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Disruptive Classroom Technologies

Disruptive Classroom Technologies
A Framework for Innovation in Education

Foreword by Robert J. Marzano

July 2017 | 152 pages | Corwin

Ensure your technological integration is leading to deeper learning!
Have we developed, at considerable cost and effort, classrooms that are digitally rich but innovation poor? Timely and powerful, this book offers a new framework to elevate instructional practices with technology and maximize student learning. The T3 Framework helps categorize students’ learning as translational, transformational, or transcendent, sorting through the low-impact applications to reach high-impact usage. Teachers and leaders will find:

  • Examples of technology use at the translational, transformational, and transcendent levels
  • Activities, guides, and prompts for deeper learning
  • Evaluative rubrics to self-assess current technology use, establish meaningful goals, and track progress

This guide helps teachers and leaders realize the potential of modern teaching and learning tools to unleash students’ passion for limitless learning.

Check out this Bam! Radio interview with author Sonny Magana

"We need to build collaborative communities of students using the social media aspects of technology to change classroom conversations from monologue to dialogue, increasing student impact questions, and allowing errors. This is the core of Magana’s claims, and how we’ll see technology really make the difference we’re after!"
—John Hattie, Laureate Professor, Deputy Dean of MGSE,
Director of the Melbourne Education Research Institute

“Fresh, innovative, and revolutionary, Magana's T3 Framework promises to challenge the status quo and invite disruptive practices in educational technology.”
—Yong Zhao
Author, World Class Learners

“The T3 Framework is a brilliant breakthrough in our understanding and use of technology for learning.”
—Michael Fullan, Professor Emeritus
OISE/University of Toronto, Canada

Foreword by Robert J. Marzano
About the Author
Who Should Read This Book?

Where Are We and Where Are We Going?

Organization of This Book

Chapter 1. A Case for Disruptive Innovation in Education
What Is Disruptive Innovation?

Managing Disruptive Transitions in Education

Principles of Effective Pedagogy

Principles of Effective Technology Integration


Chapter 2. The T3 Framework: A New Framework for Innovation in Education
The Importance of Frameworks

Existing Frameworks and Their Usefulness

The T3 Framework


Chapter 3. T1: Translational Technology Use
Translational Technology Use Defined

T1.1: Automation and T1.2: Consumption


Chapter 4. T2: Transformational Technology Use
Transformational Technology Use Defined

T2.1: Production

T2.2: Contribution


Chapter 5. T3: Transcendent Technology Use
Transcendent Technology Use Defined

T3.1: Inquiry Design

T3.2: Social Entrepreneurship


Chapter 6. Applying the T3 Framework
Using the T3 Framework for Self-Assessment, Goal Setting, and Continuous Personal Growth

Using the T3 Framework for Teacher Evaluation

Using the T3 Framework for Professional and Organizational Development



"Change isn't's already on our doorstep. The disruptive nature of technology compels all educators to critically evaluate integration in support of improved learning outcomes. The T3 Framework developed by Sonny Magana provides a much needed tool for all educators to harness the positive aspects of disruptive technologies to support learning."

Eric Sheninger, Author and Senior Fellow
International Center for Leadership in Education, Rexford, NY

"A Terrific book! Anyone who can draw upon the Beatles, the Soviet Union and Eddie Van Halen to illustrate technology in education, as Dr. Sonny Magana does in Disruptive Classroom Technologies, clearly has it going on!


·         Leaders: Keep this book by your side for inspiration, insight and ideas for leading innovative classroom practice.


·         Teachers: The T3 Framework will focus your daily teaching practices and hone your natural instincts for innovative instruction and learning with technology.


·         Teachers and Leaders: Take the T3 challenge! Can you empower your students to the transcendent level of content understanding using disruptive technologies?"

Tom Charouhas, Digital Media Teacher
Rose Hill Middle School, Redmond, WA

"This is the book that can disrupt the future trajectory of education. Disruptive Classroom Technologies is the book that could help education evolve into a proper digital age system that will empower students to be in control of their own future, no matter what that may hold."

Dr. L. Robert Furman, Principal
South Park Elementary School, South Park, PA

"Dr. Magana gets to the heart of how to create transcendent learning environments, clearly demonstrating the role technology can play in driving social entrepreneurship and change. This book is different than most: Sonny has artfully captured the importance of technology in the larger context of transcending traditional learning, using technology to better engage learners, solve difficult problems, and improve results."

Renee Patton, Director of Education
Cisco Public Sector, Stanford, CA

"Developing students who are active, informed, and capable of taking action in the real world is at the heart of Disruptive Classroom Technologies. Sonny has shared a new research- and evidence-based framework to guide our thinking about innovation in education, aptly identifying students’ “passion and purpose” as the key drivers for school improvement. This book should challenge leaders and teachers alike to review expectations around how and why they lever digital tools in contemporary learning design."

Mark Sparvell, Senior Education Manager, School Leader Audience Strategy
Worldwide Education Team, Microsoft, Redmond, WA

"If there is one book all educational leaders read, make it this one. Creating learning environments that promote and foster innovation in both teaching and learning are essential today. Education is ripe for disruption and Sonny has provided a clear framework for helping students and teachers to do more. The T3 Framework can provide guidance to all educational leaders and create the learning students need and deserve."

Steven W. Anderson, Digital Learning and Relationship Evangelist
West Corporation, Winston-Salem, NC

"Disruptive Classroom Technologies provides concrete and clearly defined descriptors for each level of the T3 Framework. Compared with existing frameworks, the T3 Framework makes it easier to classify observed classroom examples of technology integration—and I predict it will be more intuitive for teachers to visualize moving to the higher levels of the T3 Framework. As a district that’s working with the New Pedagogies for Deep Learning hub, I really value the alignment of T2 and T3 with deep learning progressions, particularly leveraging digital tools for developing creative ideas and supporting effective leadership for action."

Bill Palmer, Director of Teaching and Learning and Technology Integration
Bellingham Public Schools, Bellingham, WA

"Educators are struggling to navigate classroom environments that are increasingly disrupted by new and emerging technology. In Disruptive Classroom Technologies, Magana helps to make the ambiguity of the current landscape something to both look forward to, and harness. There is no better or more important time to be a teacher, and any self-reflecting leader or educator will benefit from the intentionality of Magana’s T3 Framework."

Erin Bown-Anderson, Director of Technology Integration
Austin Independent School District, Austin, TX

"Disruptive Classroom Technologies offers a timely and practical approach to taming the disjointed adoption of technology in schools today.  A trademark of Sonny's work is its ability to be applied immediately in schools to shift the paradigm of classroom innovation. This text gives the practitioner an actionable level of understanding through a realistic framework."

Darin Knicely, Ed.S., Ed Tech Entrepreneur and School Leader
Old Dominion University, Alexandria, VA

"In Disruptive Classroom Technologies, Magana captures precisely the transformational nature of the iEARN global network’s peer-to-peer interaction and authentic learning, pointing out that this transformation takes place in educators as well as students as both learn with the world instead of just about it.  Sonny accurately, and to my knowledge uniquely, describes this classroom approach as a start-up entrepreneurial endeavor where the teacher becomes the “learning manager” in a setting in which students make meaningful contributions through problem-solving and inquisitive interaction. With the depth and breadth of varied experiences both in and outside the classroom, Dr. Magana is able to peel apart the many layers of effective teaching and learning and identify a coherent T3 Framework."

Dr. Edwin H. Gragert, Ph.D., Executive Director Emeritus
iEARN-USA, New York, NY

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Chapter 1

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