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Read More in 2024: Professional Learning eBooks for Educators

Author // Mary Rowland Tuesday, 12 March 2024

Encourage educators to read more by building a school professional library filled with readily available eBooks. Access to professional learning materials makes reading and professional growth a shared experience among educators, paraprofessionals, and administrators. With the ease of access to professional learning materials, "all students deserve to have teachers and administrators whose practice is informed by the latest developments in teaching and learning. It is a matter of equity." (Berg, 2020).  A school professional library gives educators access to the resources they need to be nimble and responsive to student learning needs. Educators can select and consult titles with research-based strategies and adjust instruction in the classroom. 

However, building a school professional library can be costly. Participants in a book study may be limited to the number of copies an administrator can budget for the cost of the books. Curating diverse titles to meet the needs of educators, paraprofessionals, and administrators can seem unwieldy. 

INFOhio can help your school build a professional learning library using eBooks. Ohio educators enjoy the following benefits using eBooks through INFOhio. 

  • Immediate and equitable access to a permanent collection of more than 250 professional learning eBooks.
  • Unlimited, simultaneous access at no additional cost to the school district. 
  • On-demand access with any internet-connected device or download chapters for offline access.

Start building your school's professional eBook library, and lead the effort to read more in 2024. Learn more about these eBooks on the Science of Reading, artificial intelligence in education, content area reading, and technology in the classroom.

Teaching Reading: A Playbook for Developing Skilled Readers Through Word Recognition and Language Comprehension by Douglas Fisher, Nancy Frey, and Diane Lapp

In this eBook, authors Fisher, Frey, and Lapp offer evidence-based reading practices, grounded in cognitive science, to support students as they learn how to read. 

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This eBook, organized by modules, includes activities and printable worksheets. In module 1, the authors introduce educators to Scarborough's Reading Rope to illustrate the interdependence of word recognition and language comprehension for supporting skilled readers. Each module is dedicated to exploring a strand of the Reading Rope. The authors use reflection questions and illustrated visuals to support readers as they interact with the digital text. Educators can access a web page of reproducible worksheets and templates. Reflection questions and activities combined with a web page of additional resources make this eBook suitable for a book study or a supplement to existing professional development materials. 

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Artificial Intelligence in Schools: A Guide for Teachers, Administrators, and Technology Directors by Varun Arora

The use of artificial intelligence in education leaves many with more questions than answers. Answer those questions by adding Artificial Intelligence in Schools: A Guide for Teachers, Administrators, and Technology Directors to a school's professional eBook library. 

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In this eBook, educators learn how to use AI-enabled tools and devices to support student learning. Chapter 4 details the use of AI tools to support students as they explore the world. Devices equipped with a camera and AI technology can recognize the images in view. The AI-enabled device uses text-to-speech to send back to the student what the device sees. The app, Google Read Along, listens as students read and provides immediate feedback for improvement and positive reinforcement to support reading skills. 

A Handbook of Content Area and Disciplinary Literacy Practices for Middle and High School Students by Gregory Berry

In this eBook, grade 6-12 educators can select from research-based strategies aimed at enhancing the content area classroom using reading and writing. 

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Chapter 5 explores the skills students need for reading informational text across the content areas: history, science, math, and the arts. Content area educators will find easy-to-use reading strategies to support students in their classroom. Throughout the eBook, the author provides questions to encourage the reader to reflect on their instructional practice. This eBook includes a companion website with reproducible worksheets. With interactive questions, classroom-ready activities, and reproducible worksheets, this eBook is suitable for a book study or as a toolkit for content area educators searching for reading and writing activities for their classrooms.

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EdTech Essentials: The Top 10 Technology Strategies for All Learning Environments by Monica Burns

In this eBook, Burns shows educators how to leverage technology in the classroom to explore the world and build collaboration skills while developing the technology skills to allow students to work across platforms. 

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Selecting just the right resource to support student learning is an essential skill for educators to grow and refine in a digital world. Chapter 2 teaches educators how to refine this skill and use digital tools to curate resources to support student learning and supplement the curriculum. The author includes tables and charts to chunk information for readers. Educators will appreciate downloadable forms to help them set goals and assess their progress. 

Join us for a 30-minute Lunch and Learn webinar on Thursday, March 21 as we devour EdTech Essentials The Top 10 Technology Strategies for All Learning Environments. Learn the top ten strategies to help prepare students to be productive, responsible users of technology both within and outside the classroom. 

Search for Professional Learning eBooks using Educator Tools

Educator Tools allows educators to search eBooks across multiple collections to build a robust and diverse school professional library. 

Use a combination of limiters and keywords to search for professional eBook titles. Open Item Type and select eBook as illustrated below.

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Next, open the Prof. Learning & Support limiter and select Professional Learning as illustrated below.

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Add keywords to your search to refine your results.

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On the results page, click the heart in the lower left corner. Educator Tools will save the items you like to a list. 

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Click the heart next to the search box to find a list of favorite items. 

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Send the list to your email, or copy and paste a shareable URL for the list. 

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Use Google Classroom, a learning management system, or a website to house a curated professional eBook library.

Curated Professional Learning eBook Lists

Create customizable reading lists using Educator Tools. Explore the curated eBook lists below and start building a professional learning eBook library for your school.

Explore eBook collections from INFOhio to find titles to support educators with specific topics, seasons, and events all year long. With hundreds of eBooks to choose from, quality text to support educator professional growth is just a few clicks away. 

About the Author

Posted by: Mary Rowland

Mary Rowland is a Senior Instructional Specialist with INFOhio. A former high school English teacher with 14 years of teaching experience, Mary is an accomplished leader who facilitated professional development in her previous district on integrating web-based tools into the classroom, Google Apps for Education, and writing across the curriculum. During her career, Mary mentored student teachers and served on both the district and building leadership committees. She has earned a BA in English, an MS in Education: Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, and is a Google Certified Educator Level 2. Mary is passionate about supporting INFOhio’s mission to help Ohio’s educators integrate the tools and resources to strengthen education for Ohio’s students.

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