Personalized Learning, Personalized Technology
The book is now available for Pre-Order
I am writing a book on Educational Technology based around the CYOD (Choose Your Own Device) 1:1 Model. This book is being written entirely in the public (a good idea or an insane one?). You can view the progress on GitHub.
Access to a pre-order only newsletter that will keep you up to date with the book’s progress and ask for your input. Get an inside look at writing the book.
Day 1 Access
Pre-ordering is the only way to receive the book on the first day it's available (maybe even a little sooner). There will be few print editions available at launch, pre-ordering will guarantee you get one.
With the newsletter I will be providing early chapter samples and asking for feedback from you. Your feedback and input will influence the final version of the book.
Directly support an independent author. This book is being produced entirely on my own. Any pre-order purchases go directly to helping produce this book and making it free for others.
With enough pre-orders, I will organize and be an active participant in a Slack Community (or similar technology) built around the book’s topics. This community will start before the book’s launch, and continue after.
ABOUT THE BOOK
This book is being written for anyone working with educational technology. If you have devices in the hands of student in your distrcit, I want to help. The book is being written from my experience as both a classroom teacher and a distrcit administrator.
The focus of the book is, how to implement an impactful and sustainable 1:1 program in a K12 environments. Not just giving every kid a device. The book will introduct and advocate the CYOD (Choose Your Own Device) model, but the ideas can be applied to any model you choose.
Many well intentioned and well funded technology initiatives fall flat. Programs fail for any combination of reasons; planning, implementation, culture, understanding, communication, etc. I will share what I have learned and show how to mitigate or remove these obstacles. A 1:1 program is a lot more than just the device. The actual device(s) you choose matter very little.
The technology used in these programs changes constantly, My focus will be on the systems you need in place to make the program work and less about specific technology. The content of the book will apply to any technology initiative you want run, not just a blip in time when (insert your favorite tech) is the current trend.
CYOD - Building a Choose Youre Own Device 1:1 program for your school district.
What's Next for 1:1 - How an impactful 1:1 program is about more than a device in students hands
Digital Citizenship - Technology is an unavoidable part of society and learning today. Understanding it is part of being a good citizen.
1:1 is for Everyone - A 1:1 program is about studnts, teachers, administrators, and the community participating and working together.
Equity - Giving everyone the same device is equality. Giving everyone the device they need to be successful is equity.
Asynchronous Communication - How to introduce and use an asychronous workflow and how it helps students succeed.
Future Proof - Technology is a huge investment for any distrcit. We'll discuss how to protect this investment.
The pricing for the book is very simple, whatever works for your budget. Pay what you want or think is fair, including paying nothing.
The information in this book is there to help improve the education of our students. It shouldn't be behind a paywall. The book is really free and you are encouraged to share it.
Why A Book?
Apart from being a goal to actually write a book, this format seemed the best way to distribute these ideas and best practices in the most beneficial and impactful way. It’s a scaleable way to share an idea.
Before deciding to attempt writing a book, I did a lot of research on how to write a book, and reached out to people that had done it before. I wanted an idea of what I was getting into. Most advice boils down to “Just write.” Good advice, but I needed more.
Writing a book is a weird thing. A person works almost in secret (or with a small group of people) for a very long time then releases everything into the world. The final product is known, but very little is shared about the process.
When I’m learning how to code something new, I don’t go look at the final products that people made, I look at the source code and try to figure out how they built it.
I wanted to share the entire process I’m going through (the source code of the book), hopefully it will help someone else.
There are lots of way to contribute and support this project. Any and all ways are greatly appreciated. Projects like this aren’t possible without a community of supporters around it.
WAYS TO CONTRIBUTE
Spread the Word
Sharing this project with others is a great way to contribute. Share by word of mouth, social media, or any way you choose. If you share this project on Twitter, feel free to let me know (@swoicik).
You are viewing the raw form of this writing. Part of this project is you get to see how the book is being written, not just the finished project. When you reading through you notice a spelling issue, grammar issue, or something just doesn't sound right, let me know. You can create an issue on GitHub or message me on Twitter.
You can now pre-order the book the book. The book is being released under a pay what you want model. Pre-order by clicking here, or using the form below.