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Teaching the Last Backpack Generation

A Mobile Technology Handbook for Secondary Educators

By: Zachary M. Walker, Kara Rosenblatt, Don McMahon

Discover how to transform learning using mobile technology with this easy-to-use workbook that shows how to make it a natural part of every lesson.

Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781506321523
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2015
  • Page Count: 216
  • Publication date: October 01, 2015

Price: $30.95

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Let mobile devices transform teaching and learning

Don’t just know how to use mobile technology. Know how to use it to transform learning. This refreshingly easy-to-use workbook shows educators how to make mobile devices a natural part of their classrooms by optimizing technology, no matter what the content. Discover:

  • Practical mobile device management skills such as how to project and use devices as a whiteboard and tools to capture student responses
  • Fun strategies students will love such as teaching vocabulary using text speak and slang or using a digital assistant (like Siri) instead of writing
  • Helpful resources to enhance professional learning

"It is difficult to keep up with the ever-growing list of available technology tools. The authors present a comprehensive guide that will help any educator find the best tools to ensure the purposeful integration of technology in the classroom."

Eric Sheninger, Author of Digital Leadership and International Speaker
Senior Fellow, International Center for Leadership in Education

"This is a well thought out, practical guide on tech integration for teachers at all levels of the spectrum. It gives flexible considerations and planning points for individuals on solo dives or for small/large groups redesigning their learning spaces and approaches to teaching."

Derek L. McCoy, Principal
Spring Lake Middle School, 2014 NASSP Digital Principal of the Year

"This is an extraordinary example of how “one book fits all.”  Here is one of the richest, most comprehensive and user-friendly collections of practical ideas, strategies and tips for using technology to reach and teach today’s students. While technology will continue to change, this book – with its emphasis on ways to use technology to maximize student involvement and learning – will be invaluable for many, many years to come."  

Dr. Boyce Heidenreich, Former Principal and Administrator

"With a focus on teaching 21st century skills, the strategies presented in this workbook not only strengthen a student’s ability to engage technology, but also to problem solve through creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking. This book is an essential item for the successful integration of technology, PBL, and soft skill acquisition. Teaching the Last Backpack Generation is a catalyst for good teaching and learning!"

Terry L. Roller, Director of High School Education
Tuscaloosa City Schools

Key features

This easy-to-use handbook provides teachers with

  • Knowledge and expertise in using mobile technologies
  • Dozens of strategies for integrating devices into every content area
  • Practical examples from real teachers implementing these strategies
  • Tips for using technology with non-traditional learners
  • Detailed lesson-planning worksheets that allow teachers to plan, try, evaluate, revise, and try again
  • Ideas and starting points for continued professional development
  • A companion website with tutorials, examples of student work, and downloadable templates


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Zachary M. Walker

Dr. Zachary Walker is an Associate Professor with the University College London Institute of Education (IOE) and author of Teaching the Last Backpack Generation. Zachary serves as the Academic Head of Learning and Teaching for the Department of Psychology and Human Development and leads the Masters in Special Education and Inclusive Education (MASIE) and Masters in International Leadership in Inclusive Education (MAILIE) graduate programs at IOE. He was named an Emerging Scholar by Think College (2012), a Millennium Milestone Maker by the World Academy for the Future of Women (2015), was awarded the John Cheung Award for the Innovative use of Social Media in Teaching and Learning (2015) and nominated for the Wharton Reimagine Education Awards (2016). In the last three years, Dr. Walker has worked with educators and policymakers in more than 30 countries on instructional reform, neuroscience, and inclusive pedagogies.

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Kara Rosenblatt

Kara Rosenblatt is an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. Dr. Rosenblatt obtained her master’s degree in Special Education, Learning Disabilities, and Behavior Disorders in 2001 from Florida State University and her doctoral degree in Exceptional Education in 2009 from the University of Central Florida. In her current role, Dr. Rosenblatt teaches undergraduate and graduate level special education courses.

In addition to her teaching experience in higher education, Dr. Rosenblatt has experience working within state agencies, collaborating with special education personnel and agencies to coordinate training and delivery of services focused on improving the use of assistive technology, accessible instructional materials, and virtual instruction and assessment. Dr. Rosenblatt’s research interests revolve around technology and learning, with a specific interest in the academic achievement and post high school outcomes of students with disabilities and the use of technology in teacher preparation and professional development. She has facilitated and evaluated professional development projects on the implementation of research-based strategies, parent school collaboration and the legal aspects of special education throughout Florida and Mississippi. She spent five years working with middle school students with behavioral and learning disabilities in Florida and Maryland.

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Don McMahon

Don McMahon is an Assistant Professor of Special Education Technology at Washington State University in Pullman, WA. Don received his Doctorate in Education from the Special Education Ph.D. program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. In addition to his doctoral work, Don attended the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Universal Design for Learning Summer Institute. His research involves increasing the use of Universal Design for Leaning principles in education, using mobile devices to increase achievement for students with disabilities, and exploring the impact of augmented reality as an assistive technology for students with disabilities. Don was a special education teacher for 7 years and then became an instructional coach for general education and special education teachers. Don is a national presenter providing professional development sessions for both general educators and special educators on using mobile devices in education. He has worked with diverse groups of children as the director of an adventure based summer camp, outdoor educator and sailing instructor, volunteer in Haiti, technology instructor, and teacher at an alternative school.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Thanks to the Educators

About the Authors



     How to Use This Workbook

     Glossary of Terms

     Current Research on Mobile Technology

     Research Reports

1. The Basics of Teaching With Technology

     Classroom Management Strategies

     Choosing a Learning Management System (LMS)

     Managing Multiple Devices in the Classroom

     Professional Development Reminders

2. The Basics of Devices

     Mobile Devices

     The Device Settings: Get Started Here

     Using the Accessibility Features of iOS

     Using the Restrictions Features of iOS

     Projecting Your Device

     The Mobile Device as an Interactive Whiteboard

     Student Response Systems and Backchannel Discussions

3. Strategies for the Classroom

     Simple-to-Use Strategies Sheets

     Strategy 1: How to Use Photos

     Strategy 2: How to Use Texting

     Strategy 3: How to Use Video

     Strategy 4: How to Use QR, AR, and Other Scannable Technology

     Strategy 5: How to Use Gaming

     Strategy 6: How to Use Google

     Strategy 7: How to Use Google Docs

     Strategy 8: How to Use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Google Earth

     Strategy 9: How to Use the Cloud

     Strategy 10: How to Use Digital Assistants (Such as Siri)

     Strategy 11: How to Use Twitter

     Strategy 12: Supporting Students With Special Needs

     Strategy 13: Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

     Strategy 14: Read-Aloud Testing

     Strategy 15: Accessible Educational Materials (AEM)

     Strategy 16: A Few Other Random Ideas

4. Lesson Planning

     How to Use the Lesson Plan Templates

     Lesson Plan Samples

     Lesson Plan Templates

     Week 1 Professional Development

     Week 2 Professional Development

     Week 3 Professional Development

     Week 4 Professional Development

     Week 5 Professional Development


     App Warehouses

     Technology/Integration Review Tools

     Twitter Chats and People to Follow

     Video Warehouses

     Website Warehouses

     Quotes to Keep in Mind