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Leading Connected Classrooms

Leading Connected Classrooms
Engaging the Hearts and Souls of Learners

  • Robert Dillon - Director of Technology and Innovation at Affton School District, St. Louis, MO

April 2015 | 128 pages | Corwin

Help your students find and keep the joy in learning!

When creative use of technology meets outstanding teaching, incredible learning happens. This insightful guide is for all educators ready to move into a new commitment to true learning. Principal and respected digital educator Robert Dillon shows readers how to:

  • Use student engagement to promote authentic, thoughtful learning
  • Learn how 16 innovative connected educators provided incredible learning opportunities for their students
  • Implement new technology resources and strategies for all classrooms and grade levels
  • Help students build critical thinking skills and gain confidence in their unique voices
About the Author
Chapter 1 Sharing and Collaboration: The Engine for the Connected Classroom
Chapter 2 Respecting the Power of Student Choice
Chapter 3 A Passion for Learning
Chapter 4 Knowing the Core of Your Learning
Chapter 5 Learning That I Never Expected
Chapter 6 From the Mouths of Babes
Chapter 7 Everyone Listens to a Kid
Chapter 8 Student Voice Breeds Opportunities to Change the World
Chapter 9 The Final Resting Place for Student Work
Chapter 10 Engaging Your Community as Listening Partners
Chapter 11 The World as the Playground for Learning
Chapter 12 Authentic Audience Grows Innovative Learners
Chapter 13 When Communities See Students as Assets
Chapter 14 Schools as Idea Incubators
Chapter 15 Service Learning: A Catalyst for Community Change
Chapter 16 Connecting the Pieces
Chapter 17 Educational Leaders as the Catalysts of Change

"Being a connected educator is a requirement today for relevant teaching. However, often, many do not know what effects being connected has on learning. What Bob lays out in this book are the stories and methods every educator needs to know to ensure they are providing the best possible learning for students. The ideas are practical and can work in classrooms that are rich with technology or even those without. A must-add to any professional library."

Steven W. Anderson, @web20classroom, Author, The Relevant Educator

"Leading Connected Classrooms is not just any technology integration book. Robert Dillon provides useful tips and resources for transforming your classes into communities in which students help each other succeed. This book is full of examples of teachers using technology to support collaboration and motivate students. Integrating technology is a tough journey like most learning adventures. However, teachers who implement the tips in this book will see how taking that journey transform their practice and helps them make meaningful connections with their students."

Shelly Terrell, @ShellTerrell, Education Speaker and Trainer
Author, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers

"The layout of the book is structured in a way that helps me to feel organized as I am reading, learning, and taking notes for future use. The resources are relevant to the classroom connection so I can continue making connections after I am finished reading, and the book gives many excellent examples but also allows room for you to think and grow through the essential questions available in every chapter. This book is well worth your time!"

Laura Conley, Technology Integration Facilitator and

"Leading Connected Classrooms: Engaging the Hearts and Souls of Learners is a great book for all teachers and teacher leaders. It combines the voices of seasoned connected educators with great suggestions for growth for those new to building connected classrooms as well as those educators that have been connected for years. Dr. Dillon writes with an optimism that is contagious. The energy of the words jump from each page. Most importantly,  the book paints a hope on how we can build the connections in classrooms that all kids deserve." 

Thomas C. Murray, State and District Digital Learning Director
Alliance for Excellent Education, Washington, DC

Sample Materials & Chapters


Chapter 1

Robert Dillon

Dr. Robert Dillon serves the students and community of the Affton School District as Director of Technology and Innovation. Prior to this position, he served as a teacher and administrator in public schools throughout the Saint Louis area. Dr. Dillon has a passion to change the educational landscape by building excellent engaging schools for all students. He looks for ways to ignite positive risk taking in teachers and students and release trapped wisdom into the system by growing networks of inspired educators. Dr. Dillon has had the opportunity to speak throughout the country at local, state, and national conferences as well as share his... More About Author

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