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ISBN-13: 978-1118024553 ISBN-10: 1118024559 Edition: 1st

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The Classroom Teacher's Technology Survival Guide

This is a must-have resource for all K–12 teachers and administrators who want to make the best use of available technologies. In The Classroom Teacher's Technology Survival Guide, Doug Johnson, educational technology expert and author of the popular Blue Skunk Blog, offers concrete advice on creating high-quality project assessments, handling the potential distractions technologies may cause, and managing issues of safe and appropriate use. He also answers basic questions about computers, software, and networking and outlines practical ways to use computers, the Internet, and digital cameras in the classroom environment.

Praise for The Classroom Teacher's Technology Survival Guide

"Few educators can offer more practical advice on navigating the challenges and embracing the opportunities of the world of technology we live and learn in today. And even fewer deliver that advice in such an engaging, witty style. This is an important, enjoyable book for anyone interested in improving classrooms and schools for our kids." —Will Richardson, author, Blogs, Wikis, and Podcasts

"The Classroom Teacher's Technology Survival Guide will empower every classroom teacher to use technology in a meaningful way to support teaching and learning. Filled with practical overviews of the "big picture," as well as specifics on the use of technology for real-life classroom applications, Doug uses his years of experience to guide the classroom teacher to an understanding of how technology best fits in the classroom. A must for every teacher's bookshelf!" —Kathy Schrock, Director of Technology, Nauset Public Schools

"Teachers, IT Directors, and integrators will benefit from the practical, high-impact ideas Doug shares in this book. His blog has been a mainstay of my PLN since day 1." —Vicki Davis, author, Cool Cat Teacher blog, co-founder Flat Classroom® projects

About the Author

Doug Johnson is the Director of Media and Technology for the Mankato, Minnesota Public Schools and serves as an adjunct faculty member of Minnesota State University. His long-running column "Head for the Edge," appears in Library Media Connection and he maintains the Blue Skunk Blog.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (March 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118024559
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118024553
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,705 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ken C. TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 24, 2012
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Doug Johnson's THE CLASSROOM TEACHER'S TECHNOLOGY SURVIVAL GUIDE paints with a broad brush. Its target audience? Just grades kindergarten to 12, is all. That information, on the upper right-hand corner of the cover, should be a hint. This is a great soup-to-nuts BASIC primer on all things technology as they now stand in the spring of 2012. Meaning? It's a great gift especially for a technophobe teacher OR a teacher whose idea of "technology" begins and ends with e-mail and word processing. If you're looking for greater sophistication and depth, you're probably downloading the wrong book.

The chapters cover some basics such as why teachers should be technologically savvy, basic terms of the field, and basic on-line tools (blogs, RSS feeds, wikis, social bookmarking sites, etc.). Note the word "basic." Chapter Four moves to what we should expect from our students and how the Internet giveth and the Internet taketh away (which is KJV-speak for, "Wow! This is a researcher's dream as well as a plagiarism policeman's nightmare!"). Chapter Five is useful because Johnson moves to technology-enhanced assignments with something he calls the "Four A's": assignments, activities, assessment, and attitude. Schools that are giving the green light to technology (a lap top for every student, cell phones are OK in the classroom, etc.) might do well to heed Chapter Six, which deals in how to manage disruptive technologies in the classroom.

In Chapter Seven, the word "basic" is forsaken for "commonsense" so Johnson can talk about security, password, backups, viruses, data privacy, and personal privacy. I'm always amused when I see the word "privacy" and the electronic world used in the same breath.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Williams VINE VOICE on April 3, 2012
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Doug Johnson's "The Classroom Teacher's Technology Survival Guide" thoroughly and carefully discusses the importance of proper use of technology in a twenty-first century classroom and lists all the skills that teachers and students should know about various types of technology available (or that should be available) in schools today.

Johnson makes a number of good points in this manual - for instance, how the teacher should accept the role of being a co-learner. He touches on working with administrators who are, in his words, "ready-fire-aim" about technology - who want technology simply for the sake of having the technology, not because it is beneficial - and administrators who see no point in having technology at all or see too many risks and want it banned completely. (Johnson uses some interesting analogies and humor when he discusses the latter group.) He presents checklists for teachers and students concerning the skills he believes they should know concerning each type of technology he presents. He also outlines an excellent protocol to follow if someone is found abusing technology privileges. Also, the sidebars and Survival Tips are succinct and helpful.

However, there are some shortcomings. For instance, I would've liked to see more about what to do about the boxes teachers and students can't quite check off in the skills checklists. What do we do to learn these skills? Who in the school system is supposed to be the master of all these skills, and thus the one to teach the teachers and students? What if this person is uncertain - or too "ready-fire-aim"?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RCM VINE VOICE on April 17, 2013
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As a teacher, I thought this book might be about how to incorporate new technology into the classroom effectively. For example, like how to wisely incorporate social media sites into lessons. Instead, this book reads more like a primer for someone who has never had any experience with technology at all.

"The Classroom Teacher's Technology Survival Guide" by Doug Johnson does cover some useful and pertinent information, like ethical practices on a classroom computer and other safe technology practices. However, a lot of it seems focused on simple basics, like sending e-mails and word processing programs.

The one part I liked the most was the "Skill Evaluations for Entering High School Students" which is a checklist of items that students should know how to do before they enter high school, in areas of word processing, spreadsheets, multimedia presentations, e-mail, and internet research. Each checklist involves a multi-step assignment that these students should be able to do. Too often I have students who don't know how to carry out certain of these basic tasks, so this is a good checklist to have, especially for those teachers who are responsible for teaching those skills.

As a whole, however, this is not a guidebook that I found very helpful for what I needed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nina Abbott VINE VOICE on June 22, 2012
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or at least I'm hoping so.

I am not a teacher, but I had hoped to gain some insight as a parent into how to best use to technology in our son's education.

This book is written at about an 8th grade reader's level with suggestions that would probably cause the average 8th grader to roll his/her eyes in amazement.

This may be one of the first books on this subject, but I do hope that there are better out there or better to come.
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