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Teaching the Last Backpack Generation
A Mobile Technology Handbook for Secondary Educators

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© 2016 | 216 pages | Corwin

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

 
Thanks to the Educators
 
About the Authors
 
Introduction
Welcome  
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  
 
Resources
App Warehouses  
Technology/Integration Review Tools  
Twitter Chats and People to Follow  
Video Warehouses  
Website Warehouses  
Quotes to Keep in Mind  

Supplements

"In the 21st Century world of education, technology continues to evolve, creating and changing not only the tools for learning, but also the methodology and pedagogy that must accompany that change. The authors of Teaching the Last Backpack Generation have presented a common sense, practical and easy to follow, hands-on approach providing educators the necessary means to stay relevant in a developing mobile environment for learning."

Tom Whitby, Consultant
Corwin Author, The Relevant Educator

"As students and learning continue to go mobile, it is important for educators to be equipped with the best resources and information to engage this new generation of learners. This text offers practical ideas, lessons, and more that will help educators anywhere prepare their classrooms to be mobile ready." 

Steven W. Anderson, Author of The Relevant Educator and Content Curation
@web20classroom

"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

"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

"Teaching the Last Backpack Generation provides a framework of implementation for current technologies and tools. This practical workbook is easy to digest, and more importantly, easy to put into action as teachers upgrade their teaching and learning practices."

Adam Bellow, Founder and CEO
eduTecher/eduClipper
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

Sample Materials & Chapters

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