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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on November 13, 2010
More than every, technological literacy is very important. "Digital Tools for Teaching: 30 E-Tools for Collaborating, Creating, and Publishing Across the Curriculum" is a guide fo using Web 2.0 as a powerful tool for education and how to use it to its fullest. Describing the educational potential from the obvious like Google Earth to the not so obvious like Twitter, Steve Johnson gives a strong and very useful resource that shouldn't be overlooked. "Digital Tools for Teaching" is a must for any technology-minded educator.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on July 6, 2013
I judged this book by its cover and got burned. Teachers: please - you work too hard for your money to waste it on this outdated collection of basic information. You can get better information about digital tools for teaching by searching the internet for ideas.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 18, 2012
This book gives you so many ideas for creative and digital ideas for the classroom. I've already gone through it at least a couple times. Each time I find more that I love about it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 9, 2013
Great product. A recommendation from a colleague. Great tool to enhance teaching. Gets the kids engaged and interested in learning.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 9, 2014
Great resources.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 17, 2012
I needed this book for a class. I received the book FASTER than expected, which was great because I needed it for my class ASAP. Book was in perfect condition as described!! Great book if you are a teacher wanting to learn more about integrating technology into your classroom. Has up-to-date recommendations and ideas. I use my book all the time -- in and OUT of class! Kids respond VERY well to technology in the classroom! They are usually impressed that I know something about the technology that they are using! :)
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6 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on June 20, 2011
Digital Tools for Teaching: 30 E-Tools for Collaborating, Creating, and Publishing Across the Curriculum

I've often compared writing and publishing a book to pregnancy, labor, and birth. Within the context of that simile, if I help a friend or student write or publish a book I either feel like a midwife or grandmother.

When I received my copy of Steven Johnson's book, Digital Tools for Teaching, I definitely felt like a proud grandma. I hadn't contributed one iota to the content. Instead, I introduced him to Julia Graddy, my publisher at Maupin House.

I met Steve three years ago when he participated in the "Is There a Children's Book Inside of You?" NCCAT seminar which Joyce Hostetter and I co-led. At first he successfully hid his expertise as a technology facilitator and focused on writing a funny picture book. But when he leafed through Teaching the Story and we began brainstorming the digital tools which could enhance the process of writing short stories, the second edition of my book was born.

After Steve wrote twelve technology mini-lessons for my book, he began work on his own project with Maupin House. He wanted to create a book that would make technology accessible to every teacher--even those who were techno-phobic. His dream was to provide an overview of e-tools which can be used in the classroom, show how they could be used in a variety of subject areas, and meet the needs of a variety of techno-savvy elementary and middle school students.

No small task. But with the able help of my editor, Emily Raaj, Steve accomplished exactly that.

The first thing that will reassure teachers overwhelmed with digital technology is Steve's division of thirty e-tools into three groups: those for newbies, developing users, and advanced users. From there he encourages teachers to rethink their role as educators:

Going forward, our jobs must be about giving our students personalized, relevant instruction that develops their ability to make meaningful sense of the information-rich world they live in. Sure, they can find anything and everything under the sun on the Internet-but do they know what to do with it? Can they evaluate the accuracy of what they read? Can they analyze and organize the glut of information? How does it improve their lives? They might have the world at their fingertips, but we have the power to guide them towards molding it into something worth creating. p. 4.

Steve next presents the eight characteristics of the "Net Generation." Reading this will help you understand the different ways in which your students approach the Internet. And, it will help you feel OK about asking your students for help troubleshooting when something goes wrong. In fact, figuring out what went wrong is part of the learning process for everyone.

The meat of this encyclopedia of digital classroom technology, is the 30 alphabetized tools. Each double-page spread explains what you need to do prior to utilizing the tool in your classroom, tells you how to get started, lists other issues to consider, and provides examples of how to use it in language arts, science, math, and social studies. It would be easy to feel overwhelmed except that the book is very readable and Steve walks you through the process of classroom implementation. If that wasn't enough, Steve offers his website as an on-line "living, breathing resource for all teachers."

Steve's enthusiasum for the power of using digital tools in your classroom is contagious.

And I'm not saying that just because I'm the proud grandma.

It's the honest truth. '
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6 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on October 28, 2010
A book called, "Digital Tools for Teaching" and its not available on Kindle? Does anyone else find this ironic??
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