Here are my biggest loves from the book:
- It Puts the Horse Firmly Ahead of the Cart
The book is not really about Google, nor is it about EdTech tools, it is about good pedagogy. It is about engaging students and giving them voice. The book centres around good teaching practice and then outlines how and which EdTech Tools can support.
- It Addresses All the Things I Am Passionate About in Education. The Google Infused Classroom clearly lays out the importance of rich assessment for/of/as learning, making learning visible, understanding by design, and constructivism. It also introduced me to connectivism (something I believe in but didn't have a name for until this book). All these ideas are explained clearly and succinctly - making it a great resource to introduce or remind.
- It Is SUPER Accessible.
The authors have divided the book into four sections: formative assessment, demonstration of learning, tips for differentiation, and reflect & curation with a bonus section about digital portfolios. I love that you can jump into a section to learn. Moreover, each section outlines why to do it and how it makes thinking visible & amplifies student voice. Once that is clear they introduce an EdTech Tool that can support and outline information about tools including how it works, what it costs, and why it is great.
- It Is Full Of Great Quotes.The English teacher inside me loves the quotes the authors have included by other authors to drive home the importance of the pedagogy being discussed.
"If students are sharing their work with the world they want it to be good. If they're sharing it with you, the want it to be good enough" -Rushton Hurley
It is definitely a book worth reading - and be sure to follow the conversation on twitter with the hashtag #InfusedClassroom