Resources for District Leaders

Resources for District Leaders

 

INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR TECHNOLOGY IN EDUCATION

Tablet PCs in K12 Education, www.iste.org, $31.95

Michael van Mantgem has edited this handbook, with contributions from six different educational IT experts that describe ways to use tablet PCs to instruct, communicate and collaborate in the K12 classroom. The book serves as a guide to the many advantages of a tablet PC and provides real examples and case studies demonstrating the device as a note-taking, sketching, writing, collaborative learning, presentation and personal productivity tool. The authors also present general advice for implementing tablet PCs in any school or district, as well as lesson plans designed specifi cally for the use of this technology.

 

INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY FOR TECHNOLOGY IN EDUCATION

Transforming Classroom Practice: Professional Development Strategies in Educational Technology, www.iste.org, $44.95

Edited by professors of education Arlene Borthwick and Melissa Pierson, this book provides an overview of professional development programs that have demonstrated longterm success in implementing technology into curricula. The models described explore approaches that expand educators’ knowledge, skill and confi dence in using technology tools in teaching and learning environments, and include discussions of program planning, lessons to be learned, implementation and assessment. Twelve chapters cover a broad range of topics, including a history of professional development in educational technology and a description of literature essential to the field.

 

CORWIN PRESS

Bullying Beyond the Schoolyard: Preventing and Responding to Cyberbullying, www.corwinpress.com, $31.95

Expert authors Sameer Hinduja and Justin W. Patchin help educators understand the potential consequences of cyberbullying and present strategies for effective identification, prevention and response. The book describes how technology can facilitate or magnify bullying behavior, and it offers educators information and guidelines to help protect students, including tips for identifying cyberbullies or targets, “breakout boxes” highlighting hundreds of anti-cyberbullying strategies, and a review of current research, legal rulings and testimonials from youth who have been affected by, or involved with, real cyberbullying cases. Each chapter includes follow-up reflection questions, and other strategies discussed include guidelines to help students responsibly participate in social networking, and advice on how to work with both parents and law enforcement officials in prevention.

 

CORWIN PRESS

Using WebQuests in the Social Studies Classroom, www.corwinpress.com, $26.95

Intended to help educators optimize content learning and promote greater intercultural understanding, this text presents practical strategies for using “WebQuests,” inquiry-oriented, collaborative student activities that use Web-based information for solving problems, in social studies curricula. The book includes case studies portraying authentic culturally diverse classrooms, comprehensive examples of culturally responsive WebQuests, and guidelines, tips and step-by-step instructions to help social studies educators develop their own WebQuests. Students will learn focused analysis, synthesis and evaluation as they use these methods, and the book’s reflective exercises make it a professional development resource ideal for educators interested in teaching culturally responsive social studies while utilizing technologically advanced instruction.

 

LINWORTH BOOKS

Library Blogging, www.linworth.com, $39.95

Library media experts Karen A. Coombs and Jason Griffey have authored this resource for K12 library media and technology specialists. It provides an overview of the world of library blogs, the purpose and advantages of creating such blogs, and practical how-to advice. According to the authors, school library blogs can serve a variety of functions, including providing news updates, internal communications, external marketing, instruction and reference tools, as well as serving as a place to highlight new and interesting resources. The book also offers an overview of “blog culture” and a description of the various blogging technologies and the advantages and disadvantages of each. Dozens of school and public library blogs are profiled, providing real-world examples of the discussed concepts, and the authors provide step-by-step instructions for using the major blogging sites, including Blogger, TypePad, LiveJournal, WordPress and Movable Type.


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