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Chart a New Course

A Guide to Teaching Essential Skills for Tomorrow’s World
Product code: EXPLOR
ISBN: 9781564848291
Published: 2020
Topics: STEM & STEAM, Tools, Augmented reality, Digital citizenship, Digital storytelling, Personalized learning, Standards, Literacies
Length: 144 pages

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By Rachelle Dene Poth

“[Poth] has generously shared much seat-of-the-pants wisdom acquired in her own classroom, hoping to guide and nourish colleague readers. Headings throughout the book with titles like “Where to Start: Resources and Ideas” speak strongly to that. I’ve finally put the book down (for now), savoring the way it delivers on the promise made on the cover’s subtitle, “a guide to teaching essential skills for tomorrow’s world!” -- Mark Gura, Edtech Digest

Discover ways to empower students to build confidence in sharing their learning, becoming more responsible digital citizens and evolving into classroom creators.

In researching the top skills students need to succeed in the future, author Rachelle Dene Poth identified the following: ability to communicate, work in teams, think creatively, problem-solve and design. This book shows educators how to help students develop these essential skills through authentic, real-world learning experiences, building a pathway for the future of learning and work.

In Chart a New Course, educators will get the tools they need to design more purposeful learning experiences to drive student engagement and motivation, promote creativity in learning, model risk-taking and build classroom culture. Readers will discover how these activities can be woven into instruction rather than layered on existing curriculum, with ideas for getting started; suggestions in response to the statement, “If you’re doing this, try this instead;” and lessons learned along the way.

The book will:

• Foster authentic learning through integration of digital tools and emerging trends.
• Serve as a resource for emerging educators and those with varying levels of tech experience, helping them explore the use of different digital tools and concepts to prepare students for the future.
• Offer clear examples and narratives from students and other educators who have implemented some of the tools discussed, focusing on themes of empowered learning, innovative design and student choice.
• Explore risks taken, failures experienced and fun in working through the challenges, illustrating ways to weave established and emerging topics into curriculum.

This accessible resource opens up a variety of learning experiences for students and illustrates how to implement different technologies into multiple content areas and grade levels.

About the Author

Rachelle Dene Poth is an accomplished edtech consultant, presenter, author, blogger and teacher. She currently teaches Spanish and a course on emerging tech that covers AR/VR, artificial intelligence, coding, gaming, digital citizenship, video animation and more. She presents regularly at conferences on technology and ways to drive student learning. Poth is the president of the ISTE Teacher Education Network and serves on the leadership team for the ISTE Mobile Learning Network. At ISTE19, she received the Making IT Happen Award and a Presidential Gold Award for volunteer service to education. She’s a Buncee Ambassador, Edmodo Certified Trainer, Nearpod Certified Educator and PioNear, Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert and Google Certified Educator Levels I and II. Poth is the author of In Other Words: Quotes That Push Our Thinking, The Future Is Now: Looking Back to Move Ahead and Unconventional Ways to THRIVE in EDU. She’s a contributing author to Education Write Now, Volume 3; several volumes of the Edumatch book Snapshot in Education; and the ISTE book Gamify Literacy . Poth is a regular blogger for Getting Smart and DefinedSTEM.