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Stratosphere: Integrating Technology, Pedagogy, and Change Knowledge

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"It's time to take the lid off learning." In Stratosphere, Michael Fullan takes a close look at the fast-paced world of emerging technologies and argues that the inevitable influence of technology on teaching and learning must not be resisted, but rather embraced and applied in meaningful ways to positively impact school classrooms.
Examines connections and disconnections
Paperback, 100 pages
Published July 13th 2012 by Pearson
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Dec 29, 2012 Marc rated it liked it
Educational reform = pedagogy+technology+change knowledge. The problem is that Fullan offers no clear solutions or role for technology. I agree completely that technology must serve pedagogy and in that role, it can accelerate education. The problem is that his writing about technology is as vague as how we use technology in education now. We try stuff. We wander. There is rarely a clear vision for HOW technology will serve pedagogy. He points out that the one "industry" that has been least ...more
Nov 23, 2012 Kate rated it liked it
More academics should confine themselves to 100ish pages! I would never have done more than skim this book if it were longer. Helps cut through the confusion of trendy concepts, buzzwords, and the constantly changing technologies of the moment.
Seán Mchugh
Mar 09, 2013 Seán Mchugh rated it it was amazing
It's about time someone put together a succinct summary of pretty much everything you need to know about the 'skinny' on technology enhanced learning. I kind of think he's stolen TPACK's thunder a bit, but it would be a shame to pit them against each other, they are very compatible models, I'd liked to have seen this framework mentioned though.

All in all a great way to out the package together, and coming from such a respected author really seals the deal. A great length, a great read, and a ma
Cherie Lebron
Jul 02, 2016 Cherie Lebron rated it really liked it
In Michael Fullan’s text, Stratosphere Integrating Technology, Pedagogy, and Change Knowledge a notion of change is coming in the form of education and technology. The author suggests that educators need to focus on three components which will allow students to enjoy school and become actively engaged in learning. These three components consist of technology, pedagogy, and change knowledge which can be simply defined as the “stratosphere” according to Fullan (Fullan, M. 2013). With
Nancy Wilson
Jun 30, 2016 Nancy Wilson rated it really liked it
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Stratosphere is an enormous word. When used in the context of education, it exceeds most expectations for comprehension. It it almost too big to contemplate. Yet the future is here, we are living it; the stratosphere is just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak, in terms of potential for education and change. The integration of technology is at the forefront of educational focus. Without direction, or pedagogy, education is meaningless. Technology is similar; without instruction or meaningful ...more
Sep 26, 2016 Chris rated it it was ok
Mr.Fullan has many great ideas about reforming education through pedagogy, technology, and changed knowledge (what he calls the stratosphere). He pulls ideas and examples from many resources and explains how school districts in Ontario improved student achievement during this process. Mr. Fullan's "big" vision makes complete sense when looking at improving our education system. The part of the book that makes me frustrated is he never truly explains the specifics of how this can be implemented ...more
Peter Atkinson
Jan 25, 2016 Peter Atkinson rated it liked it
In Stratosphere, Michael Fullan outlines his solution for the current inertia in schools today: “The solution consists of the integration of advances in pedagogy (especially built on how we learn), in technology (especially around engagement), and in change knowledge (especially around making change easier).”

Pointing to studies that suggest alarming levels of both student and teacher dissatisfaction and disengagement with learning in schools, Fullan argues that current approaches such as “tell
Sep 07, 2014 CarolynKost rated it really liked it
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Fullan packs this pithy 80 page volume with his own vast experience with system-wide turnaround projects (his team raised the high school graduation rate in Toronto by 20%), intriguing studies that support his thesis, and a literature review of books about innovation and other compelling themes not ostensibly related to education. He convincingly demonstrates that technology alone is not the answer and can, in fact, be part of the problem when not implemented well. Rather, technology must be ...more
Judy Ball
Aug 28, 2013 Judy Ball rated it it was ok
Very disappointing. Fullan makes the case for technology and then immediately contradicts himself by citing evidence that technology made/makes no difference whatsoever. The "skinny" lists of criteria may be useful, and the stories about how to apply Jobs' successes at Apple to education were entertaining. However, I question the overall value of this vastly overpriced little report. It appears to be one more attempt to attribute successful outcomes to something other than the interventions in ...more
Dec 24, 2014 Ellon rated it it was ok
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I think Fullam has a good main idea but doesn't do a good job explaining it. The book was hard to read and every page seemed to have another list of 3-8 'key ideas' relating to a different concept. It got to the point where it was nearly impossible to follow. My favorite part of the book didn't even have to do with education. I like that Fullan suggested utilizing technology with pedagogy but I don't feel like he actually have any tangible ideas on how we are supposed to achieve this.
Jane Renner
Apr 05, 2013 Jane Renner rated it it was amazing
Great book. I have recommended this book to many colleagues, especially teachers that are going to be experiencing a shift in teaching and learning due to the one-to-one initiatives. Fullen eloquently and succinctly outlines the coming together of technology, change, and pedagogy and how these three must work together to benefit students.
Leah Bauer
Aug 28, 2016 Leah Bauer rated it liked it
I picked up this book looking for practical strategies and resources for how to integrate technology in my classroom. On that front, I was disappointed. I should've read the description more closely. This is a book which is primarily intended for principals and talks more generally about technology integration in relation to pedagogy.
Feb 14, 2016 Mike rated it really liked it
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Fullan says that technology, new pedagogy & change knowledge are 3 parts of the 'stratosphere' that will change education. Readable, short book, carries a good message. Can't agree with all of it - but good points to keep in mind for real change.
Kate Carlson
Feb 22, 2016 Kate Carlson rated it it was ok
Started out great...lost interest as it progressed. Great ideas/notions presented but some ideas seemed repetitive.
Maria Mistlberger
Dec 23, 2015 Maria Mistlberger rated it it was amazing
Powerful and of the minute work from a clear minded educationalist. Loved the links made and will create my pedagogy around his thoughts and analogies .
Jeff Pelich
Dec 05, 2012 Jeff Pelich rated it did not like it
I really question a lot of the "research" in this book based on my own experiences, research, and understanding.
Nov 21, 2013 Shireen rated it really liked it
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A great exploration of technology, pedagogy, and change theory.
My main critique would be that it combines Ontario legislation and experiences with US policy; not a clear focus of a singular target.
Mar 24, 2016 Barb added it
Found it fairly dense, and lacking in practical ideas. And once he praised the teacher evaluation work of Bill Gates - lost it.
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