Conditions of Use
The textbook gave extensive definitions and explanations on the topic of information technology in schools. I would also say that he gave more than I expected. The book includes helpful tips on how to create collaborative strategies and an entire... read more
The textbook gave extensive definitions and explanations on the topic of information technology in schools. I would also say that he gave more than I expected. The book includes helpful tips on how to create collaborative strategies and an entire advice section on how to apply for a position in the field. Even though the author mentions the focus for each chapter in the introduction, I do wish the book included a table of contents at the beginning.
There are a couple of formatting errors as well as places where it looks like the author forgot to go back and fill in the information. For example, the book has places where it says (see pages xx-xx or see page x).
The author is very clear about who the book is for and continues to refer to it throughout the book. It is an excellent foundation for readers that want an introduction to the topic. Based on the way the textbook is divided it would be easy to refer back to a specific topic after reading it.
The author presented the material in the textbook in a very clear and concise manner. Along with the highly detailed explanations, the author included personal accounts and examples to give context to the specific topic. I really appreciated the example bout the 'switch'.
The textbook is very consistent. Examples are presented in the same way throughout the book as well as the headers. I read the book over multiple sittings and because of the layout, it was fairly easy to continue to find my place each time.
I appreciated the many sections included in the book. The author created multiple sections to make sure each topic related to technology in the school was well-defined and explained.
The flow of the textbook was well organized and built on the section before it.
In the pdf version, the page numbers are cut off when you get to page 10.
There were some grammatical errors. Specifically repeated words or mixed-up words like 'do' instead of 'to'.
The author included examples in the book that related to current accessibility requirements as well as examples related to current cultural issues.
Table of Contents
- 1. What Exactly is School?
- 2. Working in Schools
- 3. Infrastructure in Schools
- 4. Supporting School IT Infrastructure
- 5. Users in Schools
- 6. Technology in Teaching
- 7. IT Decision-Making in Schools
- 8. Getting Hired
About the Book
My purpose in writing this book is to give readers a view into the work of managing information technology in schools. IT professionals will notice differences (some nuanced and some significant) between the needs and expectations of IT users in business and IT in school. With the more complete and more accurate concept the nature of the computing environment necessary for successful schooling, which I intend to provide through this book, IT professionals will be better prepared to meet those needs. Educators will also benefit from this book by clarifying the nature of their IT needs and how these may be different from those that are familiar to IT professionals who are hired to work in your school.
About the Contributors
Dr. Gary L. Ackerman, Director of Teaching and Learning Innovation at Greenfield Community College