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Cool Tech Tools for Lower Tech Teachers: 20 Tactics for Every Classroom


Make the painless transition from low tech to tech friendly!

If you're just making the transition to tech, this is the resource for you. In understandable language, this book describes how exactly you can use tools like webquests, wikis, social networking apps, and podcasts to enhance your lessons and keep kids engaged. The authors put technology within your reach by:

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Make the painless transition from low tech to tech friendly!

If you're just making the transition to tech, this is the resource for you. In understandable language, this book describes how exactly you can use tools like webquests, wikis, social networking apps, and podcasts to enhance your lessons and keep kids engaged. The authors put technology within your reach by:

  • Framing each tool in the context of what you need to know
  • Defining the tool in easy-to-understand language; there’s no tech-speak
  • Guiding you through implementation step by step
  • Providing sample lesson plans to get you started

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Editorial Reviews

Chris Toy
"This book is an excellent resource for both new and experienced educators looking to make the most of Web 2.0 resources for teaching and learning. It can be used individually, but I think it would be most beneficial (and fun!) to use in small groups of educators as they support and surprise one another with their explorations and discoveries."
David Callaway
"This is one of the most important tools that today’s teachers could have in their toolbox. There are great descriptions of the tools, and excellent ideas about how to easily put them to work."
Bena Kallick
"This book provides a wealth of ideas for teachers who would like to use technology but do not know where to begin. Each chapter provides a lens into specific categories of use and websites associated with the use. An encyclopedia of practical tools for the low-tech classroom!"
Cheryl Oakes
"Cool Tech Tools for the Lower-Tech Teacheris a great manual for all educators. Each of us can benefit from adding new technology tools in our classrooms, which speak to the instructional variety that our digital learners come to our classrooms with each day.
Our digital revolution is now, this book should be one of your tools as you set about designing a creative, collaborative, social and self-directed classroom! "
Jolene Dockstader
"Every educator interested in bringing their classroom into the 21st century should get this book. It not only tells what the new technology is and how to use it, but it creates an invaluable vision for the future of education in which students are not only consumers of information but creators. This resource could help revolutionize education as we know it, if every teacher implemented the tech tools in this book!"
Rose Cherie Reissman
"This is a much needed, delightful, inviting, tech plain speak compendium of cool tech, Common Core tools, any teacher can infuse using the steps and differentiating strategies suggested by the authors. This demystifies cool tech tools for the non techie teacher."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452235530
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 11/13/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 586,019
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Learn more about William Bender's PD offerings

Consulting Description: Differentiated Instruction
Consulting Description: Math
Consulting Description: Project-Based Learning
Consulting Description: RTI
Consulting Description: Technology

William N. Bender began his career by teaching eighth- and ninth-grade students in the public schools. He worked in higher education for 28 years and published over 60 research articles and 24 books in education. He specializes in instructional strategies for all students and is recognized as a national leader on instructional tactics, response to intervention, and differentiated instruction. Dr. Bender believes his job is to inform audiences across the nation of innovative, up to date information, based on current applied research. Dr. Bender received his Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of North Carolina and currently consults with schools and districts in the United States and Canada.

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Table of Contents

About the Authors
Part I. Four Tools to Start With
Tech Tool 1: Web Access, Laptops, Mobile Devices
Tech Tool 2: Webquests
Tech Tool 3: Blogs
Tech Tool 4: Wikis
Part II. Tools for Student Engagement and Empowerment
Tech Tool 5: Cloud Computing
Tech Tool 6: The Flipped Classroom and Khan Academy
Tech Tool 7: Wiffiti
Tech Tool 8: Jing
Tech Tool 9: Gaming, ARGs, and Virtual World Instruction
Tech Tool 10: Diigo
Part III. Tech Tools for Student Creation and Collaboration
Tech Tool 11: Glogs
Tech Tool 12: Podcasts
Tech Tool 13: Scribd
Tech Tool 14: Comic Life
Tech Tool 15: Google Apps
Tech Tool 16: Vokis, Avatars, and Animation!
Tech Tool 17: Vlogs
Tech Tool 18: Animoto
Part IV. Tools for Social Learning and Networking
Tech Tool 19: Facebook
Tech Tool 20: Twitter
Part V. The Teaching Revolution and a Brave New World for the 21st Century
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