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Product Details

  • Paperback: 270 pages
  • Publisher: International Society for Technology in Education; First Edition edition (October 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1564842347
  • ISBN-13: 978-1564842343
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #263,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Gwen Solomon is director of techLEARNING.com, the award-winning web site of Technology & Learning magazine, and is also a contributing editor for the publication. Past positions include senior analyst in the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Educational Technology, coordinator of instructional technology planning for New York City Public Schools, and founding director of New York City's School of the Future.

Lynne Schrum is professor and coordinator of elementary education in the College of Education at George Mason University. Prior to that, she served as Chair of the Department of Teaching and Learning at the University of Utah. She is a past president of the International Society for Technology in Education and currently is the editor of the Journal of Research on Technology in Education.

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After reading it, you will no doubt be eager to get stuck in and try some of the suggested tools.
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I think that this is very powerful because it is important to develop a professional development training that allows your organization or school to continue to grow.
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As an educator, I have learned tremendous information on how to use digital tools to maximize teaching and student learning.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Paul A. Baker on November 20, 2007
Format: Paperback
People no longer just search for information on the web. Now they provide information, too. These people include our students. The world has changed; students have changed, and traditional schools are no longer up to the task of educating young people for the future.

This is the argument of the book Web 2.0: New Tools, New Schools. Although we're still in the early days of bringing together education and Web 2.0, there are good models of learning and technology use that point us in the right direction.

The authors provide examples of teachers who have guided their students to use Web 2.0 tools in creating a collaborative math solutions manual, an independent literature circle project, a collaborative guidebook about online security, for example.

Solomon and Schrum observe that, although young people may be ahead of their teachers in using these tools, teachers can help them use the tools in educationally appropriate ways.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By kkkatie on August 25, 2010
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Although the content of the book is excellent, you can't read about 20 percent of it on the Kindle because none of the sidebars and graphics and appendices work with the Kindle. I had to get a refund and buy the hard copy. Very disappointing for an ISTE (Internation Society for Technology in Education) publication. I hope they fix it soon. I was very surprised to see it even still available for download. I was told that it would be taken down until it was fixed. So, if you want to miss about 20 percent of the content, buy the Kindle version. If, however, you want the full meal deal, buy the paperback.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lovie Anderson on August 20, 2009
Format: Paperback
Recently, I purchased this book Web 2.0, New tools, New schools by Gwen Solomon and Lynne Schrum. Currently I am enrolled in graduate school taking a technology course and this book has been life changing. As an educator, I have learned tremendous information on how to use digital tools to maximize teaching and student learning. My vocabulary in terms of discussing technology has changed. I find myself making statements such as - web resources, virtual learning experiences, digital tools and so forth. I believed that I was technically challenged and avoided doing anything remotely involved with technology. Now, I have conquered that fear and challenges myself on a daily basis in learning something new in technology - due to this book. It is beneficial to me as a career educator and has changed my life personally. Kudos to authors Gwen solomon and Lynne Schrum!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By erable716 on April 16, 2009
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A great tool to get educators familiar with the terminology and various aspects of Web 2.0. Written in a friendly manner for anyone who has an idea of 'Net terminology to begin with. For example, if you "get" computer references, you will very much enjoy the 1st chapter list of the evolution of "The dog ate my homework" excuses. Geared toward educators in nature, it covers everything from safety on the 'Net to specific tutorials for different 2.0 tools, as well as ideas on how to integrate them into the classroom and visions of where "cool schools" or "smart schools" are going in the future. A good read for those interested in using 2.0 in the classroom, or even in personal use. Well done.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chelsea Hall on June 19, 2013
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The Web 2.0 book by Gwen Solomon is great for educators looking to incorporate more technology into their classrooms. It not only gives some great examples of web tools to utilize, it explains how important school technology has become. Since today’s students are now considered “Digital Natives,” it only makes sense for teachers to relate to them through technology. The book focuses on wikis, blogs, and podcasts as well as many other Web 2.0 tools that would appeal to these students. The most helpful aspect of the book was the multiple appendices in the back where the reader can find a list of specific Internet tools like Picasa, Wikispaces, and Blogspot.
I was also able to get more insight into how to make these Internet tools safe for the classroom. The book reinforces concepts of copyrights, acceptable use policies, and ethical behavior. This is a great reminder that students shouldn’t just be let loose on the computer without a set of rules or guidelines.
Although Web 2.0: New Tools, New Schools is a good read for teachers interested in technology-rich lessons, the biggest downside is the year the book was written. With the constant development of new technology tools every year, the book’s copyright in 2007 mentions little about mobile devices, tablets, or apps (something pertinent to this age). For instance, Solomon describes the popularity of MySpace, which is one social network that has lost in popularity to Facebook in recent years. There are also multiple resource websites not mentioned due to the newness of them like Blogger and Google tools.
Overall the book was okay and would be great as an introduction to Web 2.0 tools to technology-lacking teachers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Deer on April 2, 2009
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Solomon and Schrum provide an insightful look into some of the new and exciting capabilities of the internet that are available to our students. These new capabilities have been designated as Web 2.0 tools, hinting at the fact that they are the "newest releases" of internet tools out there. Some of these include blogs, wikis, podcasting, video conferencing and more. These tools are revolutionary in so much as they not only allow the users to search the web but interact with it. This is something that generations before our students have never had the ability to do.

Solomon and Schrum cite some of the reasons for this paradigm shift as a changing global climate. Businesses have changed and become more collaborative and cooperative, communication has increased dramatically in the last decade, and the world's economy has changed as well. All of these changes have led to a change in the technology because of a need for it. Technologies must keep up with the fast paced climate of the globalized world. Therefore, it stands to reason that our education system should change as well. If it does not, the American education system may be in trouble.

Solomon and Schrum discuss many of the Web 2.0 tools and their uses and provide people with a practical approach of how to use them. This book is a great choice for any educator who is looking to bring their class into the 21st century.
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