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ISBN-13: 978-1118002339 ISBN-10: 1118002334 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (January 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118002334
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118002339
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.4 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,100,076 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

This essential new resource offers a practicalpathway for developing 21st century skills while simultaneously strengthening student core subject-area learning. Digital Learning shows teachers how to use research-based practices to strengthen and assess the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) National Education Technology Standards (NETS) for students and teachers. By framing instruction within the language of the ISTE NETS, the common threads of lessons become clear, regardless of subject matter.

Digital Learning includes

  • Detailed descriptions of each of the NETS, how to teach them, and how assess students to be sure they are meeting these standards

  • Dozens of activities that integrate the NETS with each content area, including Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, and Geography

  • A DVD with graphic organizers, supplemental material to help see how students are progressing, and video interviews with influential educators, such as Tina Rooks, and Doug Johnson

  • A dedicated website (digitallearningprocess.net) continually updated with new resources and strategies

The strategies have been created to meet the diverse needs of students in a variety of situations, and can stand alone as independent units, or be

used in a cross-disciplinary way.

Praise for Digital Learning

"If we are going to unlock the creativity of the students, we first have to unlock the creativity of the teachers. I don't think there is a way to turn students into expert learners without totally transforming the pedagogical practice. Digital Learning provides the road map and on-ramps for the required transformations of teaching and learning." —Dr. David Thornburg, director, Thornburg Center

"Our language about digital technologies is obsolete, because we talk about information technologies (which is so 1980s) and communication technologies (which is so 1990s) when, at this point in history, our media enable creation and collaboration and sharing of knowledge. This empowers active learning in the many different forms Ferdi Serim describes in this book." —Dr. Chris Dede, Timothy E. Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies, Harvard University

About the Author

Ferdi Serim is an educator who has served as a board member of the International Society for Technology in Education, the Consortium for School Networking, and the advisory board for the Partnership for 21st Century Skills. He consults with leading organizations, districts, and ministries of education focused on transforming learning.


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Customer Reviews

I especially appreciate the hard copy text and matching DVD.
Lfmiller
As the technology chair for our school I found the most useful parts of the book starting on page 54 and ending on page 57.
InfoFish
Finally a book for teachers that takes a student centered approach for our 21st century kids.
Sam

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By dave on February 4, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
In his new book, Digital Learning, Ferdi Serim coalesces for educators the essential nuggets of what's been experienced and learned over the past three decades as information and communications technology have impacted all areas of life, save a majority of school settings.
Educators, from the most traditional to the most daring, will find this book an essential resource on their digital journey. Digital Learning is a much needed overview of what has been learned and the terrain covered over the past three decades. As we ready ourselves for the exploration of Common Core Standards, it is imperative that we take stock in what we've learned from our efforts. Digital Learning is both a road map of well worn pathways and a guide book suggesting some off-the-beaten-trail possibilities.

As an avid backpacker and mountaineer, I wouldn't think of embarking on an adventure without my topographic map, compass and some knowledge about where I'm going and what I might possibly encounter. Digital Learning is such a map and journal of collective educational experience assembled by a veteran digital explorer, Ferdi Serim. Whether you're designing curriculum, planning a new program, or participating with peers in a professional community, Digital Learning gives you big, fundamental insights and practical examples you'll find very useful on your digital learning adventure.
-a fellow digital learning pioneer and adventurer
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By T. K. Paul on February 11, 2012
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As a middle school volunteer in a classroom where the teacher does not always have the time to fully utilize her technology, I thought this book may give me some ideas to use with the kids. I get the computer group about once a month or so and rarely know how to help them with their class projects. I was hoping this book would help me help them. I did learn a lot, mostly that I'm not at all knowledgable about grade-level standards, goals, etc. I also learned terminology that helped me make sense of a lot of computer issues that confused me for years. The book is laid out well, not really textbook-like at all. It would be easy to find the appropriate section for many situations.

Definitely a great tool for teachers or possibly home-schooling parents.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John on February 7, 2012
Format: Paperback
"Digital Learning: Strengthening and Assessing 21st Century Skills" is a notable exception to a pattern I've repeatedly seen: knowing that most teachers are very busy and they genuinely care about doing a good job to prepare students to become successful, productive adults, too often the resources created to support them are either designed to do their thinking for them (step-by-step manuals) or are so abstract from the reality of schooling that they rarely penetrate the teaching and learning environment in any meaningful or lasting way. Instead, this book, with its accompanying DVD of many more resources, brings together well-crafted policy (Common Core standards and NETS standards) and a spectrum of highly useful curricular and programmatic examples, all within a clear framework for individual and collective exploration and learning that's made possible (and imperative) with today's technology. Classroom (and boardroom) educators will find this book a valuable springboard for designing, implementing, assessing and modifying meaningful learning experiences for students--from a day's lesson to entire programs. I envision communities of education practitioners (across subjects, across town and across the country) using the sound advice in "Digital Learning" to energize their classes with engagement and relevance. I've worked with and in support of many classroom teachers, and I've read much of the literature on education as well as the policy and program materials that districts, states and districts put out on their behalf, and wish that those materials rose to the level of usefulness that "Digital Learning" achieves.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Celia on February 4, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Yes, I am Ferdi Serim's friend. And I would like to tell you why I am his friend and why you should buy his book. Reading Digital Learning is like visiting with Ferdi. He shows you creativity, innovation, communication and collaboration (four of his goals for students) in person and in his writing.

The book shares written and visual interviews with digital education gurus like David Thornburg, Chris Dede and Margaret Riel, among others. There is an accompanying CD with Project Maps, resources and video clips. The Maps are one way Ferdi makes learning visual.

I learned a new word - andragogy. I like the icons Ferdi uses throughout the book that support this term.

Ferdi's writing takes acronyms, buzz words and strategies (NETS, PBL, aligning standards, formative assessment, Career Pathways, Web. 2.0, Marzano's Nine Essential Instruction Strategies, Common Core Standards, etc.) out of the "cloud" and into your classroom. Ferdi walks the talk about being an expert learner, another one of his goals for students. He teases us educators to call ourselves expert learners, also. We must! And I think this purchase is a must.

Another reason I like having Ferdi for a friend, he and his wife always remember my birthday!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. H. Marquez VINE VOICE on March 24, 2012
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I have no background in PBL but a high knowledge in many things digitally related and I was hoping to raise my knowledge of integration with this book.

The information in this book is presented based on standards developed by the International Society for Technology in Education National Education Technology Standards. So while you can see the benefits of these standards, you will not find direct correlation to your state standards. However, the book does link to Common Core Standards which is very useful.

Digital Learning provides some minimal structure in introducing the set up for potential projects. More information about specific project styles is on the included DVD. Subject areas focused on include English, Math, Science, and Geography.

The bulk of this book is focused on sample project ideas that explain evaluation systems (mostly rubric based) across at the NETS standards.

There is a brief address of the conflict of the typical educational format and the vision of utopia in a blending model integrating technology.

I really found this book opening more questions than provision of answers. Although the focus on digital literacy and integration in education is newer, there will always be the `next thing' to focus on in education. And this book does not really address the fact that while we can have all these wonderful collaborative, digital moments for developing our student's skills: sadly, digital skills aren't "on the test" and neither are collaborative skills. I hope the next phase in education addresses both the collective and individual with multiple of modalities of learning.
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