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  • Series: Technology, Education-Connections
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press (November 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807752711
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807752715
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #638,776 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Alan Bain is Sub-Dean Curriculum and Faculty Development in the Faculty of Education at Charles Sturt University in Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia. Mark E. Weston is a global education strategist at Dell Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Most importantly, the authors make these complex techniques more accessible.
James Brann
The system of education has fashioned it self in an assembly like structure, however Bain/Weston prove that the system of education can change.
Kim. Mindy
This is a must read, I strongly recommend it to anyone interested in educational reform and how to implement such reform.
Mario A. Grasso

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By James Brann on January 9, 2012
Format: Paperback
On the superficial level this book is about how an informed understanding of technology pedagogy can improve the current teaching environment. However, I found that this book really tries to highlight how self-organising behavioural policy making can be beneficial for schools and schooling district. As an educator I found this book highly informative, especially in its approach to the much criticised 1:1 computing. Bain and Weston turn some long standing assumptions on their head while trying to show how ICT's can be effective in education. The book analyse the outdated teaching practices/classrooms of the past and introduces the reader to a researched informed alternative method. Most importantly, the authors make these complex techniques more accessible. Sadly, I believe this book won't be touched by policy makers, however, if pre-service teachers are given access to this book from an early point in their Higher Education, they could start making transformative decisions within their schools regarding the benefits of ICT in the classroom. A MUST for any early pre-service teacher.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sandra Elliott on December 11, 2011
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Thank you Mark and Alan! I am currently leading a $12M, 3year Federal turnaround grant effort for 6 schools. One of the major strategies is to have these schools use the technology they have to make their lives easier and more efficient as well as improve student achievement. It is always a surprise when we see how technology is viewed not as an enabler but rather as a barrier. Your book has given us a wonderfully practical framework for working with the schools as well as many conversation starters and stories to share of how others are doing it. Technology is becoming a part of their daily lives and their decision making processes as they use it to teach, engage students, support their grade and content level meetings and "crunch data" in order to make team decisions. Successful turnaround of our lowest performing schools relies upon our effectively using technology and you are definitely helping with this addition to our toolkit.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By dee mcglothlin on December 10, 2011
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Finally a real book about how technology can be used to transform education. The authors present research to back up their claims and to support their findings. They present the paradigm shift that needs to occur from the classroom, to the policy makers for true differentiated instruction to occur with the help of ICT. The authors step out to disagree with the popular notion that access to technology is the answer to all that ails education. They further explain that young people are not neccessarily the digital native others have claimed (my professional experience aligns with this thinking.)

This book is a must read for any educator that is working in the area of educational reform, technology acquisition/integration, leadership and professional development for teachers. Bain and Weston are on target with this book of reason and research.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Aaron on December 2, 2011
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Having worked 22 years in government, mostly in technology, I have had direct experience with how technology solves many of the big problems of government and business. In that work and as a parent I also have had direct experience with the education system. I agree with Mark and Alan when they say that technology in our current educational system has its share of problems. In "The Learning Edge" they poignantly describe, via delightful vignettes and colorful characters, what the technology related problems in education are. The way forward for solving those problems that they lay out is insightful, thought-provoking, and quite frankly, very doable. Their approach--called edge technology and type-B education--is based on their two decades of real world experience at all levels of educational system. Having long been concerned about the current state of affairs in which our Nation's economy is weak and our workers aren't competitive with those of other countries, I found the Learning Edge to make a compelling case for changing our way of thinking about learning, teaching, and technology and to provide a blueprint for making those changes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mario A. Grasso on November 27, 2011
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Technology in education has increased exponentially over the past years, but has it really impacted student achievement? If so, why standardized tests such as PISA or TIMMS don't reflect this? Technology adoption by itself is not enough to ensure improvement on students, this seems to be very clear nowadays. So what makes the difference? The approach proposed by Dr. Bain and Dr. Weston changes the paradigm. It's not about acess, it's about use of technology. It's not about substituting books for digital content, but empowering teachers on what they do before, in and after the classroom. How effective feedback and practices can be scaled through technology. Technology becomes the tool, not the end. The book is very approachable and easy to read, with great examples that really help illustrate the theory and implementation. This is a must read, I strongly recommend it to anyone interested in educational reform and how to implement such reform.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P.S. Flynn Jr on November 28, 2011
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Surfing for the effective use of technology in educating students, it seems we all have been watching for the perfect wave. Perfect is probably unattainable, but Dr. Bain and Dr. Weston have certainly caught the right wave - and have mapped out a course that can keep technology moving forward as a relevant set of tools to be used towards successful learning. I especially appreciate the perspective that goes beyond the walls of the school and into the central office, board, and state organizations. The paradigm has already shifted, and this book helps to show us a way to get our education systems back in sync with the best in 21st century student achievement - not only to survive but thrive.
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