10 game-changing books for teachers using technology in the classroom

Technology has catapulted its way into the classroom in a few short decades. Chalkboards are gathering dust. Computer rooms are commonplace. The mobile phone debate rages on.

And AI is settling in.

It makes you wonder how education keeps up. And what to do about it. Should education lean more into it, or avoid at all costs?

Research is key. But the internet is a vast ocean of information. How do you sort your way through it?

Books on technology in the classroom.

Books on this topic are worth their weight in gold. Yet if you’re wondering where to start, you’re in luck! 
The following list is a good starting point. And will introduce you to a range of classroom strategies, as well as give you some shortcuts and back up plans that’ll make you the school’s techno whizz in no time:

Rewiring Education by John D Couch

Written by the Vice President of Education at Apple, Couch envisions the potential of technology in helping every child unlock their potential.

Teachers Vs Tech by Daisy Christodoulou

Christodoulou explores both sides of the ed tech debate, covering topics such as the science of learning, differentiation and the importance of teaching facts.

Bloomsbury CPD Library: Using Technology in the Classroom by José Picardo 

Picardo’s book is designed as the ideal training tool for teaching staff. It promotes digital tools for the classroom which are more sustainable alongside research-based strategies to improve teaching and learning.#

Teaching in the game based classroom by David Seelow

Seelow’s guide is all about finding the sweet spot between teaching your lessons and a love of games. Make the most of pupil motivation.

The Classroom Teacher’s Technology Survival Guide by Doug Johnson

This is a brilliant guide for those working with older students. It’s packed with practical tips on how to use the available technology that’s out there.

Teaching in the Online Classroom: surviving and thriving in the new normal by Doug Lemov 

Online classes are more commonplace than ever. And educators had to adapt very fast. But if you’re new to remote teaching, or want to develop your skills, this is a good addition to your bookshelf. 

Integrating Technology in the Classroom: Tools to Meet the Need of Every Student by Boni Hamilton

Hamilton covers a range of topics in ed tech, including AR / VR, programming and game creation. There’s also examples of how to meet the needs of visual, kinaesthetic and multilingual learners. 

Out of Our Minds: The Power of Being Creative by Ken Robinson

Does the author name ring a bell? You might have his TED Talk on creativity some time ago. His book explores creativity in a similar vein, how it’s often not valued enough and ways we can reclaim it.

50 Things You Can Do With Google Classroom by Libbie Miller and Alice Keeler

Who’d have thought you could do so many things on Google Classroom. Authors and Innovators, Miller and Keeler break down the barriers to mastering Google Classroom, a vital tool for remote learning.

Code Breaker: Increase Creativity, Remix Assessment and Develop a Class of Coder Ninjas by Brian Aspinall 

In a digital age, digital skills are a must. Author, Brian Aspinall outlines some useful ways to transform the curriculum into a series of skills building workshops for your pupils, from problem-solving to coding and computational thinking.

Ready to use technology in the classroom?

With each generation getting more confident with newer technologies, teachers face the challenge of keeping up. 

The digital world is lightning fast. It’s clear technology has a mountain of benefits in the classroom. But our understanding of it is still murky. 

Books on technology in the classroom are not only a teaching tool on how to use technology, but also knowing when it’s helpful, not just used for the sake of it.

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