Whether you’re interested in completely revamping your lessons or just looking to get a few ideas, Web 2.0 How-To for Educators by Gwen Solomon and Lynne Schrum is a great read. I call it the holy grail of technology in education ideas.
Each chapter provides enough information you can take back to your classroom the very next day and the confidence to hit the ground running.
Solomon and Schrum cover blogs, twitter, podcasts, vodcasts, productivity applications, social networks, videos and photos, virtual environments, wikis, and 20 individual applications for classroom use. Under each section, they give you a description, explain why it is useful, provide examples of how other teachers are using the tools, how to get started, and other resources.
My favorite part about this book is Solomon and Schrum’s ability to cater to all technology comfort levels. Beginners are introduced to different tools and gain an understanding for them without being overwhelmed; those who know about different tools but are hesitant to give them a try are given enough confidence and know-how to start using new tech tools; and those who have already started using new technologies, and even some of the tools mentioned in the book, are able to learn from other examples and spark new ideas. It’s easy to pick up and leave off at any point throughout the book. Each chapter provides enough information you can take back to your classrooms the very next day and the confidence to hit the ground running.
This book is available through ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) for $37.95 for non-members and $26.57 for members. I have the Kindle edition (only $12.95) on my iPad. It is definitely a book you will want to keep close by your side!
Have you read any good books or articles about web 2.0 tools?
Tech to You Later!