November Book of the Month - Learning Supercharged

The best educators are not content to do the same old thing year after year. Innovative educators push their thinking by engaging in social media, exploring blogs, attending conferences, and exploring the newest generation of educational books.
I've created a Recommended Educator Book Site to organize and share some great books connected to teaching and learning. I will also occasionally feature a new book recommended by my PLN on this blog. 

Have an idea for our next featured book? Please share in the comments below.

This month's book is Learning Supercharged by Lynne Schrum and Sandi Sumerfield. This book will also be part of the ETCoaches Book Study and Twitter Chat in January. 

Learning Supercharged: Digital Age Strategies and Insights from the EdTech Frontier

"As educators seek out new ways to energize and engage their students and prepare them for the future, they need to know how to employ the latest technologies in creative and innovative ways. 
Learning Supercharged looks at emerging approaches and tools, and incorporates professional educators’ stories of how and why they have implemented each trend, including information on challenges faced and overcome, how to get started and other resources to explore. The book inspires educators to try new approaches with the understanding that they will devise new ways to synthesize, interpret and implement ideas to fit their context, learners and resources.
Topics covered include: digital equity considerations, digital citizenship, personalized learning, project-based learning, blending formal and informal learning, coding and robotics, makerspaces, gamification, badging and open educational resources (OERs)."

If you are curious about some of my past recommend books of the month, you can find them here

Critical Media Project Website - Engaging Students in Media Literacy and Culture

Recently I stumbled on an interesting site connected to media literacy, equity, culture, and empathy.
From the site:

Critical Media Project (CMP) is a free media literacy web resource for educators and students (ages 8-21) that enhances young people’s critical thinking and empathy, and builds on their capacities to advocate for change around questions of identity. CMP has a two-fold mission:
  • To raise critical awareness and provide the tools to decode media representations of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, socio-economic class, religion, age, and disability, and develop an understanding as to how these identities intersect
  • To encourage and offer guidance for students to tell their own stories, create their own representations, and uphold their status as active and engaged participants in civic society.
cmp learning objectives
  • EXPLORE: To observe and become cognizant of messages about identity that surface in everyday media and culture
  • EXPAND: To understand and gain perspective on the historical, social, and political contexts of media representations of different identities
  • EXCAVATE & EXPLICATE: To critically decode and develop skills to analyze the meanings (and ideologies) behind various representations of identity across media genres and platforms
  • EXPRESS & ENGAGE: To develop and deploy strategies and skills to create one’s own representations, tell own stories, and create counter-narratives
I would love to know if or how you use these resources with your students?

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