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Teaching With the Tools Kids Really Use
Learning With Web and Mobile Technologies



© 2010 | 152 pages | Corwin

"The author empowers teachers to engage IT specialists or administrators in a discussion about the use of mobile technologies or Web 2.0 tools and to change the way we think about using technology with kids. This book gives readers lots of information (ammunition) to go out and make things happen with their cell phone, laptop, MP3 player, or digital camera!"
—April DeGennaro, Gifted Education Teacher
Fayette County Board of Education, Fayetteville, GA

A foundational guide for integrating mobile technologies into your classroom!

Writing for educators who want to use 21st-century technologies to help deliver relevant classroom instruction, Susan Brooks-Young examines inexpensive hardware already used by many students, explores free Web 2.0 tools such as social networking sites and virtual worlds, and sheds light on both common objections and changing points of view about using mobile technologies for instructional support.

Emphasizing digital citizenship—the ethical use of technology—this invaluable resource identifies:

  • Specific Web 2.0 tools for supporting collaboration and communication in K–12 settings
  • Strategies for practical applications
  • A decision-making model for selecting appropriate mobile technologies and Web 2.0 tools for classroom use
  • Recommended books, Web sites, and online reports and articles for reference

Teaching With the Tools Kids Really Use gives educators a solid approach for capitalizing on readily available technologies and opens up rich teaching and learning opportunities for today's classrooms!

 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
Introduction
 
1. 21st-Century Skills
What Are 21st Century Skills?  
Common Objections to Teaching 21st Century Skills  
Changing Points of View  
Strategies for Classroom Use  
Practical Suggestions  
Discussion Points  
References  
 
Part I. Mobile Technologies
 
2. Cell Phones
The Scoop on Cell Phones  
Common Objections to Cell Phone Use on Campus  
Changing Points of View  
Strategies for Classroom Use  
Practical Suggestions  
Discussion Points  
References  
 
3. MP3 Players
MP3 Player Basics  
Common Objections to Use of MP3 Players on Campus  
Changing Points of View  
Strategies for Classroom Use  
Practical Suggestions—Using Existing Files  
Practical Suggestions—Podcasting Basics  
Discussion Points  
References  
 
4. Netbooks
Netbooks 101  
Common Objections to Use of Netbooks on Campus  
Changing Points of View  
Strategies for Classroom Use  
Practical Suggestions  
Discussion Points  
References  
 
Part II. Web 2.0 Tools
 
5. Social Networking
Introduction to Social Networks  
Common Objections to Use of Social Network Services on Campus  
Changing Points of View  
Strategies for Classroom Use  
Practical Suggestions  
Discussion Points  
References  
 
6. Virtual Worlds
Virtual World Basics  
Common Objections to Use of Virtual Worlds on Campus  
Changing Points of View  
Strategies for Classroom Use  
Practical Suggestions  
Discussion Points  
References  
 
7. Creating Content—Writing
Writing Online  
Common Objections to Classroom Use of Online Writing Tools  
Changing Points of View  
Strategies for Classroom Use  
Practical Suggestions  
Discussion Points  
References  
 
8. Creating Content—Images
Online Photos and Video  
Common Objections to Classroom Use of Online Photo and Video Sites  
Changing Points of View  
Strategies for Classroom Use  
Practical Suggestions  
Discussion Points  
References  
 
9. Gaming
The Basics About Games and Gaming  
Common Objections to Classroom Use of Online and Video Games  
Changing Points of View  
Strategies for Classroom Use  
Practical Suggestions  
Discussion Points  
References  
 
10. Digital Citizenship
Ethical Use of Technology  
Discussion Points  
References  
 
11. Decision Making and Implementation Model
Who’s Calling the Shots?  
Thinking Ahead  
Decision Making Model  
 
Glossary
 
Web Sites by Topic
 
Index

“I want to give this book to my principal and every person I talk to so we begin to change the way we think about using technology with kids. This book empowers teachers to engage IT specialists or administrators in a discussion about the use of mobile technologies or Web 2.0. The book gives the reader lots of information (ammunition) to go out and make things happen with their cell phone, laptop, MP3 player, or digital camera!”

April DeGennaro, Gifted Education Teacher
Fayette County Board of Education, Fayetteville, GA

"Susan Brooks-Young sets out to prove that rather than being banished, technology should be fully embraced and placed at the heart of education."

Professionally Speaking, March 2011
Ontario College of Teachers

"The book is written in very accessible language, clear and easy to read. This timely book presents readers with a plethora of ideas and strategies for implementing technology-based activities that will help students meet the standards and increase their awareness of technology tools currently available.”

Salika A. Lawrence, Assistant Professor
William Paterson University of New Jersey

“This is a very well-written text with an abundance of terrific Web-based resources that educators can use to hunt for more information.”

Carol S. Holzberg, Director of Technology
Greenfield Public Schools, MA

"Susan Brooks-Young has once again provided a must-read book for educators. Each chapter is masterfully framed to provide practitioners, policy makers, thought-leaders, and anyone involved in 21st-century education with solid arguments, practical applications, and helpful resources. The decision-making and implementation model provided will assist anyone who is incorporating new technology into instruction.”

Ryan Imbriale, Principal
Patapsco High School & Center for the Arts, Baltimore, MD
Key features
  • Each chapter discusses an emerging mobile technology that holds great promise for classroom use, provides ideas for instructional activities, and includes an annotated bibliography
  • Provides discussion questions for use in a variety of adult learning situations
  • Final section focuses on practical strategies for identifying and implementing use of emerging mobile technologies and Web 2.0 tools for instruction 
    • This section includes a discussion about current issues—including unanticipated consequences that may arise—and provides a decision-making model
    • The decision-making model includes forms for information gathering and questions for discussion prior to arriving at a decision

 


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