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"Hits the nail on the head by emphasizing how technology can be used in ways that go beyond one-on-one student use of software programs and teachers' use of PowerPoint for presentations. The book emphasizes the collaborative work and learning that can occur when educators take advantage of all that the Internet has to offer."—Erica Boling, Assistant Professor of Literacy Education Rutgers, The State of University of New Jersey.
Use the Web to help students learn more, create more, and communicate more effectively!
Technology impacts every facet of students' lives and plays a significant role in how students receive and process information. The second edition of Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms shows educators at all levels and disciplines how to tap into the potential of digital tools for creating relevant, interactive learning experiences in the classroom.
With updated research on Web technology, a critical section on Internet safety, and a new emphasis on information literacy with related links, this resource equips teachers with
• Definitions, explanations, and how-to's for using technology to enhance learning.
• Applications for blogs, wikis, podcasts, Real Simple Syndication (RSS) feeds, aggregators, social bookmarking, and online photo galleries
• Real-world examples from K-12 teachers around the world
When Teachers expand their knowledge of Web tools to build 21 st-century learning skills, they can effectively prepare students for future success.
"Whether it’s blogs, or wikis, or RSS, all roads now point to a Web where little is done in isolation . . . That’s not to say that in this new world students don’t do their own work. But it does mean that responsibility for that work is in some way shared. Learning is a continuous conversation among many participants."
"Richardson shares first hand classroom experience of how the read / write web opens up new possibilities for students to learn from each other and from authors, scientists, and other professionals."
Preface to the Third Edition ix
About the Author xi
1 The Read/Write Web 1
A New World Wide Web 2
Extraordinary Changes 3
The Read/Write Web in Education 6
Social Learning 7
Learners as Teachers 8
The Toolbox 9
Keeping Students Safe 11
2 Weblogs: Pedagogy and Practice 17
Weblogs in Schools 20
The Pedagogy of Weblogs 26
Blogging Across the Curriculum 33
Blogs as Resources 37
Classroom Uses of Weblogs 39
Standards for the English Language Arts Sponsored by NCTE and IRA 41
3 Weblogs: Get Started! 43
Start Small 44
Blogging With Students 45
Blog Safety 46
Blog Software 47
Blogging Step by Step 48
Adding Pictures and More to Blog Posts 52
4 Wikis: Easy Collaboration for All 55
The Challenge of Wikipedia in Schools 59
Wikis in Schools 60
Examples of Wikis in K-12 Education 63
Wiki Tools for Schools 66
Other Wiki Tools and Resources 68
5 RSS: The New Killer App for Educators 71
Setting Up an RSS Feed Reader 73
Reading and Sharing 76
Using RSS Feeds in the Classroom 77
Combining RSS Feeds 81
ncluding RSS Feeds in Your Weblog 81
Reading RSS Feeds 82
6 The Social Web: Learning Together 85
Welcome to the Twitterverse! 86
Social Bookmarking Services 89
7 Fun With Flickr: Creating, Publishing, and Using Images Online 101
Introducing Flickr 102
Learning With Flickr 103
Flickr in Practice 108
More Flickr Fun 109
8 Podcasting, Video and Screencasting, and Live Streaming: Multimedia Publishing for the Masses 111
Podcasts and Schools 115
Getting Started With Podcasting 117
Live Streaming-Web TV for the Classrooms 125
9 Social Networks: Facebook, Ning, Connections, and Communities 131
Facebook for Personal Connections 133
Facebook in the Classroom 136
A Ning for All Passions 139
Ning in the Classroom 141
Setting Up Your Ning Site 144
10 What It All Means 147
New Literacies 148
The Big Shifts 149
Just the Beginning 155
Epilogue: The Classroom of the Read/Write Web 157
Posted April 30, 2006
Will Richardson's book is a wonderful resource to guide teachers through their journey into the 21st Century. It not only offers detailed descriptions of 21st Century tools, but shares examples of current uses in education and explains how you too can enhance education. Teachers of all technology levels can pick up this book and understand the hows and whys of wikis, blogs, podcasts, RSS, and more. I recommend this book to any educator who wants to break down the traditional walls of the classroom to experience the world of education not only with their students but as professionals too. I feel so strongly about this book that I am hosting a professional book study this summer with other teachers from my school district.
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