Virtual School Meanderings

July 12, 2016

EDTECH537 – List Entry: K-12 Online Learning Books

As I mentioned in the EDTECH537 – Week 3 entry for my EDTECH537 – Blogging In The Classroom course, I wanted to post a sample of a list entry.

For my list entry this year, I thought it might be useful to post a list of K-12 online and blended learning books that I have on my bookshelf.

K-12 Online Learning

  • Facilitating Online Learning: Effective Strategies for Moderators by George Collison and Bonnie Elbaum
  • Essential Elements: Prepare, Design, and Teach Your Online Course by Bonnie Elbaum and Cynthia McIntyre
  • The Virtual High School: Teaching Generation V by Andrew Zucker and Robert Kozma

These three books are from the original VHS pilot project.

  • What Works in K-12 Online Learning by Cathy Cavanaugh and Robert Blomeyer
  • Online Learning: Strategies for K-12 Teachers by Wayne Journell
  • Virtual Schools: Planning for Success by Zane L. Berge and Tom Clark
  • Making the Move to K-12 Online Teaching: Research-Based Strategies and Practices by Kerry Rice
  • Handbook of Research on K-12 Online and Blended Learning by Richard E. Ferdig and Kathryn Kennedy
  • Development and Management of Virtual Schools: Issues and Trends by Catherine Cavanaugh
  • eLearnings: Implementing a National Strategy for ICT in Education, 1998-2010 by Vince Ham, Derek Wenmoth and Stephen Heppell
  • Equal Scrutiny: Privatization and Accountability in Digital Education by Patricia Burch and Annalee G. Good
  • Learning Online: What Research Tells Us About Whether, When and How by Barbara Means and Marianne Bakia
  • Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology: The Digital Revolution and Schooling in America by Allan Collins and Richard Halverson
  • The Open Classroom: Distance Learning in Schools by Jo Bradley
  • What School Leaders Need to Know About Digital Technologies and Social Media by Scott McLeod and Chris Lehmann
  • Effective Educational Partnerships: Experts, Advocates, and Scouts by Samuel Mitchell

These thirteen books are more research-focused, or at least based on some research or have academic/research-informed authors.

  • Wired Together: The Online Classroom in K-12 : Teacher Education and Professional Development by Zane L. Berge and Mauri P. Collins
  • Wired Together: The Online Classroom in K-12 : Writing, Reading and Language Acquisition by Zane L. Berge and Mauri P. Collins
  • Wired Together: The Online Classroom in K-12 : Case Studies by Zane L. Berge and Mauri P. Collins

These three books are research-based, but were written in the very early days of K-12 online learning – so their value is a little limited given today’s landscape.

  • A Classroom of One: How Online Learning Is Changing our Schools and Colleges by Gene I. Maeroff
  • Cyberschools by Glenn R. Jones

These two books are written by folks with an academic background, but are both more akin to thought pieces.

  • Online Teaching in K-12: Models, Methods, and Best Practices for Teachers and Administrators by Sarah Bryans-Bongey and Kevin J. Graziano
  • So You Think You Want to Start a Virtual School: A Guide to Beginning the Process by Rachel Stout
  • Handbook for Virtual Education and Educators: A School’s Guide to Starting a Virtual Program by Dr Marsheila Natachee Ksor
  • Teaching on the Education Frontier: Instructional Strategies for Online and Blended Classrooms Grades 5-12 by Kristin Kipp
  • Teaching and Learning Online: A Step-by-Step Guide for Designing an Online K-12 School Program by Shawn Morris
  • Virtual Schooling: A Guide to Optimizing Your Child’s Education by Elizabeth Kanna and Lisa Gillis

These six books are written by practitioners in the field of K-12 online learning, so they are largely tales of what they did and a suggestion that you should do the same to have success.  And the final one is really an advocacy piece.

  • Free Online High Schools: Earn your high school diploma for free! by Thomas Nixon
  • Finding an Online High School: Your Guide to More Than 4,500 High School Courses Offered Over the Internet by Vincent Kiernan
  • Bakers Guide to Christian Distance Education: Online Learning for All Ages by Jason D. Baker

These three books are largely a listing of all of the K-12 online learning programs that the authors were able to find.

  • The African Virtual School Maths Book by Mr Wilfred Wright

This book is a manual that is used by the African Virtual School (that I picked up somewhere along the way).

  • Education Transformation: How K-12 Online Learning is bringing the greatest change to education in 100 years by Ron Packard and Cynthia Black
  • Getting Smart: How Digital Learning is Changing the World by Tom Vander Ark and Bob Wise
  • Education Reform for the Digital Era by John E. Chubb and Paul T. Hill
  • The Kids That ECOT Taught by Bill Lager
  • Disrupting Class, Expanded Edition: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns by Clayton Christensen, Michael B. Horn, and Curtis W. Johnson
  • Saving Schools: From Horace Mann to Virtual Learning by Paul E. Peterson
  • Private Enterprise and Public Education by Frederick M. Hess and Michael B. Horn
  • Liberating Learning: Technology, Politics, and the Future of American Education by Terry M. Moe and John E. Chubb

These eight books are written by ideological proponents of K-12 online and blended learning, so the books are largely advocacy for increased cyber charter school activity with little or no regulation.

K-12 Blended Learning

  • Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools by Michael B. Horn, Heather Staker, and Clayton M. Christensen

This is another book written by ideological proponents of K-12  blended learning, so the book is largely advocacy for increased blended learning – often through charter schools – with little or no regulation.

Another moral to this story is that I need to increase my blended learning library…

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