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Disruptive Classroom Technologies


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Foreword by Robert J. Marzano Acknowledgments About the Author Preface Who Should Read This Book? Where Are We and Where Are We Going? Organization of This Book PART I * INTRODUCTION Chapter 1. A Case for Disruptive Innovation in Education What Is Disruptive Innovation? Managing Disruptive Transitions in Education Principles of Effective Pedagogy Principles of Effective Technology Integration Summary Chapter 2. The T3 Framework: A New Framework for Innovation in Education The Importance of Frameworks Existing Frameworks and Their Usefulness The T3 Framework Summary PART II * STAGES OF THE T3 FRAMEWORK Chapter 3. T1: Translational Technology Use Translational Technology Use Defined T1.1: Automation and T1.2: Consumption Summary Chapter 4. T2: Transformational Technology Use Transformational Technology Use Defined T2.1: Production T2.2: Contribution Summary Chapter 5. T3: Transcendent Technology Use Transcendent Technology Use Defined T3.1: Inquiry Design T3.2: Social Entrepreneurship Summary PART III * PUTTING THE T3 FRAMEWORK TO USE Chapter 6. Applying the T3 Framework Using the T3 Framework for Self-Assessment, Goal Setting, and Continuous Personal Growth Using the T3 Framework for Teacher Evaluation Using the T3 Framework for Professional and Organizational Development Summary References Index

About the Author

Dr. Anthony J. "Sonny" Magana III is an award-winning educator, best-selling author, and pioneering educational technology researcher. Sonny is a highly sought-after leadership consultant and instructional coach with more than thirty years' experience transforming learning systems around the world. The author of numerous research studies and articles, Sonny's first book, Enhancing the Art and Science of Teaching with Technology, co-authored with Dr. Robert J. Marzano, achieved international acclaim. A tireless advocate for transcending the status quo, Sonny founded and served as Principal of Washington State's first CyberSchool in 1996, a groundbreaking blended learning program that continues to meet the needs of at-risk students in Washington. He is a recipient of the prestigious Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award and the Governor's Commendation for Educational Excellence. An avid musician, yoga practitioner, and beekeeper, Sonny holds a bachelor of science degree from Stockton University, a master of education degree from City University (where he was honored with the Presidential Award for meritorious scholarship), an educational administration endorsement, and a doctorate in educational leadership from Seattle University.


"Sonny Magana has made a significant contribution to innovation in education with his important book, Disruptive Classroom Technologies, and the T3 Framework. There have been 161 meta-analyses on various aspects of computers in education - from 10,226 studies, and the average effect is d =.34 - and this effect has not changed over the past 50 years despite phenomenal changes in the technology. A major reason for this lack of impact is most technological interventions do not change the dominant "tell and practice" teaching model. Moving beyond translation and transforming current practice to transcendent uses of technology is clearly where we should go. We need to build collaborative communities of students solving problems, explaining to others (regardless of ability) and using the social media aspects of technology to change classroom conversations from monologue to dialogue, increasing student impact questions, and allowing errors to be stated and dealt with - this can be so transcendental. This is the core of Magana's claims, and indeed this is how we'll see technology really make the difference we're after!"

-- John Hattie, Laureate Professor

"The T3 Framework is a brilliant breakthrough in our understanding and use of technology for learning. Sonny Magana clearly portrays the nature and difference between translational, transformational, and transcendent use of technology. The identification of transcendent use is itself an innovation. On top of all this he shows us how to navigate through the T3 system with guiding questions, prompts, and rubrics. For those of us working on the frontier of deep learning Disruptive Classroom Technologies, and the T3 framework is a much needed gift."

-- Michael Fullan, Professor Emeritus

"Fresh, innovative, and revolutionary, Magana's T3 Framework promises to challenge the status quo and invite disruptive practices in educational technology. Enhancing social entrepreneurship with technology, as the final stage of Magana's framework for technology use in education, is a powerful proposal and a compelling vision worth pursuing by all educators."

-- Yong Zhao, Ph.D., Foundation Distinguished Professor, co-author Never Send a Human to Do a Machine's Job: Correcting Top 5 Ed Tech Mistakes

"Sonny Magana's T3 Framework will provide schools and districts with the planning tools needed to go beyond the "$1,000 pencil". His concept of technology as a disruptive force is exactly how we should be thinking about this historic moment of redesigning the culture of learning. Sonny's book is filled with powerful stories and thoughtful questions that will inspire and empower educators to improve learning. Moreover, he has provided us with a framework for implementation with detail that simply has not existed with earlier models. I have known Sonny for twenty years. His wisdom comes from his incredible passion as an educator, school administrator and now as a researcher."

-- Alan November, Founder

"Sonny Magana carefully analyses innovation in education and adoption of technology through his T3 lens providing practical tools and examples to assist us all. He draws on colorful, helpful examples from music to the fall of the iron curtain to illustrate his ideas and to highlight pathways from translational through transformational and ultimately to transcendent technology use. Disruptive Classroom Technologies exemplifies an "Innovate Don't Digitize" message and should encourage us all to progress quickly beyond the nursery slopes of adoption to the highly productive and exciting upper reaches of technology use for education."

-- Gavin Dykes, Program Director

"What if...What if there were a framework to make tangible in a very articulate, strategic, and actionable way what we have long sought to implement: the student use of technologies to inspire learning that matters? Dr. Magana has done it! Disruptive Classroom Technologies validates your experience and then effortlessly and exponentially moves you along the T3 continuum to transcendent impact from the use of educational technology. A must read for educational leaders at all levels. Magana helps us add value to our investment in technology, and create educational systems of limitless learning."

-- Dr. Mary Wegner, Superintendent

"Disruptive Classroom Technologies is a model for how to effectively implement technology in a school. Dr. Magana's writing and practice demonstrate his unique combination of having a deep understanding of effective pedagogical practice and cutting edge knowledge about technology. The T3 framework that Dr. Magana developed blends learning and technology together in an applicable and effective manner. I have personally observed the power of Sonny's work in our own school district; Gaylord Community Schools has embraced the T3 framework and as a result is a better place for students to learn and staff to teach."

-- Brian Pearson, Superintendent

"In Disruptive Classroom Technologies, Sonny Magana brilliantly defines the T3 Framework which serves as a "call to action" for all education leaders to examine the role that technology has in teaching and learning. As Sonny details, schools are technology rich and innovation poor due to a constant pursuit of the latest glitzy technology fad that often has limited additive value to student achievement. As education leaders we must see beyond the frenzy of the latest technology craze and evaluate the value-added impact that technology resources have on teaching and learning. The T3 Framework provides a structure for educators to evaluate technology resources and to make education decisions that ensure we are transforming and transcending our classrooms. Disruptive Classroom Technologies is a must read for all educators!"

-- Rick Oser, Principal

"In Disruptive Classroom Technologies, Dr. Sonny Magana introduces the T3 Framework, a tool was simple enough for our students and staff to understand and begin to use immediately. Our staff and students found the T3 Framework easy to grasp, yet once fully implemented, it will effectively transform the discussion on technology integration and how to significantly utilize education's investment in technology to enhance teaching and learning. In an authentic and meaningful way, the use of T3 will not only allow our students and teachers to focus on the content of today, but to develop the relevant skills and mindsets needed for the world of tomorrow."

-- Gregory A. Rayl, M.Ed., Superintendent

"A must read for educational leaders faced with a 'technology rich but innovative poor' school, Disruptive Classroom Technologies reframes how educators and students use digital tools in the pursuit of transcendent learning. Equipped with the easy-to-understand T3 Framework, teachers can quickly assess where their own, and their student's use of technology resides; at the translational, transformational and transcendent level. Including advice and real world examples of how to move students' use of digital tools from simple consumption to social entrepreneurship, Disruptive Classroom Technologies equips teachers and leaders with the tools and mindset necessary to engage students as active architects of their learning in a solution-driven, global community of learners."

-- Kim Rayl, M.Ed., Curriculum Director

"Change isn't's already on our doorstep. The disruptive nature of technology compels all educators to critically evaluate integration in support of improved learning outcomes. The T3 Framework developed by Sonny Magana provides a much needed tool for all educators to harness the positive aspects of disruptive technologies to support learning."

-- Eric Sheninger, Author and Senior Fellow

"A Terrific book! Anyone who can draw upon the Beatles, the Soviet Union and Eddie Van Halen to illustrate technology in education, as Dr. Sonny Magana does in Disruptive Classroom Technologies, clearly has it going on!

* Leaders: Keep this book by your side for inspiration, insight and ideas for leading innovative classroom practice.

* Teachers: The T3 Framework will focus your daily teaching practices and hone your natural instincts for innovative instruction and learning with technology.

* Teachers and Leaders: Take the T3 challenge! Can you empower your students to the transcendent level of content understanding using disruptive technologies?"

-- Tom Charouhas, Digital Media Teacher

"This is the book that can disrupt the future trajectory of education. Disruptive Classroom Technologies is the book that could help education evolve into a proper digital age system that will empower students to be in control of their own future, no matter what that may hold."

-- Dr. L. Robert Furman, Principal

"Dr. Magana gets to the heart of how to create transcendent learning environments, clearly demonstrating the role technology can play in driving social entrepreneurship and change. This book is different than most: Sonny has artfully captured the importance of technology in the larger context of transcending traditional learning, using technology to better engage learners, solve difficult problems, and improve results."

-- Renee Patton, Director of Education

"Developing students who are active, informed, and capable of taking action in the real world is at the heart of Disruptive Classroom Technologies. Sonny has shared a new research- and evidence-based framework to guide our thinking about innovation in education, aptly identifying students' "passion and purpose" as the key drivers for school improvement. This book should challenge leaders and teachers alike to review expectations around how and why they lever digital tools in contemporary learning design."

-- Mark Sparvell, Senior Education Manager, School Leader Audience Strategy

"If there is one book all educational leaders read, make it this one. Creating learning environments that promote and foster innovation in both teaching and learning are essential today. Education is ripe for disruption and Sonny has provided a clear framework for helping students and teachers to do more. The T3 Framework can provide guidance to all educational leaders and create the learning students need and deserve."

-- Steven W. Anderson, Digital Learning and Relationship Evangelist

"Disruptive Classroom Technologies provides concrete and clearly defined descriptors for each level of the T3 Framework. Compared with existing frameworks, the T3 Framework makes it easier to classify observed classroom examples of technology integration-and I predict it will be more intuitive for teachers to visualize moving to the higher levels of the T3 Framework. As a district that's working with the New Pedagogies for Deep Learning hub, I really value the alignment of T2 and T3 with deep learning progressions, particularly leveraging digital tools for developing creative ideas and supporting effective leadership for action."

-- Bill Palmer, Director of Teaching and Learning and Technology Integration

"Educators are struggling to navigate classroom environments that are increasingly disrupted by new and emerging technology. In Disruptive Classroom Technologies, Magana helps to make the ambiguity of the current landscape something to both look forward to, and harness. There is no better or more important time to be a teacher, and any self-reflecting leader or educator will benefit from the intentionality of Magana's T3 Framework."

-- Erin Bown-Anderson, Director of Technology Integration

"Disruptive Classroom Technologies offers a timely and practical approach to taming the disjointed adoption of technology in schools today. A trademark of Sonny's work is its ability to be applied immediately in schools to shift the paradigm of classroom innovation. This text gives the practitioner an actionable level of understanding through a realistic framework."

-- Darin Knicely, Ed.S., Ed Tech Entrepreneur and School Leader

"In Disruptive Classroom Technologies, Magana captures precisely the transformational nature of the iEARN global network's peer-to-peer interaction and authentic learning, pointing out that this transformation takes place in educators as well as students as both learn with the world instead of just about it. Sonny accurately, and to my knowledge uniquely, describes this classroom approach as a start-up entrepreneurial endeavor where the teacher becomes the "learning manager" in a setting in which students make meaningful contributions through problem-solving and inquisitive interaction. With the depth and breadth of varied experiences both in and outside the classroom, Dr. Magana is able to peel apart the many layers of effective teaching and learning and identify a coherent T3 Framework."

-- Dr. Edwin H. Gragert, Ph.D., Executive Director Emeritus

"The T3 Framework provides a measurable, hierarchical model for guiding technology usage in the classroom. It provides educators with a way to inspect their current practices and establish a clear path to purposeful technology use in order to engage their students. The true power of T3 is the operationalizing of theory for direct application to the classroom setting. Disruptive Classroom Technologies will resonate with any educator who wants to maximize the impact of technology on instruction."

-- James Corns, Director Digital Safety and Innovation

"With the plethora of technology tools to choose from, busy teachers and administrators are at a loss when deciding which tools will help improve learning. Sonny Magana's T3 Framework is a timely solution to this problem. The self-evaluative matrices, questionnaires and framing tools make the task of transforming one's teaching achievable. Disruptive Classroom Technologies will take a place of honor on my bookshelf, right next to Friedman and Bonk!"

-- Jan Zanetis, Managing Director

"As schools and other institutions of learning struggle to keep pace with the evolving demands and challenges of educating, "today's learners for tomorrow's future," questions persist about the investment and value technology brings to the work of teaching and learning. Anchored in authoritative research on known, high-yield pedagogical practice and building on the prevailing TPACK and SAMR frameworks, Magana presents a refined and structured approach to thinking about technology in instruction that minimizes ambiguity, misinterpretation, and the low-level application of educational technology in schools. The T3 Framework provides an actionable and forward thinking model that explicitly addresses these value-added objectives while adding a new dimension for leading learners to a place of transcendent technology use, where inquiry design and social entrepreneurship seek to address pressing concerns of social justice and the application of technology to solve complex problems that are personal, communal, and global in nature. This is a must read book for anyone who wants to ensure technology in schools is used as a force-multiplier to truly power student learning, agency, and the development of skills to thrive as contributing architects of this century's knowledge economy."

-- Carl Fahle, Information Technology Director, Educational Technology Leader

"Emerging economies are making huge investments in ICT aimed at improving student learning outcomes. However, these investments are not paying off for lack of a coherent road map that leads to substantive student learning. Sonny's T3 framework is the much-needed innovation that can change this situation. His framework will be easily understood by policy makers, and furthermore, it allows for development planners to efficiently prepare program costing, design implementation arrangements, and prepare effective monitoring mechanism for maximum impact of ICT in education. Let's raise the T3 flag and transform education for all!"

-- John W. Henly, International Education Adviser

"Sustainable innovation in education is not about designing something new and flashy. Authentic innovation that positively transforms student learning and success only comes from the development of relationships among students and teachers. Dr. Magana's work is vital because it is a call to design learning environments that support teachers while also engaging students in challenging curriculum and activities. Transformation only occurs when school systems focus on enhancing the roles, interactions, and expectations of what our students and educators can accomplish. By increasing authentic learning partnerships, educators increase the potential to tap into students' passions to solve issues, challenges, and problems that exist today. Sonny's new T3 Framework helps guide this work to ignite the commitments of educators and students through the effective integration of technology into teaching and learning."

-- Ivan Duran, EdD., Assistant Superintendent

"Today's learning environments necessitate the use of technology and now they have been given a big boost by Dr. Magana's contribution of the T3 Framework. Magana introduces a common vocabulary clearly organized and accessible within a taxonomy of stages. The T3s are not just for K-12 classrooms; rather, coaches, consultants and trainers designing on line professional development courses will find nuggets of knowledge within the Framework. One will 'strike gold' when learners are moved toward positive, inclusive and communal responses."

-- Gretchen Dobson, EdD, Global Strategist

"As a leader and innovator in technology integration, Dr. Magana supportively challenges educators to disrupt conventional ways of conceptualizing and engaging technology in classroom settings. The T3 Framework provides a practical and user-friendly model for pushing beyond the traditional boundaries that tend to limit effective technology applications in education. Technology integration in teaching and learning holds great promise for enhancing student engagement and achievement in useful and wonderful ways. The T3 Framework shows us how."

-- Laurie Stevahn, Professor of Educational Leadership

"This is a must read for any change maker truly invested in making a difference with the use of technology in the classroom. Dr. Magana's T3 framework provides the in-depth guidance needed for any learning organization to embrace a "disruptive" approach to technology use. The methodology to achieve Transcendence with both teachers and students alike is a fascinating. Readers will embrace the theory backed by action."

-- Jose Reyes, EdD, Director of Adult and Alternative School

"Technology is a very real and prevalent part of today's society, and as educators who are preparing students to become successful in this society it is essential that we use it to enhance student learning in an effective and meaningful way. Disruptive Classroom Technologies provides a framework for how to obtain that technological knowledge."

-- Allison Greene, Third Grade Teacher

"This book is essential reading for school leaders at every level. This excellent book gives school leaders authoritative guidance about what the future could look like in their schools. What I like about this book is that it gives a structure for personal and vicarious learning about the real matter of school leadership, so that these accumulated experiences and wisdom are not lost at either the personal or collegial levels."

-- Dr. Neil MacNeill, Head Master

"As districts struggle to truly embed technology into the daily classroom learning, it is becoming clear that a new set of language and ideas are needed to move this work forward. This book provides readers with a fresh framework that can build institutional capacity and deeper integration of education technology."

-- Dr. Robert Dillon, Director

"Understanding Sonny's background and past work, I had high expectations, but Disruptive Classroom Technologies was even better than I had expected. I so enjoyed this work and got so much from it that I can't wait to start sharing it with schools immediately. Sonny outlines the truly personal and relevant use of technology by students, to understand, hypothesize, innovate and solve the "wicked real-life problems that matter to them." The T3 Framework will require some serious reflective, honest, and thoughtful effort from district leaders and faculty, but the potential student rewards and outcomes cannot be maximized without this key piece. I believe the real power of Disruptive Classroom Technologies and the T3 Framework lies in the guided, step-by-step approach Sonny has developed for setting vision and goal-setting, and to building consensus, belief, and mastery in their plans. This is an absolutely great work!"

-- Mike Belcher, Director of EdTech Innovation
"Dr. Sonny Magana's T3 framework for innovation in education offers a useful tool for educators globally to embrace the disruptive technologies that abound today. Templates of questions for considering the T3 framework in the context of rapid technological changes allow educators to engage learners at ever deeper and more meaningful levels. Dr. Magana's great manual for using existing classroom technologies for engaging learners and learning communities in a transcendent manner has the clear and cogent potential for changing our educational world for the better."

-- John Jacob Zucker Gardiner, Ph.D.
I can highly recommend "Disruptive Classroom Technologies" to any educator (teacher or leader) who is interested in ensuring that they implement the use of technologies in their school/classroom in the best possible way. If you're not content with the status quo and you want to improve the way technologies are used in your setting, this book is for you. Dr. Sonny Magana has outlined a simple three stage 'T3 Framework' to assist educators to innovate in their own schools, to reflect on where they currently stand, and to give direction for where they could be going. This book is both easy to read and highly engaging, as Sonny has embedded 'rock'n'roll' references and analogies throughout and it's one of those books you think you will just start reading, and then you realise you have finished reading it all in one sitting! Sonny supports his readers to implement the T3 Framework in their own schools by providing online links to a range of resources such as goal-setting and observation guides. This is a book I will definitely keep going back to and is well worth purchasing! -- Rachael Lehr

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