Who Owns the Learning?

Who should be working harder during class? The teacher or the students? In the “Age of the Empowered Learner” we can equip our students to take responsibility to manage a large proportion of their learning. We can also empower our students to create content that contributes to the learning of their peers. Research indicates that one of the most powerful strategies to improve learning is to provide students with self assessment strategies. This workshop will provide step-by-step strategies that creates a culture of the empowered self directed and collaborative learner.

Key Concepts:

  • Ideas and techniques to help students own and direct their learning
  • Examples to illustrate how technology is revolutionizing learning
  • Includes a “Questions for Discussion” section at the end of each chapter
“Fantastic! Captivating from the start, this book will change the way one thinks about the process of learning. The many examples help provide explicit guidance on how to move from a teacher-centered to a learner-centered approach.”
-Eric Mazur

Area Dean of Applied Physics, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Web Literacy for Educators

School filtering is not a sufficient policy to prepare children to be critical thinkers on the Web. Web Literacy for Educators was written to grab the “teachable moment” and help teachers gain a clear understanding of the “grammar” of the Web. The book is filled with practical strategies for teaching children careful search techniques. Stories from thoughtful educators add depth and examples of application across the curriculum.

This book is an essential primer for teachers who want to be expert researchers and to help students to become life-long learners.

Key Concepts:

  • Web basics for critical thinking
  • Empowering researchers
  • Validating information on the Web
  • Expanding the boundaries of learning
“Both the newcomer and the tech-savvy educator can find something useful from this well-organized, easy-to-follow book. A wonderful addition for educators at any grade level.”
-Betsy Muller

Technology Consultant and Teacher, Issaquah School District, Seattle, WA

Empowering Students with Technology

Alan’s best-selling book includes powerful stories, ideas and practical applications. This book has been embraced internationally by a wide range of educators and policymakers interested in the impact of technology on learning. Teachers can modify practical activities to support subject areas. Activities, called “E-ventures,” are designed to motivate and challenge students to develop critical thinking and problem solving strategies. Stories of teachers are woven throughout to provide examples of strategies that work.

Planning committees can use ideas and pioneering stories to move beyond technology literacy to information and communication literacy. Principals benefit from ideas about leadership and managing change. With more than 50 useful websites, Empowering Students with Technology is an important book for any educator who endeavors to build an engaging and interactive learning environment.

Key Concepts:

  • Understanding the structure of information
  • Empowering learners by expanding relationships
  • Emerging roles within the knowledge community
  • Accessing primary sources of information
  • Building knowledge without boundaries
“Are we just telling students to go to the search engines when they research on the Web or are we helping them to focus their search on where to go? We would not send students into a physical library and say, 'Wander around until you find something interesting,' Nor should we be sending students to the Web and simply say, 'Go.'”
-Lee Ann Potter

Head of Education and Volunteer Programs, National Archives, Washington, DC

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