We Wrote a Book!
We wrote a book! (Can you tell we’re excited about it?) Chrissy, Jeff, and I decided that we didn’t already have enough on our plates and got together to write “Your Connected Classroom: A Practical Guide for Teachers.”
We have been connecting our classrooms to the world for over fifteen years and the experience has been empowering, engaging, and enriching for our students, and for us as teachers! We have written this book for the classroom teacher who is curious about creating a connected classroom and would like some practical advice for how to get started, why it’s worth your time, and what to expect once you get started.
So, what is a connected classroom?
For us, a connected classroom is making use of digital technologies to connect your students beyond the physical space (and time) limitations of the traditional classroom. Generally speaking, we call this a “blended classroom.” Basically, this means making use of digital tools to allow learning to happen both within the traditional classroom setting, as well as beyond the limitations of physical space and time. A blended classroom can use any technology tool to connect students, share resources, provide forums for discussion, and opportunities for ongoing learning beyond the time and space of traditional lessons.
“Your Connected Classroom” was written for teachers, but is also a great guide for coaches and school administrators. It includes a companion website with downloadable content to help make it easier to connect your classroom.
The book is available now on Amazon in paperback and for kindle.
Chapter 1: What is a connected classroom?
Understanding the essential elements of a connected classroom – one with just you and your students and one that is open to a wider audience – is the first step to connecting your classroom. This chapter will highlight the key pedagogies, including SAMR and TPACK, that will make your technology-rich classroom sound in learning principles, and share some key foundational elements about what makes a classroom connected, along with why that is so important in today’s world.
Chapter 4: Managing your connected classroom
When every student has a device at their fingertips, classroom management can become even more stressful! But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered in chapter 4! We discuss strategies for managing both behavior and the tools you’ll use in your connected classroom. These are all of our favorite tips to make your technology-rich classroom a focused place of learning – not an opportunity for distraction!
Here’s what people have to say about The Connected Teacher:
“True to its name, this book is all about connections. From helping teachers to make online connections that will inspire them to grow in their practice, to tips on developing processes that will allow students to make deep connections to ideas and content and communities beyond the classroom walls this book has it all. The QR codes and links to online resources and samples that can be tweaked for your own classroom make this book an excellent jumping off point for teachers who want to give their students more relevant learning experiences.” – Patrick Green
“With so many resources out there today, it is hard to bring it all down into one clear, concise classroom guide. Finally, here it is–the ultimate “how to” on connecting students to the relevant, authentic world out there. Even the most hesitant of teachers (yes, English teachers, that is us) can make sense of this practical guide. From creating a connected classroom, to getting parents on board, to safety tips, it is all in here. The best part is the reader is taught how to download the QR code app then uses it themselves to reach additional resources–totally user friendly. Whether a novice or tech savvy, this guide has something to offer any classroom, any content, any level. It is time to get teachers and students connected and this is the book to do it.” – Kerry McNallie
Not only is this our first book, but it’s also the start of Eduro Press. That’s right! You can expect more great books from us in the (near) future. What do you want to read about? Let us know what you’re looking forward to reading from us in the comments.