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Cool Tech Tools for Lower Tech Teachers

20 Tactics for Every Classroom

If you're just transitioning to tech, this is the resource for you. In understandable language, this book describes how you can enhance your lessons with webquests, wikis, and more.

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781452235530
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2012
  • Page Count: 248
  • Publication date: November 14, 2012

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Make the painless transition from low tech to tech friendly!

Are you struggling to embrace technology that advances at lightning speed? Or are you just plain perplexed? With new developments announced almost on a daily basis, many teachers don't know where to start. If you're one of those teachers making the transition to tech—willingly or not—Cool Tech Tools for Lower Tech Teachers is the resource for you. In understandable language, it describes how exactly you can use tools like webquests, wikis, social networking apps, and podcasts to enhance your lessons and keep kids engaged.

William Bender and Laura Waller put technology within your reach by:

  • Framing each tool in the context of what you need to know 
  • Defining the tool in easy-to-understand language; there's no tech-speak
  • Guiding you through implementation step by step
  • Providing sample lesson plans to get you started
  • Explaining how some tools can also be used for professional development

With Cool Tech Tools for Lower Tech Teachers, Bender and Waller prove that technology can be painless and productive. What's more, you'll even come to love it!

"This book provides a wealth of ideas for teachers who would like to use technology but do not know where to begin. Each chapter provides a lens into specific categories of use and associated websites."
—Bena Kallick, Educational Consultant

"This book is an excellent resource for both new and experienced educators looking to make the most of Web 2.0 resources for teaching and learning. It can be used individually, but I think it would be most beneficial (and fun!) to use in small groups of educators as they support and surprise one another with their explorations and discoveries."
—Chris Toy, Educational Consultant, Learning Capacity Unlimited
Graduate School Instructor, University of Southern Maine



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William N. Bender

Learn more about William Bender's PD offerings

Consulting Description: Differentiated Instruction
Consulting Description: Math
Consulting Description: Project-Based Learning
Consulting Description: RTI
Consulting Description: Technology

William N. Bender began his career by teaching eighth- and ninth-grade students in the public schools. He worked in higher education for 28 years and published over 60 research articles and 24 books in education. He specializes in instructional strategies for all students and is recognized as a national leader on instructional tactics, response to intervention, and differentiated instruction. Dr. Bender believes his job is to inform audiences across the nation of innovative, up to date information, based on current applied research. Dr. Bender received his Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of North Carolina and currently consults with schools and districts in the United States and Canada.
Table of Contents

Table of Contents


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Part I. Four Tools to Start With

Tech Tool 1: Web Access, Laptops, Mobile Devices

Tech Tool 2: Webquests

Tech Tool 3: Blogs

Tech Tool 4: Wikis

Part II. Tools for Student Engagement and Empowerment

Tech Tool 5: Cloud Computing

Tech Tool 6: The Flipped Classroom and Khan Academy

Tech Tool 7: Wiffiti

Tech Tool 8: Jing

Tech Tool 9: Gaming, ARGs, and Virtual World Instruction

Tech Tool 10: Diigo

Part III. Tech Tools for Student Creation and Collaboration

Tech Tool 11: Glogs

Tech Tool 12: Podcasts

Tech Tool 13: Scribd

Tech Tool 14: Comic Life

Tech Tool 15: Google Apps

Tech Tool 16: Vokis, Avatars, and Animation!

Tech Tool 17: Vlogs

Tech Tool 18: Animoto

Part IV. Tools for Social Learning and Networking

Tech Tool 19: Facebook

Tech Tool 20: Twitter

Part V. The Teaching Revolution and a Brave New World for the 21st Century




Price: $39.95
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