These are resources that try to synthesize practical implications from the large academic literature, which includes many principles that are useful for both ed-tech and learning that does not involve technology. This list is long, but choosing any one of these would be a great start.
Organizing Instruction and Study to Improve Student Learning. Institute of Education Sciences Practice Guide. [Free Online PDF]
Daniel Willingham's Why Don't Students Like School.Why Don't Students Like School: A Cognitive Scientist Answers Questions About How the Mind Works and What It Means for the Classroom. (Amazon & Google Books provide previews)
Daniel Willingham has also written: When can you trust the experts: How to tell good science from bad in education (Amazon, Google Books)
Susan Ambrose et al's How learning works: Seven research-based principles for smart teaching. (Amazon, Google Books)
Ruth Clark & Richard Mayer's e-Learning and the Science of Instruction: Proven Guidelines for Consumers and Designers of Multimedia Learning (3rd ed.) (Amazon, Google Books)
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