In this Web 2.0 world, your students are communicating, customizing, and creating like never before. It's no surprise, therefore, that standards for the twenty-first century classroom recognize the value of teaching with digital tools. Knowing how to effectively teach with them is another matter altogether.
In Digital Tools for Teaching, educator and self-proclaimed techno-geek Steve Johnson shows you how to transform 30 cutting-edge e-tools into powerful vehicles for teaching—and learning. You will find:
- An array of low-to-no-cost digital tools ranging in complexity and all focused on educational merit;
- Step-by-step instructions that take the mystery out of using each e-tool;
- Lesson connections and lists of classroom-proven ideas for applying each e-tool across the curriculum;
- Backdoor links to the special services and discounts available to teachers for many of the digital tools profiled in this book;
- Standards-based assessment rubrics and strategies (including how to implement digital portfolios) to help you meet twenty-first century classroom instructional goals; and
- Links to Steve Johnson’s website and blog for news and updates on incorporating technology-based activities into your lessons.
Complete and ready-to-use, Digital Tools for Teaching shows you how to connect your teaching to the e-tools that are relevant to your students’ lives. Whether you’re already an advanced e-tool user or a newbie, Digital Tools for Teaching will increase your confidence using digital tools, broaden your perspective, and give you new teaching strategies that you can use tomorrow.
"Johnson, a technology facilitator at JN Fries Middle School in North Carolina, offers standards-based assessment rubrics and strategies to help teachers connect their teaching to the e-tools that are relevant in students' lives. The first part of the book offers a rationale for using digital tools in the classroom, gives background on today's students, and gives general tips on assessing the many digital products available. Part 2 investigates 30 specific techniques and products, such as ePals, blogs, Google Docs, podcasting, SchoolTube, Second Life, Twitter, wikis, and Zoho. Each two-page entry in this section overviews the tool, gives advice for using it in the classroom, discusses issues to consider, and gives notes on content area tie-ins to math, social studies, language arts, and science. A collection of brief teacher case studies illustrates teaching strategies. An appendix lists national standards and performance indicators for students; a glossary of digital terms is also included. There is no subject index."
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This product was added to our catalog on 9/17/10.