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What School Leaders Need to Know About Digital Technologies and Social Media 1st Edition

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Facebook, Twitter, Google . . . today's tech-savvy students are always plugged in. However, all too often their teachers and administrators aren't experienced in the use of these familiar digital tools. If schools are to prepare students for the future, administrators and educators must harness the power of digital technologies and social media.

With contributions from authorities on the topic of educational technology, What School Leaders Need to Know About Digital Technologies and Social Media is a compendium of the most useful tools for any education setting. Throughout the book, experts including Will Richardson, Vicki Davis, Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach, Richard Byrne, Joyce Valenza, and many others explain how administrators and teachers can best integrate technology into schools, helping to make sense of the often-confusing world of social media and digital tools. They offer the most current information for the educational use of blogs, wikis and podcasts, online learning, open-source courseware, educational gaming, social networking, online mind mapping, mobile phones, and more, and include examples of these methods currently at work in schools. As the book clearly illustrates, when these tools are combined with thoughtful and deliberate pedagogical practice, it can create a transformative experience for students, educators, and administrators alike.

What School Leaders Need to Know About Digital Technologies and Social Media reveals the power of information technology and social networks in the classroom and throughout the education community.

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"Reengineering teaching and learning requires bringing social media and digital technologies into the classroom. What School Leaders Need to Know About Digital Technologies and Social Media is the desktop reference for 'digital immigrants and explorers' charting the direction of teaching and learning for the 'net generation.' This is a must-have toolbox for educational leaders who choose to be agents of change. Thanks, Scott and Chris!"
John C. Carver, Van Meter Superintendent of Schools, Des Moines, Iowa

"As technology reshapes teaching and learning in the twenty-first century, school leaders would do well to heed the sound insights and advice assembled by the experts in this book. With dozens of concrete examples, it offers something for education leaders no matter their prior experience with technology tools and issues."
Douglas A. Levin, executive director, State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA)

"Digital technologies and social media continue to evolve and are transforming the way in which we communicate, teach, and learn. This book, written by knowledgeable practitioners, provides a solid foundation for school leaders who are either resistant or unsure of where to begin."
Eric Sheninger, principal, New Milford High School

"Contemporary learning is being revolutionized by social media and digital technologies. This book is a must-read for any administrator trying to make sense of why these tools are important and how to use them to connect, communicate, and collaborate inside and outside of the place we call school."
Pamela R. Moran, EdD, president, Virginia Association of School Superintendents

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (October 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118022246
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118022245
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #726,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By David Britten on December 28, 2011
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As an educational leader and prolific user of digital technology and social networking to expand my influence and learn from others around the world, I greatly appreciate the content and layout of this book. In What School Leaders Need to Know About Digital Technologies and Social Media, Chris and Scott have created a concise guide that takes the excuses away from other school leaders who up until now, simply buried their heads in the sand. I've been working hard to influence others in my region to begin using social media of all types to tell the story of their schools and take action on issues that are affecting all of us, but it's been a slow process. This valuable book gives me a new tool to work with in bringing more school leaders into the digital age.
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I would easily place this book on my list of "Best Books for Administrators" list for 2011. It provides a general, not-too-technical over digital technology and social media's place in our 21st century schools. This book is an extensive odyssey through all of the hot topics in instructional technology right now. Readers are provided with a complete overview of the field, in short-easy-to-read chapters. Various authors, most of them techno-gurus in their fields, write chapters that provide concise descriptions of digital tools like blogs, wikis, social media, RSS Feeds, online courseware, and many others. In each of these chapters are practical take-back-to-your-school tips, guidelines, and ideas for integration and implementation. There are also links to many of the most well-known digital and social media tools. At the end of every chapter, are lists of resources for those who would like to explore further. There are other books available that provide a survey similar to what is offered in What Every School Leaders Need to Know About Digital Technologies and Social Media, but none of them are written just for administrators and focus specifically on the technology as this one does. It is a small book that provides big answers to both administrators and teacher leaders wanting to see what possibilities digital technologies and social media offers the educator and school leader of the 21st century.
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What School Leaders Need to Know About Digital Technologies and Social Media, edited by Scott McLeod and Chris Lehmann (© 2012, John Wiley & Sons: SanFrancisco, CA) helps educators bridge the gap that often exists between their high tech knowledge and that possessed by their students. Scott and Chris have tapped top authorities to help you integrate technology into your lessons effectively. The emphasis is also on thoughtful pedagogical practice so that you don't end up with old practices using new tools. You may be up to speed on some topics covered here, but I doubt you understand them all.
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Chris and Scott did an excellent job of bringing together some of the great minds in technology integration and using social media tools. It was a pleasure to hear their passion for each of the topics discussed. School leaders are woefully behind as a group in these areas of learning, and it is clear from the book that the editors that they are ready to help lead the system in this area. All school leaders and teachers can glean resources from this text as well as continue to grow their professional learning network by contacting the many authors of this book. The audience for this book certainly isn't the school administrator who has spent time learning and thinking about these topics at great length, but there is something for everyone. If you are looking for a present for your school leader, you couldn't go wrong with this selection.
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I admit, I am a bit biased. I have been a big fan of Dr. McLeod's work for a long time. To me, there is a thin line between prescriptive pressure to change and the understanding of the limitations of education to change quickly. Dr. McLeod understands this better than most. What surprised me about this book is that it isn't exactly written by Dr. McLeod, or by Chris Lehman, but by a collaborative effort of a couple dozen of the absolute sharpest minds in education. The chapters are set up by themes, and written by universally accepted educators whose specialty lies in the theme of the chapter. Educators such as Karl Fisch, Vicki Davis, Kyle Pace, Steve Hargadon, Mary Beth Hurtz, and many others share only what people need to know, and put the tools for learning more in the hands of the reader. This book functions well as a cover-to-cover read for full immersion, or as a handy reference for novices who need quick, reliable information on what teachers are doing in the school. Another real strength of this book is that thematic areas suggest a wide array of tools or technologies, not pigeonholing itself into suggesting only one way to explore new tech, but many. This will allow this text to remain relevant, even if the primary tool may evolve over time. Readable, accessible, and highly informative. I would recommend this to any school administrator who understands the importance of moving schools into the 21st century. Anthony VonBank. @Clouducation_
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If any school leader wants a quick and straightforward read on the various digital technologies and Social Media schools can (and should) be embracing, this book is an excellent choice. It would be an ideal book for all admin teams to read and discuss together if they have goals for introducing or more effectively using digital technologies in their districts/schools. Each chapter presents very clear, specific information on a different tool or application with the appropriate mix of 'technical' language and jargon-free explanations to paint a good picture of the tool/application, how they can be used, and things to keep in mind or be wary of if putting in place. The variety of 'experts' who authored the chapters is another aspect of this book that makes it a powerful read; classroom teachers, technology directors/coaches, school & district administrators, and university level professors all contributed in creating a book that can provide needed guidance for all school leaders striving to move their schools/districts forward. Well done!
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