser explore the challenges students face with privacy concerns, information overload and relationship building as friendships and social interactions are becoming more mediated through digital technologies. This book is written for educators, parents, and adults interested in how digital technology is changing society.
Boni Hamilton – Integrating Technology in the Classroom
In Integrating Technology in the Classroom, Boni Hamilton shares the importance of carefully selecting technologies that fit students’ needs and teachers’ teaching styles. Hamilton shares how digital tools can assist multilingual learners, success stories from other teachers incorporating technology in their classrooms, and breaks down tools and strategies by grade level. The book is also available digitally and includes clickable links to online projects, tools, and resources.
Others on Our List
- John Bean – Engaging Ideas
- Susan Ambrose – How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching
- Peter Felten – The Undergraduate Experience