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Deeper Learning Through Technology

Deeper Learning Through Technology
Using the Cloud to Individualize Instruction

February 2015 | 176 pages | Corwin

Use the Cloud to Individualize Your Instruction and Watch Your Students Thrive!

The advent of cloud-stored data that can be entered, changed, and accessed anywhere is a development full of potential for today’s classroom.

This book is the all-in-one resource you need to be sure your students reap the fullest rewards from cloud-based developments. Teacher and top ed-blogger Ken Halla explains:

  • Strategies for leveraging the cloud to create a self-paced, learner-centered classroom
  • How to take advantage of tech tools to facilitate learning
  • Real-life case studies and activities to ensure an enjoyable implementation experience.

Stay ahead of the curve with Ken Halla’s strategies, which you can implement the next morning.

"Halla's book, written from practitioner experience, provides practical and simple integration techniques that will assist both novice and experienced teachers incorporate technology to enhance student learning."
—Eric Sheninger, author of Digital Leadership, Changing Paradigms for Changing Times

“This is a must read--a detailed nuts and bolts guide to classroom tools in the cloud."
—Michael B. Horn, Co-Founder and Director, Christensen Institute
Author of Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns.

"Whether you are an ed tech veteran or just getting started, Halla's book will help you tailor learning to meet the needs of your students. This book will help you create the learner-focused classroom you want to build!  A must-have resource for today's teachers!" 
—Jaime Casap, Global Education Evangelist

Part I: The Teacher as Leader of the Digital Classroom
1. Our Changing Digital World
Touring the Internet

Becoming Responsible Digital Citizens

Classroom Examples

Educator Challenges

2. Teacher Collaboration: Online Professional Learning Communities
Professional Learning Communities

Expanding Your PLCs to Social Media

Using Twitter to Build Your PLC

Using Google+ as a PLC Resource

Expand Your PLC by Following Bloggers

Bookmarking in the Cloud

Some Closing Thoughts on Online PLCs

Classroom Examples

Educator Challenges

3. Storing and Sharing in the Cloud
Google Drive Techniques for the Classroom

Refining Google Drive Documents

Beyond Documents

Classroom Examples

Educator Challenges

Part II: The Self-Paced Student
4. The Self Paced Anchor: Flipping the Classroom
What is Flipping?

What to Flip

Making Your Own Screencast

Creating a YouTube Playlist

Learning From a Flipped Video Lecture

The Flipped Classroom

Flipped Class Resources

Classroom Examples

Educator Challenges

5. Interactive Assignments
Creating Interactive Assignments

Resources for Creating Interactive Assignments


What to Do when Technology Devices are Lacking in Your Schools

Classroom Examples

Educator Examples

6. Student Collaboration: Engaging Students With Mobile Learning
Making the Case for the Smartphone in the Classroom

Engaging Your Students With Cooperative Groups

Other Tools to Engage Students

Classroom Examples

Educator Examples

7. Formative and Summative Assessment of Student Learning
Formative and Summative Evaluations

Preparing for the Formative and Summative Evaluations

Online Tools for Conducting Formative Assessments

Classroom Examples

Educator Challenges

8. Looking Forward Into the Present
Classroom Example: Morrisville, NC

Educator Challenges


"For most of history, where you were born and your proximity to books, resources, and libraries were factors that impacted your potential for academic success.  This is no longer true.  In our lifetime, there has been a fundamental shift to this longstanding reality.  Today our teachers and students have 1 Billion libraries and all the world's information at our fingertips.  Technology has integrated into the core of all our lives and into almost everything we do.  In education, it is no longer a question of whether we integrate technology in education, it is a question of how we do it.  What Ken Halla has done in Deeper Learning is lay out how teachers can integrate technology into their classroom to not only take advantage of this new world we live in, but more importantly, to help teachers better meet the needs that students face today as they prepare to develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities they need to thrive in their futures.  In this book, not only does Halla do a masterful job of covering all the important aspects, tools, and resources of education technology teachers need to understand, he supports what he highlights with real classroom examples and provides challenges teachers can take on as they master these skills.  Whether you are a veteran to ed technology or just getting started, Halla's book will help you tailor learning to meet the needs of your students and take on new teaching methodologies and tools to help you create the learner focused classroom you want to build!  This is a must have resource for today's teachers!"  

Jaime Casap, Global Education Evangelist

"Deeper Learning provides readers with a spot-on assemblage of thoughts and actions for teacher leaders who are ready to leap into the digital world of instruction. Second order teaching is described in clear and applicable terms which will ignite the power of relevance in all of us."

Mark Edwards, 2013 USA Superintendent of the Year by the American Association of School Administrators
Author of “Thank You For Your Leadership”

"Technology is transforming the business of teaching and learning.  Thankfully we have Ken Halla who provides here a timely guide to navigate this new digital classroom.  Ken’s resourceful guide is for every teacher who wants to steer into the new world of teaching and learning with confidence."

Dan Larsen, Social Studies Teacher, Stevenson High School
Key features

This book will help you bring a revolution in learning to your classroom! You will learn how to:

  • Expand your Professional Learning Community (PLC) beyond your school or district’s boundaries.  This will help you generate amazing new ideas with the advice of the many online leaders you will find by following the suggestions in this book.  
  • Individualize instruction, tailoring learning to the pace and needs of each student. You will be better able to differentiate and also have more one on one time with each student.
  • Tackle new tech tools so that you can create a learner-centered, self-paced classroom. You will find chapters filled with easy to understand bullet points that will help you ease into new tools or explore previously known tools in more depth.
  • Find real classroom examples that show you how you too can implement the strategies described in the book.
  • Be challenged. Each chapter contains five Educator Challenges to help you focus on changing your classroom as slowly or as quickly as you feel appropriate.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 5


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