The sky is the limit for learning with new ISTE book on teaching with drones

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Drones in Education: Let Your Students' Imaginations Soar provides a step-by-step approach for using drones to engage learners

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There’s no question that drone sales are soaring, and now a new book from the International Society for Education (ISTE®) shows how educators can use these small aircraft to help student learning take flight. Drones in Education: Let Your Students' Imaginations Soar was written for educators who want to know more about the advantages incorporating drones can have on the effectiveness and appeal of their curriculum.

In the first guide to integrating drones into learning and teaching, authors Chris Carnahan, Laura Zieger and Kimberly Crowley provide everything teachers need to know to get a drone program off the ground at their schools. The book begins by examining the motivation for using drones in education and exploring inspirational stories of pioneering teachers who have used drones in their own instruction. As a practical guide, the book also offers information about the nitty-gritty laws and ethical issues surrounding drones, and guidance about how to determine which drone is right for your curriculum based on setting (classroom, gymnasium, playground), varying student ages and technical expertise.

To further guide and scaffold teaching with drones, the authors have designed a model for classroom implementation: SOAR (Safety, Operation, Active-learning, Research), as well as cross-curricular lesson plans that offer creative drone-based projects appropriate for English, math, science and physical education courses, and extracurricular activities. With expert advice, creative ideas and important safety tips, this book goes above and beyond to prepare educators for using drones with their students.

Christopher Carnahan, Ph.D., is the doctoral program coordinator and assistant professor in the Educational Technology Department at New Jersey City University. His research centers on the implementation of innovative technologies such as drones, robotics and virtual learning environments to improve student engagement and achievement.

Laura Zieger, Ph.D., is the chairperson and a professor in the Department of Educational Technology at New Jersey City University. Her research and involvement in online parenting communities has been published in Family PC magazine and Sesame Street Parents.

Kimberly Crowley is the mathematics supervisor for a large urban school district in New Jersey where she encourages implementation of STEM and STEAM initiatives. Her goal is to guide administrators and teachers to use technology as part of project-based learning to improve student engagement.

At ISTE 2016 in Denver, the book’s authors will participate in a panel, Using Drones to Inspire Creativity and Promote Student Engagement, Wednesday, June 29, from 1:15 - 2:15 p.m.

Drones in Education: Let Your Students' Imaginations Soar
By Chris Carnahan, Laura Zieger, Kimberly Crowley
ISBN: 9781564843838
ISTE Member Price: $21.95 Nonmember Price: $19.76

About ISTE
The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE®) is the premier nonprofit organization serving educators and education leaders committed to empowering connected learners in a connected world. ISTE serves more than 100,000 education stakeholders throughout the world.

Innovative offerings include the ISTE Conference & Expo – the world’s most comprehensive ed tech event – as well as the widely adopted ISTE Standards for learning, teaching and leading in the digital age. The organization’s robust suite of professional learning resources features online courses, consulting services for schools and districts, books, and peer-reviewed journals and publications. For more information, visit Connect with ISTE via Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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