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K-12 Evaluated Resource Collection

Shake Up Learning

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Author/Publisher/Website: Bell, K.
Copyright: 2018
Evaluation/Record Entry Date: May/2019
Submitting suppliers/Website: Not Available
Primary Identifier: 9781946444691
Recommended Grades and Subjects/Courses: K-12
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Resource Description

This visually engaging, well-organized teacher resource urges educators to be agents of change, to make teaching more dynamic, and to use technology to improve learning. It encourages teachers to promote a growth mindset in students as they engage in inquiry, design thinking, and problem-based learning, all supported with technology. The resource provides reasons why pedagogy needs to change, what the shift can look like, and how it can be implemented. Tips are provided on how to digitally curate resources, use social media in the classroom, manage digital footprints, publish for a global audience, and engage in virtual field trips, and advocates for creating a culture of risk-taking.

CURRICULUM FIT

Does the resource support BC curriculum?
Moderately
This product supports the Core Competencies of the BC curriculum:
Communication
Creative Thinking
Critical thinking
Comments:
Although this resource is based on an American context and references the Common Core, it still supports instruction in all areas of the new curriculum, as it provides practical ideas to make learning more dynamic, more engaging, and more responsive to 21st century learners. Technology has changed the way we access information, learn, make a living, and interact, and this resource provides support in shifting teaching to align with this. It asks teachers to consider how they encourage curiosity, risk-taking, resilience, creative thinking, and problem-solving in the classroom, and shows how seamlessly integrating technology in the classroom can enhance learning for all students.

SOCIAL CONSIDERATIONS

Belief System:
The author thanks God, and one student sample includes the goal of memorizing the books of the Bible.
Safety:
The resource strongly encourages teachers to publish student work online to provide an authentic, global audience that can provide timely feedback. Teachers should be mindful about student safety if publishing student work online.
Do the social considerations support, rather than detract from, student learning?
Extensively
Social Considerations Comments:
There are no significant social considerations in this resource.

GENERAL CONTENT

Content
Is the resource engaging?
Extensively
Is the content current for the intended curriculum and grade?
Extensively
Is the content accurate for the intended curriculum and grade?
Extensively
Is the content timely and important for student broad understandings?
Extensively
Audience:
Does the resource provide opportunities for creative and critical thinking?
Extensively
Can the content be differentiated?
Extensively
Is the level of detail appropriate?
Moderately
Comments:
This is a teacher reference material which invites differentiation because it provides educators with many tools to support dynamic learning and personalization. It is very dependent on Google tools and Google classroom, but does propose other digital tools and strategies for classroom use.

TECHNICAL DESIGN

Does the resource make effective use of the medium?
Extensively
Is the location of illustrations appropriate?
Extensively
Is the resource easy to use?
Extensively
Is the use of font, text size and presentation uniform?
Extensively
Are extraneous elements/illustrations kept to a minimum?
Extensively
Comments:
This resource is visually engaging, well organized, consistently formatted, and easy to follow. It provides ample space for reflection and notes, and it highlights relevant quotes, links and tips. The excessive use of exclamation marks and the slightly colloquial tone are somewhat distracting.

INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN

Is the instructional design effective and appropriate for the intended audience?
Extensively
Is the resource suitable for a wide range of learning and teaching styles?
Extensively
Are the instructional elements consistent with the purpose of the resource?
Extensively
Are the concepts clearly explained?
Extensively
Does the progression in learning go from the simple to the complex?
Extensively
Are the content chunking and sequencing appropriate?
Extensively
Does the resource provide multiple strategies to help learners construct meaning?
Extensively
Does the resource support a gradual release of responsibility i.e. explicit instruction, guided practice, independent learning?
Extensively
Does the resource provide varied opportunities to demonstrate learning and extend thinking?
Extensively
Does the resource provide appropriate tools for assessment?
Moderately
Does the resource support the transfer of learning to personal or applied contexts?
Extensively
Comments:
This resource invites teachers to be change agents, to make their teaching more dynamic, and to use technology as a tool to improve learning. It progresses logically through the reasons why pedagogy needs to shift, what the shift can look like, and how that shift can be implemented. Every chapter invites teachers to reflect and engage with the content through discussion and reflection questions, chapter actions, and reflection spaces. Each chapter also provides links to the companion website which includes supplemental updated resources, links, and videos.

PROFESSIONAL PRINT

Does the resource support the philosophy and pedagogy of one or more BC curriculum?
Extensively
Does the resource support the development of educators as reflective practitioners?
Extensively
Does the resource provide support for instructional planning?
Extensively
Does the resource support instructional delivery?
Moderately
Does the resource support teachers with practical ideas when attempting change?
Extensively
Is the scope and depth of topics covered consistent with the purpose of the resource?
Extensively
Descriptors:
Gives suggestions of student activities
Contains samples of student work
Provides opportunities for differentiation
Provides suggestions for further reading
Contains discussion guide for study groups
Has cross-curricular applications
Is relevant for primary
Is relevant for intermediate
Is relevant for secondary
Comments:
This resource invites teachers to “let go of the on-size-fits-all factory model of education” and move beyond technology as substitution. It stresses the importance of purposeful planning in order to connect, foster continuous learning, share voice, unleash creative thinking, and empower students. It offers tips for digitally curating resources, using social media in the classroom, managing digital footprints, publishing for a global audience, and engaging in virtual field trips. For teachers, it stresses the importance of creating strong PLNs (personal learning networks) accompanied by meaningful professional development. It advocates for creating a culture of risk-taking.

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS

Readability:
At intended grade level(s)
Comments:
This resource has many digital components on its website: an online course, a book study option, a downloadable Quickstart guide, a blog, podcasts, webinars, etc. https://shakeuplearning.com

SUGGESTED CLASSROOM USAGE

Comments:
This book is a teacher resource and the concepts in it could be used by any teacher at any grade level. It encourages educators to foster a growth mindset in students as they collectively engage in inquiry, design thinking, and problem-based learning, supported with effective technology tools.
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