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 this book, 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.
• Fosters authentic learning through integration of digital tools and
• Serves 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.
• Offers 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.
• Explores risks taken, failures experienced and fun in working through the
challenges, illustrating ways to weave established and emerging topics into
This accessible resource is filled with ideas for empowering students to
build confidence in sharing their learning, become more responsible digital
citizens and evolve into classroom creators.
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