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From the Publisher"For six months [the author] interviewed [eighth-grade] students and teachers regarding their Internet use at school and at home. The school was highly progressive in providing the most current technologies to its teachers and students. She was surprised to discover the students' feelings about their teachers knowledge of the Internet. The students did not believe their teachers were qualified to provide the knowledge and guidance they needed. Hird makes a compelling argument for serious changes in teachers professional development. She writes that until teachers become fluent online learners alongside their students, schools run the risk of becoming increasingly irrelevant to students growing up in the Internet age."
"...Hird's practical recommendations will help to alleviate the apprehension of many teachers and administrators. An extensive bibliography and an appendix articulating a thoughtful Internet use policy round out the text. Highly recommended."
"Impressive, scholarly, informative, ground breaking, thoughtful, and challenging. (This book) is very highly recommended reading regarding the real-world realities of integrating computer technology and the Internet into elementary and secondary school classrooms and curriculums."
"For the first time in our history, cyber-savvy youth are an authority on an issue central to society: the Internet. Many teachers feel intimidated by this digitally astute Net-generation, instead of seizing the opportunity it affords to develop a profoundly more effective pedagogical model. This book crisply and engagingly explores how we can exploit rather than squander the Internet's extraordinary educational potential."
"Describes in detail what happens when children, who already know about the Web and all its features, begin school in a Web-wired environment. The book offers helpful hints to teachers while at the same time alerting them to pitfalls they may encounter."
"Anne Hird has done a beautiful job of learning about cyber-savvy students by being on the ground with them—and she's translated what she's learned into actionable ideas for teachers. This book will help teachers use what they already know about kids to make best use of the Internet in the service of education."