Annotated Bibliography: Innovation in the Classroom

Below you will find a few resources I plan to read in the near future to help strengthen my knowledge and understanding of disruptive innovation, technology in the classroom, e-portfolios, adapting to change, leading at my level, and tying together how we will be able to use this within our classrooms.

Collins, A., & Halverson, R. (2009). Rethinking education in the age of technology: The digital revolution and schooling in America. New York, NY: Teachers College Press.

Collins and Halverson examine how technology has impacted almost every aspect of our lives- our jobs, our homes, our social lives, and more, as they raise the question: why shouldn’t it transform our education system as well? This book explains how we can change our educational outlooks to enhance the way we teach this new generation of students beyond the walls of the classroom. We will be able to use this book to gain new ideas and insights on the benefits of using social networks and distance learning platforms to enhance that instant access our students desire.

Couros, G. (2015). The innovator’s mindset: Empower learning, unleash talent, and lead a culture of creativity. San Diego, CA: Dave Burgess Consulting, Inc.

Couros explains the importance and necessity of having an innovative mindset in today’s educational world.  He challenges us to change our way of thinking that we “need” to change the way we teach our students, to: we “must” change the way we teach our students. Couros offers almost a how-to guide on infusing our schools, classrooms, and lesson plans with innovative practices to help set our students up for success.  Through this book, George also expresses the importance of leading at all levels.  I want to use this book to help me lead others and encourage them to get on board with me and help me make the most of our students’ opportunities.

Ferster, B. (2014). Teaching Machines: Learning from the Intersection of Education and Technology. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Teaching Machines demonstrates how educators have been inspired by “machines” for years to come by providing examples of attempts at classroom enhancements throughout history from years before.  Ferster details the obstacles and hurdles these pioneer educators had to overcome to achieve these enhancements, as well as the failures that some of them experienced.  We can use this book to show ourselves that things may not always work out perfectly, but each and every attempt (successful or not) can be used as a learning experience to get us further in our careers.

Fullan, M. (2004). Leading in a culture of change: Personal action guide and workbook. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

As an educator, I am also a leader. A leader to students, a leader to potential students, and a leader to fellow colleagues. In this book, Fullan gives insight on how to maintain focus on your goals and plans when everything is chaotic and continuously changing around us.  Life is not always easy and everyone does not always agree with us, especially in the workplace.  This is why Fullan expresses the importance of leading with a purpose.  If we become effective, inspiring leaders, we will be able to guide our students, colleagues, and coworkers through any unplanned and uncontrollable change that comes our way with a sense of confidence, comfort, and peace.

Light, T. P., Chen, H. L., & Ittelson, J. C. (2012). Documenting learning with ePortfolios: A guide for college instructors. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Light, Chen, and Ittelson explain the shift from traditional portfolios to electronic portfolios and all of the benefits that have been gained, and obstacles that have been overcome due to this shift. The team gives many ideas and examples on how to implement e-portfolios within the classroom, how to assess these digital documents, activities that can be assigned, and more.  This book will be extremely beneficial to me seeing how this book is geared specifically toward college instructors.  They also give tips on faculty development, and considerations for deciding which technology tools to use.  I plan to keep this book on hand as I begin to roll out my e-portfolio platform in the near future.

Thomas, D., & Brown, J. S. (2011). A new culture of learning: Cultivating the imagination for world of constant change. Lexington, KY: Author.

In this book, Thomas and Brown detail the ever changing world we live in, and the continuous impact that it is having on our educational system.  They express the importance of us seeing and treating our students as organic systems and the significance of our learning systems being fluid and variable, not linear and stagnant. Their book explains the importance of integrating this change into our learning environments and how embracing the new culture we are facing in our classrooms can benefit us, as well as our students.



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