William M. Ferriter and Adam Garry have delivered the ultimate guide to change the 20th Century Classroom into 21st Century Classrooms. They deliver a multitude of tools to assist the classroom instructor to become "change agents." They provide tools and resources to prepare students to succeed and to compete in a global economy that demands innovation, critical thinking, problem solving, communication, collaboration, and creativity. Everything in this book allows teachers to learn a variety of skills including higher-order thinking, personal abilities, and technology literacy essentials for preparing students for a knowledge-based economy. Howie DiBlasi, technology and educational consultant, Digital Journey, Georgetown, Texas Absolutely Fabulous- amazing! I couldn't put it down! I've read the book twice, and I am still finding new tools to teach 21st Century skills. Excellent!!! --Howie DiBlasi, technology and educational consultant, Digital Journey, Georgetown, Texas
Bill and Adam have set the stage for any teacher to challenge themselves to address the "iGeneration." They focus on pedagogy and deal first with "the why" but don't forget to show "the how." Some will appreciate the background story to the various skills and yet many teachers will find the reproducibles a godsend in helping them make these concepts come to life in their classrooms. --Dean Shareski, digital learning consultant, Prairie South School Division, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada
Teaching the iGeneration: Five Easy Ways to Introduce Essential Skills With Web 2.0 Tools is a field book every teacher needs. The authors take complicated topics, break them down, and then give me the tools and reproducible resources I need to bring these ideas to my students. Specifically, I liked the section on digital storytelling. Reading through the chapter, I felt like I had a guide by my side to help me construct a rich digital story using a variety of media. Web 2.0 is a new term to many people and this book not only introduces the reader to the vast resources, it also provides real classroom-tested examples and resources to replicate in other classrooms. This is a must read for all professional educators ready to engage students in authentic learning. --Meg Ormiston, professional development specialist, Tech Teachers, Inc., Burr Ridge, Illinois
About the Author
William M. Ferriter @plugusin on Twitter a sixth-grade language arts and social studies teacher in a PLC near Raleigh, North Carolina. A National Board Certified Teacher, Bill has designed professional development courses for educators nationwide. His trainings include how to use blogs, wikis, and podcasts in the classroom; the role of iTunes in teaching and learning; and the power of digital moviemaking. Bill has also developed schoolwide technology rubrics and surveys that identify student and staff digital proficiency at the building level. He is a founding member and senior fellow of the Teacher Leaders Network and has served as teacher in residence at the Center for Teaching Quality. An advocate for PLCs, improved teacher working conditions, and teacher leadership, Bill has represented educators on Capitol Hill and presented at state and national conferences. He is among the first one hundred teachers in North Carolina and the first one thousand in the United States to earn certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. He has been a Regional Teacher of the Year in North Carolina, and his blog, the Tempered Radical, earned Best Teacher Blog of 2008 from Edublogs. Bill has had articles published in the Journal for Staff Development, Educational Leadership, and Threshold Magazine. A contributing author to two assessment anthologies, The Teacher as Assessment Leader and The Principal as Assessment Leader, he is also coauthor of Building a Professional Learning Community at WorkTM. Adam Garry is a former elementary school teacher. He is currently the manager of Dell s global professional learning organization. He has presented and keynoted at technology conferences around the world, including Alan November s conferences and NECC. He has published many articles on technology integration for several education magazines and authors his own blog. Over the past ten years, he has consulted in school districts across the country on school change, professional development, 21st century skills, technology integration, curriculum and instruction, and leadership. He is also a facilitator for the Partnership for 21st Century Skills Professional Development Affiliates program and the International Society for Technology in Education s School 2.0 workshops. Adam received a BA in elementary education, a master s in teaching and learning with a technology emphasis, and a certificate in administration and supervision from Johns Hopkins University.