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The Really Useful #EdTechBook

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‘The Really Useful #EdTechBook‘ is about experiences, reflections, hopes, passions, expectations, and professionalism of those working with, in, and for the use of technology in education. Not only is it an insight into how, or why, we work with these technologies, it’s about how we as learning professionals got to where we are and how we go forward with our own development.

The knowledge these leading learning practitioners, researchers, and professionals, share, under the same cover, is a unique opportunity for you to read about the variety of approaches to learning technology, the different perspectives on the same technology, and how technology is impacting our culture and learning infrastructure, from early-age classrooms to leading research Universities and from museums and workplace learning providers. It is about our passion for our work and our desire to make our work better through our own learning and development.

Contributory authors:
- Catherine Cronin: Foreword
- David Hopkins: Introduction
- Wayne Barry: “…and what do you do?”: Can we explain the unexplainable?
- Zak Mensah: “Why do we do what we do?”
- Peter Reed: “The structure and roles of Learning Technologists within Higher Education Institutions”
- Rachel Challen: “Learning Technologists as agents of change? Blending policy and creativity”
- Julie Wedgwood: “Developing the skills and knowledge of a Learning Technologist”
- Dr David Walker and Sheila MacNeill: “Learning Technologist as Digital Pedagogue”
- Lesley Price: “Times they are a changing …or not?”
- Sue Beckingham: “The Blended Professional: Jack of all Trades and Master of Some?”
- Julian Stodd: “How gadgets help us learn”
- Terese Bird: “Students Leading the Way in Mobile Learning Innovation”
- Inge de Waard: “Tech Dandy, or the Art of Leisure Learning”
- Sharon Flynn: “Learning Technologists: changing the culture or preaching to the converted?”
- Mike McSharry: “This is your five-minute warning!”

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The Really Useful #EdTechBook

  1. 1. http://bit.ly/EdTechBook
  2. 2. http://bit.ly/EdTechBook
  3. 3. ‘The Really Useful #EdTechBook’ is about experience, reflections, hopes, passions, expectations, and professionalism of those working with, in, and for the use of technology in education. Not only is it an insight into how, or why, we work with these technologies, it’s about how we as learning professionals got to where we are and how we go forward with our own development. http://bit.ly/EdTechBook
  4. 4. Contributions from: Catherine Cronin - Foreword Wayne Barry - “..and what do you do?” Can We explain the unexplainable? Zak Mensah - Why do we do what we do? Peter Reed - The structure and roles of Learning Technologists within Higher Education Institutions Rachel Challen - Learning Technologists as agents of change? Blending policy and creativity http://bit.ly/EdTechBook
  5. 5. Contributions from: Julie Wedgwood - Developing the skills and knowledge of a Learning Technologist David Walker & Sheila MacNeill - Learning Technologists as Digital Pedagogues Lesley Price - Times they are a changing .. Or not? Sue Beckingham - The Blended Professional: Jack-of-all-trades- and master of some? Julian Stodd - How gadgets help us learn http://bit.ly/EdTechBook
  6. 6. Contributions from: Terese Bird - Students leading the way in mobile learning innovation Inge de Waard - Tech Dandy, and the art of Leisure Learning Sharone Flynn - Learning Technologists: changing the culture or preaching to the converted? Mike McSharry - This is your five-minute warning! David Hopkins - Introduction, and post-script http://bit.ly/EdTechBook
  7. 7. Here follows some quotes from key individuals who have read and reviewed The Really Useful #EdtechBook http://bit.ly/EdTechBook
  8. 8. Quote from The Really Useful #EdTechBook: "The Really Useful #EdTechBook does exactly what it promises on its cover. It draws together a useful, diverse, eclectic set of visions and commentaries that together provide the reader with a lucid and comprehensive vista of educational technology." Steve Wheeler
  9. 9. Quote from The Really Useful #EdTechBook: "You don't have to be a Learning Technologist to read this book, but you might wish you had more of their expertise at your side when you're finished." Maren Deepwell
  10. 10. Quote from The Really Useful #EdTechBook: "A very insightful and extensive collection of authentic accounts by practitioners who identify themselves as Learning Technologists in a variety of educational settings." Chrissi Nerantzi
  11. 11. Quotes by the chapter authors, taken from The Really Useful #EdtechBook … http://bit.ly/EdTechBook
  12. 12. Quote from The Really Useful #EdTechBook: "This collection is a live network of trusted and generous education professionals, each of whom describes their own learning as well as how they collaborate and support learning at their institutions." Catherine Cronin
  13. 13. Quote from The Really Useful #EdTechBook: "Our challenge is how we engage with ourselves, our institutions and the wider public and make them aware as to who we are, what we are, and what we do." Wayne Barry
  14. 14. Quote from The Really Useful #EdTechBook: "Don't let the fact that technology is always changing cloud your vision and stop you from getting started. Change is constant but being helpful is always wanted and a large part of why we do what we do." Zak Mensah
  15. 15. Quote from The Really Useful #EdTechBook: "As we move to a post-digital era, and with continued financial pressure on institutions, the variations of the Learning Technologist discussed in this chapter will not cease any time soon." Peter Reed
  16. 16. Quote from The Really Useful #EdTechBook "Learning Technologists as agents of change and general superheroes - battling against pedagogy crime and sweeping the country with a social epidemic of online learning ... I'm off to get my cape." Rachel Challen
  17. 17. Quote from The Really Useful #EdTechBook: "Staying on top of the emerging trends in tools, strategies and emerging developments takes effort, but it is possible by harnessing the worldwide network of learning professionals who are passionate about the subject." Julie Wedgwood
  18. 18. Quote from The Really Useful #EdTechBook: "The Learning Technologist role is less about making the technology work and more about making the individual (the academic, the student) work (or in an educational context teach and/or learn) more effectively." Sheila MacNeill
  19. 19. Quote from The Really Useful #EdTechBook: "Effective Learning Technologists' skilfully traverse the technological and pedagogical domains, shifting across and combining the two as each learning and teaching situation demands." David Walker
  20. 20. Quote from The Really Useful #EdTechBook: "Take responsibility for your own personal developments and be industry-aware. To achieve this, you need to look beyond learning and the environment you work in." Lesley Price
  21. 21. Quote from The Really Useful #EdTechBook: "The ability to absorb and understand information from different perspectives is key, as is the ability to be 'multilingual' and communicate in a variety of ways and to different audiences." Sue Beckingham
  22. 22. Quote from The Really Useful #EdTechBook" "Technology is a means to an end, rarely an end in itself. We are too locked into the complexities and costs of buying new systems and technologies, which leads to the natural belief that they will solve our problems and last forever, both of which are fictions." Julian Stodd
  23. 23. Quote from The Really Useful #EdTechBook: "Students learn best when the method or device is chosen and/or personalised by them, when they have made it their own for their independent learning." Terese Bird
  24. 24. Quote from The Really Useful #EdTechBook: ""The art of Leisure Learning is all about obtaining pure knowledge, to disseminate that real knowledge and transmit it to your peers, or embed it in your future learning solutions will ensure high quality returns'" Inge de Waard
  25. 25. Quote from The Really Useful #EdTechBook: "Is good practice in the use of technology really being embedded in teaching and learning activities. Are we changing the culture of our institutions?" Sharon Flynn
  26. 26. Quote from The Really Useful #EdTechBook: "The future belongs to those who are willing to learn and tackle new challenges. I've learned so much in the last 30 years - and learned that there's still such a lot to find out." Mike McSharry
  27. 27. Quote from The Really Useful #EdTechBook: "I am in awe of what we have been able to achieve here. Not only have a group of incredibly busy and hard working people been able to come together on a shared passion - our work and those we work with - but we’ve all been able to share the journey with our colleagues, friends, and family too." David Hopkins
  28. 28. http://bit.ly/EdTechBook

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