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Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms 3rd ed. Edition

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"This book is loaded with insightful and honest advice about the Web 2.0 in education. Will Richardson has amassed decades of technology integration experience as a teacher, consultant, blogger, and educational leader. There are few like him and few books like this.” (Curtis J. Bonk, Professor, Indiana University 2009-08-19)

"Richardson's book was a touchstone for me when I started trying to figure out how to integrate participatory media into my teaching. I recommend this book to any teacher at any level who is interested in the learner-centric pedagogy that social media enables." (Howard Rheingold, Lecturer, Stanford University 2009-08-04)

"The best guide you can find to using the power of the Internet in your classroom." (Jeff Jarvis, Author of What Would Google Do? 2009-09-10)

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A parent of two middle-school-aged children, Will Richardson has been writing about the intersection of social online learning networks and education for the past 10 years at Weblogg-ed.com and in numerous journals and magazines such as Ed Leadership, Education Week, and English Journal. Recently, he shifted his blogging emphasis to willrichardson.com. Formerly a public school educator for 22 years, he is a co-founder of Powerful Learning Practice (plpnetwork.com), a unique professional development program that has mentored over 3,000 teachers worldwide in the last three years. His first book, Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms (Corwin, 3rd Edition 2010) has sold over 80,000 copies and has impacted classroom practice around the world. His second book, Personal Learning Networks: Using the Power of Connections to Transform Education, was released in May, 2011. His articles have appeared in Educational Leadership, EdWeek, English Journal, Edutopia, and Principal Leadership, among others, and over the past six years, he has spoken to tens of thousands of educators in more than a dozen countries about the merits of learning networks for personal and professional growth. He is a national advisory board member of the George Lucas Education Foundation and a regular columnist for District Administration Magazine. Will lives in rural New Jersey with his wife, Wendy, and his children Tess and Tucker.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 and up
  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Corwin; 3rd ed. edition (March 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1412977479
  • ISBN-13: 978-1412977470
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,229 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you are looking to add technology into your classroom, Will Richardson's book, Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms, is a good place to start. The book takes the reader through a journey of possibilities to using web 2.0 tools in education. Each chapter was dedicated to a web 2.0 tool, from Weblogs to Social Networks (and many in-between)! Each chapter describes the web 2.0 tool and then gives examples of how others have used the tool in their classroom. On top of that Richardson also has examples you can actually go to on the Internet! I found that the real life examples reinforced the idea that teachers all over the world are incorporating technology into their classrooms. And it was nice to see how others were doing that.
I like how Richardson wrote the book for educators and he understands that not everyone is an expert at using technology. He constantly is mentioning that before jumping into using this in the classroom, you must first become involved yourself in the technology. Which is so true; you must first understand how to use technology and what this all means in the education world before expecting your students to. He provides guidelines and steps of how to incorporate web 2.0 tools into your classroom.
From this book I have built upon what I already know about web 2.0 tools and learned some new things. In fact while reading this book, a colleague of mine should be how to use Jing and Screencast to record and share a video from my computer. When I went home to read the next chapter of Will's book I learned even more about Jing and Screencast and how other teachers were using it. There was however one chapter that was completely new to me which was chapter five RSS.
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In this book I really thought that it was helpful for teachers and parents alike. There are always those tough questions that we face as adults when it comes to parenting and educating and this was a helpful resource. One of the main chapters that I focused on was chapter 3. This chapter is about how all parents, students, and administrators are clear on why this technology is being used in the classroom. For parents the first thing that they can do to make sure their child is safe is give their student permission to use this technology for school. Most schools send home an acceptable use sheet to sign and parents should be aware of this and make sure that they get one. Parents also need to communicate with teachers about what the teacher is doing to make sure that student privacy is protected. Parents need to make sure they talk to their children about never putting personal information on the blogs and the parents also need to know the process for reporting problems with blog content. Lastly as a parent they need to oversee the student's blog and then decide what to do with it at the end of the course. When creating a weblog with students always start small and work your way up. Blogger.com created by Google is one of the easiest weblogs for anyone to use, there is no perfect way to use a blog but this one is up there for ease of use and not a lot of confusion. As a teacher it is hard to track all of what your students are doing, however, you can follow your students and watch their posts. You can edit and have different templates and even add pictures to blogs as well.
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The first thought that I had when reading this book was, "Wow I actually am following what is going on." The book is written in a way that anyone would be able to follow along and understand what is being portrayed. The book is filled with real creative ideas for the use of each tool. Along with exmples that other teachers and professors have used. He also gives the bennefits of using these tools in the classroom. Along with his suggestions of which site or tool to use. One thing that really made me see how important it is to use these tools in the classroom was when he was talking about how technology and the world around us has changed so much, yet teachers and education hasn't. I agree with him that education and teachers need to catch up with the use of technology. Our students are using it on a daily basis outside of the classroom. We should embrace it and encourage them and show them the right ways to use this technology. I think that Will Richardson is helping teachers do just that with this book.
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Richardson has a comprehensive book on blogs, wikis and podcasts. Although it is not extremely deep in content for any specific topic he does educate the reader on how to begin using one of these technologies in the classroom. His book begins with a history lesson on the internet which shows Richardson's wisdom on knowing where the technology epidemic started.

Tim Berners-Lee was the visionary behind the World Wide Web. Since its creation in 1989 it has grown immensely. Ninety-seven percent of today's teens believe that education should incorporate technology (Netday News, March 2005). They are already using social networking sites, researching, uploading, downloading, and are "content creators" for the web (Lenhart, Madden, Macgill, & Smith, 2007). Unfortunately education has not kept up with the internet learning curve. The National Educational Technology Plan (2005) stated that today's students are more advanced than their teachers when it comes to technology. Fortunately, as Richardson (2010) says, the tools are easy to learn, implement, and many are free. This means that teachers can still utilize technology in their classrooms if they make some changes to their teaching practices. Richardson's (2010) toolbox contains nine pieces: Weblogs, Wikis, Really Simple Syndication (RSS), Aggregators, Social Bookmarking, Online Photo Galleries, Audio/Visual Casting, Twitter, and Social Networking Sites. Additionally it is important to discuss with students saftey in regards to the internet. This should include not putting students and their locations on the web, appropriate behavior toward improper sites, inaccuracies found on the web, and posting information/images that will not affect their lives in the future. Learning is inevitable with the internet.
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