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Digital Life Together: The Challenge of Technology for Christian Schools

Paperback |English |0802877036 | 9780802877031

Digital Life Together: The Challenge of Technology for Christian Schools

Paperback |English |0802877036 | 9780802877031
Overview

Digital technologies loom large in the experience of today's students. However, parents, teachers, and school leaders have only started to take stock of the ramifications for teaching, learning, and faith.

Based on a three-year in-depth study of Christian schools, Digital Life Together walks educators, school leaders, and parents through some of the big ideas that are hidden in our technology habits, going beyond general arguments for or against digital devices to address the nuanced realities of Christian education in a twenty-first-century context.
ISBN: 0802877036
ISBN13: 9780802877031
Author: David I. Smith, Kara Sevensma, Marjorie Terpstra, Steven McMullen
Publisher: Eerdmans
Format: Paperback
PublicationDate: 2020-05-05
Language: English
PageCount: 344
Dimensions: 6.0 x 1.0 x 9.0 inches
Weight: 19.2 ounces

Digital technologies loom large in the experience of today's students. However, parents, teachers, and school leaders have only started to take stock of the ramifications for teaching, learning, and faith.

Based on a three-year in-depth study of Christian schools, Digital Life Together walks educators, school leaders, and parents through some of the big ideas that are hidden in our technology habits, going beyond general arguments for or against digital devices to address the nuanced realities of Christian education in a twenty-first-century context.
Editorial Reviews


"This is a gem of a book. Reports of educational research are often hard work for the professional educator and difficult to apply in school. This book is exactly the opposite. It combines rigorous research with a highly accessible written style and practical outcomes for schools to implement. The challenge of integrating technology with Christian learning is dealt with through an in-depth case study. The clear structure, frequent summaries, easily digestible chapters, and thought-provoking questions make this a masterpiece in communication. Every Christian school should have at least one copy in its staff library and use it for staff development."


-- Trevor Cooling

National Institute for Christian Education Research

Canterbury Christ Church University
"Through their close study, the authors cogently map out the complex 'faith-technology-teaching-learning tapestry' in the Christian school. Not only will every Christian school educator, student, and parent see their experiences reflected in this book, they'll also be challenged toward technology-based practice that is missionally aligned, encourages both creativity and discernment, and enriches Christian formation and community."


-- Lynn E. Swaner

Association of Christian Schools International
"Here, finally, is wisdom about the role of technology in Christian teaching and learning that is neither blind enthusiasm nor defensive dismissal. Rooted in empirical research rather than anecdotal impressions, this remarkable book helps us learn from what is happening to better frame what we hope might happen. This is an excellent catalyst for a conversation that all faith-based school communities need to have. Highly recommended for teachers, administrators, and the families investing in Christian schooling."


-- James K. A. Smith

Calvin University

author of
Desiring the Kingdom and
You Are What You Love
"The authors of
Digital Life Together demonstrate the beauty of excellent Christian research. They not only help us think about how to use our digital tools, they demonstrate how to use our social-scientific tools for learning. They employ quantitative studies, focus groups, case studies, classroom observations, and in-depth interviews to illuminate the complex realities and challenges of educational life with technology. As a result, they do not simply supply us with surface-level tips and techniques, they impart deep Christian wisdom about technology use in the Christian classroom gleaned from the field. Every Christian educator needs to read this book."


-- Perry L. Glanzer

Baylor University

author of
The Outrageous Idea of Christian Teaching


David I. Smith is director of the Kuyers Institute for Christian Teaching and Learning and professor of education at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, and he serves as editor of the International Journal of Christianity and Education. His books include
On Christian Teaching, Teaching and Christian Practices (with James K. A. Smith) and
Teaching and Christian Imagination(with Susan Felch). Visit him online at onchristianteaching.com.

Kara Sevensma has over 15 years of educational experience, first as a K-12 special education teacher and then as an assistant professor of Education at Calvin College. Her most recent work explores the intersections of digital technologies, school culture, and Christian education.

Marjorie Terpstra, chair of the Education department and associate professor of education at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, brings many hours of classroom observation experience as part of her instructional work at Calvin and elsewhere. Her research has focused on the complexities of teaching with digital technologies and on leveraging digital technologies for learning to teach.

Steven McMullen is associate professor of economics at Hope College, the executive editor of the journal
Faith & Economics, and fellow at the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics. He has done substantial work on the ethics and theology of economic life, with an emphasis on animal ethics, the environment, consumerism, and technology, including the book
Animals and the Economy.
 

David I. Smith is director of the Kuyers Institute for Christian Teaching and Learning, Calvin College, and associate professor of German at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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Overview

Digital technologies loom large in the experience of today's students. However, parents, teachers, and school leaders have only started to take stock of the ramifications for teaching, learning, and faith.

Based on a three-year in-depth study of Christian schools, Digital Life Together walks educators, school leaders, and parents through some of the big ideas that are hidden in our technology habits, going beyond general arguments for or against digital devices to address the nuanced realities of Christian education in a twenty-first-century context.
ISBN: 0802877036
ISBN13: 9780802877031
Author: David I. Smith, Kara Sevensma, Marjorie Terpstra, Steven McMullen
Publisher: Eerdmans
Format: Paperback
PublicationDate: 2020-05-05
Language: English
PageCount: 344
Dimensions: 6.0 x 1.0 x 9.0 inches
Weight: 19.2 ounces

Digital technologies loom large in the experience of today's students. However, parents, teachers, and school leaders have only started to take stock of the ramifications for teaching, learning, and faith.

Based on a three-year in-depth study of Christian schools, Digital Life Together walks educators, school leaders, and parents through some of the big ideas that are hidden in our technology habits, going beyond general arguments for or against digital devices to address the nuanced realities of Christian education in a twenty-first-century context.
Editorial Reviews


"This is a gem of a book. Reports of educational research are often hard work for the professional educator and difficult to apply in school. This book is exactly the opposite. It combines rigorous research with a highly accessible written style and practical outcomes for schools to implement. The challenge of integrating technology with Christian learning is dealt with through an in-depth case study. The clear structure, frequent summaries, easily digestible chapters, and thought-provoking questions make this a masterpiece in communication. Every Christian school should have at least one copy in its staff library and use it for staff development."


-- Trevor Cooling

National Institute for Christian Education Research

Canterbury Christ Church University
"Through their close study, the authors cogently map out the complex 'faith-technology-teaching-learning tapestry' in the Christian school. Not only will every Christian school educator, student, and parent see their experiences reflected in this book, they'll also be challenged toward technology-based practice that is missionally aligned, encourages both creativity and discernment, and enriches Christian formation and community."


-- Lynn E. Swaner

Association of Christian Schools International
"Here, finally, is wisdom about the role of technology in Christian teaching and learning that is neither blind enthusiasm nor defensive dismissal. Rooted in empirical research rather than anecdotal impressions, this remarkable book helps us learn from what is happening to better frame what we hope might happen. This is an excellent catalyst for a conversation that all faith-based school communities need to have. Highly recommended for teachers, administrators, and the families investing in Christian schooling."


-- James K. A. Smith

Calvin University

author of
Desiring the Kingdom and
You Are What You Love
"The authors of
Digital Life Together demonstrate the beauty of excellent Christian research. They not only help us think about how to use our digital tools, they demonstrate how to use our social-scientific tools for learning. They employ quantitative studies, focus groups, case studies, classroom observations, and in-depth interviews to illuminate the complex realities and challenges of educational life with technology. As a result, they do not simply supply us with surface-level tips and techniques, they impart deep Christian wisdom about technology use in the Christian classroom gleaned from the field. Every Christian educator needs to read this book."


-- Perry L. Glanzer

Baylor University

author of
The Outrageous Idea of Christian Teaching


David I. Smith is director of the Kuyers Institute for Christian Teaching and Learning and professor of education at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, and he serves as editor of the International Journal of Christianity and Education. His books include
On Christian Teaching, Teaching and Christian Practices (with James K. A. Smith) and
Teaching and Christian Imagination(with Susan Felch). Visit him online at onchristianteaching.com.

Kara Sevensma has over 15 years of educational experience, first as a K-12 special education teacher and then as an assistant professor of Education at Calvin College. Her most recent work explores the intersections of digital technologies, school culture, and Christian education.

Marjorie Terpstra, chair of the Education department and associate professor of education at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, brings many hours of classroom observation experience as part of her instructional work at Calvin and elsewhere. Her research has focused on the complexities of teaching with digital technologies and on leveraging digital technologies for learning to teach.

Steven McMullen is associate professor of economics at Hope College, the executive editor of the journal
Faith & Economics, and fellow at the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics. He has done substantial work on the ethics and theology of economic life, with an emphasis on animal ethics, the environment, consumerism, and technology, including the book
Animals and the Economy.
 

David I. Smith is director of the Kuyers Institute for Christian Teaching and Learning, Calvin College, and associate professor of German at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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  • Used - Acceptable: All pages and the cover are intact, but shrink wrap, dust covers, or boxed set case may be missing. Pages may include limited notes, highlighting, or minor water damage but the text is readable. Item may but the dust cover may be missing. Pages may include limited notes and highlighting, but the text cannot be obscured or unreadable.

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Shipping method varies depending on what is being shipped.  

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To be eligible for a return, your item must be unused and in the same condition that you received it. It must also be in the original packaging.

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  • Downloadable software products
  • Some health and personal care items

To complete your return, we require a tracking number, which shows the items which you already returned to us.
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Items returned to us that were not the result of our error, including items returned to us due to an invalid or incomplete address, will be refunded the original item price less our standard restocking fees.

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If you are shipping an item over $75, you should consider using a trackable shipping service or purchasing shipping insurance. We don’t guarantee that we will receive your returned item.

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