SUMMER READING - PART II
As promised... here are some more great reads
I'd like to share from my Summer Reading pile!
Wherever possible I have provided you a link to the Author's Twitter account...just click on their names to get there!
If you are using G Suite in your classroom - this is the book for you. No matter if you are new to the apps or a seasoned Ed Tech veteran, this book will have you thinking more deeply about how you integrate technology in a meaningful way so that students can show their learning in an authentic way. The authors explain the well researched pedagogy behind their book and then go over the many tools you can use and how you can apply them for various learning goals. I love the way this book is organised and written. It is easy to access and quickly find the specific learning objective or tool you need. I especially like the section near the end that takes "old school" activities and gives you options to try that will be more in line with the skills students need in the future. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book!
The Google Apps Guidebook by Kern Kelley with Austin Taylor and the Tech Sherpas
Pretty much as the cover promises, this book is all kinds of activities that use the Apps in G Suite, created by students for Teachers to use. Kern sets up how this book came to be and how the Tech Sherpas came to be, but after that - it's the kids showing you step by step how to use the Apps in a way kids will want to use them. I found it hard to describe this book...you just gotta read it. It's pretty fantastic what these kids are doing in their school and creating to share with us.
While this is very much geared to Primary classrooms, this book does show some great ways to use the iPad with students across the curriculum. It would also be great to use in Special Education applications. I loved what they were doing with Numeracy and Literacy with Poplet, Explain Everything and a basketful of iPad apps. It's well organised and the lessons are easy to access and use.
The HyperDoc Handbook by Lisa Highfill, Kelly Hilton and Sarah LandisI'm still pretty new to HyperDocs - so this book was a godsend to me! HyperDocs are digital lessons put together to link students to various online resources, platforms and apps to engage them in inquiry learning. This book is very good at differentiating between a digital worksheet (not great) to a HyperDoc (very great) in their pedagogical worth. They go over the tools you can link to and how to use them, how to create an awesome HyperDoc (and why you would want to as well) and give some great ideas of how to use them. This is also a two thumbs up book and on the Meharg Must Read List!
The Google Cardboard Book By Holly Clark, Sylvia Duckworth, Jeffery Heil, David Hotler, Donnie Piercey, & Lisa Thumann
If you are planning to do some Virtual Reality with your class, Google Cardboard is a great place to start and this book gives you all the ins and outs of how to use it, additional resources and even gives you directions on how to construct your own Google Cardboard viewer out of...of course...cardboard. There are ideas and lessons you can apply across the curriculum, and I loved the section about taking 360 degree pictures and videos.