Transforming Schools with Technology: How Smart Use of Digital Tools Helps Achieve Six Key Education Goals

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“Too much of the debate over technology in education has been about whether it is needed. Andrew Zucker cogently makes the case for shifting our focus to how to use technology effectively. It is time to move beyond techno-cheerleading and focus on the educational leadership and vision it takes to use technology to transform learning. Finding that thoughtful balance is why every educator and policymaker should read Transforming Schools with Technology.” — Keith R. Krueger, CEO, Consortium for School Networking


Transforming Schools with Technology shows how technology must be an integral part of any effort to redesign and improve schools. It emphasizes the importance of visionary leaders and how—with the smart use of digital technologies—necessary reforms can occur in our schools and classrooms.” — Nancy Roche, Board Chair, Forsyth County Schools, Georgia


“Andrew Zucker’s book is an indispensable resource for educators and decisionmakers—a balanced, coherent, and insightful discussion about the use of computers and digital tools on behalf of enhanced teaching and learning in our schools. Zucker’s firsthand experience of technology programs at the national, state, and local levels provides a unique perspective on both the promise and pitfalls of investing in digital tools. He takes on big and compelling educational goals for technology: making schools engaging and relevant; reaching all students; attracting, preparing, and retaining high-quality teachers; and improving the ways in which we measure and account for learning. Without fanfare or hype—and with a measured, clear, and jargon-free writing style—Zucker shows how some schools are being transformed and why today’s digital tools are essential for students, teachers, and school administrators.” — Linda G. Roberts, Former Director, Office of Educational Technology, U.S. Department of Education

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This timely book argues that technology can and will play a central role in efforts to achieve critical education goals and reforms. It is marked not only by Andrew Zucker’s cutting-edge sophistication about digital technologies, but also by his longstanding engagement with and commitment to K-12 education. Transforming Schools with Technology is destined to be recognized as the crucial book on digital technology and education, and it will be essential reading for school leaders and teachers, policymakers, and those members of the general public for whom the fate of education is a vital concern.

“Too much of the debate over technology in education has been about whether it is needed. Andrew Zucker cogently makes the case for shifting our focus to how to use technology effectively. It is time to move beyond techno-cheerleading and focus on the educational leadership and vision it takes to use technology to transform learning. Finding that thoughtful balance is why every educator and policymaker should read Transforming Schools with Technology.” — Keith R. Krueger, CEO, Consortium for School Networking

Transforming Schools with Technology shows how technology must be an integral part of any effort to redesign and improve schools. It emphasizes the importance of visionary leaders and how—with the smart use of digital technologies—necessary reforms can occur in our schools and classrooms.” — Nancy Roche, Board Chair, Forsyth County Schools, Georgia

“Andrew Zucker’s book is an indispensable resource for educators and decisionmakers—a balanced, coherent, and insightful discussion about the use of computers and digital tools on behalf of enhanced teaching and learning in our schools. Zucker’s firsthand experience of technology programs at the national, state, and local levels provides a unique perspective on both the promise and pitfalls of investing in digital tools. He takes on big and compelling educational goals for technology: making schools engaging and relevant; reaching all students; attracting, preparing, and retaining high-quality teachers; and improving the ways in which we measure and account for learning. Without fanfare or hype—and with a measured, clear, and jargon-free writing style—Zucker shows how some schools are being transformed and why today’s digital tools are essential for students, teachers, and school administrators.” — Linda G. Roberts, Former Director, Office of Educational Technology, U.S. Department of Education

Andrew A. Zucker has worked as a schoolteacher and, for the past twenty years, as an education researcher, strategic planner, and evaluator. He is now a senior research scientist at the Concord Consortium.
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  • Paperback: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Education Press (January 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1891792822
  • ISBN-13: 978-1891792823
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 8.8 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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By Mr. G. K. White on July 17, 2008
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This book was beautifully written, in an easy to read style, almost journalistic. It was deceptively well researched without being overbearing and the argument for transformation clearly articulated. Much of the text appears to be simple common sense but there is a deep philosophy and strong research base beneath the logic which is both refreshing and encouraging. So much information has been carefully and cleverly woven into a structured and compelling argument.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book although at the start I thought it seemed a bit lightweight on the research but I think that was more a reflection of me as the reader because it was simply written and beautifully expressed. The most profound works are such and I found Transforming Schools with Technology to be one also.

Gerry White
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a very balanced and insightful perspective on the possibilities Ed tech holds for transforming education. I look forward to a second edition of the book.
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By kks on June 27, 2012
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The purchase went smoothly and the book fits the description. It arrived after about a week.I didn't have any problem during the process. Good!
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Well researched, great points, easy read.
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