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Want to solve your biggest problems tomorrow? You have problems, but you don't have time for a 5-year plan. You're tired of philosophy, research and piles of data. You want practical solutions that you can implement immediately. You don't need a committee or another meeting. You need Hackers-experienced educators who understand your school's problems and see quick fixes tha Want to solve your biggest problems tomorrow? You have problems, but you don't have time for a 5-year plan. You're tired of philosophy, research and piles of data. You want practical solutions that you can implement immediately. You don't need a committee or another meeting. You need Hackers-experienced educators who understand your school's problems and see quick fixes that may be so simple that they've been overlooked. Hacking Education is the book that every teacher, principal, parent, and education stakeholder has been waiting for--the one that actually solves problems. Read it today-fix it tomorrow! In Hacking Education, Mark Barnes and Jennifer Gonzalez employ decades of teaching experience and hundreds of discussions with education thought leaders, to show you how to find and hone the quick fixes that every school and classroom need. Using a Hacker's mentality, they provide one Aha moment after another with 10 Quick Fixes for Every School--solutions to everyday problems that any teacher or administrator can implement immediately. Imagine being able to walk into school tomorrow and eliminate: Hours of wasted meeting time Classroom management issues Interruptions in planning time The need for more books Negative attitudes Technology issues If you want to improve teaching and learning at your school now, learn how to develop a Hacker's mentality. Discover How to Solve Problems with Pineapple Charts The 360 Spreadsheet Glass Classrooms Track Records Marigold Committees The TQZ More Impactful Hacks Not Your Average Education Book Hacking Education won't weigh you down with outdated research or complicated strategies. Barnes and Gonzalez provide brilliant ideas woven into a user-friendly success guide that you'll want to keep nearby throughout the school year. Each chapter is neatly wrapped in this simple formula: The Problem The Hack (a ridiculously easy solution that you've likely never considered) What You Can Do Tomorrow (no waiting necessary) Blueprint for Full Implementation (a step-by-step action plan for capacity building) The Hack in Action (yes, someone has actually done this) Are you ready to fix your school and your classroom? Get Hacking Education now, and solve your biggest problems tomorrow.


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Want to solve your biggest problems tomorrow? You have problems, but you don't have time for a 5-year plan. You're tired of philosophy, research and piles of data. You want practical solutions that you can implement immediately. You don't need a committee or another meeting. You need Hackers-experienced educators who understand your school's problems and see quick fixes tha Want to solve your biggest problems tomorrow? You have problems, but you don't have time for a 5-year plan. You're tired of philosophy, research and piles of data. You want practical solutions that you can implement immediately. You don't need a committee or another meeting. You need Hackers-experienced educators who understand your school's problems and see quick fixes that may be so simple that they've been overlooked. Hacking Education is the book that every teacher, principal, parent, and education stakeholder has been waiting for--the one that actually solves problems. Read it today-fix it tomorrow! In Hacking Education, Mark Barnes and Jennifer Gonzalez employ decades of teaching experience and hundreds of discussions with education thought leaders, to show you how to find and hone the quick fixes that every school and classroom need. Using a Hacker's mentality, they provide one Aha moment after another with 10 Quick Fixes for Every School--solutions to everyday problems that any teacher or administrator can implement immediately. Imagine being able to walk into school tomorrow and eliminate: Hours of wasted meeting time Classroom management issues Interruptions in planning time The need for more books Negative attitudes Technology issues If you want to improve teaching and learning at your school now, learn how to develop a Hacker's mentality. Discover How to Solve Problems with Pineapple Charts The 360 Spreadsheet Glass Classrooms Track Records Marigold Committees The TQZ More Impactful Hacks Not Your Average Education Book Hacking Education won't weigh you down with outdated research or complicated strategies. Barnes and Gonzalez provide brilliant ideas woven into a user-friendly success guide that you'll want to keep nearby throughout the school year. Each chapter is neatly wrapped in this simple formula: The Problem The Hack (a ridiculously easy solution that you've likely never considered) What You Can Do Tomorrow (no waiting necessary) Blueprint for Full Implementation (a step-by-step action plan for capacity building) The Hack in Action (yes, someone has actually done this) Are you ready to fix your school and your classroom? Get Hacking Education now, and solve your biggest problems tomorrow.

30 review for Hacking Education: 10 Quick Fixes for Every School

  1. 5 out of 5

    Richard Hill

    I hate the way that the term "hacking" is used frequently by authors these days. Used to be that it meant breaking into a computer network or system by breaching the firewall. I have found that for many authors the term is synonymous with "a good idea". This book really did present ideas that could be considered hacks of the existing system. This turned out to be a really good book. Each chapter is written with a formula that presents a solution to a common problem found in teaching and schools I hate the way that the term "hacking" is used frequently by authors these days. Used to be that it meant breaking into a computer network or system by breaching the firewall. I have found that for many authors the term is synonymous with "a good idea". This book really did present ideas that could be considered hacks of the existing system. This turned out to be a really good book. Each chapter is written with a formula that presents a solution to a common problem found in teaching and schools and shows how to implement it quickly while you prepare for a full force implementation over the long haul. Common issues of resistance are anticipated and addressed in each chapter. Nice approach and Barnes took time to make sure that the views of actual teachers are addressed also (his co-author Jennifer Gonzalez is a well respected educator). Nice job with this one.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

    This book delivers on its' promise. A truly useful book. Quick to read. 10 ideas with actions you can take immediately, as well as steps for complete implementation. I loved 360 spreadsheet and pineapple chart. Check it out! This book delivers on its' promise. A truly useful book. Quick to read. 10 ideas with actions you can take immediately, as well as steps for complete implementation. I loved 360 spreadsheet and pineapple chart. Check it out!

  3. 5 out of 5

    M B McLatchey

    A great book for new teachers and administrators. Published in 2015, but still very relevant. Although the book's title sounds like a how-to for integrating technology into the classroom, the book makes clear that technology is of no service to teachers if purposeful pedagogical tools are not employed. Great reminders here on the power of the flipped-classroom and on deploying student-centered learning methods. Highly recommended. A great book for new teachers and administrators. Published in 2015, but still very relevant. Although the book's title sounds like a how-to for integrating technology into the classroom, the book makes clear that technology is of no service to teachers if purposeful pedagogical tools are not employed. Great reminders here on the power of the flipped-classroom and on deploying student-centered learning methods. Highly recommended.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Paula H. Reinovsky

    Meaningful hacks Many of these hacks I already do; however, I have thirty-four years of teaching experience. These ideas are meaningful, doable, and helpful. I would recommend this to new teachers and administrators, especially. Thank you, Mark and Jennifer!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    A good book by teachers for teachers. The authors talk about 10 problems in schools that can be solved creatively from a grassroots level. Well worth the read even if all the situations don't apply to your school! A good book by teachers for teachers. The authors talk about 10 problems in schools that can be solved creatively from a grassroots level. Well worth the read even if all the situations don't apply to your school!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Teachers always need more time This book not only gives big ideas simple solutions. It's also a quick read! I look forward to talking about the implementation of at least four of these hacks on Monday! Teachers always need more time This book not only gives big ideas simple solutions. It's also a quick read! I look forward to talking about the implementation of at least four of these hacks on Monday!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Gretchen Schultek

    Simple, applicable, and genius! As an educator these hacks solve every obstacle I faced. Thank you for putting a name to a solution and a process as its foundation. Excellent book!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Miles

    Good ideas All of the ideas are useful and easy to implement. I could see myself trying 3 or 4 of them.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Gina

    Ideas are solid and easy to implement. All educators and administrators will find at least one of these hacks useful and easily implemented for a positive change.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Neena Grosvenor

    Great read for educators to get solutions to everyday classroom issues.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Miki

    These are some amazing, yet practical solutions for some very common problems! Love it!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Nelson

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Favorite Hacks: 1) Meet Me in the Cloud-moving meetings from in person to cloud based. Have a "bin" with the agenda and a "back channel" for commenting 2) Pineapple Charts-visible sign up chart where teachers can say what they'll be doing during a given time period, and any teacher can drop in to observe cool activities. Can give teachers ideas for new activities or classroom management 3) Track Records- list of both positive and negative objective observations of students. Deters negative behavio Favorite Hacks: 1) Meet Me in the Cloud-moving meetings from in person to cloud based. Have a "bin" with the agenda and a "back channel" for commenting 2) Pineapple Charts-visible sign up chart where teachers can say what they'll be doing during a given time period, and any teacher can drop in to observe cool activities. Can give teachers ideas for new activities or classroom management 3) Track Records- list of both positive and negative objective observations of students. Deters negative behavior and increases positive 4)The 360 Spreadsheet- list of student interests that you add to throughout the year. Includes things like activities, foods, passions, family, academic, physical, and skills. Example of one sped teacher who kept her spreadsheets at the front of her binder and used it throughout the year.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Daniella Araujo

    This book falls into the category of those quick, easy reads that claim to provide ingeniously straightforward solutions for complicated problems. While I do not promptly the plausibility of this assumption, this is not supposed to be an easy task. Hacking Education brings ingenuity to some of the common plagues of education providers and practitioners in his book. However, where it falls short of being a true hack guide is where it is most needed: implementation. I found the sections dedicated This book falls into the category of those quick, easy reads that claim to provide ingeniously straightforward solutions for complicated problems. While I do not promptly the plausibility of this assumption, this is not supposed to be an easy task. Hacking Education brings ingenuity to some of the common plagues of education providers and practitioners in his book. However, where it falls short of being a true hack guide is where it is most needed: implementation. I found the sections dedicated to the implementation of each of the 10 hacks a bit flat, missing more direct and objective instruction on how to make the ideas come to fruition. It was a nice addition to my library of creative ideas on education.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Steve

    An extremely simple to read book about ten ways to improve your classroom. A couple of the "hacks" are building level things about improving meetings, by using Google sharing or similar tactics. The hacks about in class flipping and social media are extremely simple ways to make impactful changes in classrooms with little money or additional planning. An extremely simple to read book about ten ways to improve your classroom. A couple of the "hacks" are building level things about improving meetings, by using Google sharing or similar tactics. The hacks about in class flipping and social media are extremely simple ways to make impactful changes in classrooms with little money or additional planning.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jason Grabner

    Hack your classroom Very thoughtful and engaging read. I absolutely loved the ideas and the progressive way of hacking them into your daily practice. I especially liked the how you can implement them tomorrow sections.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Chris Loeffler

    Simple, practical, easy to implement ideas for any school. Quick read and a must for anyone who wants to improve their school.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kari

    Not the best. Mostly a compilation of blog posts I've already read. Usually I love the hack learning books, but so this one is not worth the money. Not the best. Mostly a compilation of blog posts I've already read. Usually I love the hack learning books, but so this one is not worth the money.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ge-Anne

    The great thing about this book is that it shows how anyone can affect change in his or her school. I highly recommend this book.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sohaib

    I want to read hacking books

  20. 5 out of 5

    Joy Kirr

    There are ten “hacks” in this book - ten free ways educators can get more out of their days with children. I feel like I didn't need each one (I'm in a great district that provides a couple of these already), and one looked intriguing, even if it seemed like a time-sucker… One, for sure, I'm implementing at the start of second quarter (next week!)! Look for more info. on this one hack at geniushour.blogspot.com. Anything from now on that seems to me to be considered a “hack” will be tagged “Hack There are ten “hacks” in this book - ten free ways educators can get more out of their days with children. I feel like I didn't need each one (I'm in a great district that provides a couple of these already), and one looked intriguing, even if it seemed like a time-sucker… One, for sure, I'm implementing at the start of second quarter (next week!)! Look for more info. on this one hack at geniushour.blogspot.com. Anything from now on that seems to me to be considered a “hack” will be tagged “HackLearning,” as it's the name of the hashtag on Twitter & Facebook. I look forward to the returns this single idea (track records) will have in room 239.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Gen Turnbull

    Hacking Education was the first book in the Hackers" series. It's a breeze to read and offers some good ideas for improving aspects such as meetings, charts, PD, blended learning, to name a few. I enjoyed this book, but not as much as hacking assessment. Hacking Education was an okay read as a teacher that gives are some ideas that will really benefit the school but I feel they are going to have to be taken on by admin. My favorite hacks were the flipped classroom in the classroom, student techn Hacking Education was the first book in the Hackers" series. It's a breeze to read and offers some good ideas for improving aspects such as meetings, charts, PD, blended learning, to name a few. I enjoyed this book, but not as much as hacking assessment. Hacking Education was an okay read as a teacher that gives are some ideas that will really benefit the school but I feel they are going to have to be taken on by admin. My favorite hacks were the flipped classroom in the classroom, student technology help teams, and the pineapple chart. Look into those! I would recommend the read as it is only $4 on kindle.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Dr. Raye of Sunshine

    This was a great and quick read. The hacks are simple but game changing. Some may apply better in some schools over others, but each concept brings about discussion points that allow teachers to tweak for themselves. I would love to move some collaboration into the cloud to free teachers up to still work together but do it more effectively to balance children and other obligations. Grab your beverage of choice and curl up--it's a couple hours of reading at most but will inspire you to make some This was a great and quick read. The hacks are simple but game changing. Some may apply better in some schools over others, but each concept brings about discussion points that allow teachers to tweak for themselves. I would love to move some collaboration into the cloud to free teachers up to still work together but do it more effectively to balance children and other obligations. Grab your beverage of choice and curl up--it's a couple hours of reading at most but will inspire you to make some hacks of your own.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mleander23

    Wow! I do not think I've read a book that has inspired me to create a more student friendly school/ classroom. The ideas such as book nook, marigolds, TQZ, flipped classroom ideas, and pineapples that are so simple yet ingenious. Very quick read full of strategies you can effectively implement tomorrow and a great compliment to Hacking Leadership. Great strategies for teachers and admin. Simply Wow! Wow! I do not think I've read a book that has inspired me to create a more student friendly school/ classroom. The ideas such as book nook, marigolds, TQZ, flipped classroom ideas, and pineapples that are so simple yet ingenious. Very quick read full of strategies you can effectively implement tomorrow and a great compliment to Hacking Leadership. Great strategies for teachers and admin. Simply Wow!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Yvonna Graham

    PRACTICAL AND EASY. I received Hacking Education in a Goodreads Giveaway. I am impressed. It's a simple format. Each chapter presents one innovative idea that could make school work better. It then provides ways to implement immediately and over time with more depth. Two chapters, the Book Nook and the 360 Spreadsheet, are worth the cost of the book all by themselves. There's nothing outrageous -- it's obvious the authors work in public schools and understand the constraints. PRACTICAL AND EASY. I received Hacking Education in a Goodreads Giveaway. I am impressed. It's a simple format. Each chapter presents one innovative idea that could make school work better. It then provides ways to implement immediately and over time with more depth. Two chapters, the Book Nook and the 360 Spreadsheet, are worth the cost of the book all by themselves. There's nothing outrageous -- it's obvious the authors work in public schools and understand the constraints.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Tonderdo

    Empowering Great quick read that offers simple solutions to complex problems. The ideas presented give teachers and school communities ways to improve daily function with a little effort and ingenuity. I love that it stays positive by focusing on what teachers can control instead of the systemic issues in education.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Audra

    Consisted,insightful and timely I think that any tools that can help you be a better teacher or administrator with ease are a welcome addition to my practice. This book has simple, straightforward ideas that can be implemented from one classroom to a whole school.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Wendi

    Good ideas in this book--and the big thing is that they're doable. They're ideas that "regular" teachers can use to not only change but potentially transform teaching and community within their schools. Would be an excellent conversation starter for PLCs or leadership teams. Good ideas in this book--and the big thing is that they're doable. They're ideas that "regular" teachers can use to not only change but potentially transform teaching and community within their schools. Would be an excellent conversation starter for PLCs or leadership teams.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Bernadette Fox

    I got this book by invitation as a free download on my Kindle. It was a quick, easy read, with some clever education hacks, although not all of them applied to my classroom or situation. Some seemed challenging to get others on board.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Shane Capps

    Great ideas to use tomorrow! I enjoyed the practicality of the 10 ideas presented. For each hack, you get simple ways to immediately introduce them in your room. Not all of them are earth shattering -- I found that my school does an iteration of most of them. Great, quick read!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Brian McCann

    Awesome, practical advice that can change the culture of your building and impact teaching and learning. Cheers!!

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