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Improving Achievement With Digital Age Best Practices

Improving Achievement With Digital Age Best Practices

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November 2013 | 200 pages | Corwin

Connect Common Core, inquiry, and technology!

While technology ushers in exciting and innovative educational opportunities, finding best practices for its complete integration remains a challenge.

Christopher Moersch, founder of the internationally recognized and research-based LoTi Framework, provides a concrete tool for implementing digital age best practices. With discussions on how to promote networked collaboration, bolster purposeful inquiry, and anchor student decision-making and learning with technology tools and resources, Moersch uses research-based instructional strategies to deliver:

  • A concrete road map for a smooth digital transition into new Common Core Standards
  • Lesson plans, benchmarks, and instructional units to help bridge the link between 21st century skills, Common Core Standards, and student achievement
  • Practical tips for classroom, building, and district implementation of digital age best practices
  • Tools and guidance for successful PLCs

Make the critical connection between effective implementation of 21st century skills/themes and student academic achievement part of your school’s pedagogy!

“When schools need to equip students with the skills to facilitate creativity, here is the blueprint. This carefully crafted advice has been road-tested and it works.”
—Neil MacNeill, Principal
Ellenbrook Independent Primary School, Ellenbrook, WA

About the Author
Section I. Digital Age Best Practices
Chapter 1. Bolstering Purposeful Inquiry Through Student Questions
Chapter 2. Promoting Shared Expertise With Networked Collaboration
Chapter 3. Personalizing and Globalizing Content by Making Authentic Connections
Chapter 4. Accelerating Individual Growth Through Vertical and Horizontal Differentiation
Chapter 5. Anchoring Student Learning With Digital Age Tools and Resources
Chapter 6. Clarifying Student Understanding With Formative Assessments
Chapter 7. Implementing Student-Centered Learning Environments
Section II. A Converging Educational Landscape
Chapter 8. A National Perspective
Chapter 9. The Atlantic City Experience
Section III. Implementation Plan
Chapter 10. Differentiated Professional Development
Chapter 11. Three-Stage Model
Section IV. Instructional Leadership
Chapter 12. 5Cs of Instructional Leadership


"If you are looking for a book that makes the links between standards, technology use, and readily implementable classroom lessons and makes a difference for students, then consider yourself to have one in your hand. In addition, the connections made to diversified professional development and administrative practices are laid out in a way that makes it easy to put them in to practice tomorrow."

Dr. Bonnie Tryon, Ed.D, SAANYS Representative
New York City, NY

"This book provides cutting-edge professional learning in the teaching of higher level learning skills. When schools, systems, states and nations (e.g. Singapore) need to equip students with the skills that will facilitate creativity here is the blueprint. The carefully crafted advice has been road tested and it works. I am waiting impatiently for the book to become available because it can help to improve every student’s learning, and therefore it should be essential reading for every preservice teacher and educational paraprofessional during their training."

Dr. Neil MacNeill, Principal
Ellenbrook Independent Primary School, Ellenbrook, WA

"Rather than keeping the discussion at the theoretical level, Moersch provides concrete scenarios and the success and challenges.  The need for administrative support and leadership is detailed, as are walkthrough examples and implementation recommendations. This text is scholarly, but accessible, and includes a balance of real-life examples and strategies."

Library Media Connection, August/September 2014
Key features
  • Provides classroom teachers, instructional coaches, building and district administrators with a concrete road map to implement the tenets of 21st Century skills/themes using Digital Age Best Practices that includes the necessary research base, exemplars, and implementation strategies.
  • Addresses the link between 21st Century skills/themes, student achievement, and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), offering a proven methodology that includes sample lesson plans, benchmarks, and instructional units to provide a smooth segue for schools transitioning to the Common Core State Standards.
  • The Digital Age Best Practices section gives the reader the background and rationale for each strategie's' inclusion as a best practice, practical implementation tips/examples for classroom, building, and district use, and implementation barriers/solutions as well as sample lesson plans, classroom walkthrough templates, benchmark assessments, staff development agendas, and learning center/station activity cards.
  • Provides school and district leaders with an implementation model that shows them how to build capacity for change, implement the change, and then sustain that change.

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