Building on the bestselling Learning
First, Technology Second, this book helps teachers choose technology
tools and instructional strategies based on an understanding of how students
After observing teachers and students interact with technology over many
years, Liz Kolb began to wonder: While students’ attention levels are high when
they use digital devices, how can we move them to an equally high level of
commitment to their learning tasks? Her extensive research into this question
led to the development of the Triple E Framework, in which the learning goal—not
the tool—is the most important element of a given lesson.
With this understanding, this book extends the ideas from Learning First,
Technology Second, offering:
• An overview of the popular and highly regarded Triple E Framework.
compelling myth vs. reality format through which to apply the research and
strategies tied to the Triple E Framework.
• A step-by-step process for
instructional designers and tech coaches to use the framework with classroom
teachers for better lesson design.
• Twelve authentic lessons designed by
K-12 teachers to meet all three elements of the Triple E Framework, with
suggestions on how to improve lessons with technology.
• Examples of how two
schools have systematically integrated the framework across their district.
For Learning First, Technology Second readers, this book builds on
their knowledge, providing new research, scenarios, cases and ideas for using
technology in education. For readers new to the framework, this book provides
all of the essential research and tools mentioned above, along with an overview
of the framework, so they can apply what they learn without missing a beat.
About the Author
Liz Kolb is a clinical associate
professor of education technologies at The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
She has written several books, including Learning First, Technology
Second (ISTE 2017). In addition, Kolb has published numerous articles and
book chapters on new technologies and education in prominent publications such
as Education Leadership, School Administrator Magazine, Scholastic magazines,
Edutopia and Learning & Leading with Technology. She has been a featured and
keynote speaker at conferences throughout the U.S. and Canada, and is currently
co-chairing an auxiliary committee for the U.S. Office of Education Technology
on sustainable professional development in teacher education. She’s a Michigan
Association for Computer Users in Learning (MACUL) board member and a member of
the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) advisory board for mobile learning
and emerging technologies. Kolb is the creator of the Triple E Framework, an
open-source framework for K-12 teachers and administrators to use to assess the
effectiveness of technology in lesson plans. Kolb is also the creator of the 4T
Virtual Conference, a free conference for over 3,000 K-12 educators held each