Successful Middle School Instructional Technology

Successful Middle School Instructional Technology

Author: Ryan Ruggles and Tim Schigur

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Item #: 1437
Publisher: AMLE
Page Count: 156
ISBN: 978-1-56090-010-8
Published: 11/1/2023

To be successful, school leaders must embrace technology and become innovative instructional leaders. Successful Middle School Instructional Technology equips middle level teams with tools and sample frameworks to develop a common language and approach to instructional technology with a focus on student engagement and digital wellness. Through a strong focus on vision, philosophy, and continuous improvement, this book supports whole school improvement centered around best practice, highly engaging classrooms, and technology plans that support young adolescents.

Successful Middle School Instructional Technology is organized into four sections that mirror The Successful Middle School: This We Believe. Each section contains activities and reflection questions to support teams in developing their instructional technology vision/philosophy and ensuring their practices match their philosophy:

  • Section One, young adolescent development, explores the “who” of instructional technology – the amazing middle school students for whom we’re doing all of this work in the first place!
  • In Section Two, culture and community, focuses on the “why” of instructional technology, beginning with building a shared vision for all middle level learners and what we know about young adolescents and technology.
  • Section Three, leadership and organization, zeroes in on the “how” of instructional technology, focusing on processes and systems for improvement.
  • In Section Four, curriculum, instruction, and assessment, discusses the “what” of instructional technology. The authors dig into best instructional practices for middle grades learners as it pertains to technology integration, curriculum, and engagement.
  • The text concludes with advice on how to build momentum with your instructional technology practices and digital plan, addressing continuous improvement efforts.

Praise for Successful Middle School Instructional Technology

"Within the pages of Successful Middle School Instructional Technology, Ruggles and Schigur brilliantly illuminate the path for intentionally integrating technology into middle school classrooms in meaningful and evidence-based ways. Drawing from deep expertise and passion, this guide is a masterclass in navigating the nuanced world of adolescent development in a constantly evolving digital age. Prepare to be informed and inspired!"
–Thomas C. Murray
Author of Personal & Authentic
Director of Innovation, Future Ready Schools
Washington, D.C.

"The Successful Middle School Instructional Technology provides a comprehensive blueprint for leveraging technology to engage students and transform learning. The authors' passion for innovation shines through as they explore key elements like culture, leadership, professional development, and emerging trends. Any middle level educator looking to enhance instruction through technology will find this book an indispensable guide full of practical strategies, useful frameworks, and thought-provoking insights. I highly recommend it for both new and experienced middle school leaders seeking to create future-ready learning environments for young adolescents."
–Dr. Rainey Briggs
Superintendent of School District of Baraboo

"As former middle level principals themselves, Ruggles and Schigur clearly understand both the opportunities and challenges instructional technology will bring to the students, families, and staff of a school community. With this firsthand experience, this book provides practical and thoughtful advice for how to incorporate instructional technology into any school looking to bolster innovation and student achievement. The emphasis on engaging and empowering instruction while still cultivating and supporting appropriate adolescent development in this digital era is most appreciated. Any middle level administrator will want to share these concepts with their staff and families.”
–Matt Biederwolf
Marshfield Middle School