In this timely and thoughtful book, Andrew Zucker argues that technology can and will play a central role in efforts to achieve crucial education goals, and that it will be an essential component of further improvement and transformation of schools.
The book is marked not only by Zucker’s cutting-edge sophistication about digital technologies, but also by his longstanding engagement with and commitment to K-12 education. It is destined to be recognized as the crucial volume on digital technology and education, and it will be essential reading for school leaders and teachers, policymakers, and those members of the general public—among them parents and engaged citizens—for whom the fate of education is a vital concern.
“Too much of the debate over technology in education has been about whether it is needed. Andrew Zucker cogently makes the case for shifting our focus to how to use technology effectively. It is time to move beyond techno-cheerleading and focus on the educational leadership and vision it takes to use technology to transform learning. Finding that thoughtful balance is why every educator and policymaker should read Transforming Schools with Technology. — Keith R. Krueger, CEO, Consortium for School Networking
Transforming Schools with Technology shows how technology must be an integral part of any effort to redesign and improve schools. It emphasizes the importance of visionary leaders and how—with the smart use of digital technologies—necessary reforms can occur in our schools and classrooms. — Nancy Roche, Board Chair, Forsyth County Schools, Georgia
Andrew Zucker’s book is an indispensable resource for educators and decisionmakers—a balanced, coherent, and insightful discussion about the use of computers and digital tools on behalf of enhanced teaching and learning in our schools. Zucker’s firsthand experience of technology programs at the national, state, and local levels provides a unique perspective on both the promise and pitfalls of investing in digital tools. He takes on big and compelling educational goals for technology: making schools engaging and relevant; reaching all students; attracting, preparing, and retaining high-quality teachers; and improving the ways in which we measure and account for learning. Without fanfare or hype—and with a measured, clear, and jargon-free writing style—Zucker shows how some schools are being transformed and why today’s digital tools are essential for students, teachers, and school administrators. — Linda G. Roberts, Former Director, Office of Educational Technology, U.S. Department of Education