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Teaching Tech-Savvy Kids

Teaching Tech-Savvy Kids
Bringing Digital Media Into the Classroom, Grades 5-12

Edited by:
  • Jessica K. Parker - Sonoma State University, USA, University of California, Berkeley, USA

May 2010 | 216 pages | Corwin
Written for secondary school teachers, this resource expands educators' understanding of the relationship between their students and digital media and shows how to design learning opportunities that make the most of that relationship.

Based on the findings of a three-year study on youth and their use of digital media for informal learning, this book gives teachers a deeper awareness of the characteristics of "iGeneration culture" and the dynamic potential for student learning through digital media, such as fostering collaboration, creativity, feedback, and critiques.

Presented in a teacher-friendly format, each of the chapters include:

- A description of each digital medium

- A vignette about a young person using the medium

- Advice about navigating digital media for both novice and expert teachers, plus activities and sidebars

- A section addressing myths related to each medium

- A section on pedagogical implications and practices, including activities

Teaching Tech Savvy Kids provides examples of how to integrate digital media into secondary classrooms, explains how key characteristics of digital media can help to revitalize pedagogical practices, and increases teachers' options for offering more engaged, student-centered learning opportunities.

Foreword by Glynda Hull
About the Author
About the Contributors
Jessica K. Parker
1. Understanding Youth and New Media
danah boyd and Jessica K. Parker
2. Hanging Out With Friends: MySpace, Facebook, and Other Networked Publics
Patricia G. Lange and Jessica K. Parker
3. YouTube: Creating, Connecting, and Learning Through Video
Jessica K. Parker
4. Wikipedia: The Online Encyclopedia Based on Collaborative Knowledge
Becky Herr-Stephenson and Jessica K. Parker
5. Role-Playing: Writing and Performing Beyond the Classroom
Jessica K. Parker and Maryanne Berry
6. Virtual Worlds: Designing, Playing and Learning
Erin B. Reilly
7. Remix Culture: Digital Music and Video Remix, Opportunities for Creative Production
Jessica K. Parker
8. Conclusion

"Until we understand the powerful learning, collaborating, and producing that teenagers do with their cell phones, mp3 players, laptops, and the Internet, we won’t understand how we can best utilize those technologies in our classrooms. Whether you’re a digital native new to the classroom or a veteran teacher struggling to learn your students’ Internet lingo, this book is your guide to 21st-century teenagers, literacy, and learning. After 17 years teaching middle school English, I know that I can’t teach literacy today without this book."

Laura Maslin Bradley, English Teacher
Kenilworth Junior High School, Petaluma, CA

"A concise, well-written book, perfect for teachers who are unfamiliar with the technology their students use and how to apply it in their classrooms in a meaningful way."

Karen Scott
Library Media Connection magazine, November/December 2010

Text was returned.

Patrick Jenlink
Secondary Leadership Educ Dept, Stephen F Austin State University
May 11, 2013
Key features
  • Based on a seminal, three-year study on the interaction between today's youth and digital media
  • Presents numerous examples of youth using digital media in informal settings
  • Provides a wealth of detailed stories and cases from classroom teachers about their students' use of new media for learning
  • Includes strategies, ideas, and initial activities for discussing and introducing digital media into the classroom
  • Offers additional references, a glossary, and a link to the author's Web site for additional materials
  • Join a community of educators discussing the book and issues related to digital media and learning:

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